So I’m doing TIFF from home this year, which is … honestly, not the worst thing. I’m still watching too many movies and writing too many words in between those movies, and my brain is leaking out the side of my head, but I don’t have to deal with lines and crowds and weather and frantic texts from publicists who don’t understand why I can’t be in their green room 45 minutes ahead of a slot that’s going to start at least 15 minutes later than it should.
I’d be happy never to go to another in-person festival, is what I’m saying. Although I would miss the coffee bars.
Anyway, if you want to know what I’m watching/recommending/begging you to avoid, our TIFF dispatches are appearing daily at the NOW site, where our digital magic scrubs away the weepy exhaustion and gives you the clean, cold text you deserve. I also posted a stand-alone review of The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which feels to me like the only real contender for the People’s Choice award at this point.
And in the middle of all of this, I released an episode of Someone Else’s Movie, because you deserve it. Best Sellers director Lina Roessler joins me to talk about Ali Abbasi’s genre-fluid 2018 film noir Border, and if you’ve seen the movie you know there’s a lot to talk about. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?
Anyway, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher to get the episode instantly, or download it directly from the web. And keep an eye out for Best Sellers when it hits VOD this Friday. Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine are just delightful together.
More stuff! There’s last week’s What to Watch page, with reviews of The Card Counter, Kate, The Voyeurs and HBO’s new spin on Scenes from a Marriage, in which Jessica Chastain gives her other great performance of the year. (Oscar Isaac’s not too bad himself, mind you.)
I also spoke to The Voyeurs star Sydney Sweeney about her 21st century take on the erotic thriller; you can listen to that conversation in last Friday’s episode of NOW What, which also features TIFF-adjacent interviews with musician and composer TiKA and filmmakers Albert Shin and Igor Djrlaca, or you can watch a video clip and read some of the transcript. But why would you want to do that? Podcasts are it, man!