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Some Sundance Standouts

Some Sundance Standouts

Recently this blog has been dedicated to all things Silver Tongues and Corman’s World. Today I’ll take a break to talk briefly about some of the other great films at Sundance. First off, the biggest surprise and a film I fell instantly in love with Kinyarwanda, the Audience Award Winner in Dramatic World Competition. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, the film, which is set against the Rwandan genocide, explores six personal stories, all based on true events. Each is stunningly intimate with perhaps the strongest being a terrifying vignette entitled “Guns and Cockroaches” about a young boy’s trip to a local store. Other standouts include, Margin Call a taught thriller about the beginnings of the financial crisis with stellar performances, especially the always fantastic Zachary Quinto; The Lie, Joshua Leonard’s darkly comedic look at how a spur of the moment fib becomes a ticking time bomb in one couple’s relationship; Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, a fun jaunt through the history of A Tribe Called Quest, that even got me, someone who was never that into Tribe before, moving to the music; and Lord Byron, which takes you through the looking glass into a intriguing deep south community, anchored by a captivating performance by barber-turned-actor Paul Batiste.

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