TIFF 2014: Outro – How Did Our Choices Rate?

Posted on Sep 15 2014 - 3:01am by Jonathan Encarnacion

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(Check out our exclusive Red Carpet video Outro – music by Jeff Morrison – darkwerk)

(Red carpet selects footage courtesy of TIFF)

This year, the Toronto International Film Festival was host to 393 films.  Film selection wasn’t TIFF’s only area of growth:

  • The first ever Festival Street celebrated the opening weekend with a number of booths, activities, and extended seating for restaurants facing King Street.
  • With 29 red carpet galas, 2014 probably marks the highest number of celebrity talent that has come to visit TIFF.

24 theatres in and around the Bell TIFF LightBox screened festival selections from September 4th to 14th.

Judge WHAT DID WE THINK?

We reviewed 18 films.  Our selections have a total average of [usr 3.5], or 71.11% for our final grade.

And while not every film might have been our preferred cup o’ tea, we try to give a fair review to include those who might like their flavor.

Filmmaking is an art, and we can appreciate the craft behind the approach – for TIFF, the majority of our reviews ask Would you like it? first, and Did we like it? second.

That said, there was still that one film…   Kill Three Times WHAT DID YOU THINK?

Of the 18 films we saw, 17 have an IMDB rating.

Our final grade for those 17 films is 71.76%. The only one without a rating so far is DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2.

IMDB’s total average of our selections is 7.7/10, or 76.59% for their final grade.  Looks like the general public is a bit less critical than we are!

Where we disagreed the most: KILL ME THREE TIMES

  • Our Rating: [usr 1.5]
  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

You guys favored this film by a difference of 47%!  Oi!  Our POV?

  • Visually, the film didn’t convey the mood it was trying to set.  And the characters didn’t have enough dimension, dialogue, or scenario to make them interesting.  We love the actors, too, but… well, sorry.

A LITTLE CHAOS

WHAT DID OTHER CRITICS THINK? – ROTTEN TOMATOES

Of the 18 films we saw, 9 of them have a Rotten Tomatoes critic score. Our final grade for those 9 films is 77.78%.  Films yet to be scored are mainly international selections:

  • ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST
  • BEFORE WE GO
  • 1001 GRAMS
  • THE VANISHED ELEPHANT
  • REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS
  • MAGICAL GIRL
  • DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2
  • A HARD DAY
  • KILL ME THREE TIMES

Rotten Tomatoes’ total average of our selections is 68, or 67.56% for their final grade.  Guess they didn’t have as good a time as we did?

Where we disagreed the most: TIE

THE JUDGE

  • Our rating: [usr 4.5]
  • RottenTomatoes Rating: 55

THE HUMBLING

  • Our Rating: [usr 4]
  • RottenTomatoes Rating: 45

We favored these films by a difference of 35 points.  Our POV?

  • Enjoy THE JUDGE for the fact that it’s those particular actors, showcasing the personalities we love; regardless of conventions, the film does succeed in bringing on the feels.
  • Watch THE HUMBLING knowing that the pace of the film is gonna follow the perspective of the main character – Pacino’s Simon Axler.  It’s boring at the beginning because, well, his life is boring.  Stick with it; as it picks up, you get to know him well.

The Humbling WHAT DID OTHER CRITICS THINK? – METACRITIC

Of the 18 films we saw, 10 of them have a Metacritic score. Our final grade for those 10 films is 76%.  Films yet to be scored are, again, mainly international selections:

  • BEFORE WE GO
  • 1001 GRAMS
  • THE VANISHED ELEPHANT
  • REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS
  • MAGICAL GIRL
  • DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2
  • A HARD DAY
  • KILL ME THREE TIMES

Metacritic’s total average of our selections is 62, or 61.60% for their final grade.  Looks like a few in their pool are even pickier than those in the Rotten Tomatoes crowd!

Where we disagreed the most: THE JUDGE

  • Our Rating: [usr 4.5]
  • Metacritic Rating: 40

The difference here is even wider than with RottenTomatoes – a 50 point difference. We won’t go through it again, but if you really wanna know why we liked it so much, here’s our review.

THE EQUALIZER OUR FAVES:

Time will tell if the box-office proper will feel the same way, but here are some of our picks.

Most Entertaining – From our selections, these, we think, will be the big box-office draws once they get a full release:

The Acclaimed – out of the films we saw, these will probably generate the most thought and discussion after viewing:

(NULL) SHORTS WITH POTENTIAL:

This year also included 42 Canadian short films and – for the first time – 36 international shorts from 29 countries.

We reviewed 12 Canadian, 17 International from the SHORT CUTS screenings; here’s what stood out the most:

Best Canadian Short:

Best International Short:

So there you have it, folks – our 2014 Toronto International Film Festival recap!  Those that were there seem to have had a fantastic time this year (check out the hashtag #TIFF14 on twitter and Instagram). Applause, as always, to the hundreds of Festival Volunteers that provided direction to the crowds.  And to the 21 programmers, thank you for bringing us selections to get excited about.

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