The Wall, Austria’s official Oscar entry

The Wall, Austria’s official Oscar entry

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

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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 March. That meant, awards madness really didn’t start until January or so. Funnily enough, I remember the days when December wasn’t…


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Telluride Review: Salinger

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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 itself. And indeed, Catcher in the Rye has spoken to many for decades, in ways good and bad. Is it Salinger’s fault…


33 years of films that held on at #1 for 3 consecutive weeks

33 years of films that held on at #1 for 3 consecutive weeks

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I’ve cherry-picked the dramas. Many of these films held the #1 spot at the box-office for more than 3 weeks. (For obvious reasons, this list sifts out most all the sci-fi, fantasy, raunchy comedies, animated and franchise films that held at #1 for multiple consecutive weeks). It’s a fact that only 4 or 5 films per year pull off box-office champ 3-peats. It almost never happens for a drama. I…


Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes Number One for Third Consecutive Weekend

Lee Daniels’ The Butler Takes Number One for Third Consecutive Weekend

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Only three Best Picture nominees have ever been number one for 3 consecutive weeks, and no black writer/director is among them. This film should hit $100 million without blinking.  Here is how dominance at the box office has helped a film get a Best Picture nod, at the very least. Three weeks at number one: Unforgiven (winner) Erin Brockovich The Help A Few Good Men Inception Fellowship of the Ring…


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Telluride Diary: We All Shine On

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“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 said, in a patient voice. “If the sky is clear enough tonight.” “See that building with all of the…


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Cuaron’s Masterpiece: The Welcome Pull of Gravity

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“The body, she says, is subject to the force of gravity. But the soul is ruled by levity, pure.” – Saul Bellow Gravity is a film worthy of being in the same room as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 in that the visual effects are as groundbreaking as the message is deep. In truth, so many films I’ve seen here in Telluride have been an answer to what ails Hollywood. If the…


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The T Bone Burnett and Coen Brothers Tribute at Telluride

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One of the driving forces behind the Coen brothers’ magnificent Inside Llewyn Davis is the musical contribution of T Bone Burnett, their longtime collaborator who brought the O Brother Whereart Thou soundtrack to 8 million sold. Burnett’s desire to preserve and reveal American music from our past has lent Llewyn Davis what it needed: authenticity to the era, and the opportunity to celebrate it. It wasn’t so surprising, then, for…


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Prisoners Has Strong Buzz in Telluride

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Prisoners and 12 Years a Slave hit the fest hard the last 24 hours, both being touted as possible Oscar contenders by those who like to splooge it out early and prematurely, as if they themselves have the power. Remember back when you had to wait? I guess that shit has sailed. Either way, splooge away there are great reviews for both films. Prisoners is reviewed by Stephen Farber for…


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

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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 director or a famous actor. But the color of your skin remains the same. On some streets in America, in some…

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson...