Sundance – Interview with Bellflower director Evan Glodell

The festival is coming to a close, and Bellflower is still standing out in my mind as one of my favorites, certainly one of the most unforgettable. Evan Glodell (the guy in the bloody t-shirt), the film’s director, writer, star, producer and editor, was kind enough to answer a bunch of questions for BFR. The interview is below. And check out the film’s review here. ... Read More

Sundance – The Woman

by Benjamin Jones The Woman is written, directed, and portrayed with a heavy hand. When everything is done with speakers blasting, and not just the soundtrack, then it is hard to have any moment of surprise without blowing an eardrum. I can’t say people won’t like the film, because I heard chuckles in the audience. And even I jumped a few times at the wild, dirty grimaces... Read More

Sundance – Homework

Homework is a disappointingly bland, coming-of-age tale about malcontent teenagers, placed in an world so ridiculous, the film simply begs not to be taken seriously.  Sundance should be ashamed of bringing this film into a year where the lineup is particularly strong.  And director Gavin Wiesen should have skipped the independent film step all together and gone immediately to... Read More

Sundance – The Ledge

Of all the films creating buzz at Sundance this year, Matthew Chapman’s film The Ledge is getting some of the loudest. There’s no doubt its celebrity cast is helping, starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson, and Terrance Howard. That is a cast that can draw attention.  But while there are some great performances, The Ledge doesn’t seem to stand out among all the great... Read More

Sundance – Jess + Moss

Jess + Moss is the first experimental film I’ve seen at Sundance this year that has really stretched the definition of filmmaking.  With this disclaimer, it’s not really necessary to say it, but I will.  Jess + Moss is not a conventional narrative.  It will probably test the patience of most of its viewers.  And there is not, by any means, any sort of closure offered... Read More

Sundance – The Devil’s Double

Saddam Hussein’s regime seems like an obvious story for a film, but not so much an independent one. Imagine my surprise when there just happened to be one at Sundance, called The Devil’s Double, starring two of the best young actors out there, Dominic Cooper (of History Boys and An Education) and Ludivine Sagnier (of Girl Cut in Two and Mesrine). Instead of focusing... Read More

Sundance – Kaboom

Gregg Araki had a lot to say about his film Kaboom when introducing it at yesterday’s screening. It’s his tenth feature film, his eighth to screen at Sundance, and the first one to go to Cannes. He called it his ‘most overtly Lynchian’ film. He called it his most beautiful and his most autobiographical. Whatever the hell that means. If I’m reading... Read More

Sundance – Like Crazy

It seemed that all anyone was talking about opening weekend at Park City was Like Crazy. Of course, Red State hadn’t been screened yet, and Kevin Smith hadn’t all ready acted a damn fool. But that’s besides the point. Everyone is really excited about Like Crazy. Including me. The film is Drake Doremus’s follow up to last year’s Douchebag which was... Read More

Sundance – Meek’s Cutoff

I’m not exaggerating to say that Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff was one the films I anticipated most at this year’s Sundance. Believe it or not, I didn’t even know who made up the majority of the principle cast, which I now know includes Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton. No, what made me anticipate this movie so excitedly... Read More

Sundance – Martha Marcy May Marlene

The exploration of cult dynamics and their psychological effects on its members is not really anything new for film. It’s been examined, and re-examined a million times. Even so, there’s something fresh and exciting about T. Sean Durkin’s film, Martha Marcy May Marlene. It’s a seemly ridiculous title that no one can seem to get right.  But it immediately... Read More