Best and Worst of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival: 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'Devil's Knot'
It was a good slate of films north of the border this year
Worst: Child of God
James Franco's film version of the Cormac McCarthy is enormously faithful to the text, but there's a reason no one else has tried to film it before now. McCarthy's book is deeply unpleasant, and Franco's film seems determined to rub your nose in everything awful in the story. When one of the first images in the film is your lead actor going to the bathroom for real on-camera, then wiping himself with a stick, you've set the bar high. Or low, as the case may be. I counted over 30 walkouts even before they got to the necrophilia, which is impressive. I think Franco could turn out to be an interesting director if he gets over the need to shock, but in "Child Of God," that's his one trick, and it wears thin quickly.
- Drew McWeeny