TIFF 2013: ScreenAnarchy's Super Wrap With All Our Reviews and Top Fest Picks - UPDATED

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* Now Updated with more reviews and features! See the links below in bold. *

Another crazy and wonderful year of the Toronto International Film Fest has come to a close and again Twitch's coverage has been second to none. How's that, you ask? Just take a gander at the incredible list of features and reviews below. Once you're done there, click through the gallery below where we chat about our favorite films of the fest and reveal a few disappointments as well. As always, your comments on our festival coverage are very much appreciated.

Previews
10 Big Launches
14 Far East Faves
13 Slices of Big Screen Reality
12 Fantastic Genre Offerings
16 Features Seeking the Big Sale
13 Flicks That Have Lit Up Previous Festivals
Twitch Picks Our Top 15 Festival Flicks

Reviews
12 YEARS A SLAVE Gracefully Examines Our Troubling Past by Ryland Aldrich
ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE Lets The Good Times Load by Ryland Aldrich
ALL IS BY MY SIDE Is A Momentously Audacious Musical Biopic Fitting of The Jimi Hendrix Experience by Ryland Aldrich
THE ARMSTRONG LIE Expertly Explores One of Sports' Most Fascinating Stories by Ryland Aldrich
BAD WORDS, Jason Bateman's Dark And Funny Debut by Jason Gorber
BREAK LOOSE Doesn't Quite Hold Together by Jason Gorber
CANNIBAL, A Beautiful And Minimalist Study Of Love by Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg
CANOPY Is An Interesting But Flawed Experience by Todd Brown
COLD EYES Looks To The Best For Inspiration by Pierce Conran
DEVIL'S KNOT Adds Little To Tragic Story by Jason Gorber
THE DOG, An Engrossing Look At The Real Guy Behind DOG DAY AFTERNOON by Jason Gorber
DOM HEMINGWAY, A Cheeky, If Slight, Gangster Character Study by Kurt Halfyard
THE DOUBLE Confirms Aoyade As A Potent, Fresh Voice by Todd Brown
ENEMY Explores Villeneuve's More Unique Side by Jason Gorber
ENOUGH SAID Simply Falls Flat by Jason Gorber
In THE F WORD, F Is For Fresh by Jason Gorber
FELONY Cops Out In The End by Kurt Halfyard
A FIELD IN ENGLAND Is A Terrifying Headtrip Into The British Countryside by James Marsh
THE FIFTH ESTATE Showcases Benedict Cumberbatch by Jason Gorber
GRAVITY, An Experience Like No Other by Jason Gorber
The Devil Is In The Details In HORNS by Kurt Halfyard
HOW I LIVE NOW Does Young Adult Better Than Most by Ryland Aldrich
INTRUDERS Proves The Power Of Perspective by Todd Brown
iNUMBER NUMBER Brings Reservoir Dogs To South Africa by Kurt Halfyard
JOE Paints a Searing Portrait of Rural Torment by Ryland Aldrich
KILL YOUR DARLINGS Presents A Woefully Clumsy And Shallow Hagiography Of The Beat by Todd Brown
MAN OF TAI CHI Plays It Down The Middle by Jason Gorber
MANAKAMANA Transcends The Simplicity Of Its Journey by Kurt Halfyard
MCCANICK Brings Old-School Grit To Screen by Jason Gorber
METALHEAD Offers A Searing Portrait Of Grief by Todd Brown
NIGHT MOVES is a Tense Showcase of Guilt and Paranoia by Kurt Halfyard
OCULUS Isn't Just A Great Midnight Film, It's A Great Film, Period by Jason Gorber
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Brings A Cosmopolitan Maturity to the Ailing Vampire Genre by Kurt Halfyard
PALO ALTO Ushers In A New Generation Of Angst by Ryland Aldrich
PARKLAND, A Refreshingly Original Take On The Death Of JFK by Jason Gorber
PRISONERS Is a Tense Thriller With a Few Nagging Problems by Ryland Aldrich
R100 Is Another Mind Bending Trip From Japan's Savant Of The Strange by Todd Brown
Kurosawa's REAL Is A Bland Disappointment by Todd Brown
RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS Is A Must See Debut by Jason Gorber
RUSH Burns Rubber, Makes Hearts Race by Jason Gorber
THE SACRAMENT Will Make You Want To Drink The Kool-Aid by Ryland Aldrich
SALINGER Promises Secrets And Insights, Delivers Research And Interviews by Peter Martin
SEX, DRUGS & TAXATION Is A Gonzo Biopic So Strange It Has To be True by Todd Brown
SIDDHARTH Is A Beautifully Tragic Portrait Of India by Todd Brown
SOUTHCLIFFE Collapses Under Its Own Weight by Todd Brown
Tahrir Doc THE SQUARE Is A Modern Masterpiece by Jason Gorber
THE STAG Works Its Comedy Formula To Perfection by Todd Brown
STARRED UP, A Gritty And Intense Morality Play by Jason Gorber
THE STATION Aims For Creature Feature Greatness But Misses The Mark by Todd Brown
THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS Will Break Your Brain by Todd Brown
SUNSHINE ON LEITH Supplies Musical Warmth by Jason Gorber
TIM'S VERMEER Is Magical Art by Jason Gorber
A TOUCH OF SIN Is A Touch Too Slight by Jason Gorber
TRIPTYCH Is Intoxicating, Accessible Art Cinema by Jason Gorber
UNDER THE SKIN, Brilliant Cinema Of Alienation by Kurt Halfyard
UNFORGIVEN, A Remake That Acts As Love Letter Rather Than Redux by Jason Gorber
THE UNKNOWN KNOWN Is A Zen Koan by Kurt Halfyard
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE Is A Smart Slice Of Small-Town Noir by James Marsh
WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY, A Serious (And Funny) Testament To A Lost Age by Jason Gorber
Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL Brings The Madness To Midnight by Todd Brown
WITCHING & BITCHING Is Vulgar Auteurism At Its Most Manic by Kurt Halfyard
Music Doc Dispatch: 12.12.12 And MADE IN AMERICA by Jason Gorber

