Monday, January 29, 2007


This is a post about the Sundance Film Festival.

I forgot it comes to Utah. It seems like such a big thing, a monolithic event, something so far removed from the place that I call home. So I went and saw some movies.

The Island-A Russian film by Pavel Lungin. It was very visually arresting and good. Also incredibly religious, yet miles away from a lot of overtly religious films.

The Animation Showcase- Everything they showed ranged from really good to flat out amazing.

Ghosts of Abu Ghraib-A documentary about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Depressing and Heartbreaking at times, it made you feel for both the abused prisoners and the low-ranking officers who pepetuated it. It also proves just how big a cunt Donald Rumsfeld is.

Fido-A movie about domesticated zombies. It was pleasent enough, a couple of good jokes, Dylan Baker was good, but it fell apart at the end.

The last Thursday a few friends and I journeyed to Park City (we went and saw the SLC showings) to see Of Montreal and some other bands play a free show.

Park City is a weird city. Main street has the kind of charm that the small mountain towns I went to in my youth had, albeit in a more cosmopolitan way. However, every building had faux rustic wood paneling, which was contrived and ridiculous, especially on a Burger King.

Anyways, on to the show.

West Indian Girl played first and were horrible. Maybe the cold made me less tolerant of their lame stage banter and Coldplay/Muse wannabe music, but they really sucked.

We ate at a deli and i had fish and chips. It was good

Of Montreal was real good, I would like to see them inside and not in the freezing cold. I must confess to being unfamiliar with them, but they were good. The singer wore a dress in the cold, so that one me over, plus they had a pretty good Prince rip-off song.

So there you go, that was Sundance.


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