Jennifer Lopez shuts down Yonge Street

So, I like to tell people I go to the festival for the “filims” and I have to say, it’s at least 80% about the movies for me…

But tonight I confess, it was 100% about celebrity. And what a lesson in relative celebrity it was.

Yes, there are “stars” at most TIFF screenings, complete with limos and red carpets and press and quasi-body-guard-volunteers to “block”. A few actors I saw earlier in the week — Britney Murphy for one — also had real bodyguards with them. But with all that, most of the stars still act and behave like real people. Not Jennifer Lopez.

Tonight was the world premiere of El Cantante, staring J Lo and her hubby. I’ve never seen a set up like they had for her… One lane for most of one busy block of Yonge street (a very main drag in Toronto) was shut off. Even the sidewalk for 50 or so yards each side of the theatre was blocked off… (Normally the stars get out of their limo right beside the line… so depending on your timing, you might see them get out of the car, or watch them talk to the press or have a chance to say hello or whatever. Not J Lo. They had the entire area cordoned off. (I don’t know if this is her “fault” per se or whether the size of her celebrity means this is necessary. But boy… no one else attending the TIFF seemed to need this. (That said, Brad Pitt didn’t come to the screening of Babel I saw… But I did hear he shook hands and talked to people at the first screening, so I don’t think even el Pitt got the star treatment Jennifer did. Hey, I’ve seen Bono show up for a screening and just sit in the audience with everyone else (Breakfast on Pluto last year) and Dustin Hoffman (Borat this year), and Ethan Hawke (something last year, can’t remember)… etc, etc.)

Anyway… huge spectacle for J Lo and spectacle-seeking, I admit, is kinda why I picked that film.

Sadly, I didn’t like the movie… (First film this year I didn’t like at all. Okay, maybe the second.) The music is good/fun, but basically I don’t think this guy, Hector Lavoe, had an interesting enough life to warrant a bio pic. I mean… “poor boy from Puerto Rico gets famous, does too many drugs and dies of AIDS.” Nothing really fresh or interesting or revealing in a tale like that. And neither he nor his wife were sympathetic characters in the least–not as portrayed by Jennifer and Marc, anyway. (Now, I know this unsympathetic character complaint flies in the face of my rant… I have no problem with unsympathetic characters as long as they learn something or change or are at least interesting! These two didn’t and weren’t.
Two not-nice-people who led depressing lives. Why make a movie about them? I expect it’s 100% because Marc Anthony was a fan and his wife can get people to do anything she wants.

Oh, and the Idi Amin film THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND was a amazing. Best film I’ve seen this year. I’ll blog about it some time soon.

A Good Day

I skipped my first movie, ALL THE KINGS MEN, and slept instead. I mean, it opens in 2 weeks and the actors never show for the second screening, so I figured, better off sleeping a couple of hours longer.

So, my day started just around 11:00 when me and my caffeine got into a long ticket holders line for FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION, the new Christopher Guest/Eugene Levy movie. I started chatting with the guy in front of me about the movies we’d seen and the fact that we’d both lived in Philadelphia when we got onto the topic of the movie we’d seen the night before and discovered we’d both been in the new Zach Braff movie, THE LAST KISS. Nothing too remarkable there… But then he mentions that he’s actually Zach’s friend. Cool. So I chat with him some more about movies and Toronto and Philadelphia and his wife joins in the conversation a bit, too… and then this older couple come up and join us. Zack’s parents. His dad (Hal, if memory serves?) told me about some creative decisions his son made writing GARDEN STATE and what it had originally been about and how neither of us liked the film PENELOPE much (more on that later in the week on the Drunk Writer Talk blog)…

Anyway… a cool start to a day which just got better.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION was freakin’ hilarious. Of course, I expected that… but it really is very funny. It was the second screening of this film, (it had premiered at a Gala the night before) and as I mentioned earlier, the filmmakers and actors generally don’t go to the second screenings… Also the festival NEVER does Q&A’s at the Elgin theatre and the film was at the Elgin…. So what happened this morning?
After the screening, we were treated to a half hour (at least) Q&A following the film, with at least 10 of the cast members. Christopher Guest, Catherine O’Hara, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean, Parker Posey… I’m sure I’m missing someone… I did take pictures. I’ll post them some other time.

Anyway. Great film.

Then I went to see TEN ITEMS OR LESS, also a World Premiere, which is a very sweet movie with Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega.

