Sundance 2008

Emily Mortimer in Transsiberian

The Machinist director Brad Anderson spins a web of deception in this intense drama about traveling abroad.

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Baghead

I was initially drawn to the film Baghead at this year’s Sundance Film Festival based on its deceptively intelligent script and its seriously low-budget production. You however, will be drawn to the oddity of this teaser poster more than anything else.

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Amy Adams and Emily Blunt clean up people’s death scenes. Who wouldn’t buy this?

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Fox Searchlight announces a date for its Chuck Palahniuk penned Sundance ’08 acquisition…

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I had the honor of seeing a lot of great films this year in Park City — many of which I will be following throughout the year until they are released for everyone to see.

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Pictures have been left out of this post in order to protect the innocent, whoever they may be…

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Sundance has come and gone… Time to plan for SXSW!

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Time to dwell on all the movies I missed this week…

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Juries and Audiences recognize the best films shown in Park City, Utah this year.

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One of my personal favorites of the festival was also the hands down audience favorite as well.

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Allow me to preface this: I could not be happier to hear that director Jonathan Levine’s dark teen drug comedy The Wackness is about to be purchased by a studio for distribution. After waiting all week and talking to Levine on Thursday about the tedious waiting game, it was becoming very frustrating to see that this film had not been picked up by a visionary studio like Fox Searchlight or Focus Features — two companies that could very easily find a way to market this film and put people in the seats. With great marketing, this could just as well have ended up being this year’s Juno. So I am sad to hear from our friends at indieWIRE that Sony Pictures Classics is in the process of closing a deal for The Wackness. This is probably one of the worst things that could have happened for the film, especially considering the way SPC has handled their films over the last 12 months. Take this into consideration: Academy Award nominated animated film Persepolis has made a total of $913k since its release on December 21. So far, it has played on no more that 30 screens. We are not talking about a crappy animated hack-job either — the movie got nominated for a fucking Oscar. But wait, that’s not all. Sony Pictures Classics also buried the return of Francis Ford Coppola, Youth Without Youth. I know the film got critically panned, but you mean to tell me that you can’t make […]

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We missed Quentin, saw Olivia and finally found out what the big deal was with that Hamlet 2 movie…

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Looks like someone is a little cranky without his morning latte…

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Check out the first trailer for one of the “Smartest” films of the ’08 Sundance Film Festival.

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From the directors of ‘Half Nelson’ comes a slowly paced drama about a Dominican baseball player coming to America.

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SPC grabs up a low-budget flick that was very well received by fans and critics alike.

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Sundance rolls on, and with no sleep and plenty more work to do, I keep rolling as well.

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The passionate writer/director behind The Wackness talks about bringing his film to Sundance, his other film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and the thought of making a sexy werewolf western starring Ben Kingsley.

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Director Brett Simon and a talented cast deliver a vision of a John Hughes-style noir flick that is smart, sexy and thoroughly entertaining.

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All work and no play make your first drunken rampage a tough situation to recover from…

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