Wednesday, September 7, 2016

TFF #43 Comes to a Close / Critic's Take via Indiewire / Rate the Films

Welcome to Wednesday...


The 43rd Telluride Film Festival came to a close on Monday night.  For my wife and I, the fest doesn't really feel complete until we're back in Casa Patterson.  We arrived home last evening and started to unpack so now the fest is well and truly complete.

Highlights for me this year were the Patron Brunch and the opportunity to meet Casey Affleck.  The Labor Day Picnic also afforded me the chance and exchange words with writer/director Barry Jenkins whose life is about to change dramatically, I think given the response I'm seeing and hearing for his film Moonlight (see the next story).

Also spoke briefly to and congratulated Aaron Eckhardt (Sully/Bleed for This), Miles Teller (Bleed for This), Fisher Stevens (dir: Bright Lights) and got really, really near the legend: Clint Eastwood. That's always fun to rub shoulders with the film makers.

Also thoroughly enjoyed tributes and Q and A's that allowed me to see and hear first hand: Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Bryan Cranston, Carrie Fisher, Jennifer Garner and Richard Gere.  That's a full plate, my friends.

Films seen:

La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Bright Lights
Bleed for This
Through the Wall
Toni Erdmann

And it's always a pleasure to renew acquaintances with TFF friends: Alexandra and Mark Helfrich, Jack Wertzberger, Chris Schneider, Eric Bialas, Sasha Stone, Kris Tapley, Tomris Laffly, Alex Billington, Chris Schiller and new acquaintance Mark Johnson.

And I was overwhelmed by meeting many of you fine humans that take the time to read my efforts here.  So many of you said hello over the weekend that it was a little breathtaking.  It's a always a treat to meet you.

Finally thanks to our hosts Mitzi and Larry Mallard.  They have made this all possible these last 11 fests.  Words aren't.  Also a big shout out to my brother Jim Patterson who seems to have found TFF to be a new and wonderful tradition.  He appeared to have a good time this weekend (his 2nd fest) and was invaluable at making the experience easier and more memorable for my wife and I.

Coming in the next few days will be The People's Telluride (see below), The Professionals' Telluride, an early look ahead to TFF #44 and, from me, and analysis of the weekend that was TFF #43.


For the second straight year (or maybe it's even more) Eric Kohn at Indiewire has canvased a list of critics and industry pros asking them what their preferred film was for the just concluded TFF #43. Of the 17 responders to Kohn's requests, fully seven will be rating films for The Professionals' Telluride (being posted sometime late next week.)  Those pros who are double-dipping and their film choice are:

Alex Billington/ La La Land
David Ehrlich/Indiewire: Moonlight
Eric Kohn/Indiewire: Moonlight
Tomris Laffly/Film Journal Int'l: La La Land
Sasha Stone/Awards Daily: La La Land, Moonlight and Arrival (tie)
Kris Tapley/Variety-InContention: Moonlight
Anne Thompson/Indiewire: Moonlight

Other critics and pros for the Indiewire survey: Peter DeBruge/Variety, Stephen Farber/Variety, Pete Hammond/Deadline, Eugene Hernandez/Film Comment, Rebecca Keegan/L.A. Times, Kate Kilkenny/Pacific Magazine, Richard Lawson/Vanity Fair, Todd McCarthy/The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Nashaway/Entertainment Weekly and Jeff Wells/Hollywood Elsewhere.

Check out all the choices and comments at The Indiewire Critic's Poll TFF #43


The ratings from the People and the Professionals are beginning to pour into MTFB.  Get in on the action NOW.  Make sure to be counted when I post the collective results next week.  Remember to rate the films you saw on a 1 to 5 scale with 1 being "lousy" and 5 being "terrific".  I am anxiously awaiting the results.

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