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Broadway Centre Cinemas

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The majority of my visits to Broadway center around Sundance. When you spend enough time in a place, the good and bad reveal themselves pretty clearly.

I love the snack menu here. Short of serving a Brewvies-style full menu, it’s hard to imagine there being more variety. From the usual fare to Rico burritos and tamales and the delicious edamame, anytime I’ve found myself peckish prior to a movie, I’ve been covered.

I’m also a huge fan of the movie selection during the year. Between this theatre and Tower, the Salt Lake Film Society really does handle this niche in the film world very well for the city.

Downsides? Parking is a pain, and doubly so during Sundance. The fact that they’ve decided to jack the prices up during the festival has driven me to street parking in perpetuity. I realize that Broadway doesn’t control this directly, but it’s still a part of the experience.

The reason I’m off a fifth star? The seats. They are punishingly unergonomic, covered in grimy, stained upholstery, and the rows are placed maddeningly close to one another. If I don’t get an aisle seat, I can plan on my legs aching for hours afterward. Not a single seat in the house will stop my back from hurting after sitting in these seats for the length of a movie, though. If Broadway would reserve it for me forever after, I would happily buy a replacement seat for each of the two screens they use for Sundance movies, no lie.

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February 1, 2012 at 9:33am

Sundance 2012

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I just returned from a week in New Orleans, so lots of reviews on the way. In the meantime, Sundance approaches and here’s my tentative schedule of what I’m planning to see.

1/20
6 Wish You Were Here
9:45 The Raid

1/21
noon That’s What She Said
3:30 The Queen of Versailles
5:30 West of Memphis or Celeste and Jesse Forever at 6:30 if I can’t make the transition work
9:30 Red Lights
midnight The Pact

1/22
noon Indie Game: The Movie
3:30 Beasts of the Southern Wild
6 Filly Brown or 6:30 Hello I Must Be Going
9:30 This Must Be the Place or 9:45 Wrong

1/23
6 V/H/S
9 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

1/24
6 The End of Love
9 Room 327

1/25
6 For Ellen
9 John Dies at the End

1/26
6 Sleepwalk with Me
9 The Imposter

1/27
6:30 Safety Not Guaranteed
9:45 Luv
midnight Excision

1/28
noon Arbitrage
3 Red Hook Summer
6 Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie
9:45 Shut Up and Play the Hits
midnight For a Good Time Call…

1/29
12:30 The Words
3 Predisposed or 3:30 Robot and Frank
6 The Tower TBA

Sundance 2011 – Top 7 and Bottom 5

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Top 7

It was a good year at Sundance, as evidenced by the impressive number of deals that took place. Here’s a quick rundown of what I enjoyed and a few that I really didn’t.

Another Earth
Score: 93

Perfect Sense
Score: 93

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
Score: 93

BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Score: 93

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Score: 92

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times
Score: 92

Bellflower
Score: 92

Bottom 5

I have to admit to a bias up front: being a new dad probably made me extra hard on the movies that were not good, and left me without much patience for movies that took a ridiculous amount of time to get to the point. Every film had a lot to live up to when I considered that I could have spent the 90 minutes or so playing with my daughter.

I walk out of a good number of movies every year thinking that they need at least 15 minutes trimmed out of them, and that the work should probably be done by somebody who wasn’t involved with the production of the movie. This year, it consistently felt more like 20 minutes instead.

Vampire
Score: 40

Prairie Love
Score: 39

I Melt With You
Score: 31

All Your Dead Ones
Score: 31

The Oregonian
Score: 24

I didn’t have much to say about the movie the night that I posted the score; it had been a long day and, frankly, Another Earth was more deserving of the time.

During the Q&A after the film, which I stayed for out of sheer spite and the hope that I’d get to watch a filmmaker bask in the warm glow of universal loathing (I was disappointed; only me and the filmmaker’s friends and family stayed, so I instead got to hear him praised as a visionary), he mentioned his future plans. It turns out that this directionless, annoying to a fault, and sound designed to make you crave the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard film was made while a narrative feature the director wants to make languishes in development hell. He reported that if the narrative gets underway, he’ll work on that next. If not, he plans to make more films along the same vein as The Oregonian. I’ve never heard a more vile threat from a public microphone. Quick, decision maker, greenlight his other project; you’ll win on two fronts. It cannot be any worse than this film, and you’ll be like the man in the platoon who throws himself on top of the grenade to save his buddies.

Sundance 2011 – Day Ten

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Sundance 2011 – Day Ten

12:00 pm
I Melt With You
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 31

Spare me the woes of highly educated, financially secure, white American males. It is strange, but I’m fairly sure that Sundance has programmed a drug-fueled hedonistic film on the final Sunday at Rose Wagner for the past three years running. Maybe more. None of them have been any good. This might have been the bottom of the barrel.

