A fellow critic is ranting about how he hates Pixar. It takes all kinds to make a world, I guess. EVEN STUPID KINDS!!!!!!!!!
Archive for January 19th, 2009
Sundancers: Who has a bed or couch I can sleep on Wednesday and/or Thursday? I have a car, and I’ll put out. Just FYI.
“Moon” sounds like a vulgar act involving the exposing of one’s buttocks, but it’s actually a good sci-fi movie! http://tinyurl.com/74ykh7
Yarrow lobby: I’m sitting near Doors band members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger, both of whom are evidently still alive.
“Humpday” is a fine bromance: http://tinyurl.com/7ubd8j
“Big Fan”: funny, caustic, no redemption. No learning, no hugging. Good times!
Sundance Diary Day 4: http://tinyurl.com/9kmfx6
Day 4 (Sunday, Jan. 18)
No doubt about it, the festival is less crowded this year, at least in terms of journalists. The press screenings have been full-ish but not at capacity, nothing has really blown anyone away, and there’s a general lack of euphoria. Not a bad fest, not a great fest, just … so-so. A little bit off.
Then again, the week is still young, and things could pick up. The festival might be building to something. Anything could happen! It’s a season of miracles! Someone said they saw Ben Lyons actually attend a movie, but that’s probably apocryphal.
My day began with a visit to press headquarters to pick up press kits, mostly for movies whose publicists didn’t provide any. (Keep up the good work!) I wrote for a few minutes, then headed to Holiday Village for “Amreeka,” which is playing in competition. It’s a charming and pleasant comedy about a Palestinian woman and her teenage son who move to Illinois to live with relatives, where they experience your standard racism and other hardships. Which doesn’t sound charming and pleasant at all, now that I look at it, but trust me, it is. It’s one of those nice films about the importance of family and the inherent decency of most people. You know, crap like that.