Rave: Our All Time Favourite Movies

With the memories of TIFF ’12 fresh in our minds, the office is still buzzing with
celebrity gossip and movie chat, which got us talking about our all-time
favourite movies. Turns out that here on
the fourth floor, we all love a good chick-flick, but like to balance it out with a good comedy or classic ’90s flicks every so often. 


Here’s a list of our favourite
movies of all time which we feel are “must-sees.”  



Disclaimer: We’re not saying these were the best-written, best-directed or best-acted films we’ve EVER seen – just feel-good ones we’ve watched over and over because they make us feel good, spark our imaginations and let us escape to another world once in a while.

As if we even need to explain this choice! Clueless is the ultimate high-school chick
movie that had us all dreaming of Cher’s luxurious life. Who wouldn’t want a sunny L.A. lifestyle, your own brand new Jeep to practice driving and all of the purple clogs you can
squeeze your feet into? And seriously,
who doesn’t like a great makeover scene? Best part of a chick flick, always.

We’re suckers for a good romance and this one might top them all. Maybe some of us are lacking a bit of romance
in our lives, but despite that, The Notebook ranks as one of our top choices
because of its combination of real-world struggles and a love that’s deeper
than infatuation. And there’s nothing quite like a little Gos.
                                   
Eye candy. You’re welcome!

This movie is one of the best of Paul Rudd’s, one of our fave funny men of recent years (coincidence that he’s also in Clueless? Hardly. He’s become a sign of a great comedy). This movie makes us laugh to the point of tears, and makes us cringe from his
character’s sheer awkwardness. One of
the most quote-able movies we could come up with and could watch again and
again. Schlappa da bass…..

We are putting these two together simply because they both
made our list for the same reason: we love a little magic and fantasy every
once in a while (some of us a little more than others). These movies – all 11
of them – combine beautiful imagery and creative stories that capture our
attention so that we can watch for hours at a time. We may have done this more than once. Believe what you want. 😉

Who doesn’t like a little bit of teenage drama and
scandal? We couldn’t resist adding one
of our favourite flicks from 
high school to the list. It was awesome back then and it’s even more
awesome now to look back and shake our heads at what we thought was a
life-altering script. We also can’t
forget that this was the beginning of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s
real life romance. (It doesn’t matter
how that turned out.)

And now for the ultimate in chick flicks. We couldn’t leave this one
out…

Young Patrick Swayze as eye candy, Jennifer Grey’s endearing
portrayal of Baby (pre-nose job, how we prefer her), the dancing, the music, the dresses, the shoes, the dancing… what’s not
to love? We don’t even need to go on.
    
                                                  
Classic…
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#TIFF12: Getting swaggy at Tastemakers Lounge

Tastemaker: Someone who popularizes a new fashion or trend; a
role model or someone worthy of imitation.

Us rock-it-eers know great products and brands when we see
them, so we’re pumped to share the details of this year’s Tastemakers Lounge,
hosted during the Toronto International Film Festival. For the eighth year,
local and international guests visited our revamped suite at the
InterContinental Hotel to indulge in the exceptional products Tastemakers
Lounge is known for showcasing. We’re proud to be Canadian and try to rock
Canadian labels as often as we can, and Tastemakers Lounge is no exception.

Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo came by Tastemakers to check out
our goodies.
Films are what TIFF is all about, but there’s always an eye
on Festival fashion. Yorkdale Shopping
Centre
 guaranteed Tastemakers guests left the lounge with special
gifts, from a Tiffany & Co. limited edition bracelet to Microsoft’s new
Arc Touch mouse. 

Director Brandon Cronenberg, Antiviral, checks out
Yorkdale Shopping Centre.

We want guests to look as good on the outside as they do
underneath, and La Senza made
sure this was the case. They showcased their new line of lingerie called Beyond
Sexy, gifting a bra and panty set and gift cards for future shopping. Catch the
line in stores September 17.

TIFF Rising Stars Charlotte Sullivan (left) and Tatiana
Maslany (right) are excited about their Beyond Sexy lingerie from La Senza.

Actors are always in front of the camera, and after TIFF,
they’ll need Indeed Laboratories’ products to keep them looking fresh and
paparazzi-ready. Talent were treated to fan favourite products eysilix and
peptalash, for flawless looks when the cameras flash.  

Tamara Podemski,The Lesser Blessed, loved
her eysilix gift from Canada’s own Indeed Labs.

Demeter Fragrance Lab’s fragrance bar kept guests smelling
nice and fresh, especially with scents like rain, dragon fruit, and a TIFF
favourite, popcorn.

Waving to cameras and signing autographs for fans means
hands need to look their best. Kiss provided an in-lounge mani with imPRESS
Press-On Manicure and Nail Dress, a spiced up version of do-it-yourself nails
on the go. We didn’t forget about the toes; Emjoi’s MicroPedi, a portable
hand-held pedicure, was a welcome take-home item.

Hilary Farr of Love It or List It gets a KISS
nails manicure.

Bobble provided durable, trendy and eco-conscious water
bobbles while Tea Emporium made sure our lounge guests had a calming moment to
themselves by selecting their own personal blend of tea. Other products
gifted include Viviscal Maximum Strengh for naturally beautiful hair and
Kimberley’s Own granola, 100 per cent vegan and gluten-free granola.

Emily Hampshire, star of My Awkward Sexual
Adventure
, with the bobble selection at the lounge.

Toronto is a foodie-centric city, so we went beyond gifting
the best in Canadian fashion and accessories; we included tasty treats as well!
Stars snacked on cupcakes by Le Dolci, popchips in flavours like Sweet Potato
and Thai Chili Lime and Kimberley’s Own granola.

