We love film, and are proud to have attended the Toronto International Film Festival since its inception. As it happens, many of the best films in the world, and certainly many of our all-time favourites, are distributed by our friend Hussain Amarshi at Mongrel Media.

But with no bias, our nominations for Best Pictures are:

Novocento (or 1900) by Bernardo Bertolucci  (You must watch the original 5 hour, 17 minute epic, not one of the shortened versions which are not even close to the original in terms of quality.)

Cinema Paradiso, by Giuseppe Tornatore

Life is Beautiful, by Roberto Begnini

Parenthood, by Steve Martin

Boyhood, by Richard Linklater

Brooklyn, by John Crowley

Water, by Deepa Mehta

Annie Hall, by Woody Allen

Midnight’s Children, by Deepa Mehta

Swept Away, by Lina Wertmüller

Airplane, by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker (Okay, this choice wasn’t unanimous.)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed, by J. Blakeson

Their Finest, Lone Scherfig

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