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The Trip to Toronto

The Trip to Toronto

This is my ninth consecutive year attending the Toronto International Film Festival. When I worked at SXSW, my schedule was a little bit looser, because this time of year is when things are just starting to ramp up for March. In my new job, Toronto has become much busier and the days much longer. It’s been a good trip, but I definitely have not seen as many films as I would have liked. Part of that also comes with living in New York City, because I know that I can see films like Never Let Me Go, Black Swan, 127 Hours, and Hereafter, soon enough. Most of my time is in meetings, or screening work that does not yet have distribution. My favorite so far: Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip, a feature version of his new BBC Two series starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. I’m predisposed to like it, but it met my high expectations. It’s a meta road trip movie where these two old friends play themselves and come to terms with getting older. There’s also a lot of amazing food, and funny celebrity impressions (their Michael Caine face-off is hilarious). Here is a clip, involving a meal, and Woody Allen:

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