2004 Toronto International Film Festival Movie Blog

Here is a list of films I saw at the 2004 film festival, along with my quick review of them.  Spoilers abound. 

Thursday September 9, 2004

Notre Musique, (Jean-Luc Godard, 2004): An unconventional film that that is part documentary and part commentary.  The first part of the film contains a montage of war clips that is done almost purley in documentary form.   The second part brings us into the real world and tells the story of Palestine girl who's suicide by Israeli forces brings an interesting context to the movie.  The third part brings us into a dream world where the Palestine girl, now in heaven patrols the land that is now protected by US soliders.  Highly unique in it's content, will probably not see wide release, but worth seeing if you are a fan of Godard films.   Thumbs Up.

When Will I Be Loved, (James Toback, 2004):  Stars Toronto native Neve Campbell, the story of a femme fatale who's boyfriend attempts to set her up with a count in return for money and how in the end she betrays them all.   It becomes quite clear that some scenes were shot without a script.  Somewhat interesting movie and concept.  Thumbs up from me, simply because Ms. Campbell is from Toronto and showed up to introduce the movie and do a Q&A. 

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, (Mamoru Oshii, 2004): A japanese anime film set in the future about AI gone wrong.  A number of  cyborg used for cough!intimate purposes go haywire and start killing their owners. A police officer, who himself is a cyborg sets out to solve the crime.  Visually, quite appealing, the plot lost me through some of the film.  Having not seen the original, my mind was left to filling in the gaps.  Unfortunately this led to a quite confusing film. 

Friday September 10, 2004

3-Iron, (Kim Ki-duk, 2004):  A Korean film about a squatter who breaks into people's houses while they are away and spends the night.  He never steals anything and in return he does little household chores.  A love story about how he meets a woman during his travels and how their relationship unfolds in the context of what he does and how he lives.  Surprisingly, the main character says nothing during the entire film, a true ghost.  A surprisingly good film.   Thumbs up.

Ferpect Crime, (Alex de la Iglesia, 2004):  A very humourous black comedy about a lingerie salesman who works  in a department store.  After accidently killing his main rival to become floor manager, he ends up being blackmailed into hooking up romatically with the unattractive Lourdes who is the only witness.    He ends up living the life that he never wanted to, that is being married.  Towards the end, the movie switched from a comedy to a pretty interesting thriller as our hero attempts to find a way out of his now boring life.   Thumbs up.

Saturday September 11, 2004

I Huckabees, (David O. Russell, 2004): Thumbs up.

Clean, (Olivier Assayas, 2004): Thumbs up.

Creep, (Christopher Smith, 2004): Thumbs up.

The Alzheimer Case, (Erik Van Looy, 2003): Thumbs up.

Spider Forest, (Song Il-gon, 2004): Thumbs up.

Sunday September 12, 2004

House of Flying Daggers, (Zhang Yimou, 2004): Thumbs up.

Five Children and It, (John Stephenson, 2004): Kids movie. Didn't like it. 

Tarnation, (Jonathan Caouette, 2004): Thumbs Down.

The Woodsman, (Nicole Kassell, 2004): Thumbs up.

Throw Down, (Johnnie To, 2004): Thumbs down.

Monday September 13, 2004

Kinsey, (Bill Condon, 2004): Thumbs up.

Ray, (Taylor Hackford, 2004): Thumbs up.

Haven, (Frank E. Flowers, 2004): Thumbs down.

The Holy Girl, (Lucrecia Martel, 2004): Thumbs up.

Dear Frankie, (Shona Auerbach, 2004): Thumbs up.

Tuesday September 14, 2004

The Motorcycle Diaries, (Walter Salles, 2004): Thumbs up.

Shark Tale, (Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman, 2004): Thumbs up.

9 Songs, (Michael Winterbottom, 2004): Thumbs down.

Kung Fu Hustle, (Stephen Chow, 2004): Thumbs up.

Wednesday September 15, 2004

Downfall, (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2004): Thumbs up.

The Ninth Day, (Volker Schlöndorff, 2004): Thumbs up.

Hari Om, (Bharatbala, 2004): Thumbs up.

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, (Asia Argento, 2004): Thumbs down.

Kontroll, (Nimród Antal, 2003): Thumbs up.

Thursday September 16, 2004

Stage Beauty, (Richard Eyre, 2004): Thumbs down.

A Good Woman, (Mike Barker, 2004): Thumbs down.

Steamboy, (Katsuhiro Otomo, 2004): Thumbs up.

Eros, (Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni, 2004): Thumbs down.

Friday September 17, 2004

Modigliani, (Mick Davis, 2004): Thumbs down.

An Italian Romance, (Carlo Mazzacurati, 2004): Thumbs down.

Land of Plenty, (Wim Wenders, 2004): Slept through.

Primer, (Shane Carruth, 2004): Thumbs up.

Trauma, (Marc Evans, 2004): ?

Saturday September 18, 2004

Return to Sender, (Bille August, 2004): Thumbs up.

Arsène Lupin, (Jean-Paul Salomé, 2004): Thumbs down.

Old Boy, (Park Chan-wook, 2003): Thumbs up.

Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, (Vadim Jean, 2004): Thumbs down.

Brodeuses, (Eléonore Faucher, 2004): Thumbs up.

Saw, (James Wan, 2004): Thumbs up.

 My comments on the 2003 films can be seen at the following link. TIFF 2003