Blake Williams

The Top 10 movies to watch at TIFF 2013

Here’s another amazing film that might sound difficult on paper, Norte, the End of History, is a four-hour film by Lav Diaz, who hasn’t made a film this short since the very beginning of his career (six, eight, ten, and eleven hours are more typical durations for his movies). It’s worth the time, though. In what is probably the best ever cinematic adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, this is a film that reaches spiritual heights even as it shows the worst in humanity, the camera gliding and even flying around the drama to draw out a stunning mix of pity and hope. The final hour (I know, I know…) is truly unshakable.