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Missing the ‘Dance

This will mark the second year in a row that Rene and I have not gone to the Sundance film festival since 2008. Not a long stretch either way you look at it, but for a while there we had a lot of fun in Park City meeting fellow filmmakers and movie buffs and enjoying the winter-y wonderland of Utah. Normally I don’t know that I’d miss it as much as I do, but the recent cold snap brings back the memories of the crisp mountain air that you have to breathe while you wait for the bus to come and get you over to the Eccles theater for your movie.

But Sundance isn’t the only film festival in Park City in late January, there’s also Slamdance, the alternative film festival! It happens at the exact same time, in the exact same city and the film selections are very different. I actually came across one today thanks to the site Topless Robot and wanted to share it with you. I really like fun horror films that look like they have some passion behind them and this looks really good to me. Kinda’ wish we could get over to Park City and see it.

See you next time!

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Trick ‘r Treat

Rene and I had a very mellow Halloween this year. Instead of parties and costumes we opted to watch Halloween movies in bed with the the dog instead. It was nice. On the playlist for the evening is a little movie called Trick ‘r Treat.

I like this movie for a number of reasons:

  1. It’s a fun Halloween movie! “Horror” has made such a dramatic turn to “torture porn” that I think most people have forgotten that horror can be fun and that you don’t need to feel dirty when you leave the movie.
  2. It pays tribute to the past while contributing to the legends and the lore. There is a whole “world” developed for this movie. In this little section of Ohio there has been horrible tragedy and gritty crime! The traditions of Halloween take center stage and are based on the actual beginnings of this annual candy fest, even if they are exaggerated just a bit. Both things work together to create a movie that is very easy to connect to.
  3. Sam.
  4. No “stars.” Recognizable actors? Absolutely! Good actors? Absolutely! Biggest stars – Anna Paquin and Brian Cox, and they’re very good at what they do, but they’re only in a quarter of the movie. It all hinges on story and talent – not names!
  5. They had to fight to get it out. I appreciate that a lot since I can relate. there’s too much story to go into here, but this page has the whole sorted deal.
  6. All the stories are connected… kinda’. Since it all happens in the same town on the same night, practically on the same block, there are lots of cross-overs between stories and filmmakers did a great job of making sure the paths all cross.

I agree with Fangoria that we have a new classic on our hands. It ranks up there as a holiday film that you want to watch over and over. Oh, and to you parents out there, it isn’t so scary or gory that kids as young as tweens can’t watch it – although the end of the werewolf story is a bit racy, but that’s you’re call.

Here’s the trailer:

See you tomorrow!

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