TIFF 2012: Staff lists the biggest discoveries, waste of time and their favourite film
My biggest discovery came the morning of the very last day, Sunday September 16th when I missed my screening to my most anticipated film, Michael Heneke’s Amour, because for some strange reason, Toronto is the only major metropolitan in the world whose subway stations only open at 9:00 am – the exact same time my film screened. WTF, yo?
As far as films go, I’d have to sadly say I don’t have a major discovery. Perhaps I spend too much time online following the latest news and updates from the world of cinema, but there was not one film I saw that I didn’t already know nothing of.
Biggest Waste Of Time:
What was the worst and most embarrassing aspect of TIFF 2012 was that awful excuse for a L’Oreal bumper, an advertisement so bad, so inept, so unbelievably painful, it’s almost impossible to comprehend how anyone brainstormed this idea, much less invested money into it. As someone who’s watched more bad movies than you can imagine, I’m usually quite forgiving knowing I’ll never have to sit through it again, but unfortunately I had no choice since TIFF felt it a good idea to screen this dung prior to each screening. Given audience reaction at multiple screenings, the ad may be something of a first: This is a commercial that prompts most of its viewers to want to get up and leave — before the film they’ve come to see even begins. With that said, viewed in a theatre with the midnight crowd after a few drinks will conjure up its own hilariously demented reality. And that’s the conundrum of the L’Oreal ad. It’s so very bad that it somehow became a highlight of the fest. Among the many pretenders to win the best-worst-sponsor- ever throne, L’Oreal and this odd bumper truly earn my vote. It was a real treat to see the audience, specifically the Midnight Madness crowd, dance, howl, clap and cheer to the commercial. What soon became the biggest waste of time turned into a good time!
In Ben Wheatley’s third film Sightseers, the British director, known for taking scenes of normalcy and then twisting them with extreme violence, continues to impress with is unique brand of unconventional filmmaking. The film, produced by Edgar Wright, is Wheatley’s follow-up to the well received Kill List. The writers/leads are comedians Steve Oram and Alice Lowe, playing characters they’ve developed in a stand-up act. The biggest difference compared to his two previous films, is the focus on comedy. Sightseers benefits from exquisite cinematography, beautiful locales and unusual murder. This satirical, bloody road trip comedyis strange, beautiful, charming and incredibly funny. It might just be my favourite film of 2012.