Telluride Review: Salinger

Who hasn’t been captivated at one time or another by J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, one of the greatest American novels ever written. Probably we shouldn’t need to know much about the genius behind the book because, as the genius himself admits, the work should speak for...
Posted On 02 Sep 2013

Telluride Diary: We All Shine On

“For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon.” –Yeats “Can I see the stars, Mommy?” A young boy of around five asked his mother on the gondola ride down from the Coen brothers tribute yesterday here in Telluride. “Maybe,” she...
Posted On 01 Sep 2013

Telluride Sets Date, 40th Anniversary Celebration

Yeah so your Best Picture winner? Chances are it will show up at Telluride this year, if not at Cannes.  It might then meander up to Toronto but, what with the way films are violently attacked these days, seems like they show up earlier rather than later, perhaps in order to get...
Posted On 28 Feb 2013

Oscars 2012: And We’re Off — Telluride on the Weekend

This Thursday, I will be flying out to Telluride for the first legit stop on the slow train to Oscar in this 2012/2013 season. The fest will run from Friday through Monday and I’ll be back by Tuesday. I will be taking pictures of the place and writing up film reviews,...
Posted On 28 Aug 2012

Alexander Payne Q&A for The Descendants

Sasha’s own hand-held giggle-cam videography.
Posted On 03 Sep 2011

Telluride Film Festival – Day One

The idea to drive into Albuquerque and make the nearly six hour drive to Telluride turned out to be a good one by my travel mate, Jeff Wells of  At first it seemed like the way to go was to wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am it and fly in just for the film...
Posted On 02 Sep 2011

38th Telluride Film Festival Announces 2011 Festival Lineup

Official Telluride press release: George Clooney, Pierre Étaix and Tilda Swinton to receive Silver Medallion Awards Over twenty-five new features plus revival programs and unique programming from Guest Director Caetano Veloso will be presented as part of the 2011 exhibition...
Posted On 01 Sep 2011

The State of the Race: Oscar Season Starts, Beware the Insta-Pundit

September is here at last.  Two festivals are about to decide the fates of several films in the running for Oscar.  In Venice, judgment calls have already been made on The Ides of March, W.E. and Carnage.  Telluride starts tomorrow and there will even more of these first...
Posted On 01 Sep 2011

Telluride – The Hits and Misses

Labor Day has passed, and with it so has another Telluride Film Festival.  While it may not have had a huge splash like Juno or Slumdog Millionaire, and the stars that attended were minimal, it was still a good time.  In the seven years I have attended, I have never had this...
Posted On 10 Sep 2010

Black Swan – Saving the best for last in Telluride

"I just want to be perfect," is a line said by Natalie Portman early on in Black Swan. Her strive for perfection will lead to madness in what ends up being my favorite movie out of Telluride, and possibly my new favorite of the year.
Posted On 07 Sep 2010