Saturday was the kind of day that makes Sundance what it is. I saw two great movies, one okay movie and one bloody mess.
Win Win is a great little film that’s already been picked up by Fox Searchlight, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. I liked the way this film straddles the line between drama and comedy. It’s exactly the type of film I’ll fight to get into our Blockbuster Recommends program.
For the second film of the day, I sloshed my way uphill through a blizzard. Well, maybe not a blizzard, but those snow flakes were huge. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is an excellent documentary from Morgan Spurlock, in which he not only examines the full lifecycle of product placement in media today, but funds his entire film with the same. You’ll never view media the same.
Park City is a traffic nightmare on Friday and Saturday, so I spent the hour and a half between films riding a shuttle (or should I say standing in a shuttle), but I made it just in time for the star-studded if slightly flat My Idiot Brother. Paul Rudd has the title role, and reminded of a watered-down Dude, which made me add the Big Lebowski to my Queue. There were moments that made me laugh, just not enough to make it stick much past the ride to the next theater.
If you make it to Sundance, plan your schedule and keep in mind run times. I made the mistake of catching all two and a half hours of I Saw The Devil at a midnight showing. It’s not a bad revenge film; Kim Ji-woon hits (and I mean hits) the conflict a good man struggles with as he descends into the madness of revenge. Not only is he after revenge, but a particularly sadistic brand of revenge.
Today I near the halfway point of my trip; twelve movies left and I’m looking for a surprise.