10 Days of Sundance Archive for January, 2010

‘Dancing With The Wildman

Sundance – Day 7 “It was weird. But I knocked (on the bathroom door). I think that was a sign that I was polite.” As I was sitting in the theatre waiting for my first screening of the day to begin, my new indie film community nemesis approached me saying, “Hey man, you know I…

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‘Dancing With The Wildman

Sundance – Day 6 “I should’ve known that if a guy like me talked to a girl like that, someone would end up dead.” Before I start with today’s films, here are my thoughts about Gone To The Dogs and Armless which I saw a few days ago but never got around to writing about for one…

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‘Dancing With The Wildman

Sundance – Day 5 “You either Joseph Gordon Love-it, or you Hate it.” Sometimes films at Sundance can either completely miss the mark compared to the expectations people have built up or be so genuinely wrongheaded in their eyes that they literally inspire rage. Such as it was that while waiting with the press to…

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LETTERS FROM LARRY

..Sundance 2010 ..Letters: On the Way ..Letters: Day One ..Letters: Day Two ..Letters: Day Three DEAR DAVID: Brian Poyser’s Lovers of Hate is the kind of tiny brilliant gem that low-budget indie films ought to be and so seldom are. Three no-name actors, (four speaking parts over all) star, half the movie shot on one practical…

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‘Dancing With The Wildman

Sundance: Day 4 ..Sundance 2010 ..Wildman: Day One ..Wildman: Day Two ..Wildman: Day Three “This is an early picture of Michael Jackson. When he was black.” Ran into Ella Taylor as I was finding my seat and she was all about the doc, Long Train Home. And when a critic like Ella is all over a…

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‘Dancing With The Wildman

Sundance – Day 3 – Wild On Slamdance “Brian, you’re project manager. You’re saving the earth.” Sometimes, in the spirit of “things happen,” a day here will take on its own theme. You miss one screening and have to duck into another one, you run into someone at a party or on Main Street and…

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LETTERS FROM LARRY

DEAR DAVID: In case the readers of these posts think I’m a softie who likes everything he ever sees or who is blowing smoke up the ass of the Sundance programming staff let me clarify: LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO PAN ALL THE BAD FILMS There are plenty of weak or ordinary films here this…

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‘Dancing With The Wildman

Sundance – Day 2 “Can we just follow the spandex?!” Fueled by my daily film festival shots of Airborne and Emergen–C (yes, I know they’re both basically placebos high in vitamin C. But it reassures me; therefore it’s doing its placebo best for me). Anyway, I get a quick start to…watch a screener ofDouchebag. DOUCHEBAG…

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LETTERS FROM LARRY

DEAR DAVID: Jack Goes Boating isPhillip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut adapted to the screen by Bob Glaudini from his play. It’s a foray into the ordinary- every-day-people- find- true-love genre personified by the Oscar classic, Marty. Hoffman and his superb cast do a wonderful job with it by conveying the obsessive craziness that even “little” people are…

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LETTERS FROM LARRY

DEAR DAVID: If there’s a better film that plays at Sundance 2010, than Jacques Audiar’s thrillingly compelling A Prophet (Un Prophete) I will be surprised. Audiard synthesizes a classic young-gangster-on-the-rise tale akin to Scarface or Public Enemy with a convincing depiction of what it is like to make it in French society as an illiterate teenager of North African…

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‘Dancing With The Wildman

Sundance – Day 1 I drive to Sundance. From L.A. It’s an eleven hour drive that I have become very accustomed to and even when it takes me through crazy rain and snow (and that was just between L.A. and Las Vegas) or the dreaded black ice threatens to send me careening into a snow…

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LETTERS FROM LARRY

DEAR DAVID: Heading up at some ungodly hour to Sundance, tomorrow morning. Have noticed that there are three films playing at the festival this year that I’ve seen already, and I thought all three of them happen to be utterly worth seeing. Sympathy for Delicious is the directorial debut of Mark Ruffalo from a script by…

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“What Quibi trying to do is get to the next generation of film narrative. The first generation was movies, and they were principally two-hour stories that were designed to be watched in a single sitting in a movie theater [ED: After formats like the nickelodeon]. The next generation of film narrative was television, principally designed to be watched in one-hour chapters in front of a television set. I believe the third generation of film narrative will be a merging of those two ideas, which is to tell two-hour stories in chapters that are seven to ten minutes in length. We are actually doing long-form in bite-size.”
~ Jeffrey Katzenberg

“The important thing is: what makes the audience interested in it? Of course, I don’t take on any roles that don’t interest me, or where I can’t find anything for myself in it. But I don’t like talking about that. If you go into a restaurant and you have been served an exquisite meal, you don’t need to know how the chef felt, or when he chose the vegetables on the market. I always feel a little like I would pull the rug out from under myself if I were to I speak about the background of my work. My explanations would come into conflict with the reason a movie is made in the first place — for the experience of the audience — and that, I would not want.
~  Christoph Waltz