Twitch, as always, is a purveyor of good news. This time around, the news is that the line-up for the Midnight Madness program at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has been announced. Which is doubly cool because the line-up in years past was about the last thing announced. The films are:
- Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
- Black Sheep
- All The Boys Love Mandy Lane
- Trapped Ashes
- The Abandoned
- The Host
I am a little disappointed that there’s no kung fu/action hijinks this time around à la Dragon Tiger Gate or City of Violence. However, Midnight Madness is just a slice of the festival, so who knows what will turn up elsewhere. Besides, getting to see The Host in a crowded theatre in the wee hours of the morning makes up for an awful lot.
I’m also intrigued by Princess, an über-violent Dutch animation about a former priest out to avenge the death of his sister; Severance looks like a nice bit of twisted, blood-soaked fun; and Borat looks to be the perfect amount of silliness to offset all of the artsy-fartsy stuff I’ll be inundated with throughout the festival.
In other festival-related news, we ordered our coupon books this morning. Which means that Christmas comes early this year. August 30, to be exact. That’s when the lovely FedEx delivery person will arrive with our early registration package, complete with full-color festival program. That night, I’ll likely be a giddy little schoolgirl, poring over the program, and making my picks (much to my wife’s chagrin).