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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Telluride Film Festival Day One

When you commit to the Telluride Film Festival you do so not knowing what films will play here. That's sort of like marrying someone without sleeping with them first. You commit and that is all. This is my second year covering the fest,…

Telluride 2012 trailer: The Act of Killing

Some trailers don't need accompanying synopsis or explanation. This isn't one of those. Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary about Indonesian Death Squads will screen in Toronto as well, and the TIFF site is where I found the best…

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,…

Telluride Diary – Day 3

The last days of Telluride were about seeing movies but they were also about connecting with people.  Some of them were movie stars.  Some of them were film critics, some were publicists, and some film bloggers. On one morning I had the…

Shame is the Shadow of Love

I don't need no lasso I don't need no ball and chain I don't need anything with you Such a shame, shame, shame Shame, shame, shame Shame is the shadow of love --PJ Harvey Steve McQueen's unflinching look at sexual addiction and what…

Telluride Diary Day 2 – Into the Mountains

"A phrase began to beat in my ears with a sort of heady excitement: 'There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.'" - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 4 It was hard not to think of Fitzgerald's Gatsby as…

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 Hollywood-Elsewhere.com.  At first it seemed like the way to go was to…

Black Swan in Telluride

Five days ago in Venice Black Swan roused audiences to their feet for a 5-minute standing ovation. A surprise screening in Telluride last night has inspired the same excitement stateside. Eric D. Snider, Cinematical Black Swan is…