Then… another Parker Posey movie, FAY GRIM, which was interesting and also starred Jeff Goldblum and made we really want to see a film by the same filmmaker called HENRY FOOL which I think I may have started to watch once on the Movie Network, but didn’t see the whole thing. (My camera batteries died, so no pictures of Jeff and Parker… but I do have pictures of Parker from the earlier film…)

The day wrapped up with the Bobcat Goldthwaite film, SLEEPING DOGS LIE, which actually has distribution and will be in theatres in October. Can’t really say if I recommend it… It was okay. Not really as provocative as Bobcat seems to think it is… and is basically just asking the question of whether total honesty is always the best policy in relationships.

Anyway… Fun day.

Crazy thing is. I have this insane idea that I’m going to get up early tomorrow to go down to see if I can get a ticket for THE FOUNTAIN for tomorrow night… According to my pal, Zack’s dad, if you get to the box office by 7:00 am they have a few tickets for almost any film that day, but they’re gone by 8:30 or 9:00. Problem is, even if it weren’t almost 1:00 am right now… I don’t typically do 7:00 am unless I’ve been up all night… But I do want to see that movie (in spite of the boos in Venice) and it would also make my schedule easier as it’s at the same theatre as the film I’m seeing earlier in the evening… Wish me luck! (Luck in prying myself out of bed, that is.)

(Oh, and my first film tomorrow has Forrest Wittaker playing Idi Amin. Should be interesting.)

Zach Braff and Romance Heroines

Okay. So those of you who read this blog and not the Drunk Writer Talk blog are not only missing out on the wisdom of Molly and Sinead, but you may have missed my rant on romance heroines. I know. I’m not being fair to them. Just 20 odd years ago they swooned into alpha males arms with barely a whimper. I should be glad they’re strong and make decisions now… But I still wish they made some bad decisions along with the good…

So, how does this relate to Zach Braff and the TIFF? Tonight at the world premiere of THE LAST KISS, Zach articulated exactly what I was trying to say in that rant. (okay, not exactly, but he made a similar point.)

I don’t want to blog any movie-spoilers, but Zach was basically talking about how shocked and thrilled he’d been to find a script for a romantic-comedy-type film where the protagonist makes some really bad choices and neither the main plot nor the subplots have nice tied-up-in-a-pretty-bow endings.

Okay, so those are my words, not Zach’s — his contained spoilers, plus I didn’t commit them to memory — but I think he’d agree with my romance heroine rant.

What I’m wondering now… will this less-than-heroic-at-times protagonist make this movie less commercial? Will audiences protest by staying away? Will portraying flawed characters, showing real human behaviours tank this film?

I hope not. I liked it. I guess we’ll find out soon, it opens on Friday.

Here’s a crappy resolution phone photo of Zach and the rest of the cast of the film during the Q&A. The short chick beside him is one of the OC gals. (I don’t watch that show, sorry.) By the way, I think I’ve figured out the whole photos/no photos thing now… I’m 90% sure the ex-marine type thugs who threatened me the other day are hired by the distribution companies, not the festival. they’re only at certain screenings. More oddly, they only seem to care about photos taken before the screening, not after. This sucks for movies with no Q&A, but is better than nothing. I’m not going to point out to anyone that this policy makes zero sense… If the cameras are in the theatre during the Q&A, obviously they were there during the film and the photo ops post film are exactly the same as those pre film so what gives? I figure the security dudes must be off the clock once the end credits role. Great. I’m bringing my camera again tomorrow. Missed some great photo ops this weekend including Christian Bale at the premiere of RESCUE DAWN. Oh, well.

Random cool fest moment: Dustin Hoffman at the rescheduled midnight screening of the Borat movie on Friday night. Just there. Sitting in the audience with the rest of us. Shook some hands. Smiled a lot. Dustin Hoffman is a Borat fan! Dude!

The Last Picture Show?

Very quick post… I skipped my 9:00 am movie (sob, it was VOLVER, which will be released in theatres in November, but still….) They rescreened the Borat movie last night… so I didn’t get home until well after 2:00 am again… 7:30 came way too early.

Need to run to make the next one.

Sad development. It appears the days of snapping pictures of movie stars prior to the screenings of TIFF movies are over. Perhaps during Q&A’s too? Not clear.

