Thursday, September 14, 2006

Even More TIFF Reviews

OK, I'm falling behind writing about the all of the films that I've seen. That number is about 20 as of this morning. Over 10 to go in the next three days. Somehow I managed to schedule 6 films on Saturday to close the festival.

Reviews:

End of the Line (Maurice Deveraux)
Little Children (Todd Field)
Pan's Labyrinth (Guellermo Del Toro)

5 Comments:

Anonymous mike rot said...

so what was the best of the festival for you?

The two stand-outs for me were Little Children and When the Levees Broke.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Kurt Halfyard said...

The big Twitch wrap-up is coming, but If I had to boil it down to four it would be:

Brand Upon the Brain!
Prague
Pan's Labyrinth
Exiled (this film was so riduclously fun, it is perfect for what it is!)

Others I highly recommend:

The Fountain
Woman on the Beach
Cashback
King and the Clown
The Host
Little Children
Severance
The Banquet
Un Crime

Disappointments were:

Invisible Waves
Macbeth
The Abadoned
Jade Warrior
All The boys Love Mandy Lane

Everything else falls in the middle. I saw 36 films this year and there certainly were more stand outs and fewer disappointments than in previous years. Several of the more mainstream media have been calling Toronto a Bust this year, but they seem to be focused on the Special Presentations and Galas ( i.e. already have american theatrical distribution secured). I think it was the strongest TIFF I attended in years (i've been doing 25+ films at TIFF for 8 years now).

KuRt.

P.S. bad planning on my part, but I would have liked to hook up with you this years festival for a dinner or a beer...but it didn't happen (this happened with a lot of folks due to incredibly packed sched. this year).

P.P.S. I really would have liked to watch Spike lee's 4h+ show, but it is just too long to take a risk on at the festival when doing so many shows, I'm glad you really liked it, and I think I'll download it now that it is publicly and legally available from Lee on the internet.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous mike rot said...

yeah I ended up at the Imperial when no one was around... it was an accomplishment to actually find it for me.

I agree with you, this was my best tiff experience, maybe I lucked out and picked the good ones... but I could have told everyone from the beginning the galas were going to suck... they rarely excite me.

so where is this downloadable version of when the levees broke?

12:39 PM  
Blogger Kurt Halfyard said...

Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke and other nuggest available in places like YouTube and Google Video.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, and I thought that I watched a lot of films!

8:44 PM  

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