Venice and Telluride are now in the rearview, with Toronto soon to wrap up with the announcement of this weekend’s vaunted People’s Choice Awards. Which film will take the top prize? Word is high on Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers,” Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Boy and the Heron,” Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction,” and George C. Wolfe’s “Rustin.”

But what else have we learned so far from the fall fests?

In the latest episode of “Screen Talk,” we dish on which films popped at Venice (from “Ferrari” to “Memory,” which won Peter Sarsgaard the Volpi Cup for Best Actor) that also carried buzz over to Colorado in Telluride (namely, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things,” which we agree is the cream of the crop currently in terms of contenders). Next month brings the New York Film Festival, host to the North American premieres of Michael Mann’s “Ferrari,” Bradley Cooper’s “Maestro,” and Todd Haynes’ “May December.”

In the below episode, we also touch on Lane Brown’s recent Vulture article, “The Decomposition of Rotten Tomatoes,” which cracked open the lid on how Rotten Tomatoes scores can be bought by PR companies and the threat that poses to the already-tenuous state of film criticism.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

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