Mamo #317: TIFF Roars

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival is thundering down upon us, so Mamo sits outside near the streetcar tracks and tells you what’s what in the 2013 programme. Vanguard! Docs! Midnight Madness! Discovery! Mavericks! Masters! Your TIFF experience begins here…

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Marina
Guest

I’m jealous. So. Jealous. Only Lovers is one of my most anticipated of the year.

Good call on A FIELD IN ENGLAND. I slogged through the relatively short run time. Good concept but it just didn’t work for me with the exception of the drug trip.

Sounds like it’ll be a good fest. Looking forward to the updates!

ultimolee
Guest

What’s the beef with Ben Wheatley?

I thought A Field In England was his worst film so far, absolute piece of crap. Kurt will love it

Marina
Guest

LOL. Probably.

I did love SIGHTSEERS. LOVE. It’s the movie I’ve seen most this year. 4 times and counting.

For me, he’s a hit and a miss:

Down Terrace – Love
Kill List – Nope
Sightseers – Love
A Field in England – Nope

Fully expect to love UNTITLED IDEAL FILM.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

This reminds me, I need to go through TIFF’s past to see people’s recommendations and add them to my Netflix queue where possible.

Despite Matthew Price disliking Kill List, that is one of the films I’ve heard enough about in the past to at least check out.

Goon
Guest

Yeah what gives, is it his work or is it something Wheatley said or did?

Matthew Price
Guest

Kill List is a hateful movie, made with intellectual deceit and audience contempt. It made me dislike him as a filmmaker. Further twitter interactions confirmed him as a petty piece of shit. I’m never seeing another movie by the guy. I fully acknowledge others admiration for him as legit, which is why I mentioned the new movie, but I’m not interested, at all.

Since you asked.

Goon
Guest

Never finished Kill List. Sightseers was cool by me though.

Kurt
Guest

I like Wheatley’s cinema particularly because it is icky and slightly mean. He walks the balance (for me anyway) that his films do not feel hateful, even if there is a fair bit of that onscreen, there is also a curious playfulness in there that leavens things out.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I actually liked Kill List slightly better than Sightseers. A Field in England is definitely on my list (if only to find out why it was programmed into Wavelengths).

Kurt
Guest

Have you seen the trailer?

Sean Kelly
Guest

Ah, I see

Kurt
Guest

I am a huge Alex De La Iglesia fan, and I mostly agree with Price, but 800 Bullets is the exception that proves the rule. Very much dislike the humour and execution of that film.

HUGELY excited about Witching and Bitching!

Wanted to do the Wiseman, but the length made it difficult. I’ll probably watch SOUTHCLIFFE on my own on at home when it becomes available.

Kurt
Guest

I love the phrase “Crime-y”! And it’s how I’ve been programming TIFF for the past few years. That being said, I couldn’t fit in “COLD EYES”

Kurt
Guest

Pssst. The Jim Jarmusch vampire movie is ASTOUNDING. Make room for it.

Sean Kelly
Guest

As of right now it’s a back-up pick, since I want to keep my hopes up that I’ll be able to get a ticket for BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR, which is playing the same night.

However, as a realist, it will more than likely be back on my list by the time single tickets go on sale on Sunday.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Here’s a thread that will keep track of films going Off-Sale: http://tifftalk.blogspot.ca/2013/08/tiff-2013-off-sale-sold-out-screenings.html

rot
Guest

for me the picture in the TIFF bible that sold me was for Dom Hemingway which I hadn’t heard of until opening to that page and laid eyes on the dour face of Richard E Grant beside a swaggering Jude Law, oh yeah I’m in.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Ditto. And I’m rushing that film’s premium screening with a TIFF Voucher. Here is hoping.

