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Sundance Reviews: Black Rock, Bachelorette, And For A Good Time Call Put Women Up Front
Sundance is always a home for voices in film that don't often otherwise get heard, but this year in particular seems like a great one for women, whether they're following in the footsteps of Bridesmaids or not. I still haven't managed to catch one of the biggest female-led films, the Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan-starring Save the Date, but here are reviews of three others
Julie Delpy To Retire From Acting
This may mean the end of a follow-up to Before Sunset, but there's some solace for fans that Delpy at least plans to continue as a filmmaker if not an actress. Delpy's best-known effort as a writer-director is the 2007 romantic dramedy 2 Days in Paris, in which she starred opposite Adam Goldberg as a intercultural (French and American) couple who experiences a relationship-rattling culture clash when they visit the woman's parents.
Sundance Video Blog #4: The Surrogate, For A Good Time Call, And More Reviews
If I do say so myself this is probably the most scenic video we've done yet-- we stepped out onto a balcony on the second floor of the Marriott, which serves as headquarters for the festival and houses the most easily accessible Starbucks in town, which automatically makes it the most important place in Park City. As you can tell, it also is surrounded by some lovely trees
Sundance Video Blog #3: Celeste And Jesse, The Raid, And A Huge Blizzard
Saturday was hands-down the worst weather I'd ever seen in Park City. The day started off with heavy snow and pretty much never let up, which made every single shuttle bus-- the crucial link to getting anywhere in town-- slow to a crawl, and walking down even the slightest incline a major challenge
Spike Lee Brings Brooklyn To Sundance In Shaggy But Powerful Red Hook Summer
Stalking up onstage with the microphone in hand Lee had something of a preacher about him, which he may have picked up making Red Hook Summer, which is an odd combination of coming-of-age story and deeply emotional examination of the role of the church and God in the black community
Sundance Sneak Peek: Richard Gere Dominates In Two Arbitrage Clips
Following the Saturday night world premiere of writer-director Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage, Richard Gere is garnering major buzz for his role as an amoral hedge fund trader. The thriller, which co-stars Tim Roth and Susan Sarandon, centers on Robert Miller (Gere), an American man who is in many ways a symbol of American patriarchy
The Words, Black Rock Among The First Sundance Acquisitions
The festival's first pickup happened when things had barely begun, when Sony Pictures Classics picked up the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which screened for the press on Thursday night. The story of "the greatest ’70s U.S. rock icon who never was"
Sundance Sneak Peek: Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me Clip
Produced in part by This American Life host Ira Glass, Sleepwalk with Me lays bare many of Birbiglia's biggest issues, namely his fear of marriage and his sometimes dangerous habit of sleepwalking. Avid listeners to This American Life are well versed in both, as Birbiglia is a recurring contributor to the weekly radio show/podcast that explores in detail various aspects of modern American life.
Sundance Review: Celeste And Jesse Forever Is A Low-Key Charmer
Celeste & Jesse Forever's meandering story means it feels a bit longer than its lean 89 minutes, but there's enough good stuff in there to be worth it, from Jones and McCormack's sharp comic writing to brief but memorable supporting turns from Emma Roberts (as a tarted-up pop star) and Elijah Wood as Celeste's gay coworker
Sundance Reviews: Beasts Of The Southern Wild And Hello I Must Be Going
Below you can watch a video blog that Matt Patches and I recorded on a Park City shuttle bus last night, going over the first two movies we saw yesterday-- Hello I Must Be Going and Beasts of the Southern Wild. They're almost nothing alike, but sometimes that's the luck of the festival draw
Sundance Video Blog #1: Wish You Were Here Reviewed And Kicking Off The Fest
Wish You Were Here, which stars Aussie breakouts like Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer, is another modern noir-ish thriller from the same collective of filmmakers who brought you Animal Kingdom and The Square. It's the first feature from Kieran Darcy-Smith, but the film's most impressive accomplishment is probably by Felicity Price
Sundance 2012 Preview: 5 Returning Successes To Watch
It's possible to arrive at Sundance a complete newcomer, but not likely; much more common is the actor/writer/director/producer who had a hit at another festival or even at Sundance, establishing a track record that makes their latest film a must-see. And this year marks the return of a lot of people who have had very recent successes at Sundance, prize winners or breakout stars now returning to the festival