Another successful film festival has come and gone.  The stars have left, and for the most part their movies proved successful, many of which receiving rave reviews and international distribution deals. Most importantly my body has recovered from the gruelling movie watching schedule that I subjected myself to, and yes, also the drink ( or four) I had during the festival ( Tis the season right? Oh wait, maybe I’m mixing my seasons). A few of the films at this years’ festival have already garnered Oscar buzz such as August: Osage County, and 12 Years a Slave. Those were the fan favourites this year, but I had some of my own.  Three in particular, are my favourite at this years’ festival, and not surprisingly fan favourites of the festival.

 

The Sacrament, Director, Ti West

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To say the least, this movie is unnerving, and is psychologically designed to stretch ones concept of what it means to be a religious leader and a “father”.  Ti West most definitely draws viewers into the story line by creating anticipation leading up to the heart of the story.  What really happened at Eden Parish?

 

All Is By My Side, Director, John Ridley

All is By My Side is the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre Benjamin (from the rap duo Outkast) and co-star Imogen Poots.  The film documents the life of Jimi Hendrix over the course of one-year in London England during the mid-1960’s.  Andre Benjamins’ performance as Jimi was nothing short of remarkable, as different points of the film it became hard to distinguish Andre Benjamin from Jimi Hendrix himself.  

Though Director, John Ridley did not incorporate Hendrix’s biggest hits into the film ( to the disappointment of some), the audience was treated to multiple musical performances by Benjamin, and also had the chance to gain a more in depth glimpse into a part of Hendrix’s career not many people were fortunate to know about. 

Why Don’t You Play In Hell? Director, Sono Sion

Complete and utter madness is the best way to describe this film.  Not the bad type of madness though. It’s fun, violent, funny, and the creative type of madness.  The type of madness that won the Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  Two rival yakuza gangs feuding over the film career of a yakuza crime boss’s daughter? What’s there not to love? I personally love violent films, and there’s no shortage of that in this film.  If you love all the elements that truly make an entertaining film, Why Don’t You play In Hell is definitely the film to watch. Thumbs up!

All in all I had a great time at this year’s festival. I had the opportunity to work with and meet some reallyawesome people, saw some cool movies, attended  an amazing opening night party which happened to be an all youcan drink/eat event… Just Sayin’ (I got served Vodka in an ICE BAR, how cool is hat S**T?!). To me it seems thatwith each passing year the festival gets bigger and bigger, and I really hope that is the case because I CANNOT wait until TIFF 2014

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Me in the Canada Goose Ice Bar
Me in the Canada Goose Ice Bar

Until next festival folks!

-Mandela

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