Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Sundance – The Rest of the Days

Part 1 – Movies

We saw a midnight screening of Indigenous Shorts. There were ten five-minute films. My favorite by a long shot was Ebony Society, out of New Zealand. It’s about two teenage boys who go on a stealing spree on Christmas Eve and find a baby in a house that they are robbing. I was amazed at how much of a story was told in five minutes. It also met my shallow criteria of having a happy / heart warming ending. I really loved it.

Then we saw The Details, which was filmed in Seattle and stared Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Dennis Haysbert (David Palmer from the first 24 season). I had low expectations going into it because of all of the trouble they had filming it. But it was really good and the audience loved it. The actors did a great job. After credits ended, Toby took the stage. It was really fun to hear them talk about how great Seattle is and how good it is to film there.

Then we saw The Oregonian. Someone at dinner put it nicely. He appreciated it like he appreciates avant garde music. He listens to it with a respect for the artist, but he wouldn’t pop it in for a road trip. I, on the other hand, can only say I didn’t like it. While I appreciated the edginess of it and the images were often interesting, the reason I didn’t like it was because I thought I was going to puke throughout the entire movie. It was not because of the intensely gory graphics – like a woman walking in on a man raping her corpse and watching another man put an omelet in the gaping wound in her corpse’s back. (I know, right?) I felt like I was going to get sick because the camera shots were so choppy and the noise was so loud that I felt motion sick. The background noise was a loud screeching dispersed with the sound of static radio. Sorry to all of the talented artists who poured their heart into it, but it was a long 82 minutes for me.

Then we saw Catechism Cataclysms, another movie filmed in Seattle that I also really liked. I can’t say too much about it because I don’t want give any plot away. It’s funny until it gets dark. Once again, the actors were great and I loved the dialogue. It stars Robert Longstreet who is making all sorts of news with his show on HBO and some of the other movies he was in at Sundance.

Part 2 – Celebrity Sightings

Ray Liotta
Ben Kinglsey

Monday, January 24, 2011


Sundance – Day 1

Part 1 – Embarrassment

After being up late Friday night, packing and getting my mom situated, we were up the next morning at 2 am to catch our 6 am flight. Luckily, both of us have an amazing ability to sleep on an airplane.

We zonked out even before person sitting next to me arrived. I didn’t wake up until I heard a voice on the intercom telling people to pass their garbage to the flight attendant. I looked up and saw a man in a vest who was walking slowly toward us and looking purposefully at each row. He reminded me of Cameron from Modern Family. I assumed he was the flight attendant.

And so I handed him my tissues for the garbage. He looked at me like, “Really?” and I knew instantly what I’d done. I’d handed a random guy my garbage. Ouch.

Part 2 – Celebrity Sighting

We’ve seen:

James Cromwell
Danny Glover
Peter Dinklage
Fred Armisen

Part 3 – Movie Review

I saw one movie yesterday – the much heralded Seattle-produced movie The Off Hours. It was really, really good.

I’m biased, of course, but I do think that the scenery helped tell so much of the story. It’s a story centered around three people who work in an all night diner. It’s about the lives of people who are lonely and stagnant. But it’s beautiful and oddly uplifting. Dave secured most of the locations in the movie, so pay special attention to the diner, the apartments and the gravel parking lot. My favorite was the train tracks she walked past every night to get to work and every morning to get home. How have train tracks come to represent poverty in our country? Anyway…. See the movie.

Part 4 – Parties

We were invited to two parties. The first was the post-premiere for The Off Hours. It’s the first time in my life that the bouncer has looked at me and said, “She’s in” while a line of super cool people wait to try to get in. Of course, it was because she knew Dave but I’ll take it anyway.

Within the first few minutes, I met the editor of IDMB and learned he lives in my neck of the woods. We had a great time chatting with him.

At the second party, I was chatting with Jay Wesley Cochran (a Seattle-area actor) when Rico Thomas joined us. Rico and Jay are sharing a condo with several other people from Seattle and the two of them are sharing a room. Rico started telling me the etiquette when two very large, very straight men share a bed. Suddenly, he is in full comedic mode and people around us have stopped talking and are listening to him. It’s like he was serenading me, only it was a comedy act. And it was HILARIOUS! I was crying he was so funny. Below is a photo.

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