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Film fest ends with no clear Oscar shoo-ins

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  1. Tom Saunders from Canada writes: Nothing will ever stop the sniping and complaining about the Film Festival. Toronto puts on one of the best film festivals in the world, but there are many people in Canada who will do nothing but complain about that. Ignore them.
  2. Wally Grisold from Toronto, Canada writes: Now the Sutton Place and other venues can put their 'no smoking' signs back up.
  3. AJ McKinlay from Toronto, Canada writes: I don't necessarily feel that the festival has become too big or too Hollywood. I do, however, feel that it has gotten a tad dull. Although perhaps the city itself and the province are at fault in this regard. As an example, and it was not the only time, after the premiere of Paul Verhoeven's 'Black Book' at Roy Thomson Hall my companion and I, along with a considerable number of film-goers, had decided to go for a post-film drink to discuss the film's pluses and minuses. We went to the nearest pub, the Elephant & Castle at the corner of King and Simcoe, just across from Roy Thomson Hall, only to find the doors locked and the lights out. It was only twenty minutes past midnight! And this in a city with a 2:00 a.m. closing time. More than once I heard people muttering 'what kind of town is this'. I had to apologize to the obvious out-of-towners for the neo-puritanism that is sweeping the province and adversely affecting such institutions as the Toronto Film Festival. My god, the biggest story was whether or not a visiting actor should be charged and/or fined for smoking indoors! Sad and pathetic.
  4. Keturah Tall from Canada writes: Let's put the fuss in perspective. They would not be called 'critics' if their primary objective was not to evaluate and criticize what others will not. Sorry, Canada, you can't just give criticism; you must be able to take it too. Besides, I find it ironic that Hollywood becomes the icon of all things bad and evil about the entertainment industry when about the third of the 'Hollywood-types' are Canadian. Hmmm....
  5. An observer of history from New Glasgow, Canada writes: Living in a small town in Nova Scotia, we (my wife and I) bemoan the fact that we rarely see films that are not 'Hollywood'. We happened to be in Toronto during the film festival and had the opportunity to see two films, 'Away From Her' and 'Mon Meilleur Ami'. Neither are blockbuster Hollywood films, but, both were outstanding. Yes, crowds, lines, hoopla, but, underneath and most important, marvellous films of all genres for all tastes. At one of the films we had been given VIP tickets and were seated in special seats at Roy Thompson Hall. Behind us were two couples griping about the size of the festival and the loss of the personal touch of the TIFF. I grew up in Toronto and am absolutely comfortable there. I do not see Toronto as a private club that exists for my pleasure, but, rather as a wonderful city offering a multitude of venues for a variety of entertainment options. Next year, we plan to make the TIFF a planned trip and we intend to see far more films. The bigger the better. The bigger, the more the variety of films that will appear, and yes, even some Hollywood films. Hollywood produces many films that are 'less than worthy', but, there are also great films that come from Hollywood. The TIFF seems to have found a wonderful balance of films and message.
  6. scott reid from Canada writes: As soon as something becomes successful, someone wants to take you down a peg. I saw Never Say Goodbye this year..loads of fun even if I did not know who the Bollywood superstars were. Sexy Sam...Sexy Sam...
  7. David E from Canada writes: People who complain about the Toronto Film Festival are usually ignorant sorts who go looking for things to dislike. So the dude from Fox dislikes Toronto and thinks the streets are too oddly laid out? Why am I not surprised that a Fox 'journalist' is confused by a simple grid? The fact is, the Toronto Festival could not possibly be run better than it is, which is why it has become so prominent. They balance the needs of thousands of people from a variety of places and there's always something for everyone. I'd hate to see what it would become in the hands of anyone else.
  8. L Berger from Canada writes: I saw Amazing Grace. Wonderful film. Yes the festival is large but the movies are what make it fun not the Hollywood press. Great selection of movies to choose from. I heard Mon Meilleur Ami was sensational as were others that friends of mine saw. Among us we went to 15 movies, most of which we would never be able to see in the "regular" theatre. It is a pleasure to be able to see them in Toronto.
  9. MJ Salovaara from Osaka, Japan, Japan writes: Perhaps the sniping is a testament to the success of the TIFF. Did TIFF show a broad range of films from around the world? I think it did fulfill its mandate - Toronto streets notwithstanding.
  10. Peter Brych from Toronto, Canada writes: Having seen a number of films, including Bella I was wonderfully satisfied by this year's festival. Many great movies from a wide variety of countires. It seems Toronto is the only festival where the Hollywood studios and their "block-busters" do not get special treatment. All films were made available multiple times. If the only thing they can criticize is the city's lay out The TIFF must be doing some thing right! Don't change what works. Celebrate the world's films and keep letting the people see them.
  11. Phil G from Ottawa, Canada writes: #3, I'll agree that the TIFF is still a good show, but I have to disagree with the "neopuritanism", as if it was only recently that Toronto (or the province) has made late-night night-life difficult. That condition has been around since I was old enough to drink (and that's at least 15 years!). Toronto can still fancy itself a world-class city (and in can in many aspects), but until it seriously pushes the province to slacken its closing hour laws, it'll play second fiddle to places like Montreal. Gosh, even Ottawa's stores stay open til 9 pm most nights. Try finding an open store on Queen St W (ostensibly one of the great shopping districts of the city) after just 6:30 pm...

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