Greg’s 2011 TIFF Report: The Final Chapter

What a fast week. I’m not even exhausted. That’s weird. I did lose about 15lbs just by eating better, so that’s a plus. Wait a minute… eating healthy for a week makes you good, but eating pizza and donuts for a week makes you feel tired. I think I may have stumbled across something here…

One final film at TIFF: Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerald Butler. It’s the true story of Sam Childers, a biker who found religion and turned his life around by becoming a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese child soldiers. Movie starts out with Sam getting released from prison and getting back into his old routine: drinking, shooting heroin, robbery and even the murder of a ‘dirty Indian’ as described in the film. Sadly, I laughed at that because my buddy Steve is part native and we all call him ‘Chief’. He’s cool with it so you should be too. Follow him on Twitter while you’re at it – @saysSteve. He likes sports.

Anyway, the murder puts Sam over the edge and he starts going to church with his wife, mother and daughter. He gets inspired by the sermon of a guest preacher who spoke of the Sudan and Sam decides to check it out. Stunned by all of the senseless bloodshed, Sam returns back to the U.S. with a plan to build a home in the Sudan for all of the war torn children. At times, the movie became waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over dramatic and it was tough to imagine Gerald Butler spreading the word of the Lord, but overall is it was decent.

So, that’s it. Year 16 at TIFF is over. I sold my extra vouchers for $30 to some people in the rush line and packed up my stuff and headed back to good ol’ Hamilton. I’m not going to go into detail about the Ti-Cats game cause they were shit, but on the bright side I did get two free Kevin Glenn (he’s the quarterback) bobbleheads!

Best moment of the week: Seeing a bar downtown with a huge neon sign that said ‘COCKTAILS’ but TAILS was burnt out and then noticing that the bar was called the Ballroom. Hehehe…genitals.

Top 5 at TIFF in no particular order:

  • Pearl Jam Twenty
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • Into the Abyss
  • Dark Horse
  • The Raid

Thanks to my bro, Kris, and the Snows for the accommodations this week. Thanks for reading.

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  • Thanks Greg, it has been a pleasure reading your TIFF reports. Looking forward to next year.

  • kyri

    I am glad you stopped eating SHIT Greg. You should drink more water too. bottled.

  • Linda

    You might want to check the name of the actor in MGP. Gerard Butler, not Gerald….But that is o.k. , I think at this point of the festival, you were just going through the motions as evident by your review.

  • Greg

    @Linda: I guess you’ve never listened to the podcast before.

  • Linda loves Greg, Linda loves Greg