Mamo 420: Matt’s Not Going To #TIFF15

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Our annual TIFF preview episode… with a difference! One Matt is skipping the festival and the other decided to thin-slice his picks instead of diving deep. We’ll tell you why.

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Matthew Price
Guest

Guys guys I made a factual error in this episode

Ultimo Lee
Guest

Is it that Claude Lelouch didn’t direct Jean De Florette and Manon Des Sources?

Matthew Price
Guest

No it’s that I am attending Tiff this year

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It’s really, really, hard to say no!

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Even Matt Brown who isn’t going to TIFF, still seems to be going to TIFF, just in a very limited capacity, compared to other years.

That said, as the 3rd Matt of MAMO, or 4th, 5th, of whatever (there’s been a lot of Matt’s on MAMO) I’m not going to TIFF. Only not because of prices but because of a young 4 month baby at home who is still waking up too many times during the night.

That said, I’ve never gone-all-in like you guys, at most I think I’ve seen perhaps dozen or so films. For a few years I had been increasing the number of films I had been seeing each TIFF and I came close to at times getting a book of all the Midnight Madness films, back when I was freelancing and working from home and could have possibly pulled it off.

Being able to save some money when buying larger number of tickets was encouraging me to see more films than I normally would. So when my daughter is older and it’s easier to see TIFF films than this year, I won’t be going down that path of seeing more. Instead, I will just seeing what few stand out films I hear about.

Matt Gamble
Guest

For the record, I have not, nor have I ever had relations with TIFF.

It’s nice being the only Matt with standards.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Matt’s ‘faster, leaner, get it done quickly’ is mostly commensurate with my experience. Yes, I still go through the book, but the TIFFR thing wraps up the scheduling in one tenth the time it used to and am not too worried about missing or fitting things in.

(Also, I’ve backed significantly off of SPECIAL PRESENTATION, MIDNIGHT and VANGUARD titles this year for whatever reason and gone back to MASTERS, DISCOVERY and CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA.)

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I couldn’t squeeze any LOVE 3D into the festival this year (parse that sentence as you will), but TIFF is having regular Lightbox release of the film as part of their fall programme. So it’ll be pretty available on the big screen in October…Ditto other festival films such as Guy Maddin’s THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s THE ASSASSIN and Jafar Panahi’s TAXI.

And Brown, you should try to get a ticket ARABIAN NIGHTS … Single ticket, 7 hours worth of movie.

Goon
Guest

Now that JFL42 immediately follows TIFF, and provides such a good value, TIFF has been harder for me for the last couple years. I currently have no TIFF passes and will at best have a few tickets. I haven’t even really gone through the titles.

Really there’s plenty to watch at home and on Netflix including past TIFF titles I didn’t get to yet, and there’s very little I can’t wait to see. I would never go so far as to say TIFF is stupid or blah in order to justify my decision, it’s just getting less and less important to my filmgoing lifestyle, which is odd considering I acknowledge how lucky we are to have it here.

Jandy Hardesty
Guest

Y’all should skip TIFF and come to TCMFest instead. 🙂

Matthew Price
Guest

I’m thinking about it – maybe not until I have a little more vacation time and no kid to bring on trips – but it’ll happen.

Rick Vance
Guest

I did 15 last year because of my school schedule made the midnight madness pass (student discount ++) and 5 other movies it was my first time doing it.

This year my very full school schedule precludes MM on days not directly related to the weekend so that pass is out of the question, budget is also a thing so my initial plan is 8 movies nothing that is coming out by end of 2015 anywhere in the GTA

I can’t make rush lines work due to travel distance so yeah, but the film list looks good.

Dave Nandes
Guest

Thanks to MaMo I’ve had a full emotional arc with TIFF over the last decade. Living in the burbs and being a Go Train commuter has made it impossible to ever take a proper run at midnight madness screenings, and buying the big fancy pass has always seemed impossible to swing.

I used to be super disappointed every year around this time, knowing there’s no way I could feasibly do the festival the way you two describe, and now I couldn’t give less of a shit. All of this, based solely on festival feedback from the Mamoteers.

Kurt
Guest

Mamoteers. This should be a thing.

Andrew James
Admin

While I admit to being a bit jealous of the TIFFers every year, I have to say I’m starting to realize how I need not be. Sure I’ll miss some stuff right away, but for about .1% of the price of a trip to TIFF, there are a ton of movies that I have yet to catch up on and will enjoy just the same.

Although the experience of TIFF is 50% movies and 50% camaraderie. The latter is hard to get by staying at home.

Jandy Hardesty
Guest

Yeah, I think it’s the camaraderie that I’d be after more than the films at this point – but then I could just go to Toronto and meet up with folks, maybe hit up a Lightbox screening or two, and call it square. TIFF was a bucket list item for me a few years ago. Now I feel like there are other film experiences I’d rather do instead.

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