Today we reach the final moments of TIFF 2012. What better way to celebrate the festival’s closing then by seeing a bunch of movies? Today TIFF is screening a ton of them! So join Toronto Film Scene on our excursion into movie screening madness today on the Scene.
Denis CÃ´tÃ© continues his art of filming whatever he damn well pleases and using it to help us find areas of the subconscious of awesomeness with his latest, Bestiaire. Simply described, Bestiaire is an observational documentary about animals (I did say “simply”). Trista DeVries not just recommends, but demands that you make to the cinema with the utmost haste in her glowing review. It screens today at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 at 10:00am.
Henry Alex Rubin’s Disconnect is screening at Scotiabank 3 at 9:45am. Taking three stories relating to the immediate, personal dangers of cybercrime Disconnect takes the central theme of loneliness to new realms in a post-YouTube, Facebook, Chomsky, text messaging, MSN messenger (RIP), I-think-that’s-all-of-them world. Danita Steinberg praised Rubin’s “alienating the characters through their technology” for connecting with the audience the most personal ways.
TFS also recommends you also see The Suicide Shop. This animated feature from Patrice Leconte sees how a joyous outlook on life can save lives will affecting his parents business, a shop specializing in items that assist in suicide. While writing that sentence, my iTunes had shuffled its way to “One of us Cannot be Wrong” by Leonard Cohen – cosmic. Our own illustrator/columnist Bennett O’Brian loved it and if you’ve been frequenting this website enough, you’re aware he knows a thing or three about great animation. It plays today at Scotiabank 2 at 12:30pm.
Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 7 is showing Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing at 6:00pm tonight. When introducing the film at TIFF, Oppenheimer said ”Movies are usually about good and evil, and the struggles between them. This movie is just about evil.” In the film he finds his lens on Anwar Congo, a Indonesian thug and proprietor of chaos based on Hollywood action films. Brandy Dean called it a must see, while warning that it is not for the faint of heart.
Adding another (unintentional) dose of death to this article John Dies at the End screens at 5:00 pm at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 2. Based on the book of the same title by David Wong of Cracked.com, John Dies at the End was described as a “mindfuck of a movie that never compromises on its own insanity” by our Katarina Gligorijevic in her review. If you missed the midnight screening, Kat recommends getting to see it today: “you don’t want to wait any longer than you have to, to see this gem.”
So there you have it, a full day of festival finality. And lots of death — sorry about that. If you have yet to take in any TIFF, what’s wrong with you? This is your last chance! Go out and enjoy yourself. Then come back tomorrow and check out what’s happening on the Scene!