Final Toronto Post – Wrapping Up the Wrap-Ups

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As most of you who have been following the Toronto International Film Festival know by now, the 2009 fest wrapped up Saturday night with an Awards ceremony that gave Precious another major boost for the upcoming Awards season. The journalists have all packed their bags and headed home, but not before posting one last wrap-up of their movie-watching adventures.

  • The best wrap-up on the net comes from indieWIRE where they have compiled grades from critics on 34 films that played at Toronto. According to their grades the highest rated were Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air and the Coen Bros.’s A Serious Man, which both received A- grades.
  • Gregory Ellwood over a HitFix has organized the films he saw in Toronto into “Great,” “Good” and “Not-So-Good” categories. I guess he’s too nice to say “Good,” “Bad” and “Ugly.” He has the highest praise for A Single Man, The Informant!, and The Men Who Stare at Goats, among others.

  • John Foote at In Contention posted a wrap-up piece before the Awards were announced where he called Precious the best of the festival. He also writes about the best actor chances of the many excellent male performances featured at this year’s fest.
  • If well-written, eloquent reviews are too much for you, Stephen Garrett of Esquire has written Twitter style one sentence reviews of 25 films he saw at the festival.

That’s it for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. I have had a great deal of fun reading and following the many great sites out there who had correspondents at the fest. Hopefully, within the next several years Film Misery will cover the festival live and in person. Until that day comes, I’m happy to stumble through the clutter to find the best articles and reviews of the day.

Later this week I will be posting updated Oscar predictions with my take on how Toronto has changed the race.

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