Sunday may be a day of rest, but not for the intrepid Cinematical crew, who cranked out reviews and posts between screenings and interviews. They weren't the only busy ones, of course!
Deals. Nothing closed, but Gregg Goldstein of Movie City News reported (very early) that David Mackenzie's sex comedy Spread, starring Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche, excited distributors because of its commercial appeal. The Jim Carrey "gay prison love story" I Love You Phillip Morris premiered tonight and distribs are expected to be circling.
Cinematical Reviews, and An Interview. Erik Davis says Marc Webb's 500 Days of Summer, with Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt, is "an anti-fairytale" romantic comedy. (Did you watch the teaser trailer? Fox Searchlight will release it in July.) Erik was super impressed by the teen detective antics of the Derrick Comedy troupe in Mystery Team, which he calls "a silly, stupid, ridiculous comedy." Paul Solet's Grace inspired the inimitable Eric D. Snider to opine: "If you are the sort of person who might enjoy an effed-up gore-fest about a woman [Jordan Ladd] who delivers an undead baby, you can rest assured that Grace lives up to its potential." Scott Weinberg wrote about killer trees, Nazi zombies, and a cool celeb .
James Rocchi interviewed Antoine Fuqua, director of Brooklyn's Finest, a few hours before the film sold to Senator Entertainment. James was cool toward Doug Pray's doc Art & Copy ("essentially, an ad for advertising") but warmed up to Sophie Barthes' Cold Souls, with Paul Giamatti giving "what may be his best performance" as an actor who stores his soul. James also saw a "French-style ... transgendered revenge comedy," and lived to tell about it.
Blog Talk. My favorite quotes of the day, if you have a few more seconds, after the jump.p>Beyond our fabulous Sundance hub at Moviefone, and the wall-to-wall coverage by indieWIRE -- featuring reviews by our friend Eric Kohn, among others -- David Hudson at The Daily (at IFC.com) is collating links to a wealth of reviews, as well as more general posts under the "Park City" theme.
My favorite quotes of the day:
"You have the voice of a hardcore dope fiend." -- Mike Tyson to The Bagger (AKA David Carr of The New York Times), within five seconds of meeting him. The Bagger admitted he is "a scary looking dude with a voice that sounds like a manual transmission lacking lubrication."
"As the lights dimmed, a chill went down my spine, as I somehow knew I was about to watch a phenomenal film." -- The unusually prescient Alex Billington of First Showing, who did indeed fall in love with 500 Days of Summer.
"... the MTV reality show's masterful manner of spinning diegetic commentary out of eye rolls taken out of context is left intact ..." -- The erudite Karina Longworth, Spout, reviewing The September Issue, a doc about fashion editor Anna Wintour.
"I don't know how to do all this and get in the writing time. I don't know how to do the writing and see the right films. I do know that items like this are boring to read." -- The always-honest Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere.