Monday, September 9, 2013

In Case You Missed It:The Professionals Telluride/Last Call Coming Wednesday/Telluride's Effect

God Monday to You...

MTFB/FAC returns to a twice a week blog this week as we move into the post-festival portion of the calendar.  Next post will be up Thursday.


I posted this on Saturday but though it could do with a re-post today.  Here's the response from film pros, critics, bloggers and such for this year's festival:

For the second year I have asked a group of Film Pros...critics, Film and Oscar bloggers to rate the films they saw during the festival on a 0-5 scale and share those with me and, of course, with the readers of this space.  Today, I'm ready to post that information.

A couple of disclaimers: No film is included that wasn't rated by at least three of the professionals.  In this year's case that was 20 of the films. Ties were broken (when possible) in favor of the film that had been seen and rated by the larger number of professionals. In a case or two, I converted rankings to the 0-5 rating scale.  If there is any mistake or error in those conversions, that is purely my responsibility.

The gracious friends and colleagues who agreed to share their views about the TFF #40 lineup are:

Alex Billington/FirstShowing
Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter
Scott Foundas/Variety
Eric Kohn/IndieWire
Tomris Laffly/Film Journal
Eugene Novikov/Film Blather
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily
Kristopher Tapley/HitFix-InContention
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood

The Results:

(Composite ratings for the film is in parentheses)

1) 12 Years a Slave (4.7)
2) Blue is the Warmest Color (4.4)
3) Gravity (4.35)
4) Tim's Vermeer (4.3)
5) Nebraska (4.3)
6) All is Lost (4.2)
7) Inside Llewyn Davis (4.1)
8) Starred Up (4.0)
9) The Past (3.9)
10) Labor Day (3.6)
11) Bethlehem (3.6)
12) Prisoners (3.5)
13) The Lunchbox (3.5)
14) Salinger (3.3)
15) The Unknown Known (3.3)
16) Palo Alto (3.2)
17) Tracks (3.2)
18) Under the Skin (3.1)
18) (tie) The Wind Rises (3.1)
20) The Invisible Woman (3.0)

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" leads the pack fairly comfortably.  Additionally, the reactions from Toronto, where the film has now played, seem to be just as enthusiastic.

Also, I've seen a number of references to "12 Years" and "Schindler's List" coming out of Toronto.  I think I may have said that first in my Aug. 31st post after the films "sneak" which some might call a world premiere.

By way of a more complete view of these ratings, here are the films that each of the professionals rated as a "5":

Billington: "12 Years", "All is Lost", "Blue is the Warmest Color".
Feinberg: "12 Years", "Blue is the Warmest Color", "Gravity", "Tim's Vermeer"
Foundas: "12 Years", "Blue is the Warmest Color", "Inside Llewyn Davis", "Prisoners"
Kohn: "12 Years"
Laffly: "12 Years", "Gravity"
Novikov: None ( but his highest ratings were for "All is Lost", "Gloria" and "Under the Skin")
Stone: "12 Years", "Blue is the Warmest Color", "Gravity", "Inside Llewyn Davis", "Labor Day"
Tapley: "Aguirre: The Wrath of God", "Gravity"
Thompson: "Nebraska"
Patterson (me): "12 Years", "Nebraska"

What can we learn?  Last year "Argo" was the #2 rated film by the pros in my survey with a 4.5 composite rating.  I think that is good news for the Fox Searchlight people going forward into awards season.  I mean, "Argo" had a pretty good year.

Ken Burns "Central Park Five" was the highest rated film last year with a 4.7.

It will be interesting to see how the People's ratings match up with this...which means:


Keep sending me YOUR ratings of films that played last week at Telluride.  The "People's Telluride" ratings will close down on Wednesday at 6pm EDT.  I'd like as large a sampling as possible and I can tell you that I'm actually seeing a smaller return from readers this year than I had last year.  So get in the game, rate the films you saw on a 0-5 scale and send that to me via commenst to the blog, Twitter @Gort2 or email at:


The People's Telluride will be posted Thursday, Sept. 12.


We're starting to see some serious writing about the post-Telluride effect on films that played last week in terms of the awards season.  I include analysis from two of the best here:

Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter:

Kristopher Tapley/HitFix/InContention:

More on Thursday...

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