Review: Ping Pong Summer (Tully, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Unlike the other films we watched, Ping Pong Summer competed in Sundance’s NEXT category, which showcases “pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.” Translation: wackier and somewhat lower budget… Continue reading

Review: I Origins (Cahill, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Most will know director Mike Cahill from his previous Sundance feature Another Earth, which enjoyed a relatively robust festival afterlife (I watched it on the plane, having missed it at the 2011 festival… Continue reading

Review: Song One (Barker-Froyland, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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We typically avoid movies with big stars at Sundance because it seems counter to the spirit of the festival. They don’t feel truly “independent,” though of course I’ve never bothered to look up… Continue reading

Review: Wetlands (Wnendt, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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There was quite a bit of chatter about this German film before its premiere. And no wonder, for we’d all read the synopsis. In line, in the theater before the movie began, viewers… Continue reading

Review: Hellion (Candler, 2014) – Sundance 2014

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Kat Candler‘s Hellion, which follows a motherless family falling apart as the father retreats into alcoholism, the older brother becomes a delinquent, and the younger son looks poised to follow in his big… Continue reading

Review: Whiplash (Chazelle, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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In Whiplash, a young drummer in a famous music conservatory pushes himself to become the best, enduring mental and physical abuse from his music teacher. After reading the synopsis in the festival program,… Continue reading

Review: Blind (Vogt, 2013) – Sundance 2014

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I wasn’t sure until making this list that Blind was my favorite dramatic feature at Sundance this year, but when I compare it against everything else I’ve seen, its originality and playfulness sends it to… Continue reading

Sundance 2014

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Returning to Sundance after skipping last year’s event, I found the movies in general to be of higher quality than in the past. Over a little more than four days during the premier… Continue reading