Monday, January 26, 2009

My CW Sundance Blogs

The Sundance Film Festival takes place in some sort of temporal anomaly. (Perhaps Park City is the island from "LOST?") You feel that time raced by because, well, there's so much to see and do that it's impossible to accomplish everything before the awards are handed out and the theaters dismantled. At the same time, when you think back to your first day, 70 films earlier, you feel that it couldn't really only be 10 days ago, could it? I'm looking through the blog entries I wrote for the City Weekly, noting distant memories and stories that I still need to tell.

"Don't Let Me Drown was the best films of the Dramatic Competition. But as always, there were several duds, including "Arlen Faber" and "The Greatest."

There was the anti-climactic, unannounced premiere of Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience." Other premieres included Carlos Cuaron's "Rudo y Cursi" and opening night film "Mary and Max."

A lot of intriguing, philosophical sci-fi came out of the festival, including the wonderful "Moon, which I'll write about later, and "The Clone Returns Home" and "Cold Souls."

The Spectrum category brought the uneven but intriguing "The Missing Person."

Several of the documentaries were excellent, and I'll have more on them soon. Be sure not to miss the exciting documentary "The Cove," which feels like a heist film as much as a political documentary. It went on to win the Documentary Audience Award. I also commented on "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" and the rise of documentarians making films about family members.

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