OK people – you hung in there, and this is it. No more Sundance till next year. Final score:
Kate – 30 (maybe 31)
Nan – 29 (she really came from behind)
How many families do you know that are into competitive film watching? It was a fun week. Thank goodness it is only once a year. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all my friends who came with. It was a blast. Movies with friends are so much more fun than movies alone.
Here are the final reviews:
Arbitrage (Premiere): If you want to visit with a schmuck who cheats his wife, cheats his daughter, cheats his friends, cheats his company, cheats his buyers, cheats the stock market, cheats the DA, this is the movie for you. The film’s not bad, considering.
Red Hook Summer (Premiere): This is the movie that my daughter didn’t want me to take my friends to because it includes icky sex. After some mutual discussion, we concluded that we had been exposed to enough in life that we could handle it. Yes, the sex was icky, but we did come out feeling relatively unscathed. It was the blood inducing beating that actually got to us.
Predisposed (Premiere): The description for this film starts out: “Piano prodigy Eli Smith has talent to burn, but he is constantly derailed by his troubled mother . . .” I had to go see this one, right? The mother, I ought not comment about. However, I can honestly say that Eli is not a prodigy and he does not have talent to burn. All artists have to promote their own work, but this was a clear case of false advertising by the film makers. And it barely even included any piano music, particularly the type that a prodigy would play. I want my money back.
Beasts of the Southern Wild (US Dramatic): I actually haven’t seen this one yet. Am planning on attending this evening at 9:30 after a 7:30 violin concert. If I make it, it will be movie #31 for me. It won the Grand Jury Prize for US Dramatic film. If you want to know more about it, Nan saw it earlier in the week, so check out her review.