Earlier today, I kicked off the last of my TIFFing at a reception announcing this year's jury and people's choice picks. While my festival favourites (Fish Tank, The Time That Remains, Life During Wartime) were overlooked at the Awards, a surprising new list of must-see titles emerged.
The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up today. Here's what we've seen since our last set of reviews.
Watching this is everything I imagined post-apocalyptic North America to be. Based on Cormac McCarthy's novel of the same name, The Road is haunting and chilling, partly because of Viggo Mortensen and Australian child star Kodi Smit-McPhee, who translate the story well, but mostly because visually, it's just damn epic. Forget DVDs or Internet streaming -- check this one out in a proper theatre for full effect. (Connie)
While this site doesn't employ our own paparrazi to track down the likes of Clooney, Penelope and Oprah, we've enjoyed checking out photos of TIFF that have been submitted over the past week to our Flickr pool. Here are some of our favourites.
TIFF Reviews: Chloe, Harry Brown, Hugh Hefner, My Queen Karo, Accident, Life During Wartime, Bad Lieutenant, Leslie My Name is Evil, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
We're just past the halfway mark at this year's TIFF. Here are the films we've seen since our last batch of reviews.
A pitch-perfect genre picture, Harry Brown sees Michael Caine hitting a career high performance as a kindly pensioner - and former IRA-fighting Marine, naturally - who becomes a vigilante when his neighbourhood is overrun by street gangs. Immaculately crafted in every detail, this is a masterpiece of script and execution. (Matt)
TIFF Reviews: A Prophet, The Hole, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, White Ribbon, Police Adjective, House of Branching Love, Cleanflix, Trash Humpers, Defendor, The Ape
Here are the films we've seen in our last set of TIFF reviews.
This film won the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and had no trouble winning over audiences at the Visa Screening Room last night who gave director Jacques Audiard and a couple of cast members a standing ovation. The film is set in a French prison and chronicles the six years spent there by a young, illiterate North African inmate who is forced to navigate the rival Corsican and Arab gangs. (Tim)
Meanwhile, on Craigslist, a healthy after-market is surfacing for tickets to the most sought-after films. The second George Clooney flick, Up in the Air (see review here), which screens at the Ryerson tonight at 6pm is seeing bids of more than $100 a ticket - a 500% premium over the box office price. It's a reminder that TIFF isn't just about seeing good films from around the world, it's big (or at least a healthy) business for pro or one-off scalpers.
In fact, it's enough to make me seriously consider whether I should be selling my pair of tickets above to subsidize my entire 10 ticket package, if not a nice trip somewhere.