Rowthree Staff Summary of TIFF 2017

Our traditional round-up of impressions and reactions to the massive slate of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival has arrived in its tenth (!) edition, here in the third row. Happy Decade to us! As always, several of the Row Three staff and contributors, along with a few a regular reader or two, provide a tiny capsule – a postcard if you will – of all the films that they saw at the festival. These are accompanied by an identifier-tag: [BEST], [LOVED], [LIKED], [DISLIKED], [DISAPPOINTED], [FELL ASLEEP], [WALKED OUT], [HATED] and [WORST].

Collectively we – Kurt Halfyard, Bob Turnbull, Courtney Small, Mike Rot, and Sean Kelly – saw a sizable chunk of the films shown at the massive public festival. Hopefully this post can act as a ‘rough guide’ for films that will be finding distribution on some platform, whether on the big screen, small screen, or streaming service, in the next 18 months.
 
 

THE SHORT VERSION:

Personal BEST: FACES PLACES [Bob], mother! [Kurt], CALL ME BY YOUR NAME [Courtney], LADY BIRD [Mike], and I, TONYA [Sean].

Personal WORST: The personal low-lights were THE RITUAL [Kurt], THE CONFORMIST [Bob], VERONICA, [MIKE], and FIRST REFORMED [Sean].
 
 
Other Consensus Picks: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, THE CRESCENT, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, THE DISASTER ARTIST, LOVELESS, THE SHAPE OF WATER and THE FLORIDA PROJECT.
 
 
The ‘MASSIVE’ version is below. All our thoughts and impressions from offerings of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Cinecast Episode 497 – On Skis

Scheduling lately has been rough as summer winds down and school is starting and film festivals and then of course hurricanes. But we managed to pull something together with the help of our friend Darren Aronofsky and his mother! The aforementioned hurricanes actually help to facilitate a trip through TIFF that otherwise wasn’t going to happen; so there’re lots of titles there to get through from Bruckner to Zahler. Andrew has been playing catch-up on some bullshit titles of the last year or so as well as going back to earlier Fincher as refresher. Lastly, Twin Peaks Season 3 The Return has wrapped up and Kurt has a number of things to discuss about that little slice of mayhem. Lots to dig into this week folks, and we’re starting with the book of Genesis. So stick this in your ear and settle in.

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Cinecast Episode 164 – Flaming Tap Water

 
As we ride out the spring doldrums at the multiplex, we have to be flexible and bend with limited release schedules. But sometimes, things work out as both Aussie noir, The Square, and Polish ultra-high-concept-crime-drama, Zero, happened to be playing at the Minneapolis Film Festival and available in Toronto. Both films, high on technique, plotting (and visual storytelling) generated some discussion and hearty recommendations, especially the former. On the eve of North America’s largest documentary film festival, Hot Docs, Kurt walks us through a few titles in detail and it sounds like a great lineup for the Toronto Festival this year. Plus Soderbergh and Lynch. Finally, early summers preemptive strike against the A-Team, The Losers is also discussed by Kurt and Matt as much as empty calories can be. That being said, they both seemed to like it, particularly the films irreverent tone and the overall game cast.

No major spoilers this week so all are welcome to join in the conversation. We’ve got some more local film makers to talk about as well as the higher profile DVDs being wide released this week. All in all a fun show. Grab a seat in the third row and, as always, feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comment section below.

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Cinecast Episode 163 – The Jesus Camp of Comic Book Movies

 
By audience request, a special welcome to FilmJunk’s Jay Cheel (also of The Documentary Blog) as he drops by the virtual studio for this cinecast episode to help level the playing field on our SPOILER quite divided impressions of Kick-Ass. Of course Matt Gamble is here to help with that discussion as well representing the comic-nerd side of the equation. We are also in the midst of the Minneapolis Film Festival, so there is be some talk on that cinematic smörgåsbord as well as a critical mention of the 6 hour road-show edition of British TV mini Red Riding Trilogy. The usual DVD picks and other bits of movie related banter, including must-see Aussie noir, The Square, a break down on the Howard Stern saga known as Private Parts and Earth Day visual extravaganza Oceans. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to listen the show; we are glad to have you along and welcome feedback and other forms of kick-assery in the comments section..


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