Tag Archive: Sundance Film Festival

Looking Ahead: Sundance Announces 2016 “Midnight” Lineup

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I’m excited to be able to attend the Sundance Film Festival again this coming January. The Institute has just released the lineup for its Midnight program, which consists of surreal/frightening/creepy/otherworldy films. Because I scare… Continue reading

Review: Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013)

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Hmm, where to begin? Having missed Sundance 2013, I first became acquainted with Upstream Color through the film review blog Stand By for Mind Control, where one reviewer called it the best movie of… Continue reading

Review: Return to Homs (Derki, 2013) – SFIFF 2014

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After missing this film at Sundance this year and seeing it win the festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for documentaries, we were eager to catch Return to Homs at SFIFF. The documentary… Continue reading

Review: The Spectacular Now (Ponsoldt, 2013)

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James Ponsoldt returns to Sundance with another film about lushes. No, I’m making light, but it is kind of true. His previous film was Smashed, and The Spectacular Now, starring the talented Miles… Continue reading

Review: Blackfish (Cowperthwaite, 2013)

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I would classify Blackfish as an “issue” documentary. The issue investigated here is whether or not holding killer whales in captivity for entertainment is dangerous for the trainers and inhumane to the animals.… Continue reading

Review: Adore (Fontaine, 2013)

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Oh finally! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a movie so bad that I’ve just wanted to crap all over it. Sometimes there’s more to say about a shitty film than… Continue reading

Review: The Sessions (Lewin, 2012)

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I swear John Hawkes is completely different in every role–Teardrop in Winter’s Bone, the chilling cult leader Patrick in Martha Marcy May Marlene, and I didn’t even notice him as Robert Latham in… Continue reading

Review: 20 Feet from Stardom (Neville, 2013)

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I don’t know how it came to be that I ended up on the other side of Sundance, the Academy, and 99% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but that’s how the chips fell,… Continue reading

Review: Searching for Sugar Man (Bendjelloul, 2012)

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Warning: I apologize in advance for the roughness and confusion of this review. I wrote part of it right after I saw the film when I was so moved as to be rather… Continue reading

Review: The East (Batmanglij, 2013)

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Surprise, surprise—another Sundance movie with Brit Marling (see Another Earth, I Origins). It seems like certain actors work almost exclusively on projects that end up at Sundance (e.g. John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen, etc.).… Continue reading