I don't know about you, but I've grown a tad weary of all these complaints about how Sundance has lost the magic of "the good old days". Sure, parties and gift bags and Hilton sisters have the power to swipe attention away from the films, but the omnipresent discourse on the sad state of the festival does the same. The fact is, a lot of people seem to be finding a lot films worthy of passionate criticism. As the Sundance train starts to chug-chug off into the proverbial sunset, here are some notable bursts of advocacy and polemic:
Roger Ebert is incredibly enthusiastic about Warner Herzog's latest work, calling Grizzly Man "chaotic, hostile, deadly, harmonious, and brilliant."
Todd McCarthy has mixed feelings for Hard Candy, but the performance of Ellen Page "repeatedly astonishes."
Daniel Wible has virtually nothing but praise for one of the Sundance pics I'm most looking forward to, video artist Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know, over at Film Threat.
In contrast, The Globe and Mail's Liam Lacey rails against the cookie-cutter quirk-chic of Me and You, Thumbsucker, and other films in this year's dramatic competition.