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What I'm Watching at TIFF '18: Yolanda Machado

The critic (and Little Monster) plots her first trip to TIFF

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Aug 31, 2018
Yolanda Machado

What I’m Watching asks the friends of the Toronto International Film Festival, both old and new, what films they’re most excited to watch at this year’s Festival.

Today: Yolanda Machado, Sassy Mama in L.A.


Freelance film/TV critic and entertainment writer

Los Angeles

Number of years attending TIFF:
It’s my first time!

Yolanda, what are you watching at TIFF this year?


A Star is Born
dir. Bradley Cooper

I've been a fan of Lady Gaga since I first heard her music, but it was when I saw Five Foot Two, the biographical documentary, that I truly came to see her as an artist who gives all of herself, every moment for her craft. I want to see the film that may change how the world sees her, and perhaps, change her career. Plus — it's A Star is Born. Come on!

A Star is Born plays TIFF on September 9, 10, and 14 as part of the Gala Presentations programme.


The Good Girls
dir. Alejandra Márquez Abella

Give me every story about multi-layered and complicated women! And directed by a Latina, too? Hell yes, I am excited.

The Good Girls plays TIFF on September 9, 11, and 16 as part of the Platform programme.

Museum 0HERO

dir. Alonso Ruizpalacios

I would watch Gael García Bernal read a phone book, if I am honest. But the fact that he's the star of this heist film that questions art and its keepers is sure to be a fascinating film.

Museo plays TIFF on September 11, 13, and 15 as part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme.


dir. Alfonso Cuarón

The cinematography featured in the trailer alone has me beyond excited for the latest from Alfonso Cuarón. I am eager to see this story about a middle-class family in Mexico during the ’70s from someone who lived it.

ROMA plays daily at TIFF from September 10 to 16 as part of the Special Presentations programme.

widows 0HERO
lifeitself 0HERO

dir. Steve McQueen

But also...

Life Itself
dir. Dan Fogelman

A tie! I know, I know. But how can I choose between a tale of four badass women and a tale of a life, love, and family? These are both films I need.

Widows plays TIFF on September 8, 9, 13, and 16 as part of the Gala Presentations programme.

Life Itself plays TIFF on September 8 and 10 as part of the Gala Presentations programme.

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