Sunday, July 26, 2009

Four More Possibles

Here are four more to think about as possibles for this year's 36th edition of the Telluride Film Festival: Tim Blake Nelson's Oklahoma-set "Leaves of Grass"...not Walt Whitman's biopic! Edward Norton stars as twin brothers...Also Neil Jordan's new film "Ondine", Jane Campion's "Bright Star" and Robert Duvall and Bill Murray in "Get Low"...meanwhile, their appearance earlier this year at Sundance means we won't see: Push, An Education or The Informers...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

6 Weeks

Can you say "Invictus". Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela project has annouced a release date positioned for the awards season. Morgan Freeman on board and its certain appeal as awards bait plus Eastwood's past with Telluride make one think that it is at least a possibility.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I can now blog from my phone!

Countdown to #36

He's BACK...

The 36th TFF is 2 months away and so it is with virtually no fanfare that we'll start our speculation about what we might expect/hope for this year's festival.

We know: Alexander Payne (writer/director..."About Schmidt", "Sideways") is this year's guest director...and film critic Manny Farber will be "celebrated"...I doubt that means that Farber is one of the three actual "tributes".

3 films I'm putting out there right now as possibles:

"Amelia"...2 time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart from Fox Searchlight...mostly because it's from Fox Searchlight and is directed by Mira Nair...a Telluride favorite in the past.

"Broken Promises" Pedro Almodovar's latest...reasons to think it's in: At Cannes, Almodovar (again a Telluride favorite over the years). Stars past Telluride tributee Penelope Cruz...and from Sony Pic Classics...all good reasons.

"Precious/Push/Sapphire"...Oscar bait and from Lionsgate and was at Cannes.

Others in play or at least wishful thinking: Jennifer's Body (Diablo Cody), The Informant (Soderbergh), Coco Before Chanel (Audrey Tautou), Shutter Island (Scorsese), A Serious Man (Coen Bros.), Whip It (Drew Barrymore directs), The Road (finally), Nine (Daniel Day-Lewis), Brothers (Gyllenhaal/Portman/Maguire), The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson), Dr. Parnassus (Terry Gilliam, Ledger's last film), Up in the Air (Jason Reitman), Men Who Stare at Goats (Clooney/MacGregor), The Tree of Life (Malick), Looking for Eric (Ken Loach), Biutiful (Gonzalez-Inarritu), The White Ribbon (Cannes Palme D'Or).

Let the speculation begin!