Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quick Sundance Update

On Monday, we saw "Cold Souls," and our friend Don also happened to have a ticket, so he stood in line and saved us seats. I liked it a lot and gave it four stars, but I think Middlebrow gave it three. It could have used some editing in a few places, but parts were quite lyrical and beautiful. And it was funny and tragic. I like Paul Giamatti, but I LOVE David Strathairn. The story of this film was different from your average movie, and I think the filmmaker, Sophie Barthes, did a good job of mixing the strange with the every day.
On Tuesday we saw "500 Days of Summer" with Hightouch and The Historian. I loved this film, first because it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. What's not to love? The movie started with an author's disclaimer, and Middlebrow claimed that from that he knew it was going to be good. It was a failed romance told from the perspective of the male, which was refreshing. My only complaint was that I don't believe anyone would ever break up with JGL. It's just not believable. He's adorable! I loved the dance number and the transtitions between scenes. This movie was part of the Premieres, not in competition, which means it already has distribution, etc. I think it could be quite successful, because it is funny and a little heartbreaking. Also, did I mention Josephy Gordon-Levitt? And his adorableness? Definitely see this movie when it comes to a theater near you. I'm sorry, but I don't know when that will be.


Nik said...

I'm kinda sad I'm missing the Sundance. But, it's also a lot of pressure. I'm kind of happy to be viewing it vicariously through you. I'll make a list of the see-ables, for when, and if, they make it to the big screen. Or the Netflix.

Lisa B. said...

I feel like Joseph Gordon Leavitt is my own personal discovery, for some reason, so feel an unreasonable sense of ownership over his films. You are right, though, he is quite adorable in this film, and the film itself was entertaining. Glad to have seen it! I liked the two guys who played his male friends--they were excellent.