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Park City’s Finest

Park City's Finest

Just got back from Park City Monday night. It is beyond freezing there. In the negative digits overnight and not out of the singles during the day…okay it maybe got in the high 20’s. Not friendly to my FL blood.

I’ll tell you what was friendly though, the Park City Police! On our way to a condo party at 10PM one night, Suzy and I got horribly lost WAY up on the mountain. After walking around for about 45 minutes UPHILL, we saw a police SUV and flagged him down for directions. We weren’t expecting to hear, “Hop in!” but damn glad we did. Turns out the Lieutenant was in charge of the entire PC police force that evening and was happy to take us to our destination (some two miles away) so he could patrol the area. And just as we found the condo, he was getting to the good stories about shutting down Playboy parties…darn.

I saw eight films in three days…some I liked, some I didn’t. Here goes:

STRANGE CULTURE…amazing doc about Steve Kurtz, an artist who was held as a susptected terrorist…a film and story that has (and will have) incredible ramifications for all of us living in post 9/11 America.

DELIRIOUS…what’s not to love about Steve Buscemi as a desperate paparazzi who will do anything for a “shot heard round the world.”

WEAPONS…not so much a fan…Paul Dano and Nick Cannon turn in great performances, but it kind of felt like been there, done that…youth culture is rough…we get it. Why am I supposed to have sympathy for you again? Oh, yeah. Life is hard.

BROKEN ENGLISH…Suzy didn’t love it, but I kinda did…although it was like watching bits of my dating life…Parker Posey was light and likable as always…

YEAR OF THE DOG…I will preface this by saying that I love Mike White, Molly Shannon, Peter Sarsgaard and John C. Reilly, but I felt like Mr. White didn’t go far enough…the movie rolls along with laughs but remains a bit flatlined…in the end I wanted a much more dramatic turn of events…but didn’t get it.

THE GREAT WORLD OF SOUND is a great film. No big name actors, no fancy camera work, just a solid script, a lot of improv, some non-actors, and heart. Wish there were more like it in Park City. Look it up.

INTERVIEW…my most highly anticipated Sundance film. I adored the Theo Van Gogh original at Sundance back in 03 and didn’t quite believe Steve Buscemi and Sienna Miller could pull it off. They did with the help of Theo’s crew. Miller has finally won me over and Buscemi turns in one of the best performances of his career. And that’s saying something…

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