TIFF 2008: Ratings and More

Quite an excellent year, if I do say so myself. A lot of questionable films going into the festival turned out excellent and some of the “excellent” choices going into the festival turned out poorly. Here’s are my ratings on every film I saw at TIFF this year:

$9.99                      [63%]
Achilles and the Tortoise  [78%]
Adam Resurrected           [14%]
Afterwards                 [64%]
Appaloosa                  [68%]
The Brothers Bloom         [83%]
The Burning Plain          [72%]
Che                        [88%]
A Christmas Tale           [90%]
Il Divo                    [92%]
Fear Me Not                [93%]
Flash of Genius            [68%]
Four Nights With Anna      [86%]
Gigantic                   [66%]
Gomorrah                   [35%]
The Hurt Locker            [37%]
JVCD                       [78%]
Last Stop 174              [87%]
Linha de Passe             [31%]
Lovely, Still              [83%]
Martyrs                    [77%]
Me and Orson Welles        [84%]
New York, I Love You       [75%]
Nothing But the Truth      [86%]
The Other Man              [61%]
Parc                       [68%]
Pride and Glory            [63%]
Public Enemy Number One    [99%]
Rock'n'Rolla               [78%]
Sauna                      [60%]
The Silence of Lorna       [100]
Slumdog Millionaire        [89%]
Sut                        [63%]
Synedoche, New York        [87%]
Tony Manero                [99%]
Universalove               [74%]
Vacation                   [88%]
Waltz With Bashir          [96%]
Wendy and Lucy             [64%]
The Wrestler               [100]
Zach and Miri Make a Porno [88%]
Zift                       [60%]

and to close, my “awards” for this years film festival.

The Cinematic Chrysalis [best picture]
first place: The Wrestler [dir. Darren Aronofsky]
second place: Le Silence de Lorna [dir. Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne]
third place:
Mesrine: L’instinct de mort [dir. Jean-Francois Richet]

Rains’ Cup [best actor: leading]
first place: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
second place: Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
third place:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York

Anya Cup [best actress: leading]
first place: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
second place: Morjana Alaoui, Martyrs
third place:
Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

Rains’ Cup [best actor: supporting]
first place: Jeremie Renier, Le Silence de Lorna
second place: Reese Thompson, Afterwards
third place:
Hidetoshi Nishijima, Kyuka

Anya Cup [best actress: supporting]
first place: Vera Farmiga, Nothing But the Truth
second place: Cecile de France,
Mesrine: L’instinct de mort
third place:
Michelle Williams, Synecdoche, New York

The Golden Vision [best director]
first place: Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler
second place: Jean-Pierre/Luc Dardenne, Le Silence de Lorna

third place: Pablo Larrain, Tony Manero

The Golden Quill [best screenplay]
first place: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
second place: Robert Siegel, The Wrestler

third place: Anders Thomas Jensen and Kristian Levring
, Den du Frygter

The Dairenne Prize [best cinematography]
first place: Henri Blomberg, Sauna
second place: Dean Semler, Appaloosa

third place: Robert Elswit, The Burning Plain

The Jingle Bell [best original score]
first place: Clint Mansell, The Wrestler
second place: Nathan Johnson, The Brothers Bloom

third place: Max Richter, Waltz With Bashir