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LAist at Sundance: Day 2

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Yes, that is Gob in the background. | Photo courtesy of Salty Features

I was planning to hit the Festival Press Office right when they opened at eight to jump into one of their four viewing booths and catch a quick movie on DVD, but fate (or more likely, last night's unusually intense hangover--I blame the altitude) intervened and I didn't get there until just after ten. Luckily, a booth was still open and I was able to snatch a copy of John Krasinki's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. I settled into my chair, plugged in my cell phone to charge and slipped on my headphones.

The film is adapted from the short story collection by David Foster Wallace of the same name. That collection is comprised of twenty-three stories, each of them detailing a different repulsive characteristic of its respective male subject. The challenge such an adaptation presents to Krasinski is obvious: how does one get such disparate pieces to cohere into a unified film? His solution is to create a locus for all of the stories in the personage of Sara Quinn (Julianne Nicholson), the grad student who is conducting the titular interviews.