What ticks me off is that instead of making a general announcement, they hired security thugs (may not be the festival, may be the film distributors) to threaten people who pull their cameras out to snap a pic.

I snapped this photo of Heath Ledger (gorgeous in person) before CANDY — a quite depressing but well acted Australian film about drug addicts… I tell you. The ex-marine they sent over to beat me for this crime was not nice. I think my camera is officially retired.

I fully understand that they’re worried about piracy… But why didn’t they tell us somewhere… The program, the website, the letter they gave us when we bought our freakin’ expensive passes, that we could no longer take photos during the introductions or Q&A’s. And they seem to be so inconsistent about it… I must have taken 40 pictures the Borat night… Sigh.

PS. Saw my first AMAZING movie yesterday… But no time to tell you about it yet. Interestingly, also Australian (I guess yesterday was Oz-day for me). It’s called 2:37. More on it later.

Day One — From the Surreal to the Ridiculous

Okay, so I’m realy tired so this is going to be quick…

Started the day disappointed… Went to the screening of Kenneth Branaugh’s THE MAGIC FLUTE (the surreal) hoping to see Ken… figuring he’d be there since it was a World Premiere… Only to find out it was a being screened in Toronto 25 minutes before it was being screened in Venice and Ken decided to go to Venice. Venice instead of Toronto? WHAT was he thinking?

Anyway… movie is clever, but very strange and if you’re not an opera buff, don’t bother.

Next was the gut wrenching THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY. Ken Loach’s film that won the Palm D’Or in Cannes this year. Pretty powerful film with obvious parallels to politics today… Who’s a guerilla organization, who’s an elected government, who’s a freedom fighter. Bits hard to watch (torture, that kind of thing) but well worth seeing. Here’s the very talented Cillian Murphy doing the Q&A after the film.

After that, I saw a hilarious new film called FIDO. Every year, I usually go to a couple of Canadian films hoping to see the one that’s actually going to do well at the box office. Well, this year, FIDO might be it. Part zombie movie, part Lassie, 100% satire, I thought it was hilarious.

Here’s the filmmaker who I’m too tired to look up his name (maybe I fix it after I sleep… along with some of the cast including Dylan Baker, Carrie Ann Moss and Billy Connelly.

Then it got even more ridiculous. I had a much sought after ticket to the midnight screening and world premiere (I think) of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. (That’s the Title, folks.) Already it as a crazy screening. He arrived on a donkey (didn’t witness this, just heard) and no one would take their seats because they were all watching for Borat (Sasha Cohen) to come into the theatre. There were several minor Canadian celebs I noticed in the audience… George Strombolopolous (has a show here and very briefly hosted “THE ONE” in the US before it got cancelled — not George’s fault, I’m sure), Ben Mulroney (host of Canadian Idol and son of former Prime Minister of the same last name), Paul Gross (starred in Due South and currently Sling and Arrows — also a very funny film about curling. Seriously about curling and funny… well maybe only funny if you’re Canadian… well maybe only funny if your parents both used to curl), Robert Lantos (producer of such films as Sunshine).

Anyway… They finally brought Borat up on stage, introduced the film and started it… By this time it was at least 12:30 am. I didn’t check my watch. Now, one interesting thing about these midnight screenings is how many people show up drunk. I almost got loaded just smelling the breath of the guy behind me… And I guy across the aisle and one row back was smoking a hash pipe. (Why he didn’t get caught is beyond me. Not so much for the dope, but for the smoking indoors, thing…) So, with that kind of crowd, you can imagine how excited everyone was when about 20 minutes in, the projector broke!!!!

Yes… Interesting… Well, Borat did a minute or so of impromptu stand up while standing on his seat in the theatre and shouting… It almost made us think — for an instant — that the projector dying was part of the act….
The poor volunteers told us it would be “one minute” every five minutes for about for about fifteen minutes… Then some audience member started to do some pathetic psychic act from his seat… Then finally, Michael Moore (who I hadn’t noticed was in the theatre until then) and Larry Charles (of Seinfeld fame and the producer of the Borat film) took the stage and opened the floor to questions, which ranged from serious ones about how they got people to sign wavers to appear in the film to really silly ones. One kid asked Larry Charles if he’d give him a note to be late for school the next day. He did.

