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‘Take Two’: Venice, Telluride & Toronto Reactions, Part II – What Were The Best Movies Of The Fall Festival Awards Season Kickoff?

Editor’s note: Deadline presents the 32nd episode of its video series Take Two (formerly known as Two Shot), in which Pete Hammond and Todd McCarthy tackle the artistry of films. Each has reviewed and written about the craft for decades and built a remarkable breadth of knowledge of films past and present. What we hoped for when we asked them to do this was a concise, mature and thoughtful conversation comparable to what we saw from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.

This week we continue downloading our reactions to what we saw at the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals and how we think this new batch of adult-oriented movies will impact the 2022 film year — including awards prospects and whether they live up to the hype.

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Last week we discussed some of them including personal movies from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Sam Mendes, Alejandro G. Iñárritu and others that are already setting a mini-theme for this fall’s crop. Now we get into a whole bunch more, picking out the best of the bunch and maybe some of those that just don’t measure up. To watch our conversation, click on the video above.

Hammond has been Deadline’s Awards Columnist for the past decade, covering what now seemingly is the year-round Oscar and Emmy seasons. He is also Deadline’s Chief Film Critic, having previously reviewed films for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine, Backstage, Hollywood.com and Maxim, as well as Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, for which he was a contributing editor. In addition to writing, Hammond also hosts KCET Cinema Series and the station’s weekly series Must See Movies.

McCarthy is a veteran trade publication film critic, columnist and reporter who has also written several acclaimed books and documentary films. He served two stints on the staffs of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and extensively covered film festivals internationally for both publications. His film Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography won the best documentary prizes from the New York Film Critics and National Society of Film Critics associations, and he won an Emmy for writing the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer. He also directed the documentaries Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient and Forever Hollywood.

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