Hey there folks -- I'm back from Toronto! A hell of a good time all around (not just the movies, but the trip in general -- which was followed by a remarkably anxiety-free 10-year high school reunion). You guys can just go to my website (link on the left sidebar) to read my capsule reviews for every film, but in summary:
GERRY -- Gus Van Sant's best film to date; a landmark film for American cinema considering the director and actor's previous collaboration, GOOD WILL HUNTING.
DIVINE INTERVENTION -- Hilarious. Try to find it when it comes out.
KEN PARK -- It will never get distribution since it's basically a porn film complete with cum shots, graphic violence, and all kinds of intimate sex scenes where there's nowhere the camera won't go. But if you can get past the shock images, the characters are well developed and the themes resonate. Larry Clark is relevant.
MORVERN CALLAR -- If you thought Samantha Morton was good in MINORITY REPORT, or SWEET & LOWDOWN, or JESUS' SON, then just you wait, my friends...
SWEET SIXTEEN -- Ken Loach's film had the best ending and best line of dialogue at the TIFF.
LILYA 4-EVER -- The new Lukas Moodysson is, aside from REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, the grimmest and most depressing film-going experience I can remember. It's not a very good movie (it's not bad at all, just too cliched to be great), but the emotional punch it has overwhelmed me to tears. See it if you get off on bleak, tough, merciless tear-jerkers.
There's not much of a reason to write more about the other ones, but I think a lot of people will be pleased by TALK TO HER. As far as substance and craft it's no LIVE FLESH, but it has this one centerpiece scene that's unforgettable.
(I also saw IGBY GOES DOWN yesterday and liked it a hell of a lot -- one of the best original American screenplays of this year, with surprisingly awesome supporting performances by Claire Danes and Jeff Goldblum. Amanda Peet also continues to steal the shit out of every scene she's in, and after this, GOSFORD PARK, and WAY OF THE GUN, Ryan Phillippe needs to accept some sort of award for picking projects).