Top 10 Films Screening at TIFF 2013


Well, TIFF is a mere 6 days away and I’m finding it extremely hard to contain my excitement. So, I figured I’d compile this list to somewhat ease my strain as well as inform you all of what you can expect to be radiating from the festivities this year. Now, with nearly 300 films screening at the festival, narrowing it down to the top 10 was extremely difficult. Not to mention that each individual carries their own interpretation of anticipation and cinematic values. Inevitably, this means it’s almost a foregone conclusion that many of you won’t agree with most of my choices. That being said, I did my best to include the general public in my decisions regarding the films playing in Toronto and how hotly anticipated they are. So, please keep that in mind when judging this list. Click on the film title for all the information you need regarding the film.

As always, if you feel I’ve overlooked a film or listed one that shouldn’t have been included, feel free to voice your opinions and comments below.

Honourable Mentions: Kill Your Darlings, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (it’s a film told in two parts from two perspectives), Prisoners.

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”


Horror: The Sacrament, The Green Inferno.

Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno.”


Now, without further ado, let’s get to it!

10: August: Osage County.

Seriously, just read the cast list for this film and you’ll see why I’m so smitten.

9: Joe.

Similar to Mud, except instead of Matthew McConaughey, Nicholas Cage takes on the role of the mentor.


8: Don Jon.

The Directorial debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what’s not to like?

7: Enemy.

TWO Jake Gyllenhaal’s, yes please!


6: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

This just might earn Idris Elba an Oscar nomination.

5: Blood Ties.

Marion Cotillard and Clive Owen light up the screen in this thriller.


4: The Fifth Estate.

Is this performance by Benedict Cumberbatch going to earn him an Oscar?

3: Dallas Buyers Club

Has anyone ever, in the history of cinema had two consecutive years as amazing as Matthew McConaughey’s past two? They are calling his role in Dallas Buyers Club Oscar worthy, even though he should probably win for Mud.

2: Gravity

This film has recently shot up the list since its initial screening. It is garnering masively positive reviews out of the gate.

1: 12 Years a Slave

There is tremendous Oscar buzz surrounding this film and for good reason. Watch the trailer and you’ll find out for yourself.

That’ll do it for this week’s top 10, hope you all enjoyed it. Remember to leave all opinions and comments below. Have a great weekend!

About Joseph@thecinemamonster

Aspiring writer who absolutely adores film and television.

Posted on August 30, 2013, in Top 10s and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. So are you planning on checking out all ten of these films?

  2. Most of these sound pretty good! Have fun!

  3. Can’t wait to get your feedback on those films, Joe! 🙂 And I certainly hope at least some of them show up at the Dubai International Film Festival later this year. Keep us posted! 😀

  4. God damn. Again, I’m extremely jealous. Have a blast. I want to see every film on this list.

  5. I can’t wait for these films to come out. This is looking to be a competitive Oscar year. I’m especially interested in The Fifth Estate and Dallas Buyers Club.

  6. Man, I would be busting at the seams with excitement to see all these films! An impressive-looking list of movies 🙂

  7. Nice list. I am massively keen for number 2, along with basically everything else on your list.

  8. Oh wow, Gravity @ #2. I’ve seen the trailer/extended scenes but it’s hard to tell if it holds up within the scope of the movie. Nice to know it does.

  9. I can’t even articulate how jealous I am that you’re going. All the good press Gravity is getting is spurring that on. What’s worse, it isn’t released until November here in the UK.

    • I know, I’m sorry lol. What’s awful is that tickets to on sale tomorrow morning and I’ve just gotten word that The Fifth Estate screenings are all sold out :(. Hopefully I can manage to grab one when they release more on the day of the screening!

  10. Really want to see all of these! I’m sooo jealous!

  11. Did you get tickets for all of them? Wait long? I managed to get the two I wanted 🙂

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