CineFiles is a series where Ryerson students watch and review films. Here’s what we think about all kinds of film, ranging from international blockbuster hits to Ryerson-made indie shorts.
The Toronto International Film Festival took place this year from September 8th to the 18th, once again flooding the streets of downtown Toronto with celebrities, tourists and movie lovers alike. With topics ranging from falling in love to eating human flesh, this year’s TIFF proved to be another significant year in diverse films—and filmmakers (Click here to read Premila D’Sa’s thoughts on how TIFF trumped the Oscars this year in celebrating diversity).
Ryerson’s students’ opinions on the films were just as diverse—from the good to the bad to the disappointing. Here are 11 TIFF film reviews, sorted by genre. Many of these films will be out in theatres later this year, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.
From journalists exposing the American government to Indigenous communities fighting for their rights here in Canada, the following two films express the trust that is broken when governments mislead their people.
Based on True Events
Although not fully biographical, these films, influenced by subjects like a former world champion boxer and one of the world’s biggest man-made disasters, are as different as they are captivating.
The vibrant and jazzy La La Land, winner of TIFF 2016’s People’s Choice Award, tells the story of how two people’s passions can bring them closer together—and then farther apart.
La La Land – in theatres Dec. 16.
American teen film The Edge of Seventeen and German comedy Toni Erdmann show the international importance of familial relationships.
Not for the faint of heart, these horror films are both packed with gore and cannibalism—just in time for Halloween.