Saturday, September 22, 2012

TIFF 2012 Wrap Up Party

As we close the door on our TIFF coverage for another year, I figured I would share a few random thoughts on this year’s festival:

• Despite buying a back-half package, I still ended up seeing the majority of the films I wanted to see.

• The highlight of the festival was not the movies, but having the opportunity to meet, and in most cases, watch films with: Tom Clift of Movie Reviews by Tom Clift, Andrew Robinson of gmanReviews, Jess Rogers of Reel Insight, Sam Fragoso of Duke and the Movies, Andrew Johnson of Film Geek Radio, Dor Dotson of Movies with Dor, and Heidy Mo of Hye Musings.

• Out of the sixteen films I watched, I was only alone for three of them.

• It was also nice to meet Edward Douglas whose site is one that I have been reading since long before I got into the film blogging culture.

• Turns out sitting through a 4 ½ hour film is far easier than I expected.

• I was planning to skip the festival this year, but am so glad my wife talked me into going. It was the relaxing, relatively speaking, vacation I needed.

• No matter how hard you try, you cannot see everything that is playing.

• Not sure how I managed to go to TIFF for ten years without knowing that The Queen and Beaver existed. Great food!

• I shall make it a point to take advantage of more free screenings, like Stromboli and Far from Vietnam, in the future. Getting to experience important cinematic works from the past, on the big screen no less, for the first time was a real treat. I think as film lovers we have a tendency to chase “the new” or “high profile” films and sometimes forget about the classics.

• This year’s “Whale Riders” (a.k.a. films I could have seen, but foolishly passed on): Gangs of Wasseypur - Part Two, Room 237, The Iceman, Sightseers, In the House, and Berberian Sound Studio.

• You meet some really interesting people while waiting in line for a film. Conversely, you occasionally overhear conversations that you wish you had not. Such as the older women who were discussing the steaminess of the book 50 Shades of Grey while in line for Silver Linings Playbook.

• High profile films that I could not get tickets for but will eventually see anyway: Argo, Stories We Tell, Cloud Atlas, Spring Breakers, Amour, and The Master.

• I never got around to writing a review for Come Out and Play. To be honest I just did not want to waste the energy ragging on the film. Despite the interesting premise, the film is just awful. If you are going to tell a story about creepy kids, at least cast kids that have some hint of acting chops. The wasted potential of the film is the most infuriating aspect of the whole experience.

• I would like to extend a special thanks to Castor of Anomalous Material who was gracious enough to feature several of my TIFF reviews on his site once again this year.

Here is the final report card for the films I saw:

Stromboli A
The War of the Volcanoes C
Far From Vietnam B
The Sessions B+
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part One B
Byzantium C
To the Wonder C-
Blondie A
Lore A
Smashed C+
Much Ado About Nothing A
Come Out and Play F
Silver Linings Playbook A-
Frances Ha A+
90 Minutes B
Penance B

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