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Sundance: Best of the Fest

Feb. 5, 2010by:
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And so, with my just posted reviews of HOWL, and SKATELAND, my Sundance 2010 coverage comes to an end. This was a very special film festival for me, as it was my first year attending Sundance, which has been a life-long dream of mine. Of course, the two guys I have to thank for all of this are Mr. Mike Sampson, and Joblo himself, and, of course, all of you for reading the reviews, and posting in the talkbacks. I hope you've all dug the coverage. I truly had an incredible time, with my days full of excellent films, and great conversations with writers from other sites. As for the evenings, well- lets just say I had a blast, and that when folks come to Park City, they come to party!!!

Of course, not all Sundance films are created equal, and the following list is my personal top five picks of the festival. Of course, I saw loads of other great films, with the only real duds being JACK GOES BOATING, and the dreadful Joel Schumacher, rich teens-on-drugs film, TWELVE- which was so bad I stormed out after forty minutes (explaining why I didnt write a review, as I dont review films Ive only seen part of).

HESHER

The first great film I was able to catch at Sundance, and one that I have a feeling a lot of you will love when Newmarket puts it out later this year. Chalk up another win for Joseph Gordon Levitt, who makes a great anti-hero.

CYRUS

Here we have a brilliant comedy courtesy of the Duplass Bros., featuring a career best performance from Jonah Hill, and a great role for John C. Reilly. Fox Searchlight will be putting this out in the summer, and Id be willing to bet itll be a big sleeper hit.

CATFISH

Mark my words: this will be THE water-cooler film event of the year. Do yourself a favor- avoid all the reviews (except ours of course), and go in fresh.

THE KILLER INSIDE ME

This is a polarizing film to be sure, but also a great one, anchored by a chilling performance from Casey Affleck. Look for my interview with director Michael Winterbottom, which should be hitting the site Monday.

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Easily the best film of the fest, and, like I said in my review, the best film Ive seen since THE HURT LOCKER. If you love films like CHOPPER, BRONSON, LOCK, STOCK, & TWO SMOKING BARRELS, LAYER CAKE, etc., you're in for a treat.

While those five were arguably the best, I saw loads of other great films. If you have the time, give my other reviews a browse, and take note of some of the gems that'll be coming out over the next year...

Additional Sundance reviews: HOWL - SKATELAND - THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT - - FROZEN - WELCOME TO THE RILEYS - SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS - BLUE VALENTINE - BURIED - HOLY ROLLERS - TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL - THE RUNAWAYS - HIGH SCHOOL- JACK GOES BOATING- - HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE - NOWHERE BOY - MOTHER AND CHILD - GET LOW

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7:49PM on 02/05/2010
That's too bad about Twelve. I was really looking forward to it. It's the fifth film that Kiefer Sutherland and Joel Schumacher have done together and I loved their other collaberations (The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time to Kill and Phone Booth) so I was really looking forward to that one. Still am though despite you hating it.
That's too bad about Twelve. I was really looking forward to it. It's the fifth film that Kiefer Sutherland and Joel Schumacher have done together and I loved their other collaberations (The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time to Kill and Phone Booth) so I was really looking forward to that one. Still am though despite you hating it.
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8:10PM on 02/05/2010
Well, Roger Ebert LOVED it, so it certainly has it's fans. For me it just seemed like too much of a LESS THAN ZERO rip-off, but to each his own..
Well, Roger Ebert LOVED it, so it certainly has it's fans. For me it just seemed like too much of a LESS THAN ZERO rip-off, but to each his own..
2:06PM on 02/05/2010
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11:20AM on 02/05/2010

Great job Chris!

Looking forward to seeing all of them.
Looking forward to seeing all of them.
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10:47AM on 02/05/2010

Excellent job, Chris

I thought your coverage of Sundance was great. Lots of well written reviews for movies I was very curious about. I'm a big Kristen Stewart fan so I'm glad to hear she's impressing people in movies like The Runaways and Welcome to the Rileys. I'm glad The Runaways is getting a theatrical release in March. I'll be there. Hesher also sounds great. I know the Duplass bros. from their "mumblecore" days so I'm interested in checking out Cyrus. And I've been looking forward to a new Naomi Watts
I thought your coverage of Sundance was great. Lots of well written reviews for movies I was very curious about. I'm a big Kristen Stewart fan so I'm glad to hear she's impressing people in movies like The Runaways and Welcome to the Rileys. I'm glad The Runaways is getting a theatrical release in March. I'll be there. Hesher also sounds great. I know the Duplass bros. from their "mumblecore" days so I'm interested in checking out Cyrus. And I've been looking forward to a new Naomi Watts movie for a while, so I also want to see Mother and Child. This seems like a very good year for Sundance.
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