Peter Shelton

Netflix Would be Nothing Without the TFF

Posted in At the Movies, Watch columns by pshelton on August 25, 2011

Netflix, the world’s film library, would hardly have worked for me if not for the Telluride Film Festival, which is coming up next week for its 38th go-round.

Without the wisdom of the TFF, I would be stuck in first-run Hollywood hell, with a thin veneer of foreign-film awareness; my Netflix queue would be limited to Oscar favorites and the suggestions of movie reviewers – a dubious crowd. (more…)

A Kind of Madness

Posted in Uncategorized, Watch columns by pshelton on August 18, 2011

I maybe should have turned around when I got to the place where the spruce blowdown crisscrossed the trail like a giant’s pickup sticks. (more…)

Bargain Basement On High Hills

Posted in Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on August 11, 2011

Before the start of last week’s auction that would deliver the Powderhorn ski area to the highest bidder, I asked one of the bid assistants why an auction? The whole idea seemed desperate to me – you know: “auctioned on the courthouse steps for some family shame” kind of thing. (more…)

Take That, Patriot Act!

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on August 4, 2011

The attacks in Norway two weeks ago by a right-wing extremist relate to my experience of that country only insofar as the pictures show a conventionally good-looking blond man. Out of a population of 4.9 million, there are probably 2 million good-looking blond men in Norway. (more…)