3:30 pm
Win Win
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 89

6:00 pm
The Details
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 84

Movies seen thus far: 32
Today’s Favorite: Win Win
Festival Favorite: Another Earth

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January 30, 2011 at 9:38pm

Sundance 2011 – Day Nine

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Sundance 2011 – Day Nine

12:30 pm
Salvation Boulevard
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 83

3:30 pm
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

6:30 pm
Cedar Rapids
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

9:30 pm
The Son of No One
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

midnight
Hobo with a Shotgun
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

Movies seen thus far: 29
Today’s Favorite: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Festival Favorite: Another Earth

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January 30, 2011 at 2:28am

Sundance 2011 – Day Eight

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Sundance 2011 – Day Eight

3:45
Prairie Love
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 39

6:30 pm
Hot Coffee
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 69

This kind of advocacy documentary really only works if close care is involved in the construction of the arguments. The opening argument about the famous McDonald’s case is persuasive. In the middle of the film, though, the evidence starts to become muddled and less compelling. By the time the film is appealing to the viewer’s emotions by attempting to demonize binding arbitration by equating it with a KBR case of gang rape and false imprisonment, the force of the logic has waned. The film ends with a feel-good, your-spirits-are-soaring-now song and a plea for the viewer to not fall victim to media manipulation on the subject. I’ll bite: it’s just a coincidence that the filmmaker, an attorney, would hate arbitration which takes money out of the pockets of lawyers, right?

9:00 pm
Another Earth
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

Beautiful piece of speculative fiction that plays like a musing on the nature of regret and the need for redemption. I saw the eventual path this movie was going to take very early on, but it was so well executed that I didn’t mind a bit. This has been my favorite film of the festival so far. Those who enjoyed Moon or Hartley’s The Girl From Monday would probably like this one a lot.

midnight
The Oregonian
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 24

Movies seen thus far: 24
Today’s Favorite: Another World
Festival Favorite: Another World

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January 29, 2011 at 2:38am

Sundance 2011 – Day Seven

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Sundance 2011 – Day Seven

3:45
All Your Dead Ones
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 31

This premise wouldn’t properly sustain a 10 minute short. It’s been a very long time since I saw such a heavy-handed allegory that was simultaneously so boring.

6:30 pm
Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

Great pacing, extremely topical, and fascinating look inside print media. Watching David Carr make the case against the impending death of print media during an Intelligence Squared debate was worth the price of admission alone.

9:00 pm
The Woman
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 90

Movies seen thus far: 20
Today’s Favorite: Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times
Festival Favorite: BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey

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January 27, 2011 at 11:57pm

Sundance 2011 – Day Six

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Sundance 2011 – Day Six

4:30
Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
at Broadway Centre Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

Nicely brief, very involving mystery tale, and a perfect counterpoint to Shut Up Little Man earlier in the week. All of the excesses of the filmmakers in that movie are absent here, leaving a very pleasant taste my mouth when thinking about the impact of the documentary on the lives of those involved. Highly recommended.

6:00 pm
Perfect Sense
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

A imaginative, original concept that is very artfully executed. My only complaint is Eva Green, who looks as enticing as a tarantula made of hypodermic needles. It’s a tribute to Ewan MacGregor’s acting abilities that you actually believe he would find her to be warm and worth a return visit. This is what high concept film should be: well-considered, well-acted, and impressive in scope.

Movies seen thus far: 18
Today’s Favorite: Resurrect Dead
Festival Favorite: BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey

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January 26, 2011 at 8:54pm

Sundance 2011 – Day Five

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Sundance 2011 – Day Five

6:30 pm
The Ledge
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 59

9:45 pm
Mad Bastards
at Broadway Cinema VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 60

It would be an easy mistake to turn a family drama into a long, talky, boring affair. Unfortunately, the filmmaker chooses here to turn the movie into a long, predominantly dialogue-free boring affair. Substituted instead is the music of the Pigram Brothers, which is relied upon far too heavily and one song in particular used so many times that it went from a charming guitar-and-ukelele tune to instant eyeroll. My last hope was that I would be able to enjoy this as a glimpse into another culture, but even on that level the movie doesn’t have much to offer over any other film about economic deprivation, alcoholism, and people living on the fringes of society.

Movies seen thus far: 16
Today’s Favorite: Mad Bastards
Festival Favorite: BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey

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January 26, 2011 at 12:05am

Sundance 2011 – Day Four

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Sundance 2011 – Day Four

3:00 pm
Becoming Chaz
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 87

6:00 pm
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 86

10:30 pm
BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey
at Broadway Centre Cinemas IV in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

This tightly edited, joyful documentary made me happy, as did watching the subject interact with the four or five kids who stayed up very late to meet him and his red furry friend. Kevin Clash’s story is inspiring, the notes of his career are pure nostalgia, and it’s a crime of serious magnitude that his documentary doesn’t yet have distribution. Some lucky studio out there has the opportunity to acquire the rights to a movie that will not only sell itself but that has the added benefit of real social value.

Movies seen thus far: 14
Today’s Favorite: BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Festival Favorite: BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey

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January 25, 2011 at 1:06am

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