Sundance 2009: Missing In Action
Okay, so that's not how I thought the last few days were going to go. At all.
When I left here after posting the "Paper Heart" interview, I was on my way to do a bit of "Adventureland" press, feeling confident about my Park City navigation skills, happy with the piece I'd just put up and the pace we were keeping and... well... pretty much everything.
So of course that's when everything fell apart. First, there was the issue of just plain finding the house where the "Adventureland" stuff was being done. Now that I've been there, I can tell you it's actually very conveniently located, and should have been an easy matter. But because I made the mistake of asking one of the many volunteers who aren't that familiar with the way Park City's laid out, but who act like they are locals, I got completely turned around and dropped off at the Library instead of the Main Street stop. The Library, for those of you not here, is at the very bottom of a very tall and steep hill. And the house where the interviews were turned out to be at the top of that very tall and steep hill.
Keep in mind, I'm not exactly a small mammal to begin with. But when you realize you are in the exact wrong place, and you have six minutes to get somewhere, and the only way that's going to happen is if you run in heavy boots and mountain air up a hill covered in snow and ice... it is a moment that tests what you are physically capable of doing.
So when I finally did stagger into the "Adventureland" house, I must have looked like I was going to have a heart attack. I guessing, anyway, since I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. And of course they immediately hand me over to Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, while I'm pouring sweat and gasping to try to get my lungs to start working. I don't run at sea level, so running in this kind of altitude was just punishing.
The interviews ended up going well, and we'll have those for you here next week. I wish I could just post the raw audio, because they're really great together, but I don't think the sound quality would hold up.
By the time I finished the interviews, I realized I'd left my phone at the room where I'm staying, which meant I was out of contact completely. No Twitter. No nothing. And the rest of the day was so packed that I never had a chance to even get close to the room again. I ran from there to see "Brief Interviews With Hideous Men," then over to the not-so-secret Steven Soderbergh screening of "The Girlfriend Experience," then back to the Yarrow for "Black Dynamite." When I finally made it back to the room, I was worn out, and I had both hours of "Lost" to watch and recap for the Wednesday airdate.
Then Wednesday saw me using the morning for some personal business, trying to catch up on a few things that I've neglected while I was up here, and then off to see my first film by 2:00. Normally that would mean a non-productive day, but I managed to fit in five films anyway, going from "Grace" to "Nollywood Babylon" to "Five Minutes In Heaven" to "World's Greatest Dad" and, finally, to "Thriller In Manila."
And now here we are in my last full day at the festival. I'm probably seeing three films today and one tomorrow morning, then I'm on a plane and on my way out of here.
And I haven't even punched anyone in the face yet. Sheeeesh.
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
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