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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…

Rules:
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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