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Sundance 2012 – Day Three

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Sundance 2012 – Day Three

Indie Game: The Movie
at SLC Library in Salt Lake
My Score – 93

This movie feels almost personal to me, having spent many years in the software development world and also having an indie game project with a couple of friends. Finding a way to wring the drama out of an activity as solitary as coding is an impressive achievement. The filmmakers culled through footage with 20 or so developers but showed off that old adage that casting makes a movie when they settled on their three main subjects. The creators of Super Meat Boy and Fez were a fascinating group to watch. This documentary is impressively paced and scored. I had high expectations going in and couldn’t have enjoyed it more.

3:30 pm
Beasts of the Southern Wild
at Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake
My Score – 92

Having just returned from a post-Christmas vacation in New Orleans, I was primed to love this love letter to Louisiana, and wasn’t disappointed. Given that the film is an exploration of a young girl who lives in extreme poverty with her father in a rural part of the stated called The Bathtub, there is plenty of room for this to be depressing. Instead the movie is a beautiful celebration of a unique and joyful community.

Two interesting notes: the first is how differently my wife and I responded to the movie. She saw it as a movie about a child in physical and emotional peril. It is worth mentioning that this was the second movie of the day that she was away from our 14 month-old daughter. Something tells me that the second part probably explains the first fairly well, but given the perils depicted, my wife’s reaction isn’t completely unwarranted either. The second note: if the bottle cap trick depicted isn’t the most efficient way that a filmmaker has managed to make me respect and like a character in a long time, I don’t know what is. Also, if that trick is remotely possible without movie magic, I want to learn how to do it yesterday.

6:00 pm
Filly Brown
at Tower Theatre in Salt Lake
My Score – 79

9:45 pm
Broadway Cinemas III in Salt Lake
My Score – 33

Movies seen thus far: 11
Today’s Favorite: Indie Game
Festival Favorite: Indie Game

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January 23, 2012 at 8:27am

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  1. […] were pretty high throughout. Here are my four favorites and three that you should avoid. Top Four Indie Game Score: […]

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