Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sundance Film Festival '09

The Sundance Film Festival is a BIG deal in our home. Ryan has been going to it with his friends for years and since we got married (even when we were dating) I have been invited to come along to a couple shows. This year I get to go to 3 movies, 2 of which were last night.

Our first movie was 500 Days of Summer. It was AWESOME. To say that I love love love this movie is a huge understatement. I can't describe why, but I felt like I related to both characters at some point in my life. I really just dug everything about it, the music, the look & style, the clothing, the sets, the characters, the acting/cast, etc. 

Ryan and  I love Deschanel but lately her roles haven't been the best choices for her (Yes Man???). However, that all changes in this movie. She is fabulous. And Gordon-Leavitt was also surprisingly amazing. I was nervous about him because I only knew him from 3rd Rock from the Sun (the absolute lamest show ever) when he's all young, googly and has long skater hair. But he's all growns'd up and is perfect for his role in this movie.
Here's a brief synopsis taken from imdb:

It was a fun date night movie and surprisingly clean for a Sundance film (I think it will be released as a pg-13, but that's my guess). The best news is that it's already been picked up and will be released this summer. Yay!!! I can't wait to see it again. It was funny, witty, touching, and just all around great.

After the movie we went to Red Rock Brewery and got the NY Steak Strip salad (to DIE for!!!) and then walked back to the theater for our 2nd movie of the night, An Education. Sadly enough, this movie was not anywhere in the same realm for me. It seemed long, slow, poorly developed in storyline, lacking in character development, and all that. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Ryan and Patrick hated it as well, so it wasn't just me. I felt bad for Ryan because the screenwriter is Nick Hornby (wrote High Fidelity and About a Boy), of which he really likes, so this movie was a big let-down for him. 

Now we have Friday night and our final movie to look forward too. We'll be seeing Rudo y Cursi and are pretty excited for it. 

A big thanks to my brother Ben and his girlfriend Karen for watching that kids last night, and a pre-shout out to my sister Valerie for watching them this Friday. 


valerie said...
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Celeste said...

I'm jealous you got to go!! I'll have to be sure to see 500 days of summer. I've heard other good things about it too.

How's everything else? Did you ever get my comment on your post? I'm up for pictures anytime...just let me know :)