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My Top Ten TIFF 2010 Films

  • Sep 25, 2010
I had the distinct pleasure of attending the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival with a press badge around my neck. I saw 30 movies (out of 300, mind you) and this list makes up my 10 favorite from the entire festival. They are in alphabetical order.
1
Biutiful
Directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu and starring Javier Bardem, BIUTIFUL explores one man's mindset as he faces his own mortality and what he will be leaving behind.
2
Black Swan (2010)
Directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, BLACK SWAN is thrilling look at what goes on backstage in the mind of a ballet dancer.
See the full review, "Aronofky's Swan Dive".
3
Blue Valentine
Directed by Derek Cianfrance and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, BLUE VALENTINE features two of the bravest performances of the year and shows you a side of relationships that people are rarely willing to face.
See the full review, "Blue Is a Serious Understatement".
4
Easy A
Directed by Will Gluck and starring Emma Stone, EASY A is easily one of the funniest and sharpest comedies I've seen all year.
See the full review, "See title for headline".
5
I'm Still Here
Directed by Casey Affleck and starring Joaquin Phoenix, I'M STILL HERE, hoax or no hoax, is a fascinating look at celebrity from both sides on the coin.
See the full review, "Yes, but for how long?".
6
The Illusionist (2010)
Directed by Sylvain Chomet, THE ILLUSIONIST, a painting come to life told with the beauty of music, is a frank look at the death of genuine artistry.
See the full review, "Pure Magic".
7
The King's Speech
Directed by Tom Hooper and starring Colin Firth, THE KING'S SPEECH is a captivating look at the process of finding your voice and subsequently your self.
See the full review, "Perfectly Put".
8
Heartbeats
Written and directed by Xavier Dolan, LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES is an incredibly accurate look at where the mind goes when the heart takes over.
See the full review, "Just my imagination".
9
Rabbit Hole
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Nicole Kidman, RABBIT HOLE is a fresh look at what can happen to a couple when they lose a child.
See the full review, "Worth the Fall".
10
Tabloid
Directed by Erol Morris, TABLOID is a brilliant exploration of a scandal that took place over 30 years ago. Morris is an exceptional interviewer.

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September 26, 2010
This list is just awesome! I am working on a special newsletter for this festival with you as the central focus LOL! Thanks a million, Joseph!
September 26, 2010
Thanks .. It's helpful to see what is coming in the next few months. The festival was incredible.
October 23, 2010
I'll be highlighting half of these movies tomorrow.
October 24, 2010
Awesome good news. Thanks for all the support!
 
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Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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