By S.T. VanAirsdale
Some of today's movie news of note from around New York:
--It's not just the temperatures in Park City that settled below freezing this week: The market at the Sundance Film Festival is the coldest it's been in years. I'll leave it to the experts (or at least to people who are there; SpoutBlog has a chart of what's sold thus far) to determine why, but proportionately speaking, anyhow, New York filmmakers have fared predictably well: Courtney Hunt's drama Frozen River went to Sony Classics overnight, and both the Chuck Palahniuk adaptation Choke and Nanette Burstein's doc American Teen made high-profile sales to Fox Searchlight and Paramount Vantage, respectively. You can read The Reeler's pre-Sundance interviews with Hunt and Burstein here and here; we are not cool enough for Clark Gregg's publicist, but join me on the high road anyway as I point you to his brief interview with the Sundance Channel.
--Reviewing Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's Sugar for IFC, Alison Willmore levies a compliment or a criticism, I can't decide: "The rare missteps in Sugar ... come as a bit of a relief, a reminder that they're not yet Brooklyn's secular answer to the Dardennes." Certainly, this news will relieve no one more than it will Fleck and Boden.
--David Edelstein may not have started the Juno backlash with his latest entry at The Projectionist, but he is now its unofficial godfather: "Diablo Cody might be one doodle that can’t be undid." Ouch.
-- Reeler contributor Vadim Rizov went to a packed Anthology Film Archives last Friday to check out Apitchatpong Weerasethakul's (a/k/a Joe) experimental shorts with the man himself in attendance. Apparently they were good, but did I miss the part where Joe speaks? Did anyone take notes? Pictures? Must I do everything around here? Come on, Tisch Film Review, get it together.
Posted at January 24, 2008 10:28 AM
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