Telluride Lite

Update: I’ve just hit Telluride and I’ve learned that Ben Affleck‘s Argo is indeed playing here, albeit as a sneak preview.

Earlier: I got out the iPhone the instant my Phoenix-to-Durango plane landed (about 50 minutes ago) to review the final Telluride 2012 lineup…and I was soon feeling faint. The blood had drained from my cheeks. This?

Why isn’t David O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook showing here? There’s a reason, of course, but I wanted that kind of film here and it’s not. What happened to the rumor about Trouble With The Curve and a possible Clint drop-by? People were tweeting “wait, wait…this is it?”

No Master, no Malick, no Clint, not even DePalma…no established power-hitters.

In recent years Telluride has become known as an elite, pre-Toronto, first-out-of-the-gate place to sample at least a smattering of award-season contenders. Well, not this year, pally! This year it’s Tom and Gary’s Cool Little Indie-Foreign Festival plus a sampling of Cannes Hand-Me-Downs and Sony Classics servings (Amour, No) and one or two fringies. Roger Michell‘s Hyde Park on Hudson will play here, but who knows what that is besides performances? I guess award season will start in Toronto this year, and Telluride will just be a nice cool place to hang and schmooze with maybe two or three pop-throughs…maybe.

2012 Telluride selections: The Act Of Killing, (d: Joshua Oppenheimer); Amour (d: Michael Haneke); At Any Price (d: Ramin Bahrani); The Attack (d: Ziad Doueiri); Barbara (d: Christian Petzold); The Central Park Five (d: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon); Everyday (d: Michael Winterbottom); Frances Ha (d: Noah Baumbach); The Gatekeepers (d: Dror Moreh); Ginger And Rosa (d: Sally Potter); The Hunt (d: Thomas Vinterberg); Hyde Park On Hudson (d: Roger Michell); The Iceman (d: Ariel Vromen); Love, Marilyn (d: Liz Garbus); Midnight’s Children (d: Deepa Mehta); No (d: Pablo LarraĆ­n); Paradise: Love, Austria, (d: Ulrich Seidl); Piazza Fontana (d: Marco Tullio Giordana); A Royal Affair (d: Nikolaj Arcel); Rust & Bone (d: Jacques Audiard); The Sapphires (d: Wayne Blair); Stories We Tell (d: Sarah Polley); Superstar (d: Xavier Giannoli); Wadjda (d: Haifaa Al-Mansour); What Is This Film Called Love? (d: Mark Cousins).

  • scooterzz

    “…not even DePalma…no established power-hitters”

    funny line…
    it appears the old festival bait and switch is in play….

  • clockwork taxi

    Clint is in Tampa Bay, getting ready to support Kitten Mittens.

  • moviesquad

    Might as well skip the movies and go for a mountain hike.

  • cinefan

    It is definitely strange that the New York Film Festival now has a better lineup of films this year than Telluride.

  • Travis Actiontree

    H-E Contest!

    Write what you predict will be Jeffrey’s Headline for his upcoming piece on Clint’s GOP Convention appearance.

    Prizes await!

    (okay….here’s mine)

    “Play Christie For Me”

    (one more)


  • MarkJ

    “For A Fistful of Fattties”

  • raygo

    Iceman!!!! Michael Shannon!!! A must see. This should save the festival for you. Check out The Hollywood Reporter review that went up last night. Sounds awesome.

  • SpinDozer

    you’re beginning to bore the hell out of me

    could be used on Travis as well

  • lazarus

    Taint Your Wagon

    Magnum Farce

  • lazarus

    Mitt Night In The Garden Of GOP And Evil

  • nemo

    A Good Man Fallen Among Republicans

  • MDOC

    For A Few Dollars More…

  • Ian T

    Argo is supposed to play and technically be called a “sneak peek” since its official North American premiere is to be at Toronto. If Argo kills it’ll save the fest for you and I’m expecting it will,

  • Travis Actiontree

    lazarus is solidly in the lead with three excellent entries….

    Keep ’em coming!

  • Mr. F.

    Lazarus has the best so far — anything referring to Christie doesn’t make sense tonight. (Instead of Play Christie For Me… maybe Play Mitty For Me?)

    Trouble with the Nerve?

    White Speaker, Black Heart?

    Mormon Force?

    Spaced Cowboy?

  • Travis Actiontree

    Seriously, lazarus…. I’m laughing out loud…. good stuff

  • MDOC

    Every Which Way But Left

  • Still Ray

    Heartbreak Clint.

    Sodden Impact.

    The No Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

  • Tristan Eldritch2

    The Man with No Dignity.

  • Rashad

    Clint’s Last Stand

    The Ravages of Age

    Blood Work

  • lazarus

    Thanks, Travis.

    I’m laughing pretty hard myself at Mr. F’s “White Speaker, Black Heart”.

    These aren’t as good:

    Hi, Bain’s Grifter
    True Slime
    Pale Voter
    Honky Wonk Mandate

  • tyjagi

    Don’t see the need to complain. At least you’ve been given a chance to go. I’d love to go to any film festival that isn’t in my basement. Just because your disappointment over the selections is strong, don’t need to complain about movies you’re gonna be seeing for free in the upcoming weeks anyway.

  • Pinko Punko


    Every Which Way, Including Noose (?)

    (Flip the) Bird

    You guys got some very very good ones.

  • Mr. F.

    Bringing Eastwood in was a pretty smart move by the campaign…

    …the Obama campaign.

    No goofy headline will be needed come Friday… Very odd.

  • Rashad

    Eastwood made people laugh. He will win the election for Romney.

    If the media tries to bash Clint for his speech, the people who haven’t made up their minds yet will vote for Romney to spite them. Let’s be real, if every 4 years you actually sit there and contemplate who to vote for, you’re not voting on policies or party. You’re voting on personality, and likability, and Clint brought everyone together.

  • moviesquad

    Maybe Wells hatred of the GOP will help him finally realize that Eastwood is not a very good Director and Million Dollar Baby is incredibly overrated.

  • Ghost of Kazan

    These aren’t movie titles, but I didn’t see that in the rules:

    “The thing that haunts a guy is the stuff he wasn’t ordered to do”


    “Time to put Walt in the home”

  • Ghost of Kazan

    I feel like Rashad is responding to the concept of an Eastwood speech more than the actual speech itself.

    I don’t see how he will win the election for Romney. I’m not sure he knows where his car keys are.

  • Raising_Kaned

    Obviously just a simple typo (perhaps of the mobile variety as Jeff is traveling), but Silver Lings Pakybook had me howling with laughter. Pretty sure the soccer kid in The Hurt Locker tried to sell that one to Renner on the streets of Iraq before he ended up as a human pipe-bomb (spoilers!).

    Anyway, all festivals aren’t necessarily about “heavy-hitters.” Some of the best fest films I’ve ever seen in my life are the ones that I just went into cold, on a lark, knowing nothing about them other than they sounded interesting (that also resulted in some fairly abysmal ones, granted, but life is like a box of chocolates, etc.).

  • Travis Actiontree

    And the winner is…..

    “Taint Your Wagon”

    (barely edging out “Mitt Night in the Garden of GOP and Evil”)


  • lazarus

    (…afraid to ask what prizes are…)

  • Pinko Punko

    Those were the two tops, T-Act, the jury agrees.

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