2011 Sundance Film Festival linkage

Maybe it was just the luck of the draw, or maybe I’m getting better at selecting which movies I see, or maybe the high altitude is finally making me loopy, but the 2011 Sundance Film Festival seemed like one of the best in several years. Of the 24 movies I saw, only five were what I’d call “bad.” Everything else was at least OK, several were very good, and I didn’t even get to see “Win Win,” “How to Die in Oregon,” or “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” to name just three that everybody said were fantastic. (Then again, I also didn’t see “The Ledge,” “Son of No One,” or “Margin Call,” which everybody said were terrible.)

Here’s what I did see, arranged approximately from best to worst. Links are to the reviews. If there’s no link, it’s on account of I didn’t write a review.

“Bellflower” A-
“Like Crazy” A-
“Hobo with a Shotgun” A-
“Silent House” B+
“Project Nim” (documentary) B+
“Submarine” B+
“Take Shelter” B+
“The Lie” B+
“The Future” B+
“The Music Never Stopped” B
“The Catechism Cataclysm” B
“Pariah” B
“Martha Marcy May Marlene” B
“The Guard” B
“The Greatest Movie Ever Sold” (documentary) B
“Cedar Rapids” B- (and my interview with Ed Helms)
“The Troll Hunter” (Norwegian) B-
“The Woman” B-
“Terri” C+
“Homework” C-
“The Devil’s Double” D+
“Uncle Kent” D+
“I Melt with You” D
“Septien” D

I didn’t write a daily diary as in years past. You’ll just have to take my word for it that I had a lot of fun, and that I saw Rutger Hauer at a party.