Your favourite movies of the festival
Globe and Mail
Thursday, Sep. 11, 2003
The School of Rock is a completely euphoric, life-affirming experience. This film should be required viewing for humanity. Stick it to the man.
Touching the Void is an amazing story and there's a surprisingly good mix of interviews and action. Very realistic climbing scenes. My Life Without Me is a great Canadian movie, with nice performances. Sentimental, but not cloying. I also really liked Dogville, although it did take a while to get used to the bare set and chalk outlines. Great acting and like nothing you've ever seen before. Everyone at my screening loved the titles introducing each chapter.
I have seen him around Toronto a few times during the past few years, but I never really got to know the Flyerman. I saw Flyerman, which is a tough look at who this man is and why he is the way he is. One of the best character studies I have ever seen.
Flyerman is a fascinating feature documentary about a really unique character. It examines why this outgoing, belligerent individual is the way he is.
Stander and Mayor of Sunset Strip. These are the best so far. Standar was well-made and had a griping story. Mayor was the best documentary so far.
Elephant is so disturbingly good, it's the one film you're guaranteed not to forget afterwards. Van Sant, who even with his mainstream fare (Good Will Hunting and To Die For) always manages to infuse a depth of perspective rarely seen in Hollywood today, delivers such a muted, sublime and utterly engaging film, its frenetic climax will numb you to the core. No big-name actors. No MTV camera/editing tricks. No formula. Just amazing cinema. Fog of War is an insightful documentary that is probably the most anti-American American film you'll see this year. Through eleven insightful discussions with former U.S. Scretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, master documentarian Errol Morris eschews the polemic of war and with footage and audio never seen or heard before. A fascinating look at a nation obsessed with military assertion in the name of "world freedom." Dogville is as original as it is engaging. One of the best ensemble casts you will ever see on celluloid.
My favourite so far is Love, Sex and Eating the Bones. Very entertaining movie, unlike A Problem with Fear, where I fell asleep a few times and didn't miss a thing.