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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM

The Toronto International Film Festival beckons

I’m off to Toronto tomorrow (Wed.) morning, and on Thursday will kick off a mini-marathon of moviegoing, interviewing, blogging and . . . well, not much else. I’ll be sending frequent dispatches, and hope some of you will enjoy experiencing TIFF vicariously with me. Now all that’s left for today is to sort out my screening schedule, at least for a few days. Sounds simple, right? Not so simple. On Thursday alone — and Thursday is traditionally a slow day at the fest, as it officially opens Thursday night — there are 39 press screenings. And those are just the official ones; there are also what I call secret screenings, usually of major movies, which you can get into if you call up a publicist and explain that you would absolutely love to see his/her Major Movie, but you are already booked at the time of its press screening. (Which is true.) So I am seeing a Major Movie on Thursday night, at a secret location, and I have promised not to blog about it until Saturday, which is most press people will see it.
But there’ll be plenty to blog about. Here’s what I’m tentatively planning on seeing in just my first two days: “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March,” “The Artist,” “A Dangerous Method,” “The Skin I Live In” and “Wuthering Heights,” not to mention the aforementioned Major Movie whose identity will be revealed Saturday morning. And that’s just through Friday night. Talk to you next from Toronto . . . .

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