That's a wrap: reporter picks her top 5 moments of TIFF

That's a wrap: reporter picks her top 5 moments of TIFF
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by: Sheri Block

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As the house lights come on, the celebrities go home and the coffee wears off, it’s time to look back on the whirlwind that is TIFF.

And even though the 16-hour days and late-nights are starting to get to me (I couldn’t find my car in the parkade . . . despite the fact it was almost right in front of me!) I will miss the excitement of screening films, attending press conferences and interviewing all of the acclaimed actors and directors.

Even though there were many memorable moments over the past 10 days, here are my top five:

1. Exchanging swear words with Colin Farrell

Interviewing Colin Farrell has been on my bucket list ever since I briefly chatted with him during a TIFF press conference in 2008. My dream finally came true this year when I was able to do a roundtable interview with him for his new movie “Seven Psychopaths. As well as chatting about my favourite movie “In Bruges,” I also got to exchange swear words with him when I asked why his f-bombs are so quotable. He totally got a kick out of it and I was so impressed with how open and friendly he was. He also winked at me. Best. Interview. Ever.

Read more about our swear words exchange here.

2. Bradley Cooper making me blush

I really enjoyed Bradley Cooper’s films “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” so I was very excited to talk to him. But what started as a way to ask him how he chose his role in “Silver Linings Playbook” after doing such a big blockbuster like “The Hangover” turned into him laughing hysterically when he thought I was making fun of him for only having done that. Jennifer Lawrence also started laughing when she thought I mispronounced the movie’s title. Even though I tried to tell him I was giving him a compliment, they kept laughing. All I could do was blush. It was totally embarrassing, but at the same time, totally awesome. And when they stopped laughing, they both gave perfect answers to my question. 

Read the full story about how Bradley Cooper made me blush.

3. Bonding with a Bond girl

Even though I wasn’t sure what to make of Terrence Malick’s new film “To The Wonder,” it was wonderful to meet star Olga Kurylenko, who was just as lovely in person as she was on screen. Warm, funny and down to earth, the former Bond girl candidly spoke about working without a script and how Malick asked her to “jump like a rabbit.” It was also fun to hear about what it was like to be in the Bond film “Quantum of Solace.”

Read more about my Bond girl experience.

4. Gosling and 'The Place Beyond the Pines' Gala

Although I didn’t get the chance to interview Ryan Gosling about "The Place Beyond the Pines," I was able to go to the gala screening, where he and the other cast members, including Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper, were in attendance. After the incredibly intense movie, it was great to see Gosling and the other stars wave to the crowd after getting a standing ovation. Chatting with the film’s director Derek Cianfrance the next day about the film – and his praise for Gosling – was also a highlight.

Read about my interview with director Derek Cianfrance.

5. How I asked Zac Efron about getting peed on during 'The Paperboy' interviews

I never thought I’d have to ask a question about what it was like to get peed on. But that’s exactly what I asked Zac Efron, in reference to a scene in “The Paperboy” where Nicole Kidman urinates on his character after he gets stung by a jellyfish. The affable 24-year-old took the question in stride and said he didn’t need much convincing to do the scene. It was also a highlight to interview the film’s Oscar-nominated director, Lee Daniels, who took home the “People’s Choice Award” at TIFF for “Precious”  in 2009, as well as actor David Oyelowo.

Read my "Paperboy" interview in its entirety.

Honourable Mention: the movies!

As a film lover, there’s nothing better than getting the chance to see movies (during work hours!) and then having the chance to talk about them with the actors and directors who made them. I enjoy tracking these movies from TIFF through to Oscar season. This year some of my favourite films included “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Argo,” “The Impossible,” “A Royal Affair” and “The Place Beyond the Pines.” I think I just nailed the Best Picture category.