Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hello from Sundance!

Hello from the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. I'll be here until January 22nd, and I am sadly still computer-less so I'm not sure how much I can update. But you can expect me to be writing mostly about films until I get back, as I have no access to my music anyway.
Thus far, I have to say, I am not impressed with the organization of the film festival. Everything is 10 times harder than it should be, if you can even figure out how to do it in the first place, and most of the volunteers don't really seem to even know what's going on (though they try their best to be helpful. Most of them have been really nice). But so far the 2 films that I've seen have been absolutely spectacular (which is obviously the most important part).

It Might Get Loud
A documentary about the evolution of guitar-playing and an interesting discussion about technique between three legends: Jimmy Paige, The Edge and Jack White. While this might not actually sound like a very exciting film, it will make you love rock 'n' roll in all its glory. They utilize music beautifully to make you feel what the three legends are talking about. And there are some beautiful shots of guitars that just make you want to reach out and touch them. Not to mention Jack White is freaking hilarious. One of my favorite quotes from the film is when Jack White says "I just got in an accident with a suit on a cell phone. He was probably in the middle of saying the phrase 'totally organic.'" If you already love rock 'n' roll, see this movie. If you don't already love rock 'n' roll, see this movie anyway. You will find a brand new appreciation for it.

Mary and Max
A dark claymation film about two penpals from across the world who don't fit in - one a chubby girl in Australia with troubled family, the other an obese man in New York with Asbergers Syndrome. This film was completely magical. Despite how incredibly dark it is, it's also quit funny and a little bit whimsical. And I have always had an intense appreciation for stop motion animation and the amount of work that goes into it. This film was entirely "in camera" (which means there was no computer animation). Definitely a must see.


Elisabeth said...

I can't believe you're at Sundance!! SOOO jealous.

Lauralee said...

I saw "It Might Get Loud" yesterday. I was blown away with it. It something that anyone who appreciates music MUST see.

I want to see "Mary and Max" but I work/have classes during all the showings (plus they are sold out and I don't have time to do the wait list).

I live in Salt Lake, so I'll try and catch a couple more throughout the week.