Rob Zombie and wife Sheri Moon Zombie enjoyed Kimberley’s
Own granola while at Tastemakers.

Of course we didn’t forget about our gentlemen guests. The
staff of John Allan’s,  a men’s grooming service and club, were ready to
provide shoe shines, hair clean-ups and mini manicures. Guys need cuticle trims, too.

Jarvis Church of the Philosopher Kings makes the most of a
John Allan’s shoe shine. 

With all the swag we gifted, it’s a good thing we had totes
from Me & You and Sully Wong’s duffle so guests could carry everything
they got.

Musician Adam Cohen loves his Sully Wong duffle. 

Guests
who stopped by include: Adrian Grenier, Brandon Cronenberg, Eli
Roth, Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie, Adam Cohen, Sarah Gadon,
Connor Jessup, Tatiana Maslany, Charlotte Sullivan, Emily Hampshire, Jonas
Chernick, Gabrielle Miller, Vic Sahay, Deco Dawson, Amy Berg, Laura Mennell,
Tonya Lee Williams, Gage Munroe, Michael Friend, Sam Yu, Steven McCarthy,
Spencer Van Wyck, Georgina Reilly, Matthew Cooke, Sheila McCarthy, Yannick
Bisson, Jarvis Church, Tamara Podemski, Rachel Wilson, Douglas Smith, Charlie
Carrick, Christa Campbell, Reece Thompson, Hilary Farr, the cast of 
Foxfire,
Rosey Edeh (Global News), Tara Spencer-Nairn, Liz Trinnear (MuchMusic VJ),
Maika Monroe, Siddarth, Zaib Shaikh, Annika Marks, Kristen Gutoskie, Agam
Darshi, Lorenza Izzo, Abdallah El Akal. Whew!


Adrian Grenier kept calm and got his swag on while in town
promoting his movie 
How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

We’re having such a blast at TIFF 2012 this year and couldn’t be
more proud of Tastemakers Lounge – we outdo ourselves every year. Thank you to
our exceptional sponsors and those who make Tastemakers possible, we couldn’t
do it without you and the amazing products you provide each year.

Visit our Facebook
page
 and Flickr
site
 for more pics from the lounge.

Check out some of our past
Tastemakers posts
 and discover our amazing history.

#TIFF12: Buzzy Films

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It’s back.

The city is awash in TIFF madness. One
can’t walk down the street without running into pop-up mobs of star-gazers out front of Toronto’s swankiest hotels (okay, maybe even we cast a glance at
the entrance when passing hot spots like the Templar (Target) Hotelthe Drake Hotel, the SoHo, the Hyatt and Le Germain). Most bars have an
extended 4 a.m. license for the duration of the festival,
even if half the hopeful partiers find themselves standing outside Soho House hoping to spot one of the many A-listers coming and going.

But it’s not really about catching a glimpse of Ryan
Gosling, is it? Toronto’s film fest is known as an Academy Award barometer and is truly all about the films. Here are
the films we’re most excited about, or have seen and loved the most thus far:

Billed as a “mind-bending futuristic thriller,” Looper
features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis on a mission to kill his
future self.  By all accounts, director Rian Johnson’s ability to blend genres and create something fresh and
interesting is at play again here and the result is both action-packed and
mentally stimulating. Jo-Go’s star is on the rise and, apparently, neither his
nor co-stars Willis and Emily Blunt’s performances disappoint.

An adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic and the third
collaboration of Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright (previously Atonement
and Pride & Prejudice), this film is a shoo-in for Academy nods. The trailer
alone attests to the film’s sumptuous settings and costume design and we are
excited to see Jude Law in the role of Alexei Karenin.


It was said that the novel Cloud Atlas would be impossible to adapt to film. Apparently not
for the Wachowski siblings (previously brothers) behind The Matrix and Tom Tykwer, who have directed a movie of “epic”
proportions (according to TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey himself).  The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle
Berry, Hugo Weaving and more with appearances from Susan Sarandon and Hugh
Grant.

The premise of this film is a dog-napping scheme gone awry.
Directed by Martin McDonagh and boasting a star-studded cast, including Colin
Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits, we
can’t wait to see what happens following the theft of a ganster’s Shih Tzu…right?

Based on a true story this film, directed and starred in by
Ben Affleck, is a movie about a fake movie made by the CIA in order to get six
stranded Americans out of Tehran. It promises to be filled with suspense and
sprinkled with humor. John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Barry Livingston support
and, darn it, Ben Affleck looks good with a beard.

The list of films we’re excited about goes on. Here are some
more you should definitely check out: Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, Rebelle, Laurence Anyways, The Master, Silver Linings PlaybookHyde Park on Hudson,
Dredd 3D, Midnight’s Children,
 Inescapable
Stories We Tell and My Awkward Sexual Adventure starring Jonas Chernick and Emily Hampshire.

TIFF is also a great time to check out some up-and-coming talent. The Rising Stars Programme features young Canadian actors and actresses Charlotte Sullivan, Charlie Carrick, Tatiana Maslany and Connor Jessup. Jessup stars in the Independent Film and Festival 2012 selection Blackbird as Sean Randall: an angry and troubled teenager who finds himself in juvenile detention after being accused and arrested for a crime that he did not commit – forever reshaping his life. Maslany stars in Picture Day, directed by Kate Melville, which premieres at TIFF. She has also started filming the Jason Priestley-directed Cas & Dylan with Richard Dreyfuss.