Movies live! 2012 was a letdown year for me, luckily a lot of great films were saved for 2013. This year was packed with awesome blockbusters, cool indies, and a variety of envelope-pushers. The following are a loose list of what really made an impression on me, generated some great discussion, and were altogether memorable, satisfying films from 2013. Half of my TIFF films this year are releasing in 2014 and already make up half of my Top 10 list for that year—things are looking good.
A lesson in self-indulgence. If you have any exposure to Max Landis, you’ll instantly gravitate to the poles of love or hate. Here is a guy whose social dysfunction has him constantly restate he’s a guy no one likes because of his self-aware obnoxious personality and the only reason he’s in front of a camera is because he’s John Landis’ son. That said, when Max is on point, he’s a riot.
2012 was an incredibly polarizing year with the year’s biggest movies and its most recognized arthouse movies both drawing acclaim and rejection in equal measure. I found myself in the disappointed camp more times than not this year, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t great movies. I didn’t get a chance to see everything this year, so the few movies I still want to see from 2012 (which may or may not find their ways into this list someday) include: War Witch, The Queen of Versailles, Searching for Sugar Man, Cloud Atlas, The Grey, Flight, Life of Pi, The Intouchables.
As my sixth year at TIFF, I decided to try something a little different. Rather than trying my hand at the toughest tickets, I would experiment with the smaller stuff. I wanted to see what kind of output was coming from Canadian short directors who range from students to veterans. I’ve been to many short festivals and screenings for Canadian stuff, but TIFF is probably the place to get the cream of the crop, one could only assume.