Well, after about a week’s distance, I think it’s time to take stock of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. There were highs and lows; there was a lack of sleep; there were friends and beers; there was plenty of malnutrition; there was a ton of waiting in line-ups.
All in all TIFF’11 was the best TIFF year for me so far. The primary reason for this was not the films, though there were a few good ones, it was the friends. Prior to the festival, Courtney Small, from Big Thoughts From a Small Mind, invited me to a monthly Toronto film bloggers meet-up. Through that meet-up, and another during the festival, I got to enjoy drinks with a ton of really awesome film bloggers. The result was that, other than a couple of screenings, I did not see any movies by myself. Many of the people I met were actually at several of my screenings. Here’s a list of some of the people I got to hang out with:
Ryan McNeil, from The Matinee (@matinee_ca)
Bob Turnbull, from Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind (@TheLogicalMind)
Shannon the Movie Moxie (@MovieMoxie)
Sasha James, from Final Girl Project (@FinalGirlProj)
Matt Brown (@tederick) and Matthew Price (@mattmovies), from the wonderful Mamo Podcast
Julian Carrington, from a Healthy Disdain (@aHealthyDisdain)
James McNally, from Toronto Screenshots (@toscreenshots)
Leora Heilbronn (@leoraheilbronn)
Shane McNeil (@come_back_shane)
Andrew Parker, from Criticize This! (@AndrewJParker)
Titania Plant, from Classic Flick Chick (@classicflikchik)
That’s quite a list of people. I might have missed a few names—I probably did—so if you feel slighted, just leave a comment and I’ll add you. And to all of you, I say thank you. Sincerely, I mean it. Thanks for making this my first real social TIFF experience. It was a lot of fun, and I cannot wait to do it again next year, along with all the monthly meet-ups in between.
As for the festival itself, the movies are the movies. Some were great, some were terrible. C’est la vie.
I’d like to do a list of Best and Worst from TIFF’11, but first I will simply list off all the movies I saw, with links to my reviews.
- Into the Abyss
- Le Havre
- Wuthering Heights
- A Separation
- You’re Next
- Crazy Horse
- I Wish
- Like Crazy
- Jeff, Who Lives at Home
- Violet & Daisy
- Take Shelter
- Carré blanc
- Kill List
A fair number of films and one heck of a festival.
Continue to the next page to read my choice for the TIFF’11 justAtad Awards!