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Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012
Day two of our TIFF coverage features a take on the Salman Rushdie novel Midnight's Children, Ken Burns' doc about the Central Park Five, and the sex-positive The Sessions.

Midnight’s Children
Canada/UK—Dir. Deepa Mehta


I read Salman Rushdie’s much-admired, multi-award-winning masterpiece Midnight’s Children about 12 years ago while on a trip through Laos. I recall being stunned into a kind of page-turning reverie. This was a book that managed to overlay elements of political satire, magical realism, cultural history, religious parable, and human drama into a hugely entertaining (if enormous and complicated) mosaic. It is an experience you remember, reading that book. Such a shame that one cannot say the same for the film adaptation.


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Monday, Sep 10, 2012
PopMatters begins daily coverage of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, this last major festival before awards season.

Amour
France—Michael Haneke


A cheery octogenarian couple (Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant) return home from a night at the symphony. They chat, they laugh, they bicker. It’s adorable. And then, despite making what should have been the mood-shattering discovery that someone has tried (and failed) to break in while they were out, the husband gently tells his wife not to let it “spoil your good mood”. These are not the kind of people who let obstacles prevent them from moving forward.


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Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012
The biggest pop culture gathering in North America kicks off Wednesday night. How has Comic-Con responded to last year's problems, and what are the most interesting events taking place at this year's show?

Hollywood invaded Comic-Con International (the official name of the San Diego Comic-Con) back around the turn of the 21st century, bringing in movie stars to promote upcoming genre films. But it wasn’t until the opening of the 6,500-seat Hall H in 2004 that the show truly arrived as the center of the pop culture universe. The convention was already in the middle of an attendance explosion, but Hall H and the major movie studios helped drive it to its current overstuffed situation, where 130,000-plus squeeze into the San Diego Convention Center every July.


Comic-Con’s status as the biggest pop culture gathering in North America brought with it a host of problems that it didn’t face when it was merely the biggest comic book show in North America. They’ve had to address things like how to deal with thousands of people trying to get hotel rooms at the same time, how to move tens of thousands of people through the registration process quickly, and where to situate the lines for the various panel rooms without blocking hallways or running into other lines. To the convention’s credit, they’ve worked hard to deal with these issues as they’ve arisen. Usually, they aren’t the sort of things that can be fixed on the fly, so longtime attendees eagerly look forward to the release of the Comic-Con schedule (around two weeks before the show) to see what’s changed for the upcoming convention. And yes, also to plan what awesome stuff we’re going to see at the show.


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Monday, Jul 2, 2012
by Austin Dale
P-Town a fairly isolated village on the very tip of Cape Cod, making it the home of America's easternmost film festival. It's the happiest place on Earth.

Provincetown changes something in you! Ask anyone who has spent a day or two there. It might be the salty air. It may just be the Planter’s Punch, the town’s longtime unofficial drink. Perhaps it was just the fact that the Provincetown International Film Festival, now in its 14th year, is a well-curated, intimate, and refreshing respite from everything else on the festival circuit. P-Town a fairly isolated village on the very tip of Cape Cod, making it the home of America’s easternmost film festival. It’s people are friendly—honestly, I can’t say I met anyone who wasn’t a saint—and respectful of the town’s queer legacy. It’s the happiest place on Earth.


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Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012
by Austin Dale
The festival's line-up is a smattering of this year's most notable queer films, Sundance films, and some classics. Here are some films you should be looking forward to.

I’ll have to take a train, a bus, and a ferry, but I’m very excited to be attending at the Provincetown International Film Festival this year beginning tomorrow.


Secluded at the tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is home to perhaps the easternmost film festival in America. It’s also a major event for the small resort town, which has been a major hub of American gay culture since the Provincetown Players set up there at the beginning of the 20th century. It’s the home of one of America’s oldest gay bars. Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill wrote some of their best work in P-Town. And John Waters has a home in there. All the queerness begs the question: Why haven’t I ever been to this film festival?


The festival’s line-up is a smattering of this year’s most notable queer films, Sundance films, and some classics. Here are some films you should be looking forward to.


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