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Podcast: The Playlist Discusses The Festival Films Of Venice, Telluride & Toronto 2013

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • September 17, 2013 2:07 PM
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Podcast: Post Fall Film Festival
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and breaking his podcast duck, our British correspondent and writer Oliver Lyttelton, to talk festivals, specifically the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Venice. We covered a large swath of films at both fests this year but on the show we focus specifically on "12 Years a Slave," (review here, interview here), "Under the Skin" (review here, interview here), "Gravity" (review here), "Joe" (review here), Denis Villeneuve's double dose of "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Night Moves" "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Let us know in the comments what titles you're excited for and if you attended, what films you dug.

Telluride Review: Shane Salerno's 'Salinger' Documentary Makes For A Compelling Mystery Yarn

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 2, 2013 6:10 PM
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J.D. Salinger
Making a documentary about the 20th (and 21st) century’s most notorious recluse is rife with both hazards and rewards for filmmaker Shane Salerno, whose “Salinger” has to make do without a single video or audio clip of its titular subject — not because of rights restrictions, but because they apparently don’t exist. That’s an awfully big hole to compensate for, but then again, as anyone who ever enjoyed “The Usual Suspects” could tell you, having a central figure whom everyone talks about but hardly anyone has ever seen can make for a pretty compelling mystery yarn.

Telluride Review: 'The Invisible Woman' Starring Ralph Fiennes & Felicity Jones

  • By Chris Willman
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  • September 1, 2013 12:40 PM
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The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes Felicity Jones
Charles Dickens and his comely, considerably younger mistress have a dickens of a time getting their adulterous act together in “The Invisible Woman,” a directing as well as starring turn for Ralph Fiennes. He’s rarely been better than he is as the 19th century’s most celebrated novelist, with his chops on screen just about matched by what he’s done behind. The problem is that we’ve seen so many fictions about Victorians who can’t let the onset of real passion break up their stuffy marriages that even a true-life variation doesn’t have that much to add to the genre, much less that’s thematically worthy of Dickens.

Telluride Review: Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & More

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 31, 2013 10:55 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” instantly establishes itself as the most unflinching of all slave dramas, which is to say, there is plenty of flinching, not to mention cowering and recoiling and passing out, thanks to beatings and whippings that arrive at roughly 10-to-15-minute intervals throughout a 133-minute running time. “Amistad,” meet the Marquis de Sade, in the form of slavemaster Michael Fassbender, who puts his victims through more tortures than Mel Gibson ever could have imagined for Jesus.

Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2013 9:37 AM
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Prisoners
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, the pair (along with co-lead Hugh Jackman) unleashed their first collaboration, “Prisoners,” at Telluride last night as one of the “surprise” screenings of the festival. And if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Telluride Review: Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin' Starring Scarlett Johansson

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 30, 2013 4:40 PM
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Under The Skin
If you’re a random male pedestrian and a gal who looks like Scarlett Johansson ever pulls up and offers to take you to her place for a quickie, the logical thing to do would be run like hell, since this could only be either a sting or a sign of the apocalypse, no matter how good looking a fellow you are. But lust trumps logic as Johansson lures a bevy of bros to their doom in “Under the Skin,” which screened Friday night at the Telluride Film Festival.

Telluride Review: Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Starring Josh Brolin & Kate Winslet

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 29, 2013 9:25 PM
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Labor Day, Kate Winslet ,Josh Brolin
Short of helming a "Smurfs" sequel, it's tough to imagine writer-director Jason Reitman going for a greater change of pace than he has with "Labor Day," a full-immersion exercise in the old-fashioned women's weepie that skews far closer to Nicholas Sparks' brand of contrivance than Diablo Cody territory. Give him credit for breaking with trademark satirical impulses so completely that counting the laughs in his self-penned script — based on a 2010 Joyce Maynard novel — doesn't require two hands. But the (sorry) laboriousness of the plot's romance-novel machinations ensures there'll be at least a few dry eyes in the house.

Will '12 Years A Slave' & Ron Howard's 'Rush' Have Surprise Screenings At Telluride?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 10:17 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Yesterday, organizers of the Telluride Film Festival surprised folks by unveiling this year's slate, a full two days before things kick off in Colorado, an interesting move considering past years has seen the lineup kept under lock and key until the last possible moment. But as always, there are a few more tricks up the sleeve of the festival. The official press release noted: "Additional Sneak Previews may play outside the main program and will be announced on the Telluride Film Festival website over the course of the five-day weekend," with rumors suggested that there might be as many as three movies dropping by unannounced. So, what could they be?

New Images From 'Under The Skin,' 'Nebraska' & More Movies Headed To Telluride

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 6:05 PM
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Under The Skin
Yeah, we know, it's a bit ridiculous. Day one has just closed on the Venice Film Festival, Telluride kicks off in a couple days and by this time next week, the first 24 hours in TIFF will be nearing an end. It's that time of year, a bonanza of movie related goodness, and aren't you just glad it's not TV Spot #9 for some blockbuster movie you already forgot about? Long story short, there's a whole bunch of stuff headed to Colorado and with it some new images to go with it.

Telluride 2013 Lineup Includes Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day,' Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 10:16 AM
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Telluride 2013 Lineup 'Labor Day'  'Gravity'
The Venice Film Festival kicked off today, but for those of you choosing to head to Colorado instead of Italy, the organizers at the Telluride Film Festival have unveiled their slate for 2013. And as usual, it's a mix of selections from both Cannes and Venice, along with a couple of premieres and some interesting curiosities.

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