Matthew Price
Guest

That’s on my list as well. I also jumped in when I saw Grant.

rot
Guest

Kurt you need to see premiere of Dom Hemingway as dragon lady from Game of Thrones meant to be a guest. Confirmed my tickets to it just now.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

So I can tell her I find her part of the show the least interesting or developed? That would be pretty mean.

rot
Guest

you’re right, nicer to say it behind her back.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Behind her back, publicly on the web, and in many cinecasts….Oops. I don’t hate the thread, which obviously is one of the most significant ones leading up to the conclusion/fate of Westeros, but compared to the complex weave of characters in Kings Landing and the North, the whole BarbarianWastes->Quarth->Astapor->Yunkai->etc. arc is lacking in a similar level of nuance and depth.

Andrew James
Admin

But it’s BY FAR the best visually.
😉

rot
Guest

just finished listening to all your GofT Cinecasts bits now that I finished the season. Told Andrew he needs to piece them together into one GofT cinecast bonus episode. I prefer Season 2, but I am strange that way. Still a fan though, even of dragon lady.

Andrew James
Admin

It’s a great idea Rot. But it ain’t gonna happen unless someone else does it. Just way WAY too much going on at the moment.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Andrew: Maybe before Season 4 starts, it’d be good timing to assemble. I can do the legwork if it is in January or whatnot. When do HBO shows premiere?

Matt: I’ll say it’s been a weird summer at least, but happy to come into phase every now and again, just to prove it can actually happen…(And we’ll always have the polar opposite, but strangely paralleled reactions to Cloud Atlas / Holy Motors, if that makes sense…)

rot
Guest

Andrew, you’re getting old. Seriously though, you guys talk sometimes upwards to 50 minutes on a single episode, so essentially doing commentary tracks for GofT. Though if you edited out all the praise given by Kurt for Charles Dance and derision towards dragon lady you might squeak by with twenty minutes.

Marina
Guest

GoT seasons usually kick off in April.

rot
Guest

Like to hear from the people attending TIFF, what are your 5 most anticipated films? For me:

1. Gravity
2. The Double
3. The Sacrament
4. Prisoners
5. Dom Hemingway

Pissed could not fit Villeneuve’s Enemy into the schedule but otherwise seeing everything I wanted to. This will be a time.

Courtney Small
Guest

Mine are:

1. 12 Years a Slave
2. Gravity
3. The Unknown Known
4. Abuse of Weakness
5. Attila Marcel

Hoping to squeeze in at least one of the Villeneuve films last minute.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

1. Under The Skin
2. The Unknown Known
3. WITCHING & BITCHING
4. Night Movies
5. The Wind Rises

(The Jarmusch film, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE would have been high on the list, but I’ve already seen it, and it was even BETTER than I thought it would be.)

Andrew James
Admin

I’m with you on your #1 and #2. Though somewhere I’d have to slide on the Marc-Valee picture as well.

This little teaser showed up today:

rot
Guest

Under the Skin teaser… Nothing recognizable of the book but this looks terrifying and awesome

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kGDnbcq0BkU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkGDnbcq0BkU

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Agreed. POSTED. LOVELY. EVEN MORE EXCITED, and due to the two teasers this week, I’m very confident of the wisdom of my #1 and #2 picks for the fest.

rot
Guest

Under the Skin my #6.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It seems only fitting that Gravity is my #6, then,

rot
Guest

Compared to Jarmusch’s past work where would you rank Only Lovers Left Alive? Limits of Control level awesome?

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It is indeed LIMITS OF CONTROL level awesome. You breathe in that space he creates in modern Detroit. My review (to be posted later) starts with “Detroit is the new Transylvania.”

David Brook
Guest

I didn’t like it (although I’m not the world’s biggest Jarmusch fan). The atmosphere and mood were wonderfully realised, but it offered nothing else at all. I really wanted to like it because of the world he created but I found the film itself directionless and painfully dull. I was chain watching at Cannes that day though which probably didn’t help.

Kurt
Guest

This is the type of film that flourishes a bit better with space on either side…sure. But I can also see it as a change of pace from festival fare, so it might also work in a 5 film day…who knows?

