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The Best of Toronto International Film Festival 2014

Written by on September 17, 2014 


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(click for full review where available, including TIFF films screened at previous festivals)

Goodbye to Language (N/A)

Amour Fou (A)

Two Days, One Night (A-)

Corbo (B+)
Force Majeure (B+)
Foxcatcher (B+)
Gemma Bovery (B+)
The Good Lie (B+)
The Intruder (B+)
The Look of Silence (B+)
Magical Girl (B+)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting Existence (B+)
Samba (B+)
Timbuktu (B+)
The Voices (B+)
The Wanted 18 (B+)
Winter Sleep (B+)

Coming Home (B)
Clouds of Sils Maria
Cut Snake (B)
The Duke of Burgundy (B)
The Guest (B)
High Society (B)
It Follows (B)
Jauja (B)
Kill Me Three Times (B)
La Sapienza (B)
Leviathan (B)
Mr. Turner (B)
National Gallery (B)
Pasolini (B)
The Riot Club (B)
Songs From the North (B)
This is Where I Leave You (B)
Tokyo Tribe (B)
Trick or Treaty? (B)
Tusk (B)
What We Do in the Shadows (B)
Wild (B)
X + Y (B)

99 Homes (B-)
Adult Beginners (B-)
The Cobbler (B-)
Learning to Drive (B-)
Maps to the Stars (B-)
Partners In Crime (B-)
Preggoland (B-)
Scarlett Innocence (B-)
Still the Water (B-)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (B-)

Bang Bang Baby (C+)
The Drop (C+)
From What Is Before (C+)
The Little Death (C+)
The Yes Men are Revolting (C+)
Welcome to Me (C+)

Laggies (C)
Men, Women & Children (C)
The New Girlfriend (C)

Good Kill (C-)
The Humbling (C-)
Manglehorn (C-)
Miss Julie (C-)
Mommy (C-)
The Search (C-)

October Gale (D+)

Short Films

TIFF Short Cuts Canada Capsules: Me and My Moulton, Entangled, Liompa & More

TIFF Short Cuts International Capsules: Chop My Money, Growing Pains, Ice Cream & More

The Film Stage Show Dispatches

TIFF 2014 Dispatch #0 – Journey to Toronto and Family on Film

In our first pre-TIFF dispatch, Brian Roan travels to Toronto and gets his 7-year-old nephew’s review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, his favorite movie of the year so far, and dives deep into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spoilers. He also questions how he’s related to his sister, who doesn’t exactly share his passion for film

TIFF 2014 Dispatch #1 – Evolving Festival, Cut Snake and The Intruder

Brian Roan enters Canada, has Enemy flashbacks, reviews Cut Snake and The Intruder with fellow audience members, talks about the evolving nature of TIFF, and more in his first full day at the festival.

TIFF 2014 Dispatch #2 – Gemma Bovery and Men, Women & Children

Brian Roan discusses Scarlet Innocence, an odd experience during a theater, and an audience member that helps to explain it. He then talks about Gemma Bovery before interviewing Emilio Doménech (@Nanisimo) about Men, Women & Children, Mommy, Eden, and the difference between TIFF and other festivals. To wrap, he talks about Big Game and the end of a long festival day.

TIFF 2014 Dispatch #3 – Tusk, Confession and the History of TIFF

Brian Roan starts out his day with Ryan McNeil (@matinee_ca) before diving into a review of his favorite thus far, Confession and talks with a fellow festivalgoer about The Tale of Princess Kaguya, Song of the Sea, Tokyo Tribe, The Dead Lands, and more. He also chats with another film lover who has been attending TIFF for many years and she talks about her favorite-ever premiere, and much more.

He then links up with The Film Stage’s John Fink to talk Kevin Smith’s Tusk and The Yes Man Are Revolting. They also go behind-the-scenes about the TIFF vs. Telluride battle and the experience and history of TIFF. Brian then finishes up by talking about Hyena and visits a jazz club.

TIFF 2014 Dispatch #4 – Luna, Alive and Heading Home

In our final dispatch from TIFF, Brian Roan heads to his final movies, speaks with the director Luna, Dave McKean about the festival experience, Toronto, and more. He then reviews the film, before talking about his final feature, Alive. Lastly, a day out, he sums up his experience with his favorite films and more about the event.


Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon Talk 99 Homes, Economic Woes, and More at TIFF

Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon

Benedict Cumberbatch & Cast Discuss The Imitation Game at TIFF

Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

Jake Gyllenhaal Discusses Preparing For Nightcrawler, Weight Loss, Working With Robert Elswit, and More at TIFF


Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle Discuss Whiplash In 24-Minute TIFF Conversation


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