As usual, there will be somewhere between 35 and 40 films at the Toronto Film Festival that sound like (or are at least being described as) either must-sees or highly intriguing. This will probably be my most productive TIFF yet as it ‘ll be my first without nightly libations, but even sober I’ll still wind up seeing maybe 26 or 27 of them, if that. Nine days, three or sometimes four per day but more often three…that’s it.
There’s always a chance I might luck into one of those impromptu wildcat screenings of The Master that Paul Thomas Anderson is staging around the country, but if I don’t here are the Toronto films that I’m planning on for sure, and more or less in this order of importance. I’ll be most grateful to hear anything from HE readers that persuades me to eliminate one of these or add a title that I’ve omitted, or which persuades me to move a title sitting in the top 20 down to a lower slot or vice versa.
(1) Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master.
(2) Ben Affleck‘s Argo.
(3) Terrence Malick‘s To The Wonder.
(4) Lana and Andy Wachowki & Tom Tykwer‘s Cloud Atlas.
(5) Joe Wright‘s Anna Karenina.
(6) David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook.
(7) Juan Antonio Bayona‘s The Impossible.
(8) David Ayers‘ End of Watch.
(9) Roger Michell‘s Hyde Park on Hudson.
(10) Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond The Pines.
(11) Pablo Larrain‘s No.
(12) Noah Baumbach‘s Frances Ha.
(13) Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths.
(14) Rian Johnson‘s Looper.
(15) Billy Bob Thornton‘s Jayne Mansfield’s Car.
(16) Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep.
(17) Stephen Chobosky‘s The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
(18) Susanne Bier‘s Love is All You Need.
(19) Brian De Palma‘s Passion.
(20) Peter Webber‘s Emperor.
(21) Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium.
(22) Dustin Hoffman‘s Quartet.
(23) Sally Potter‘s Ginger And Rosa
(24) Laurent Cantet‘s Foxfire
(25) Paul Andrew Williams‘ Song for Marion.
(26) Spike Lee‘s Bad 25.
(27) Francois Ozon‘s In The House.
(28) Costa-Gavras‘ Capital.
(29) Ziad Doueiri‘s The Attack.
(30) Shola Lynch‘s Free Angela And All Political Prisoners.
(30) Mike Newell‘s Great Expectations (Dickens),
(31) Sergio Castellitto‘s Twice Born
(32) Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
(33) Robert Puccini and Shari Spring Berman‘s Imogene.
(34) Joss Whedon‘s Much Ado About Nothing.
(35) Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.
(36) Josh Boone‘s Writers.
(37) Chen Kaige‘s Caught In The Web.
(38) Marco Bellochhio‘s Dormant Beauty
(39) Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg‘s Kon-Tiki.
(40) Nick Cassavettes‘ Yellow.
(41) Scott McGehee‘s What Maisie Knew.