FBLA knows that even if our readers can’t go to Sundance, you still need to be able spout all the gossip/conventional wisdom/buzz about the offerings. So, we’ve rounded up the best–feel free to pass off any cogent remarks as your own.
Grace is Gone seems to be the biggest hit thus far, which isn’t saying much. The Weinsteins have picked up this homespun drama, starring John Cusack as a family man whose wife gets killed in action in Iraq.
The Hollywood Reporter thinks Savages from Tamara Jenkins is the festival hit. Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman turn in strong performances as siblings taking care of their aging father.
Richard Corliss, writing in Time, confirms what the rest of us think: Sundance movies are their own genre.
The program is heavy with earnest studies of emotional accommodation.
True Stories Sell
Documentaries continue to be easy sells. Discovery bought In the Shadow of the Moon, the Sundance Channel snapped up (no surprise here) The Unforeseen, an evironmental film EP’ed by Robert Redford, My Kid Could Paint That went to Sony Pictures Classics (it’s a fascinating film, trust us).
Chicago 10, Brett Morgan’s live and animated doc. about the 1968 riots at the Democratic National Convention was the opening-night film and has created a ton of buzz, as did Crazy Love, Dan Klore’s documentary about Linda and Burt Pugach and their tale of obsessive love. (Years ago, this half of FBLA interviewed them for some forgotten show on ABC, and recalls the couple, all too well.)
And then there’s the horse-f*cking doc. that LA Times critic Kenneth Turan gushed over, Zoo. THINKFilm picked it up, and we all know what happened to Strangers With Candy. Coming never to a theater near you.