Sunday, September 14, 2014

What to Watch: CIFF 2014

The Calgary International Film Festival is almost upon us! Starting this Thursday and running until September 28, 2014, CIFF will bring us films from all over the world in all different genres.

Here are my picks for the movies to watch in this years line up. There are a lot to choose from so see the full listing here. But for now, check out the films that I will go see...sitting in the back of the theatre eating popcorn alone.

Backcountry (Canadian Cinema Series)
Oh, a movie about what would happen to me if you ever made me do something in the "backcountry". Like...I don't even like sitting on grass if there is a chance I am going to get bit by a mosquito. Rookie Blue's Missy Peregrym stars in this movie about an urban couple who go camping and end up in a bear version of The Grey. Horror. (More info)

Advance Style (Documentary Series)
"I'm dressed up for the theatre of my life every day..."
Oh dear GOD if I ever live to be this old - let me dress like these ladies. The Documentary series of CIFF is always my favorite, and it looks like this year may not disappoint. This documentary about old ladies dressing up looks FAB-U-LOUS. Directed by Ari Cohen, who started on online blog Advance Style to showcase the elderly who have street style. It's like Ab Fab on CRACK. It's like - the only movie I need to see at CIFF (but I'll see more, because I can). (More info)

Maps to the Stars (Headliners Series)
Julianne Moore looks like a raging lunatic in this David Cronenberg film...I mean, it's about people in Hollywood so of course they are going to be outrageous. Oh, the good life. (More info)

Foxcatcher (Headliners Series)
Steve Carell is acting serious...with a prosthetic nose and weird teeth. That alone is a draw for this 'based on a true story' film about a wrestling coach and his team. Channing Tatum is also in it - and if you believe People Magazine, he is also currently the Sexiest Man there's that. (More info)

Dirty Singles (Canadian Cinema Series)
It appears that everyone in this film is not single...but maybe they become single because they are all a bunch of skanks (male and female). Being single sucks. Dating sucks. Being in a relationship sucks. And breaking up sucks. Did I miss anything? Oh yeah...and getting the herp looks like it would most definitely suck. This movie however looks like it may need  a thumbs up. (More info)

God Help the Girl (Music on Screen Series)
A pop musical! Be still my heart CIFF. This film, set in Scotland, is about some kids that start a pop band. And it looks like there may be some nerd love. Hearts. (More info)

Born to Fly (Documentary Series)
Also in the Documentary Series is Born to Fly, a film about...basically crazy people who do dangerous things for entertainment and to look like they are flying. Whatever, it looks like we get to see someone break a bone. I'm sold. (More info)


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