You win some, you lose some

As far as films go, today just wasn’t our day. We started off with the much-anticipated film Little Birds, starring Kay Panabaker. It didn’t live up to the hype, though. It left me feeling cold, and I felt like the conflict wasn’t resolved by the end of the film. I did think that Kay Panabaker and Juno Temple, the film’s main character, demonstrated the difference between a grounded character and a more flighty, reckless and free-spirited character. I think that the film will be a good source for my paper topic, which is based on the difference between a “leading lady” and a “best friend” in films. I enjoyed listening to Elgin James, the director, answer questions and give details about his troubled past during the q&a session after the film. Much of his past experiences influenced the themes of the film Little Birds, including the “strong women in his life” and his experience as a member of a street gang in Boston.

The second movie we saw today was I Melt With You. It was intense. The cinematography was great, but the theme of the movie was dark. Usually I can appreciate a disturbing or dark movie when there’s a plot, but the plot of this movie was not easy to relate to. Four friends (played by Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, Thomas Jane and Christian McKay) make a pact in college promising to all die simultaneously if in 25 years they have not turned out to be the people they wanted to be. Needless to say, they all end up killing themselves and/or each other eventually. Again, I left feeling pretty sick and generally unhappy.

Of course, after that we had to book it to the next theater, where we were seeing Vampire. We had to walk by a cemetery at night and in the dark after seeing an unsettling film. So we were pretty freaked out. We only made it through about 20 minutes of excruciatingly awkward dialogue and weirdly-angled camera shots before walking out of Vampire.

Luckily, David, Will and I were able to laugh about our day, which didn’t turn out the way we planned. But tomorrow is another day, filled with more movies and more fun!

-Gabriela Szewcow


About The Spirit of Sundance

A group of Elon University students experiencing the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
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