Must See Movies – Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Recommends

Sep 1 2011 – Toronto’s awesome Film Festival is one week away (it runs from Sep 8-18 this year). I have 7 movies I will be seeing and will disclose them once I found out what they are (tickets are distributed via a lottery system). My selections are primarily (but not exclusively) from the Midnight Madness. I do enjoy seeing movies from other genres/programs but dislike the chore of finding the right ones to go see so any help in recommendations is always appreciated. Today a couple of programmers from the TIFF @kc_tiff  (Kerri Craddock Sr. Manager of Festival Programming) and @cameron_tiff (Cameron Bailey the Co-Director of TIFF) are letting people submit their 2 favorite movies on Twitter and are coming back with what recommended movies to see. Even if you don’t get a chance to see them at this years TIFF keep your eyes open for them in the movie theaters when they get wide release or on DVD/Blu-Ray.

I submitted 2 of my favorite movies which were “Apocalypse Now” and “Pulp Fiction”. @kc_tiff responded in a few minutes with “Sleepless Night and Twixt”.
Sleepless Night (Nuit Blanche)- When Vincent, a double-dealing cop, steals a big bag of cocaine from some drug dealers they counter by kidnapping and threatening to kill his son if the bag isn’t returned – fast. The swap is to go down at their headquarters in a big nightclub on the outskirts of Paris, but Vincent gets caught in a spiral of deception and betrayal and must fight his way through packed dance floors and dark corridors of the labyrinth-like club. This is a French movie and something that I will want to see.
Twixt –  A writer (Val Kilmer) with a career in decline arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl in a California town. Inspired by the gothic horror of Edgar Allen Poe, this is the latest from Director Francis Ford Coppela (one of my top 3 favorite of all time!). This one looks awesome and I will definitely be seeing it, The official trailer on YouTube is found below.

Some of the other responses I saw from the two programmers that seemed very interesting were:
Memento + Amelie = Take Shelter + Beloved
Godfather + Inception = Rampart + Cafe De Flore
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind  + City Of God = Twixt + Miss Bala
Raiders Of The Lost Ark + Saving Private Ryan = Warriors of the Rainbow + Rebellion
Donnie Darko + Momento = Intruders + Burning Man
Raiders of the Lost Ark + Love Stock.. = Warriors Of The Rainbow + Killer Joe
Amelie + Kill Bill = Violet & Daisy + Damsels in Distress
Ikiru + Blade Runner = From Up On Poppy Hill + Smuggler
Sixth Sense + Sin City = Violet & Daisy + Intruders

Verdict: Thanks so much for the recommendations KC! I will be sure to catch them both.

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