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Sunday, September 02, 2007


Film Festival Roundup

More news from Venice, Telluride and elsewhere as festival season officially gets underway:

- Critics are all over the place on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, with Variety and Hollywood Elsewhere in the pro camp, and David Poland and the Hollywood Reporter firmly negative. If Poland hates it, I'm sure that I'm going to love it.

- Also splitting the critical divide: Brian de Palma's Redacted at Venice, and Todd Haynes' I'm Not There at Telluride (which got a gentle dismissal at Popwatch). Both films remain high on my must-see list, but the reaction to Haynes' faux-bio is disconcerting.

- "Unspectacular but solid" is the best way to describe the collective response to Michael Clayton, starring George Clooney. Over at the Film Experience, Boyd says to wait for the word from U.S. critics before committing. They also join the chorus of disappointment over Paul Haggis' In The Valley of Elah, which (the Hollywood Reporter notwithstanding) seems overwhelmed by its subject matter -- Iraq.

- More positive word on Ken Loach's It's A Free World, who won Cannes earlier this year with The Wind That Shakes The Barley. I'd say he's on a roll.



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