Having watched more than four dozen films over the past 10days (still only a fraction of this year's entries), I can report that the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival was, for the most part, a success. There are some sure bets for Oscar gold, some refreshing new visions in independent film and some outright stinking duds.
With a nod of thanks to my Canadian friends, here's my ranking of some of the films not to miss and a few to avoid at all costs:
Five Maple Leafs (the best of the fest):
Amour, Argo, The Master, Silver Linings Playbook
Four Maple Leafs (really, really good films):
Dormant Beauty, Frances Ha, Great Exectations, How to Make Money Selling Drugs, Hyde Park on Hudson, The Iceman, Kon-Tiki, Looper, Much Ado About Nothing, On The Road, Room 237, Rust and Bone, The Sessions, Seven Psychopaths, Stories We Tell
Three Maple Leafs (recommended):
Disconnect, End of Watch, A Late Quartet, Leviathan, The Place Beyond the Pines, Song For Marion, West of Memphis.
Two Maple Leafs (sorry, no):
A Liar’s Autobiography, Arthur Newman, Byzantium, Cloud Atlas, The Company You Keep, Gebo and the Shadow, Imogene, Twice Born.
One Maple Leaf (no, no, no):
Jayne Mansfield's Car, Passion, The Paperboy