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Sundance 2011 – Day Three

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noon
Vampire
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 40

A man wants to live by drinking the blood of others, so he forges suicide pacts, drains his partners of their blood, and moves on. Seems like an interesting premise, right?

Oh, how I wish.

Anybody familiar with Japanese cinema knows that they traditionally have a tolerance for a much more leisurely pace. Those familiar with anime or Asian film in general may have noticed a penchant for dialogue that lacks any hint of subtext and for piano-heavy scoring so maudlin that it is only about two steps short of including Open Captions for the Emotionally Impaired. None of this is missing from Vampire.

What is missing, however, is a native cast. And even though I have experience with the leaden pace and other cultural differences, the presence of English dialogue being performed by native English speakers provides just enough of a disconnect that I spend two hours wishing that the multi-hyphenate director would have let somebody with a bit of emotional distance from the project take a very sharp knife and cut about an hour out of the movie. That premise deserves some room to become something. Instead, it’s buried under an avalanche of Asian cinema quirks.

3:45 pm
We Were Here
at Broadway Centre Cinemas V in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

6:30 pm
The Guard
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 91

Closest analogs: In Bruges (even down to the star) and In the Loop. I enjoyed it more than the latter and not quite as much as the former, but extra points for being an enjoyable comedy at Sundance, and an extra point for appearing in my schedule after two downer movies.

9:00 pm
Submarine
at Broadway Centre Cinemas VI in Salt Lake
My Score – 83

Movies seen thus far: 11
Today’s Favorite: The Guard
Festival Favorite: Bellflower

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January 23, 2011 at 11:24pm

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