SideNote: Venice, Tornoto, and Telluride Film Festivals are underway

It’s that time of the year where we begin to get a slight understanding of what this award season is going to look like.

The past few days Venice has already showed up four award-anticipated films: “Black Mass,” “Everest,” “Spotlight,” and “Beasts of No Nation.”

“Beasts of No Nation” has the best reviews of the four currently holding an 81 on Metacritic.

“Black Mass,” which premiered early today, is holding a strong score of 73.

“Spotlight” is being called Thomas McCarthy’s best, and is holding a score of 77.

“Everest” is looking like a strong thriller, but may not compete in the award game with a 64 on Metacritic.

As far as potentially strong films we are still waiting to hear about Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl.”

For more information about what’s playing in Toronto and Telluride click: Continue Reading.


The 42nd Telluride Film Festival started today. As the festival goes forward we should hear reactions from notable films such as: “Carol,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “He Named Me Malala,” “Steve Jobs,” “Room,” “Black Mass,” “Spotlight,” “Suffragette,” “45 Years,” “Son of Saul.”

For a detailed program click here.


The 40th International Toronto Film Festival begins on September 10th and runs till the 20th.

We’ll initially see reactions for “Demolition” which was considered a strong awards-potential until it got pushed to early 2016.

Other notable titles throughout the festival include: “The Dressmaker,” “Eye in the Sky,” “Freeheld,” “Legend,” “The Martian,” “The Program,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Black Mass,” “Brooklyn,” “The Danish Girl,” “The Lady in the Van,” “Room,” “Sicario,” “Son of Saul,” “Spotlight,” “Trumbo,” “Where to Invade Next,” and “Youth.”

For a full detailed list of Toronto showings click here.

A handful of films are hitting up multiple festivals so we should see a wide variety of reactions in the coming weeks.

Keep your eye open for Telluride this weekend and how “The Danish Girl” plays  out over in Venice. We will update all of our Oscar Predictions toward the end of Toronto’s Film Festival.