Colossal is Kind of a Big Deal

After scoring the only pair of tickets for this film in a contest from @SundanceTV, we rolled to the @SundanceFest premiere of the film at the Marc Theater. It was of course a full house and people were buzzing, but nobody really knew what they were in for.

After an introduction of the Director as simply ‘Nacho’ (Nacho Vigalondo from Spain), he came out and provided us with a very funny introduction of his film while informing us of his massive hangover from celebrating so late the night before. Nacho is a very charming and honest director who tells you straight out that both Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis’ team reached out to him after reading the script and is very ‘fake’ consideration of other actors that he might want to cast. He felt honored to have the two of them star in his film.

What starts out as a somewhat funny film about a girl who has been looking for a job for over a year who happens to be a raging alcoholic that never remembers anything she does, turns out to be a trip into a very surprising drama with a very unsuspected twist that is both clever and insane at the same time.

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Anne Hathaway discovers a future for herself even she never imagined.

The Director who likes being called ‘Nacho’ doubles as screenwriter and, if you’ve seen any of his other films, is a bit twisted, but in a very good way. His films are somewhat biographical as he writes what he knows.

The film starts out a bit slow as you get to know the characters, but when things begin to churn, things move faster and get dark fast.

The film is a departure more for Sudeikis than it is for Hathaway, but both performances are solid and both run their arcs. Fascinating enough that my mind never strayed from the film.

This movie is a trip. I enjoyed it very much and was taken on a trip I have not been taken on before. Original in film these days is not ordinary, but rather extraordinary. That makes this film ‘kind of a big deal’.

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Calm Before the Storm @SundanceFest

So this is what Park City looks like right now. It’s been snowing and windy, but today it looks peaceful. Sidewalks cleared of snow. Volunteers roaming the streets preparing for the real storm ahead. It’s called the Sundance Film Festival.

In one more day, this:

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Main Street, Park City, UT

Will become this:

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An evening at the Sundance Film Festival in Full Swing

Run almost entirely by hundreds and hundreds of volunteers, the festival has been growing the last 4 years. The mood has shifted each one of those years for various reasons. But, it’s still an incredibly fun and well done festival that I can’t help but go.

The Sundance Film Festival has the unusually good fortune of providing the festival-goer with a personal experience; allowing you to get close and connect to film crew, directors, actors. You’ll be exposed to new technologies and art forms you’ve never seen before – and in some cases you may never see again. Not because they suck, but because they are unique, one-of-a-kind experiences the artists chose to share at Sundance.

With any good storm, you’ve got your forecasters and your weather guides to help you navigate the turbulent events. In the case of the festival, your guides are your volunteers and they will all be wearing the same gear. The color of their gear and their uniform jackets change from year to year, but they’re not hard to spot and THEY ARE EVERYWHERE. If you need help of ANY kind, walk up to one of them and ask. They’re trained, knowledgeable, and I’ve never run into one in a bad mood.

Sundance Film Festival is funny, fries your brain, challenges what you think you know or believe, and is never short on bold style, crazy fashion choices, and colorful people!

Robert Redford’s commitment to staying the course and providing a venue where a unique voice can jump off of the page and onto the screen is endless. He’s witty, thoughtful, and smart. And for filmmakers and festival-goers alike, he’s considered an open-thinker, adventurer, and ground-breaker when it comes to promoting arts and artists alike with his ongoing @SundanceOrg workshops. The opportunities are endless.

Sundance Institute Workshops

Come to Sundance. Kick it with us. There’s so much to do you’ll forget about sleeping. And you’ll feel great doing it!

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The Shallows Blake Lively Oscar Jaenada Paradise

The Shallows – Scares Up Good Summer Fun

There’s no doubt from the trailers that Columbia Pictures is trying to draw comparisons to Universal Pictures’ classic shark thriller Jaws. My advice – don’t go in comparing the two and you won’t be disappointed.

The film doesn’t try to be something it’s not. Expect some good summer fun and you won’t leave feeling disappointed. It’s clear that Blake liked the script for the opportunity to show off her acting chops. She gets a chance to run the gamut of emotions in this film and handles it well.

It’s no secret the camera loves Blake’s post-baby body in this film and the director’s not shy with the number of angles from which he cares to show her to us.

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Blake waxes Lively in The Shallows

Director Jaume Collett-Serra (Non-Stop, Unknown, Orphan) does employ the eyes of Cinematographer Flavio Martinez-Labiano with whom he has worked before (Non-Stop, Unknown) and you’re in good hands because of it.

This film has some of the best underwater photography I’ve seen. Not only is it purposeful and effective, but it’s clear and beautiful. When you film at a secret beach referred to as Paradise, even gruesome can be eye candy as both director and cinematographer work together to prove.

Shark in Wave

The film has some predictable moments, but the soundtrack is ‘patient’ and builds the tension. There is a clear use of silence and sound here that will both provide periodic relief and give you some ‘oh shit!’ moments.

Blake Crying

There were a couple of moments in the film where I noticed some homage being paid to other film classics, but without sacrificing it’s own identity.

I’ve been a fan of shark movies, but I’ve been disappointed for decades. The Shallows trailer drew me to it – to give it a shot – the bright colors, Blake’s willingness to leave the safety zone with the film choice, go with no makeup, and play the vulnerable heroine.

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Blake Lively afloat with rage in The Shallows

The rest of the cast  are very likable. You may remember Óscar Jaenada from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Here, he brings real warmth and char to his character. The dialogue is real, the humor honest, and I never felt like I was being condescended to.

The Shallows is timely, just in time for summer – sun, surf, skin,scares, and some stomach turning scenes. Try not to look away. It will make it difficult for some to return to the water.

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