Telluride Diary Last Day: The Middle Distance

I had the best night’s sleep of my adult life at a Travel Lodge in Williams, Arizona, which is on East Route 66, exactly half-way from Telluride to Los Angeles. Or so said my good friend Glenn Zoller whose family has a place in Telluride. He told me this while we were watching...
Posted On 03 Sep 2013

The State of the Race: Telluride and the Best Picture Oscar Race

Over the past few years, Telluride has become the launching pad for Oscar contenders and winners. You’d probably had to have been watching the race evolve over the past 15 years to understand why. Back before they changed the date for Oscar, roughly 2003, the Oscars were held in...
Posted On 02 Sep 2013

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

12 years a Slave: Ain’t got time to die

Steve McQueen’s unflinching, almost surreal look at the evils of slavery inevitably pulls us flush up against today. You can change a lot of things about yourself if you’re a black man. You can be a well-dressed educated family man. You can even be a millionaire or a film...
Posted On 31 Aug 2013

12 Years a Slave: Rapturous reaction in Telluride

Twitter again erupts in praise of another likely masterpiece. Two days ago we got dazzled reaction from Venice festival-goers about Gravity. Tonight, 12 Years a Slave has stunned those in attendance in Telluride. @AwardsDaily Another powerful collaboration for McQueen and...
Posted On 30 Aug 2013

Quick Take on Jason Reitman’s Moving Labor Day

The love story is really what drives Jason Reitman’s beautifully rendered film Labor Day, which stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, from the novel by Joyce Maynard. Structure is key to the whys and hows of the plot. It might baffle a few waiting to see the usual formula...
Posted On 29 Aug 2013

Telluride Lineup Announced – Gravity, Llewyn Davis, Labor Day

40th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the ‘SHOW’: · ALL IS LOST (d. J.C. Chandor, U.S., 2013) · BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (d. Philippe Claudel, France, 2013) · BETHLEHEM (d. Yuval Adler, Israel, 2013) · BLUE IS...
Posted On 28 Aug 2013

Off to Telluride: And So it Begins

This afternoon I will drive from Los Angeles to Telluride making a few stops along the way. Telluride film festival is set to announce their lineup on Wednesday, the day before the festival begins. It is officially the start of Oscar season, a race that is then shaped and...
Posted On 27 Aug 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
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