Sundance Report: Day 3 & 4

It was a great weekend at the Sundance Film Festival as some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars turned up.  In short,  two actors had their directorial debuts, the Twilight fans were out in full effect and Bill Gates even stopped by to say hello.

Day 3 Highlights

  • ‘Welcome to the Rileys’ had its first screening and Kristen Stewart fans went bananas! I’m wondering if they know she plays a hooker in this film?? Nonetheless, Stewart’s performance and the film itself received rave reviews from the Sundance crowd; proving that Stewart is laying the groundwork  to leave her Twilight past behind. ‘Welcome to the Riley’s’  is directed by Jake Scott and also stars James Gandolifini and Melissa Leo.
  • Also receiving rave reviews was ‘Cyrus’, not to be confused with the rumored Miley Cyrus documentary. Thank God. ‘Cyrus’ is the Duplass brothers film that stars John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener and Jonah Hill.
  • And marking his directorial debut, Mark Ruffalo screened his film ‘Sympathy for Delicious,’ which is also competing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.  The film tells the story of a recently paralyzed DJ named ‘Delicious’, and writer Christopher Thornton plays the films title character. The film also stars Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom, Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney, and has received a lot of buzz.  4 out 5 stars on the Sundance meter.
  • Also taking a turn behind the camera for the first time was Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who premiered his film ‘Jack Goes Boating.’ And I can’t help but wonder, why is this just now happening?  Hoffman also stars in the comedy, which is great because I’ve always loved him as a comedic actor.
  • And closing out Day 3 was ‘Entourage’s’ Adrian Grenier’s  documentary ‘Teenage Paparazzo.’ It was the spotlight film for the evening and opened to exceptional reviews. I hope this film finds a distributor because its sure to spark some interesting dialogue about today’s celebrity obsessed culture.

For a full list of Day 3 films click here.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Kristen Stewart came back for more, but this time with Dakota Fanning to premiere ‘The Runaways;‘ the Joan Jett film in which they both star. I’m sure this pairing sent Twilight fans into a full on frenzy. But all jokes aside, this film received some of the highest marks of the day.
  • And competing in the U.S. dramatic competition was the highly anticipated ‘Blue Valentine’, which stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.  From the synopsis it sounds like a modern take on ‘Revolutionary Road,’ but I guess I will just have to see to find out.
  • Writer/director Tanya Hamilton debuted her film ‘Night Catches Us,’ starring Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington (two of my personal favs).  Click here to see what Anthony Mackie had to say about the film.
  • And sometime during the weekend Bill Gates stopped by to say hello.

For a full list of Day 4 films click here.

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