Nobody's Fool — Books on Film

Book Reviews, film, Just for Fun, Toronto Adventures

Nobodys-FoolOn Monday I spent the day downtown with the bf. We went to the seven o’clock screening of Nobody’s Fool, a film based on Richard Russo’s novel for the Books on Film Series. The film came out in 1994 and stars Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, and Melanie Griffith. You can find the movie info on IMDb so I’m not going to rehash it all.

What I will say is that this film is full of unforgettable characters. What starts out as a slow-moving film turns into an eye-opening experience about an old man who doesn’t want to grow up. A man with a big heart, who under his smart-ass, sarcastic exterior is a man among men. A man who really loves life and all the people in his little town. A man who is worn to perfection. A man who grows on you. A man who is trying to make amends for the mistakes he’s made.

I’m a little sad that I watched the film before reading the book but I picked up my copy at the Tiff store just before the screening so I haven’t really had time. I’m looking forward to reading it though, I feel like there is so much MORE to Sully (Paul Newman’s character) than the film let’s on.

Stay tuned for my book review in a few weeks, I’m looking forward to comparing the two.

“Don’t expect too much out of yourself at the beginning, I couldn’t do everything at first either.” – Sully

Are you attending any of the screenings for Books on Film?? LMK!

Love Always 

Vanessa Xo

Nobody’s Fool — Books on Film

Book Reviews, film, Just for Fun, Toronto Adventures

Nobodys-FoolOn Monday I spent the day downtown with the bf. We went to the seven o’clock screening of Nobody’s Fool, a film based on Richard Russo’s novel for the Books on Film Series. The film came out in 1994 and stars Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, and Melanie Griffith. You can find the movie info on IMDb so I’m not going to rehash it all.

What I will say is that this film is full of unforgettable characters. What starts out as a slow-moving film turns into an eye-opening experience about an old man who doesn’t want to grow up. A man with a big heart, who under his smart-ass, sarcastic exterior is a man among men. A man who really loves life and all the people in his little town. A man who is worn to perfection. A man who grows on you. A man who is trying to make amends for the mistakes he’s made.

I’m a little sad that I watched the film before reading the book but I picked up my copy at the Tiff store just before the screening so I haven’t really had time. I’m looking forward to reading it though, I feel like there is so much MORE to Sully (Paul Newman’s character) than the film let’s on.

Stay tuned for my book review in a few weeks, I’m looking forward to comparing the two.

“Don’t expect too much out of yourself at the beginning, I couldn’t do everything at first either.” – Sully

Are you attending any of the screenings for Books on Film?? LMK!

Love Always 

Vanessa Xo

Books on Film — A Love Affair [#TIFF #SERIES]

Book Reviews, film, Just for Fun, Toronto Adventures, Uncategorized

I was recently told about a series from Tiff — Books on Film. Now in its third season, I am really shocked that I didn’t know about it. I love books, I love film, and since my trip to Tiff for Tim Burton’s exhibit, I’ve been in love with Tiff. Now that this series has been brought to my attention I’m happy to share it with all of you book and film lovers out there!

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“Books on Film brings together book and film lovers to examine great cinema that began as outstanding literature. Host Eleanor Wachtel of CBC’s Writers and Company welcomes filmmakers, authors and experts to discuss the art of adaptation and the sometimes challenging passage from page to screen.”

Guests and films include:

February 11— Hilton Als (author and New Yorker theatre critic) on The Innocents

March 4 — Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize–winning author) on Nobody’s Fool

April 8 — Lisa Cortés (music and film producer, driving force behind success of Def Jam Records) on Precious

May 6 — Christopher Hampton (award-winning screenwriter and playwright) on Atonement (which he adapted to screen)

June 3 — Ted Kotcheff (filmmaker and executive producer of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) on The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

June 24 — Deepa Mehta (Canadian filmmaker) on Midnight’s Children

 

The Books on Film Series launches Monday February 11th — seems to me like this would make the perfect Valentine’s day gift for your book-loving girlfriend or film-fanatic boyfriend. Or maybe it’s just a great excuse to see some wonderful films, learn about the books they came from, and spend an evening downtown with a loved one.

Subscriptions to the series are available for $153 for TIFF Members or $180 for non-members (prices include tax). Based on availability, single tickets may be released closer to the event.

I’m really hoping to check out the Richard Russo event — his memoir has been on my To-Read list for way too long! I need to get a copy of Nobody’s Fool A.S.A.P.

Which film or guest are you hoping to see?

Love Always

Vanessa Xo

**Books on Film description, pricing, and guest and film list taken from the Tiff website **