THE PROFESSIONALS' TELLURIDE
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:
Scott Feinberg/The Hollywood Reporter
Tomris Laffly/Film Journal
Eugene Novikov/Film Blather
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily
Anne Thompson/Thompson on Hollywood
(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"
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 be posted here next week.
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TELLURIDE #40 RE-CAP
BEST OF THE WEEK
Oscar experts are continuing to re-calibrate their view of the early front runners in the aftermath of the reception of films that played last weekend. Today I have linked to the HitFix/InContention Contender Countdown. Greg Ellwood pens this post:
And from Gold Derby:
Best Picture contenders getting a boost from Telluride: "Gravity", "12 Years a Slave", "Nebraska" and "Inside Llewyn Davis".
Michael's Telluride Film Blog ( I really need a better name) changes this week. Now that the festival is over, I'll go back to the twice a week posting schedule (Mondays and Thursdays) that I use for half the year. Also, the content changes focus as The Film Awards Clearinghouse portion of what I do in this space kicks in. For the next six months I'll be tracking the films that played at Telluride as we move through the awards season. More frequent posts will occur as the season progresses culminating with the Oscars on March 2, 2014.
Thanks to all of you who continue to read this weird obsession that I have. I have been humbled by the number of people who contact me to tell me that they read this space and appreciate the thing that it is. Keep reading...I'll keep writing.
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More on Monday...