FRIDAY: IN THE BOOKS
What a great start to the 39th Telluride Film Festival. Set out to talk to specific people and re-connect with others and had a good deal of luck on all fronts. I am angling to get an actual interview with Ben Affleck in town with his "Argo" which preemed Friday afternoon at The Chuck to rapturous response. Maybe it happens, maybe not...talked to him about it for 15 seconds Friday morning.
Re-acquanited with Ms. Laura Linney...gracious as always.
Had a fantastic time meeting and talking to Serge Bromberg and Mark Cousins.
And Peter Sellars...the man, the myth, the legend...and incredible generosity as he met me and my wife today.
Telluride 39...much love!
Argo Palm/1p Saturday Q&A
While 50 Americans are held hostage by the Ayatollah Khomeini’s Revolutionary Guard, six U.S. Embassy employees hiding at the Canadian ambassador’s residence in Teheran stage a daring escape. “Extraction” expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) enlists a veteran Hollywood make-up expert and producer (John Goodman and Alan Arkin, each giving disciplined comic performances) to create a sham sci-fi movie epic in the hopes of finding a way out of the country. Affleck directs with formidable precision and documentary-style immediacy, intercutting between turf battles between the CIA and Washington diplomats, the chaotic street violence during Iran’s revolution and the black comedy of spies pretending to be Hollywood types. This is thrilling, nail-biting entertainment. (U.S., 2012) In person: Ben Affleck
Argo CJC/6p Saturday
17) No Masons/3:45p Saturday
1a) Masque of the Red Death CJC/11:45p Saturday
Prededed by the Chuck Jones cartoon WEARING OF THE GRIN (U.S., 1951, 7m)
41) Calling Cards Pierre/3:45p Saturday
(Replaces PIAZZA FONTANA)
28) Amour Pierre /8:45p Saturday
World premiering at Telluride on Friday afternoon at The Chuck Jones Theater was Ben Affleck's "Argo". The crowd loved it and the early critical response seems enthusiastic as well. A number of mentions of Oscar potential. I'm not so sure about that but I will say it is an expertly crafted film and that Mr. A seems to have absolutely mastered the art of film direction. Further, I'd be remiss if I didn't add that the support work is very, very good. John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Scoot McNairy and Bryan Cranston all light it up. If acting nominations come it will be here in supporting actor for one of these guys...most likely Cranston...who really is fantastic.
If you're in T-ride and reading this...see "Argo" this weekend and thank me when you see me...and Ben too!
"NO" IS A MAYBE
Caught Pablo Larrain's "No" at The Galaxy last night...nice performances, especially be Gael Garcia Bernal in the lead but it's a tad sluggish and overly long.
"No's" IMDb entry: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2059255/
At this moment is to start the day with the Roger Corman tribute and follow that with "The Sapphires" and "Amour" at The Chuck. May try to catch "Hyde Park" tonight...maybe "The Iceman" after.
A BIG THANK YOU
To Mitzi and Larry Mallard of The river Club for hosting The Second Annual(?) Guide to the 'Ride" and to all of you readers that were kind enough to come and join my on-going obsession with film and this festival. I had an incredible time.
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