FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP

AMERICAN DRAMATIC COMPETITION

BETWEEN ^ Ocañas’ storytelling is hard to pin down. When he gets caught up in dissolve-a-thons and random shots of Mexican street life, he seems unabashedly arty. But when he stages cheap thriller moments he seems unimaginative…

BRICK ^ Joseph Gordon-Leavitt plays the film’s hardened, shutoff hero, who has been eating lunch in the back of the school for the past three months…

THE DYING GAUL ^ “The Dying Gaul” owes something to classic tales of Hollywood depravity like “Sunset Boulevard,” “In a Lonely Place,” and “The Player,” but it’s much closer to, yes, “Closer”…

ELLIE PARKER ^ It’s a hilarious tour de force performance by the now-world-famous Ms. Watts, a knowing and clever send-up of life in the lower rungs of L.A.’s showbiz ladder, and way too sloppy…

FORTY SHADES OF BLUE ^ Rip Torn creates a man who would like to be a good person, but would rather accept whatever whims of anger or sex come his way…

HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER ^ It almost sounds like a parody of your typical Sundance feature: three generations of single Mexican-American women learn (or re-learn) to love and be loved under a sweltering summer sun…

HUSTLE & FLOW ^ It’s “Superfly” meets “The Commitments”…

JUNEBUG ^ The film is impeccable in its ensemble acting and most of its aesthetic choices. Yet it’s not clear to me that its “contemplative” approach does much to reward the audience’s attention…

LOGGERHEADS ^ With a very strong ensemble cast and what appears to be an intelligent screenplay, Loggerheads could have been a moving tale of dissolving families and redemption…

LONESOME JIM ^ With such terrible experiences and dark depression haunting Jim, I’m still amazed I laughed as much as I did during this film…

ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW ^ “Me and You and Everyone We Know” is a real treasure in the guise of yet another Sundance dramedy (dare I say romantic comedy?) about quirky characters populating a quirky world…

POLICE BEAT ^ A man inexplicably decapitates a bird in a city park; a woman cries foul when she mistakes a falling branch for an assault; a guy intimidates his neighbor by standing on his lawn and sharpening a machete; a woman flees naked through a park after an episode of S&M goes awry; a roly-poly man wanders into a stranger’s house and masturbates while watching a bird flutter in a cage; and so on…

PRETTY PERSUASION ^ “Pretty Persuasion” kills itself with unrestrained negativism, but almost resuscitates itself with some great comedy…

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE ^ “The Squid and the Whale,” above all, is about family and the ways in which our respective families shape our lives. Baumbach has crafted an emotionally genuine little film…

THUMBSUCKER ^ As written and directed by TV commercial/rock video veteran Mike Mills, “Thumbsucker” benefits from a goofy yet incisive sense of humor and some extremely strong performances…

WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN? ^ “Who Killed Cock Robin?” is one of the few truly independent entries in this year’s dramatic competition, made on a small budget with no name actors or fancy connections, but unfortunately does not reflect the best that indie film has to offer…

Get the World Documentary Competition selections in part five of FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP>>>




Posted on February 1, 2005 in Festivals by
Buffer


If you liked this article then you may also like the following Film Threat articles:
Popular Stories from Around the Web

Tell us what you're thinking...





Comments are governed by the Terms of Use of this Site. Click on the "Report Comment" link if you feel a comment is in violation of the Terms of Use, and the comment will be reviewed appropriately.