Sundance Blog: Hey Mom, I Hung Out with Colin Farrell

I thought that would get your attention. Nothing like a little bit of gratuitous name dropping to get the morning started. One day down here in Park City at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and I must say — this is one of those experiences that every movie fan should have at least once in their lives — and that is coming from a guy who has only seen one film.

I rolled in like the cavalry yesterday, meeting my good friends Pete (/Film) and Alex (FirstShowing) at the airport. From there, I got the guided tour of Park City from two vets of the festival, and then it was off to work. A quick bite to eat and we were off to see In Bruges, starring Colin Farrel. The film was a blast, as you will read in my review here. It was a screening filled with press and industry folk alike. And sitting among them, I realized that both myself and the friends that were so kind as to pick me up from the airport and show me around have the best jobs of the lot. You hear other journalists talking about deadlines, EIC’s (Editor-in-Chief’s) and the fluctuating job market for those that write about film. I am grateful not to have to worry about all that stuff — I just get to hang out here every day, blogging away about whatever interests me and/or my readers. It is certainly the greatest job on the planet.

Confirming my previous statement of this being a great job was the fact that after the screening of In Bruges, we headed over to the after party. There we met up with all of the great cinematic pundits that populate the interwebs — everyone from Collider to Ain’t It Cool to ShockTillYouDrop were there in force. It was like Comic Con — but colder. I also had the opportunity to rub elbows (quite literally, as we ended up standing right by their table) with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Nice guys, a little hard to understand in a club with music playing, but nice nonetheless. Also, for all of you US Weekly devotees that dig on everything celeb-related, Colin Farrell is a lot taller than I would have imagined him. But hanging around Colin Farrell got old for us internet folk the moment Ashley Olson (of Olson Twins fame) showed up to the party.

After all of that (which I can imagine is all very interesting to all of you), we stumbled back (thanks for sponsoring the party by the way, Hypnotic) to our condo and did some more work.

Today will be the first full day of screenings, a true test of will and stamina. Here is the tentative schedule of films that may be reviewed by tomorrow morning:

– The Yellow Handkerchief
– The Guitar
– The Wackness
– Sunshine Cleaning

I will also do my best to have previews up for these films today as well — but you never know. I could run into more stars and end up drunk, lying in a snow-drift somewhere. Hey, at least I will get some sleep.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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