Sundance 2013: Day three & four recap

5:00 PM on 01.21.2013 // Allistair Pinsof

Steve Coogan is watching

This guy is yanking his wiener. Next to me. In the restroom. And on the other side of me is an old guy that keeps farting. And then, right behind me, someone sneaks in and ransacks my Sundance water bottle. True story.

Boring computer nerds, a post-Potter winner, and a horror film with slightly more gore than too much. This is Sundance and these are the reviews for day three and four.

Bujalski becomes as bored with the material as I did, going on psychedelic tangents throughout the film`s second half that lead nowhere. Bujalski made a film for himself. It`s a film I can respect but I can never enjoy nor imagine those who would. [35] Read the full review

Impeccably shot, acted, and lit, Kill Your Darlings is a tale of love, murder, and artistic intuition that cuts on more than one layer. Like the group of friends the film portrays, Kill Your Darlings' unlikely cast and crew form the perfect storm, culminating in a specific vision of a time and place we thought we knew well but clearly do not know well enough. [91] Read the full review

Winterbottom's breezy pace and eccentric touches, such as having Steven Fry supply narrative voiceover in the style of a `60s news program, give a lot of energy to the film that Coogan picks up and carries to the finish line. The `60s and `70s are great fun with this company, but when all of Raymond's ills and mistakes finally catch up to him, I too felt eerily numb on the inside, instead of the emotional catharsis the film wished upon me. [78] Read the full review

S-VHS is a frivolous sequel that focuses on gross-out gags, outlandish monsters, and a bloody disgusting take on dark comedy. Yes, you can stomach watching more of these tapes because they aren't as shocking as last year's batch. [74] Read the full review

We Are What We Are isn't exactly full of cheer, but it has a tranquil pace and tone that makes the horrific moments go down easier than they should. I felt almost complacent in the acts of violence on display, accepting this murderous man as he accepts himself. I am what I am: a morally bent movie-goer. [74] Read the full review

Following Chaney's life, leading up to the pivotal moment when he and America changed on 9/11, is riveting thanks to a quick pace and succinct information. There are many documentaries that go into the various facets of Chaney's years in greater detail: the war in Iraq, homeland security, torture policies, etc. The World According to Dick Chaney may be a documentary for the laymen, but it's a good and (mostly) fair one that leaves it up to the viewer to judge Chaney's character and imagine how things might have been different if he hadn't been such a Dick. [80] Read the full review

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