POLL: Which Toronto favorite are you anticipating the most?

Posted by · 6:25 am · September 15th, 2008

With the bulk of the festival season behind us (just a few more to go), I thought I’d gauge support for the films that were well-received in Toronto.  I suspect I know the answer already, but you guys tend to surprise me with these more often than not.  So let us know in the sidebar: what’s tickling your fancy after waves of critical approval?  And if you have another title in mind, tell us below!

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  • 1 9-15-2008 at 6:31 am

    Nick Plowman said...

    The Wrestler, without a doubt in my mind.

  • 2 9-15-2008 at 7:01 am

    Craig Kennedy said...

    Che. Didn’t even have to think about it.

  • 3 9-15-2008 at 7:04 am

    JAB said...

    honestly i’m going to see all of them. My votes for Rachel Getting Married though, which i was shocked to see drop from your Best Actress lineup. Anne’s still my #1, i don’t even have Nicole Kidman nominated, and Kristin Scott Thomas is my #6 with Sally Hawkins in instead. It’s a tough tough group this year though, very exciting!

  • 4 9-15-2008 at 7:05 am

    JAB said...

    that sounded a little more hostile then i meant for it to, sorry!

  • 5 9-15-2008 at 7:09 am

    JAB said...

    PS was Miracle at St. Anna really that bad? I was thinking it had a chance to be this year’s Tech darling (a la Bourne Ultimatum) seems to not have been well received at toronto though.

  • 6 9-15-2008 at 7:19 am

    BJT said...

    I’ve voted, although I’ll probably want to see them all when they come out.

  • 7 9-15-2008 at 7:27 am

    Liz said...

    “Slumdog Millionaire.” HUGE Danny Boyle fan.

  • 8 9-15-2008 at 9:03 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Maybe not in terms of event status, but as a film (and taking my personal taste into account), I’m most interested in I’ve Loved You So Long.

    JAB — that didn’t sound hostile to me! I must say, Hathaway didn’t make my predictions list either — I’m just not sure how much staying power the film will have following the Venice raves. Quite a few dissenters are already emerging.

  • 9 9-15-2008 at 9:04 am

    Silencio said...

    I can’t vote. It’s a dead heat between The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire.

  • 10 9-15-2008 at 11:17 am

    Leone said...


  • 11 9-15-2008 at 7:31 pm

    Luke Gorham said...

    Having seen all of these at Toronto, I find myself think not what I would want to see most, but what one needs to see most.

    “Che” is a film not to be missed, a truly unqiue experience and well worth the run-time. However, it is a flawed, somewhat self-indulged film.

    “Rachel Getting Married” was probably my favorite of the bunch, featuring not one, not two, but THREE standout performances, but admittedly is not reinventing the wheel.

    “The Wrestler” features a great performance, is the easiest to watch out of the bunch, and exposes the audience to relatively novel cinematic subject matter, but is also more of a character study than a completel film.

    “I’ve Loved You So Long” and “Lovely, Still” are probably my second and third favorite of the bunch and have some great performances, but other than Scott-Thomas offer little to be remembered at year’s end. Very good “small” films, however, and maybe most worthy of one’s time.

    “Slumdog Millionaire,” oddly enough, was my least favorite of the bunch. I did like the film and it is a very heartwarming film that manages to combine the gritty and the polished, but just didn’t impact me the way it must have everyone else. Either way, superb filmmaking.

    My recommendation is to not miss any of the films. All are worthy and all may very well come into play come Oscar time (with the probable exception of “Lovely, Still”).

  • 12 9-15-2008 at 8:07 pm

    the_movie_guy said...

    No, it’s not bad at all. It’s acutally a flat-out masterpiece. Roger Ebert, Movie City News, Ben Lyons, AICN, Cleveland.com, Chud.com, Rodrigo Perez, and The 213 have all said the same exact thing.

    In Contention and it’s writers are clearly still upset with Spike for his big mouth.

    His film is beautiful. The best film of the year so far!

  • 13 9-15-2008 at 8:07 pm

    the_movie_guy said...

    ^I’m referring to MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA being a masterpiece btw…

  • 14 9-15-2008 at 10:13 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    movie guy: My opinion of Lee’s movie (ditto John’s, I’m sure) has nothing to do with his “big mouth.” Extend a little professional courtesy. Read the reviews.

  • 15 9-16-2008 at 1:25 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    the_movie_guy: I suppose that Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen International, Emanuel Levy and the numerous other critics who were disappointed by the film are also merely harboring personal grudges against Lee?

    Or maybe — just maybe — they didn’t connect with the film the way you, and the critics you mention, did?


  • 16 9-16-2008 at 2:35 am

    crazycris said...

    hard to choose between “Rachel Getting Married” and “Che”… although I don’t need to anticipate the latter much, the first half is out in cinemas here this week!

  • 17 9-18-2008 at 3:00 pm

    Joel said...

    The Wrestler and Che.

    And Slumdog Millionaire.