As the 51st New York Film Festival comes to a close, Peter finally takes on a number of the big American films (and one French!) of the year, though don't mention the "O word" around him. Just because these films are going to be discussed in the context of awards season does not make them any less essential viewing, as Peter is joined by House Next Door and Press Play blogger Tony Dayoub to discuss these works that dive into various aspects of the American past, present, and future. Peter and Tony make a visit to the American South and Midwest with films from Steve McQueen and Alexander Payne, as well the 1920s and the future with James Gray's The Immigrant and Spike Jonze's Her. Plus they dive into the controversial Cannes winner Blue is the Warmest Color before hanging with vampires Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddelston. Some are great; others maybe not so much. Find out which on the show.
3:01-17:04 Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave
18:08-29:30 James Gray's The Immigrant
30:57-42:07 Alexander Payne's Nebraska
42:20-43:28 Trivia Round
44:24-53:51 Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive
54:43-1:08:12 Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color
1:09:40-1:22:42 Spike Jonze's Her
Read Tony Dayoub's work on his blog Cinema Viewfinder, and on Press Play and The House Next Door.
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Notes, Links, and Corrections from the Conversation
-Tony's reviews of: Only Lovers Left Alive, All Is Lost, 12 Years a Slave, The Immigrant, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Captain Phillips.
-Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave
-Glenn Kenny on 12 Years a Slave
-Nick Schager on the film as well.
-James Gray's The Immigrant
-Alexander Payne's Nebraska
-Kent Jones wrote about the film from Cannes.
-Keith Uhlich's dissenting review.
-Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive
-Calum Marsh enjoys it, Mike D'Angelo loves a lot of it, Andrew Tracy is skeptical.
-Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color
-Farihah Zaman works through the controversies to find praise for the film.
-Mark Peranson isn't having any of Kechiche's drama.
-Spike Jonze's Her
-Ed Gonzalez reviews the film.
-Mark Harris profiles Jonze.
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