Thank-you, 2016. Yes, it was a tough year, both personally and as a fan of popular culture and its icons, but it was also one of The GATE’s best years. It’s worth taking a moment now at the end of 2016 to look back on some of the awesome that came our way over the last 365 days.
Do you know what I love the most about the Oscars? It’s not really the awards for me, but the frame that it puts around the year in cinema. It’s about the love of movies, and in particular I love the way their montages make films come to life again, like you’re seeing them for the first time. They’re fresh, exciting glimpses into the real heart of cinema–those heart-racing, action-packed, emotional core moments that keep us going back for more stories time and again.
Christmas is my favorite time of year because it starts around mid-November and goes all the way until the end of December. While I’m no fashionista, I do love getting dressed up for the right occasions, and this year I have to point out a new love for the holidays from to OppoSuits: Christmas suits. They’re stylish and seasonal, and for $129 they’re actually pretty cheap if you ask me. I’ve seen ugly Christmas sweaters for almost the same price.
It is incredible when you realize how many people come together to make any film possible, and so often most of the people involved are never recognized after it’s all done. That’s why I love Hamilton Watch’s Behind The Camera Awards, which are happening tonight in Los Angeles.
Hello, Hollywood! It’s been a while, and it’s great to be back for a few days. Hamilton Watch invited me down for the Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards, which are tonight in LA, and it’s going to be a lot of fun, especially once I can talk about the celebrities who are coming to the event.
Some things are essential, and for me and my family, travel is one of those necessities that makes our hearts warm, and our minds happy. Even my daughter, who is only 3-years-old has said how much she likes flying and staying at hotels.
Hong Kong. For nearly a week I’ve been exploring the city, and taking in the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix, and it’s been a truly incredible place to discover, and there’s no simple way to sum up the experience.
Walt Disney World is almost like nothing I could have expected. My wife and family had prepared for our trip, and we had watched some videos on YouTube even to get ready, but the experience is something else entirely. It’s almost everything you could ask for in a vacation.
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TIFF 16: The story of my 16th year at the festival, plus ‘Limehouse Golem’, Paul Schrader, Marc Forester, and Noel Clarke
There’s no way to prepare for it–not really–but that’s always what makes TIFF so much fun if you ask me. Before the festival started I saw nine films, I went to two gift lounges, and I had two pre-interviews with filmmakers. Then the real fun started on September 8, with a couple of days filled with interviews and events.
Happy Day 3, TIFFers! It’s one of my favorite times of year in Toronto, and the film festival is in full swing. For press and publicists, mind you, it’s more like week three, because of all of the pre-festival screenings, but it’s hard to complain about that when it makes the front-end of TIFF so much more productive. I rarely get time to screen much in the first few days of TIFF, but that’s usually because I’m interviewing, and there have been some good ones already.