Sunday, 20 September 2009

TIFF'09 Day 10 Vlog - Saturday September 19, 2009

Films Discussed: The Unloved, Symbol, Sawasdee Bangkok, The Waiting City, The Disappearance of Alice Creed and Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

Also discussed the winner of the People Choice Award, the Midnight Madness People's Choice Award and several of my favourite films from TIFF'09.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10 - 19, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Jeff P said...

Well it's all over. I enjoyed your coverage again! Thanks for being so active on the blog during the festival. I don't know many people who go to TIFF so it's nice to hear another person's thoughts. Though if you're chatty enough in line, people will gladly talk your ear off about movies... but that's the fun of TIFF.

Overall, I thought it was great - well organized, friendly, polite people and amazing movies.

I noticed that weekday screenings seemed to have a lot of TIFF regulars. By this I mean people who have packed a lunch, people who sit next to you knowing it's silly to leave an open seat and people who are chatty before the movie starts. On weekend screenings people would leave a seat open on either side of me and keep to themselves, like a normal movie screening. TIFF pass holder audiences are without a doubt, the best audiences.

This was my first year seeing more than 10 movies. I'm not sure if I'll get a pass again... it's just sensory overload. It was hard to watch a emotionally gripping movie like Balibo and then go see a fun movie immediately after. I saw 24 movies this year... 12 of them were amazing, 10 of them were pretty good and 2 I didn't like at all. The 6 Australian films I saw were all excellent as well.

My 3 way tie for favourite film is The Boys are Back, The Damned United and Same Same But Different.

Thanks again for the great coverage!

Univarn said...

Great coverage! From someone who can't go to these events, I loved hearing your insight, and it's definitely given me quite a few films to jot down and keep an eye out for when they are given their US release (or really any english release). I would love to go to one of these one year, but alas following next spring I have to get a "job" and do all that stuff (boooo). So maybe one year I'll get to go :).

I thought Ong Bak 2 was a lot of fun (sadly for it's upcoming limited US release, it's been available on DVD with english subtitles overseas for some time now), and I feel kind of bad for Jaa. Especially since the studio ran out of money just as they were getting close to the end (hence the films' abrupt ending, and quick jump to Ong Bak 3 following it's box office success). I loved that they removed the annoying "instant replay" from Ong Bak, and I think they got a deeper storyline for the main character.

I've heard rumors they'll be tying Ong Bak 1 and 2 together with the third, as some sort of re-incarnation plot arc. Which would be intriguing as they could then go through about 500 of these movies for each rebirth.

But yeah, thanks again, and I look forward to seeing your coverage some this time next year!

Paul said...

Two quick comments: Disappearance of Alice Creed, which was a surprise for me, was my FAVOURITE film of the fest.

And Ong-Bak 2 *did* have the Ong-Bak (the head of the statue) right at the end of the film when Tony Jaa was shown with a beard... so it's slightly tied to the first film through that :)

Polly said...

Congratulations on another great year of Movie Moxie coverage of TIFF!

My fave was The Trotsky - was hoping it would get People's Choice!

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