Rick Vance
Guest

I don’t have any tickets because my schedule doesn’t work with the festival this year but 5 would be.

1. Jodorowsky’s Dune
2. Man of Tai Chi
3. Only Lovers Left Alive
4. Blind Detective
5. REAL

Hopefully my days off will line up right with something.

Marina
Guest

Jodorowsky’s Dune has been on my radar for so long, I may just explode if I don’t get a chance to see it in the next year. Sheesh!

Rick Vance
Guest

Man of Tai Chi should open Midnight Madness. Good fun action and a “GREAT” performance by Keanu Reeves.

Bob Turnbull
Admin

Top 5 anticipated:

1. Dallas Buyers Club (love Vallee)
2. Like Father, Like Son (love Kore-eda)
3. REAL (love Kurosawa)
4. Attila Marcel (though expectations have been reduced due to a few initial reports)
5. Intruders (loved “Daytime Drinking” the director’s previous film)

Also “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?” because Sion Sono is nuts and “The Unknown Known” as per recent trailer.

Kurt
Guest

Lower your expectations on the Kore-Eda, it’s very slight stuff, sadly.

Kurt
Guest

Intruders was one of the biggies that I just could not make work with my schedule…you’ll have to let me know if it is as good (or even better) than Daytime Drinking! Liked his previous film a lot.

Bob Turnbull
Admin

Just finished the podcast…Have to disagree with Matt P regarding the City to City programme. Last year’s one on Mumbai was excellent – at least the three films I saw from it were: the fantastic “Shanghai” which was based on the book “Z”, “Mumbai’s King” which went for neo-realism and succeeded wonderfully and “Miss Lovely” which was a surprisingly dark look at the non-Bollywood film industry). Kurt might chirp in with a recommendation for the 7 hour “Gangs Of Wasseypur” as well. Now whether they provided a solid picture of life in the city could certainly be up for question, but I got a different perspective on it for sure.

I also saw a lovely film called “5 Hours From Paris” a few years ago in the City to City for Tel Aviv. The characters were so well realized that you actually were hoping for a Hollywood style happy ending. So I’m happy if they continue…

Where I do sync up with Matt is how I do my schedule. Unfortunately, since I didn’t dive into the details for all the films, I completely missed that “Witching and Bitching” was by de la Iglesia, “Tom At The Farm” was by Xavier Dolan and “Oculus” was by Mike Flanagan (who did the fine “Absentia”).

Oh well, still happy with what I got.

Kurt
Guest

Ship of Theseus was also really good, and the opener for City To City, Mumbai program last year. I think Matt Brown has it right in that this sidebar is designed merely to showcase the cinema of a city in the past couple years, as an exciting new cinema emerges. Their execution of this idea has varied widely year to year…But I’m seening Miss Violence, on the Athens program this year, albeit in absence of City to City, it’s probably just be in Contemporary World Cinema.

Sean Kelly
Guest

With my TIFF schedule finalized today, here are my five most anticipated films (in the order I’m seeing them):
1) A Story of Children and Film
2) The Double
3) The Sacrament
4) Witching & Bitching
5) The Wonders

Sean Kelly
Guest

I did a breakdown of programmes and it looks something like this:
Special Presentations: 6
Midnight Madness: 6
Vanguard: 3
Docs: 2
Contemporary World Cinema: 2
City to City: 1
Wavelengths: 1

This breakdown doesn’t include the few films I’ve already seen for Toronto Film Scene.

rot
Guest

Prisoners just jumped higher for me, early word that it plays like high end Fincher w/ Roger Deakins as cinematographer.

Kurt
Guest

I’m holding off of the commercial release of Prisoners, which is in 2 weeks anyway…If it turns out to be a highlight of the fest (See: CAFE DE FLORE), then I have something to look forward to in late september.

rot
Guest

I’ll always have Enemy for that. To see a Zodiac-level movie with a festival crowd is hard to pass up.

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