TELLURIDE TEN BETS #9 (PLUS FIVE)
Here's your weekly assessment of the ten most likely films for the Telluride Film Festival beginning with a reminder of last week's Ten Bets:
10) "Amazing Grace"
9) "He Named Me Malala"
8) "Steve Jobs"
4) "Beasts of No Nation"
2) "Black Mass"
1) "Son of Saul"
And now here's the ninth 2015 installment of Ten Bets (plus five)
15) "Heart of a Dog"
11) "Amazing Grace"
10) "45 Years"
8) "He Named Me Malala"
7) "Steve Jobs"
3) "Beasts of No Nation"
2) "Black Mass"
1) "Son of Saul"
I think I have one other film nailed down and that's the documentary "Tyrus" that I mentioned earlier this week. After that...
I have a list of three documentaries that could make a play in Telluride: "A Young Patriot", "Sherpa" and "Winter on Fire".
Here's the trailer for "A Young Patriot" via YouTube:
Here's a four and a half minute profile of "Sherpa" with director Jennifer Peedom:
And an image from "Winter on Fire":
IMDb pages for each are here...
"A Young Patriot": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4079566/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
"Winter on Fire": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4908644/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
NEW LOOKS FROM FUKUNAGA'S "BEASTS OF NO NATION"
Trailer for "Beasts of No Nation" via YouTube
There's a good deal of buzz about Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" which is at the #3 spot on the latest "Ten Bets" list above. I'm hearing that it may be hit with the same level of intensity as Steve McQueen's Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave". That's some pretty bold talk which I'd love to see pay off in a couple of weeks.
The Wrap put up a story this week which included a number of unified character posters. I have re-posted them here:
You can peruse the entire post from The Wrap here:
THE CHANGING WORLD OF ONLINE FILM WRITING
It was a shock this week when Brad Brevet of Rope of Silicon posted that he was done. I have linked to that sight for this blog many, many times and I am saddened that a resource that's has been useful for me and my readers disappears. You can find Brevet's sign off here:
Meanwhile, on the same day, Kristopher Tapley, whose InContention recently departed from HitFix posted on the tenth anniversary of its founding and the fact that he's about to start his latest iteration at Variety.com. Here's his meditation:
Sometimes I daydream about making this enterprise bigger...expanding to cover as many as 6-10 major film fests through the course of the year and their subsequent effect on awards season. But then I look at the landscape and see how tough it is and think: "Buddy, you're just fine the way you are".
Glad there are some peeps who read me.
Speaking of Peeps...
I'll also be compiling ratings from some of the industry professionals that'll be in town for the festivities as well. Included in this year's pros will be writers from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, Awards Daily and more.
That's a wrap for Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. Enjoy the weekend and come back Monday for more MTFB!
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