The State of the Race: Wanted – Best Picture Front-Runner, Must Love Dogs

[buzz] As we head into Toronto, we still don’t have our presumed front-runner for Best Picture, unless it’s Argo, which it very well might be. Recent history has shown us that we’ve already seen our winner someplace by now. That makes it all the weirder that...
Posted On 05 Sep 2012

Telluride Review: Ben Affleck’s Argo

Not much is known about the Argo mission in the late ’70s to free American hostages in Iran. And what little was known up till now gave credit to Canada for their release. In fact, it’s referred to in pop-history vernacular as the Canadian Caper. If you grew up in...
Posted On 04 Sep 2012

Telluride Film Festival Day 3

The rain continued its moody descent upon Telluride village, ebbing and flowing at its own discretion. The festival can’t stop for the rain, nor can we whine about having no sunshine because that would be unseemly. Telluride looks the way it does because of the rain....
Posted On 03 Sep 2012

Telluride Film Festival Day Two

Time slips away faster than you think, especially when all you want to do is sleep and watch the sky change. A 9am screening means getting up and out as early as you can, especially when you’re going to The Nugget, the teeny tiny theater on the main drag in Telluride. If...
Posted On 02 Sep 2012

New Poster for Killing Them Softly gets flagged

Just try to walk away from political subtext in movies this year. Good luck. From Sasha’s Cannes review we know Killing Them Softly is layered with sinister insinuations about the American Dream> Very cool how the marketing soaks the artwork in hints without hammering too...
Posted On 31 Aug 2012

March towards Fear and Hatred Continues Unabated

The Obama “documentary” has now earned a whopping $12 million.  It was made for roughly $1.5 million (with donations from conservative billionaires).  It has been clear from the Republican National Convention that they are pulling no punches. Their campaign, this...
Posted On 31 Aug 2012

2012 Telluride Lineup Announced

THE ACT OF KILLING (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2012) AMOUR (d. Michael Haneke, Austria, 2012) AT ANY PRICE (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2012) THE ATTACK (d. Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon-France, 2012) BARBARA (d. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012) THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (d. Ken Burns,...
Posted On 30 Aug 2012

TIFF trailer: Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep

Robert Redford directs and stars in “a thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.” Fantastic cast includes Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Brendan...
Posted On 30 Aug 2012

Guest Post: Oscar Treasures 1990, The Grifters

Let us not kid ourselves – 1990 was the year the academy got it wrong, very wrong. This was the year that an instant classic by one our greatest living directors got stripped of the big prize by a fairly well made western directed by a well respected 80′s actor....