Wish I could remember something else… cause a lot of it was funny. Oh, Michael Moore going on about how Canada is going to hell in a handbasket now we have a conservative government was funny with Ben Mulroney sitting right there… Wish I’d had the guts to point it out to Michael. Then, after MM and LC had been on stage at least 20 minutes… Borat got up and did a fairly staged but funny Q&A with one of the TIFF programmers, until they finally announced about 1:45 that the screening was cancelled, but they’d show it tomorrow at midnight at the Elgin… Sigh. Not sure I can do a midnight screening two nights in a row. Especially because I’ve now spent 45 minutes doing this (which is why you’re not getting pictures of Borat–may post some tomorrow) and it’s 3:15 am. Crap.

I don’t have a film until noon tomorrow… But that still means leaving the house by 10:30 am or so (7 hours from now) if I want a half decent seat…

On another film fest note… When I opened my browser, I couldn’t help but notice a link to Orlando Bloom promoting the film HAVEN on the Today Show.

It reminded me of why I love the festival; why it’s all worth while. Although I expect all of the films I saw today will open soon, I saw HAVEN at the 2004 festival. Yes, not 2005 — 2004. I saw that film — which is great, by the way — TWO YEARS AGO and it’s just getting released into theatres now.

Ciao. Must sleep.

Alas, no Hugh Jackman for me

I got 44 of my 45 first choices for the festival, including the second showing of Babel. Very excited about that, even though the filmakers and stars often don’t show up to the second screening. Who cares. I want to see the movie more than Brad Pitt. (Although I’ll be psyched if he shows.)
The only first choice I didn’t get is one I was totally expecting to get. The Fountain. The new movie by Darren Aronofsky, who gave us Pi and Requiem for a Dream — two very interesting movies. The Fountain stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and I admit I partly wanted to go to get some close-up photos of Hugh during the Q&A…
I think the film opens in November, so I won’t have to wait too long to see it… But it sounds cool — Three timelines spanning 1000 years with the same two characters… or at least the same two actors playing a couple in each time period.

Sigh. It’s one I’d like to see before all the reviews and pre-release hype and trailers and things that can ruin the experience of seeing a movie. (Actually… I did see a trailer already… At least a month ago…) There’s something really magic about seeing films at the festival though… I could try the rush line for The Fountain…

The film I did get in that timeslot is Quelques jours en Septembre which also looks great and I know Juilette Binoche is going to be in Toronto for the screening (papers said so) whereas I don’t know if Hugh will even be in town… I expect John Turturro will show too… He was here last year with his own very bizarre film Romance & Cigarettes — one of the only films I saw at last year’s fest I didn’t love. Here’s a snap of him at last year’s fest.

Think I’ll skip the rush line for The Fountain and just wait until November, like everyone else…

PS. If you do give Romance & Cigarettes a try as a rental… Here’s a couple of warnings… First: A musical staring James Gandolfini. If that doesn’t get you try this: You have to buy that Mandy Moore, Aida Turturro and Mary Louise Parker are Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon’s three teenage daughters. It’s hard enough for Mandy Moore to pull off “teenager”, but Aida Turturro and Mary Louise Parker? Enough said.

Bobcat Goldthwait? What was I thinking?

So, I turned in my picks for the film fest this afternoon and stuck around for the “draw” to determine which box gets opened first.

There were 40 boxes of envelopes this year… (I’d guess 40-50 envelopes in each box? Maybe double that… I have no idea really) My envelope got into box #35 and the number drawn was #22, so, I’m in the 14th box of envelopes that’ll be processed this weekend… That means I have a good chance of getting a ticket to the majority of the 45 films I selected. Yes, 45. (My pass is good for up to 50.)

And I picked the Bobcat Goldthwait film. Eagerly awaited after his 1992 film Shakes the Clown… (Actually, I keep meaning to rent that. An alcoholic clown… what’s not to love?)

Bobcat Goldtwait? Wait. It gets better… What is this film about? It’s about the repercussions after a woman admits to her lover that she once had a sexual encouter with a dog. Which I gather they show in the opening scene of the movie. Hmmmmm….

It’s part of the “Vanguard” programme at the fest which is meant to showcase “Innovative filmmakers and bold films that challenge our social and cultural assumptions.”

Ya think?

Actually, NOW Magazine, the weekly Toronto paper that reviews about 40 of the 350 or so fest-films, gave this one NNNN or “excellent”. They have a “best of the fest” NNNNN rating, too… but only gave that rating to two films.

