Baby Clyde’s TIFF Diary Finale – Blog

by Baby Clyde

TIFF TravelsIt’s finish. I’m finished. Management of 25 films in all. 3 less than in 2019 but I started a day later. The Fabelmans Winning the public prize was as inevitable as me getting this final 2 days late. I have to say I didn’t think it was a vintage. There were plenty of great prime ministers and highly anticipated films, but I was pretty disappointed with much of what I saw. Luckily, things got a bit better towards the end.

Here’s a look at my last 2 days which turned out to include some of the best in the show.

Friday started with inspection the first narrative feature from documentary filmmaker Elegance Bratton. For some reason I had assumed it was a period piece, so the first 10 minutes of a homeless Jeremy Pope jumping the turnstile in contemporary NYC subway, encountering a gang of gay friends and visiting his estranged mother (an unrecognizable Gabrielle Union) took me by surprise. Both were a real thrill and suggested something less generic to come…

Jeremy Pope is a gay marine in “The Inspection”

But this is after all a military training movie, so we get all the cliches of the genre, including the obligatory drill sergeant, the assault course montage, and the graduating class throwing their hats into the air. air. We’ve seen it all before, but in this case it’s really well done and both Pope and Union’s performances are outstanding.

In the west, nothing is new

Followed that with Edward Berger’s ruthless adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel. In the west, nothing is new who is germany’s submission to the oscars. Anyone with a vague knowledge of movie history will know that we’ve been here before and that this version may make something more explicit doesn’t necessarily make it more powerful. This is especially true if said work has already been done to perfection. It’s like doing it again casablanca and including a scene of Rick and Ilsa having sex. While it’s fantastic, powerful, and brutal cinema…it’s also utterly pointless. Also, too long but that goes without saying these days!

I ended the day with Knight a historical drama about the long-forgotten, mixed-race French classical composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Diversity isn’t about bugging people of color into white stories like we see so often these days, it’s about finding new, new and diverse stories to tell. This is especially true in period productions, where making prostitute #3 a black woman or having a random man in a turban appear during World War I without context has become the norm. It’s lazy and borderline insulting.

That’s why this film is so refreshing. It’s not a great movie, but the fact that the effort has been made to tell the story of an exceptional black man lost to history is admirable. It’s a beginning. There are hundreds left.

On my last day, I only had two films in pencil. Netflix’s first was The good nurse. It’s a classy, ​​medical/serial killer procedural with great performances from its two Oscar-winning stars, Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain. We don’t get much of this stuff these days and with the recent boom in the true crime long story telling something of this nature can feel a little old fashioned and naive (that’s not how the police investigations are being conducted!) but good to see a smart, adult drama like this being done even if it could have been a little quicker.

Ended the festival in style with the film that opened it. Writer/Director Sally El Hosaini Tells the True Story of Swimming Champions Yusra and Sara Mardiniwhose escape from war-torn Syria is aided by their well-honed aquatic skills. Fantastic refugee/sports hit drama that makes you realize how little you do in your life (I’m not sure I’m watching all the acting Oscar nominations!). Inspiring in the best way. I’m a total sucker for any story about someone achieving their dreams through hard work. Add the Olympics and I’m finished. (Side note: Two Syrian sisters persuading their DJ cousins ​​to help smuggle them into Germany with the lure of playing in Berlin’s famous gay club Berghain had me screaming.)

One of my favorites of the week meant that the festival ended with a bang. My adventure should be over, but being a middle-aged gay man, I’m heading to New York to see Broadway shows (with a special appearance by a certain Nathaniel Rogers), then a movie fan’s trip too absurd that I may have to tell you about it later. In the meantime, here is my TIFF 2022 ranking…

Babe Clyde’s #TIFF22 rating:

  1. holy spider
  2. Return of Tanya Tucker
  3. swimmers
  4. Woman King
  5. Glass Onion
  6. Empire of Light
  7. Brothers
  8. my policeman
  9. inspection
  10. All Quiet on the Western Front
  11. good nurse
  12. sydney
  13. coal
  14. Move on
  15. Knight
  16. lost king
  17. Pavement
  18. Living
  19. triangle of sadness
  20. Bodice
  21. The Fabelmans
  22. women who talk
  23. Banshees of Inisherin
  24. The son
  25. Alleluia
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