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Sundance 2009 | 8 Favorites Meme

Sundance 2009 | 8 Favorites Meme

I’m not sure if it is vanity of self-confidence on her part, but I see on Karina Longworth’s Spout blog that I have been tagged in the new Sundance meme; how did she know I would be reading?!? Well, I’m flattered to be asked by her (you’re the best, Karina!) and happy to comply. Off we go…

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with listing their Sundance favorites, separated into 8 categories.
3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their 8 favorites and include these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose 8 people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and that they should read your blog.

Here goes:

1. Favorite feature: You Won’t Miss Me by Ry Russo-Young. Humpday by Lynn Shelton a close second.

2. Most problematic/interesting/thought-provoking feature: Cold Souls by Sophie Barthes. There is so much to like about this movie; Ambitious, great performances, humor and pathos. And yet, the script seems to be missing some of the necessary payoffs to make the whole adventure seem complete; Where is the final performance of Uncle Vanya? How is the faux Russian poet’s soul distinguishable from Giamatti’s own soul? I liked so much of this movie, but in the end, it was missing that one layer of polish that would have “wowed” me.

3. Favorite short film: Episode II of Stingray Sam by Cory McAbee, wherein the mating habits of men and clones are articulated. Here’s the trailer, if you’re interested.

4. Film most regrettably missed: Push by Lee Daniels. My programming partner saw it, my wife worked on it, but I did my duty and covered another film at the same time. Same as the last four years; I always miss the Dramatic Competition winner!

5. Most fun party: Yarrow Hotel Bar, late night. A low-key place to talk shop and see familiar faces.

6. Best post-screening Q & A: Has to be the give and take between Jeff Dowd and John Anderson, right? Q&A gone wild! In all seriousness, I attended no public screenings, so I have no idea.

7. Favorite nonfiction character(s): Mike Tyson in Tyson by James Toback. Absolutely riveting, and a film that made me re-examine the man who has fascinated me since I watched him destroy the heavyweight division while I was in High School. That said, how did Toback not throw in the infamous Robert Downey Jr. scene from Black and White? I could watch that forever!

8. Most memorable moment: Getting in and out of Industry Check-in in less than 2 minutes. Rosie Wong and her team have got it going on!

The following 8 people, consider yourself TAGGED… You know you Google Alert your own names, so don’t pretend you had no idea… *ha*

Kim Voynar
Thom Powers
Mike Tully at Boredom At Its Boredest
STV at The Reeler
James Israel
Eric Kohn
Ted Hope
Jeff Dowd (c’mon!)

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Did you really love “You Won’t Miss Me’??? I met not many people who can say the same. When I first heard about the above mantioned film I wasn’t impressed. Especially the cast of the film disappointed me (Stella Schnabel, Simon O’Connor, Carlen Altman, Rene Ricard, Sarah Ball,Donald Eric Cumming). But when I watched it, I changed my mind. Their performance is great. Most of all I liked the main hero. Her play is wonderful. I rarely met so much emotions in one character. So deep and so professional.


I completely spaced on telling people I had tagged them, BUT, sort of assumed everyone gets some kind of notification these days when their blog is linked to by another blog, so that’s how they’d figure it out before actually reading the post. It would be awesome to be so confident to just assume that,of COURSE, Tom Hall is reading my blog. But alas, not the case.

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