I quote from their review, “The most striking thing about demented comic Goldthwait’s Sleeping Dogs Lie is that the story of a young woman seeking romantic fulfillment has a genuine sweetness behind the studied outrageousness of its premise.” The review goes on to suggest you not let anyone tell you what the premise is… but I’ve already done that. Sorry. Not much chance this will be in your multiplex anytime soon, uncut anyway. [I just looked at the film fest description again… and it looks like it does have a distributor in the US and Canada… Maybe it will come to your town… If you live in a big city, anyway… Sounds like it premiered in January — Sundance? About 90% of the films at the TIFF are either world or North American premieres… but this one is part of the 10%, apparently.]

I’ll post again after the screening… Didn’t Janeane Garofalo have some great line in The Truth about Cats and Dogs about loving your pets too much?

Off to pick up my Festival Programme

And it begins… the dark hole is looming… The chances of frequent blog activity or getting any real work done diminishing…

The film list and schedule for the 2006 TIFF have arrived!

Today, I will go pick up my programme book and the forms for making my selections, which must be turned in by 1:00 pm on Friday. Since NOW, the weekly local paper which reviews some of the films, doesn’t come out until Thursday (and since I’m a major procrastinator) I probably won’t sleep Thursday night. The process to make selections is astoundingly complicated what with 350 films, many different venues around the city with travel time in between, and my conflicting objectives of wanting to see films I wouldn’t otherwise be able to see, and wanting to do some gawking at hollywood stars… So many movies, so many stars, so little time.

After my picks are turned in on Friday, they start opening envelopes on a lottery basis… I’ve been lucky the past two years, so not holding my breath on getting so lucky again this year.

On Monday (labour day) I will be standing in two long lines… (really a warm up for the actual festival, which is all about lines) The first line is to pick up my tickets and the second to make changes… Last year the change line took nearly 4 hours and by the time I reached the front, what I’d wanted to do wasn’t possible. (But at least I handed back my duplicate tickets… I got a ticket to both screenings of a Korean film I’d picked as my #1 choice in one time slot and my #2 choice in another. The film was cool… but I didn’t want to see it twice!)

Then the actual screenings start next Thursday night. Starting Friday morning (Friday the 8th), if I’m as insane as previous years, I’ll be seeing 5 movies a day until the 17th. Leaving the house at 8:00 am every day (very early for me…) and not getting home until after midnight. Much later if I go to a “Midnight Madness” show. Last year I only made it to one of those… the premiere of Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic. Very funny. It was worth the lack of sleep. Yes, the film festival is a very grueling and tough job. :-) Pity me.

Keanu Reeves – Reason to get a new camera?

I snapped this pic at the premiere of Thumbsucker at the TIFF last September. Sadly, my camera has quite a delay between pressing the button and the snap, or it would have been a great picture. I was sitting on the aisle; he walked right by me.

So, I need a new camera. Maybe not for Keanu Reeves per se, but in case I get a great opportunity like that with someone else snap-worthy. Not to mention my niece and nephew and my dog-nephew, none of whom are very good at keeping still.

On Keanu, though… He was exceptionally cute in person. I was kinda surprised. I guess I’ve been an on-again-mostly-off-again fan of his. He sucked so badly in Much Ado About Nothing a gazillion years ago, that I thought I’d never forgive him, (or Kenneth Branagh for casting him) but every once and a while, he’s pretty good.

He really surprised me in two fairly recent movies. One was Something’s Gotta Give, with Diane Keaton and the other was Thumbsucker. In Something’s Gotta Give I was shocked to find I really believed he was not only a doctor but was in love with Diane Keaton. (Of course, I heard rumors he may actually have been a bit in love with Diane Keaton, removing the need to actually act, but he was convincing.)

Thumbsucker, directed by Mike Mills, is a movie not many people have seen. I think the DVD is out now, so if you’re into indie films and would like to see a very fresh take on a coming of age movie, I highly recommend it. Keanu has a small supporting role that’s very funny and pokes fun at his real life persona as well as his Matrix role. He plays a dentist who doles out more therapy and new age babble than any real therapist would. He’s like a spiritual guide for the protagonist. Hey, doesn’t everyone go to their dentist for therapy?

Anyhoo… The plot of the movie revolves around Justin played by Lou Pucci, a 17 year old teen who still sucks his thumb and his attempts to stop and the affects that has on his life. In a sub-plot, his mother, played by the fabulously talented Tilda Swinton, considers an affair with a TV celebrity, played by Benjamin Bratt, who’s being treated at the drug rehab clinic she works in. Justin’s father, played by the enigmatic Vincent D’Onofrio lives in the past, pining after a career in football he might have had.

