FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

9 ^ “9” is like a cross between the Brothers Quay and Tim Burton…

BALLETS RUSSES ^ The Ballet-Russe, we are told, played an instrumental role in the birth of the modern ballet…

THE BIRTHDAY ^ Kari Juusonen’s “The Birthday” uses impressive stop-motion puppets to portray a man who works at a high-tech slaughter house and the cow who doesn’t want to lay down and die…

A BUCK’S WORTH ^ If a homeless guy has a gun, but isn’t robbing you, should you give him a dollar out of gratitude, or get angry because you feel manipulated?

THE EMPEROR’S JOURNEY ^ The impressive spectacles depicted include mass migration in which the penguins walk and slide on their stomachs to reach the mating grounds, protect their babies from bereaved mothers who try to steal them, and share moving moments of intimacy…

FALLEN ART ^ “Fallen Art,” Tomek Baginski’s computer animation about scarred and suffering soldiers in a sinister camp, confirms the promise shown in the director’s 2003 short, “The Cathedral”…

THE MEANING OF LIFE ^ While not trying to be as funny, Hertzfeldt here shows even more maturation of form than the crumpled paper finale of “Rejected”…

MOO(N) ^ “Moo(n)” is an imaginative black-and-white cut-out-style animation about a girl, the cow she loves, and a mischievous bee who gets the cow stuck on the moon…

PROTOCOLS OF ZION ^ While “Protocols of Zion” does give a fairly interesting, concise, and commendably non-hysterical history of anti-Semitism, and many of director Levin’s encounters are revealing, the film does not really say much of anything new…

REEL PARADISE ^ Steve James’s “Reel Paradise” is an honest look at the experience of a family who lives a yearlong tropical movie adventure on a remote island in Fiji…

ROCK SCHOOL ^ The question isn’t whether Paul Green is a great teacher or a complete asshole. Don Argott’s documentary “Rock School” reveals that he’s both…

RYAN ^ Chris Landreth’s “Ryan” brilliantly combines many styles and movements into one animated documentary short…

A THOUSAND ROADS ^ Details such as this one elevate “A Thousand Roads” past its role as a museum showpiece and identify the film as personal expression that just happens to unfold on a grand scale…

THROUGH MY THICK GLASSES ^ The stylized claymation creates a less serious representation of war’s horrors…

Get the American Spectrum selections in part eight of FILM THREAT’S SUNDANCE 2005 WRAP-UP>>>




Posted on February 1, 2005 in Festivals by
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