Features
TIFF 2013: Our Complete Coverage (So Far) by Ben Umstead
Short Film YOUNG WONDER Just Described My Entire Childhood! by Andrew Mack
CANNIBAL Director Manuel Martín Cuenca Talks About Representing Evil by Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg
Twitch Talks R100 With Matsumoto Hitoshi by Jason Gorber
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TIFF13, GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, And THE SQUARE
Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Wraps Up TIFF 2013


Click through the gallery as we answer some questions about the hits and misses of TIFF 2013.

What was your favorite film of the fest?

Todd Brown: There were a lot of really great genre fare and more typically 'Twitch-y' titles to choose from this year, but I think my pick would have to go to Siddharth. It's just such an incredibly finely crafted film, filled with amazing performances, incredibly heartfelt and really emotionally powerful.

Ryland Aldrich: This is such a difficult question but it's really impossible not for me to say Gravity. It's the first time I've seen a film twice at the same festival (in both IMAX and non-IMAX – see it big but IMAX isn't necessary). As everyone is about to discover when the film hits theaters in the next few weeks, this is so much more than just a film. Gravity is an adventure experience.

Kurt Halfyard: Jonathan Glazer’s long overdue Under The Skin was my most anticipated film of this year's Festival. Somehow, with all that expectations (fan of the book, the director, and the star), it still managed to deliver on the impossible-to-adapt promise of an ambiguous science fiction head-scratcher. From its 2001: A Space Odyssey styled opening overture (which depicts the fabrication of a human eye) to its poetic and memorable final sequence, this film is delivering bonafide new cinematic language and challenges its audience towards a curious empathy. It may not leave everyone coming out happy, but there is no denying the ambition on display here, not to mention the trust it puts in its audience, while sustaining a delicate and disturbing mood. The movie is a venus fly trap, that you slowly, slowly sink into the murk to be digested by its strangeness.

Jason Gorber: I'm totally going to cheat here - I saw some 65+ films for TIFF, and there's no way I'm going to narrow it down to one. Gravity and 12 Years A Slave are magnificent, but hardly a surprise. Rush was better than I could have hoped, and I spent much of the fest convincing people of this fact. If I had to pick one feature film that nobody had heard of pre-fest it'd be iNumber Number, an absolute delight, and totally worth seeking out.

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  • Bob Gundu

    Thank you for including Siddharth as your top pick!

  • sa

    you rock

  • Ard Vijn

    Awesome, guys! You really make me wish I was there.
    On that note, is anyone from the non-Dutch Twitch contingent planning to go to the IFFR in Rotterdam this January?
    ;-)

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