In the end, the son (in spite of his thumbsucking) shows the most maturity and to me, the film is about accepting who you are and explores whether treatments for some so-called problems are worse than the problems themselves. Great satirical bit on Ritalin in this movie.

Small excerpt written by Michele Maheux in the TIFF 2005 Programme Book:

“Adapted from Walter Kim’s novel, Thumbsucker boasts sharply written dialogue and eccentric humour that dissects the foibles of this idiosyncratic bunch. The young actors’ freshly expressive performances are perfectly balanced with the sublimely understated work of the film’s established stars. The sterile backdrop of suburban repression receives refreshing treatment in this tale of learning to take one’s medicine and reckon with reality.”

So, a round about way to say I’m buying a new camera today. Okay, not for Keanu photo ops but conference photo ops.

How exciting.

Film Fest decision day…

Okay, the passes for the Toronto International Film Festival go on sale today and I need to make up my mind before the passes sell out.


  1. I always see amazing films — many of which never hit the theatres or don’t hit them until a couple of years later
  2. Most of the films screened have excellent writing… I find I can learn alot about character development or storytelling from watching well written films.
  3. I must admit, I love the excitement of seeing the films first and seeing the stars and having the opportunity to ask quesitons of the actors and film makers.
  4. I’ve met some cool people at past fests — many of whom I run into each year.
  5. Cool stuff happens — like Bono showing up at the screening for BREAKFAST ON PLUTO last year. Very interesting film, by the way… Cillian Murphy rocks. I had seen him in RED EYE and BATMAN RETURNS in theatres around the same time… and talk about a different role! And yes, Bono just showed up. Was hanging around the lobby shaking people’s hands and then leaned against the wall near the back during the film. I could list more cool festival moments… but perhaps will save them for another blog entry…


  1. It’s a lot of money… Over $500 including taxes for a Festival Pass — which is what I’ve bought the past 2 years… A festival pass entitles the holder to up to 50 films… It’s pretty tricky to actually see 50 films… It’s officially 11 days, but other than the opening night Gala, for which it’s impossible to get a ticket, there usually aren’t many interesting (to me) films screened on the first night… And there’s often not much on the final Sunday, either… so that leaves 9 or 10 days… Which makes, yes, 5 movies a day. It’s possible to do six, (9ish, noonish, 3ish, 6ish, 9ish, midnight) but I never have. I had tickets for 6 one day during the 2004 festival, but ended up skipping the last one (which was THE MACHINIST with Christian Bale, another very cool film, which I eventually saw… but not at the midnight world premiere at the TIFF, big pout — I was just too tired…) But I did do 5 per day most days last year…
  2. It’s grueling — see above. I basically have to be out of the house by 8:00 am for the first screening (even though I’m lucky enough to live in the city quite close to most of the theatres) and I’m rarely home before midnight — usually closer to 1:00 am… It always takes me an hour or so to wind down, before I can sleep… so yes, very little sleep for Maureen during the festival. About 5 days into the festival last year, I was getting a cold, was very, very tired and swore I’d never do it again… But I do love it…
  3. It sucks up a huge amount of time… During the festival, I’m basically unreachable and don’t get anything done… Not only is there the 11 actual days of the festival, but even with the amazing festival pass, there’s a lot of work to do pre-fest… More on this in a subsequent post.
  4. I eat badly and don’t exercise for a week. Okay, so anyone who’s met me or has seen a photo is probably thinking, “She normally eats healthy and exercises????” But actually, while consistent healthy eating is a big problem for me… I do work out and missing that for a couple of weeks makes me feel crappy.
  5. I usually get a cold — undoubtedly related to the popcorn and hot dog diet and the lack of sleep and exercise… not to mention breathing air shared by several thousand people in a confined space all day.

Hmmmm, my con list looks longer… but it’s just because I ranted about the cons. Bottom line, even though the festival is really about standing in lines for 2 weeks… interspersed with great films and the opportunity to see movie stars… I love it.

Still slightly on the fence… Wish I had a crystal ball that would tell me what else will be going on for me in September… will I have a book deal? Will I be making revisions? Will I have something else pressing on my time…
Gah! Must Make Decision….