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LAist at Sundance: The Big Wrap-Up

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A quick shot of postcards from the Press Office. | Photo by Josh Tate

The first time I attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, I stayed until the festival's conclusion on Sunday. Never will I make that mistake again. While it did allow for a more leisurely pace, all the excitement (and most of the people) had left Park City by mid-week. So this year I once again planned an early Friday morning arrival and a late Tuesday night departure. I was able to see thirteen films, party three nights out of four and sit five feet away from Damien Rice during his amazingly casual concert at the ASCAP Music Cafe.

Of the films I saw, three were big disappointments (Grace, Big Fan and The Messenger); one was compelling but also mildly annoying (No Impact Man); one was funny but a little broad (Spring Breakdown); two were ambitious and flawed (Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Bronson); two were hilarious (Humpday and Dead Snow); and four were absolutely first-rate (The Cove, Adventureland, When You're Strange and Reporter). Of all the films I saw, The Cove was the true standout. It should be required viewing for everyone.