…Well, not exactly. But as part of his daily piece on the tragic buffalo wing shortage, Stephen Colbert reported about a major spill of buffalo wing sauce outside of none other than my favorite restaurant Archie Moore’s in Fairfield. This wing/sauce shortage is certainly a tragedy, but maybe Colbert’s mentioning will provide Archie’s with as boost in business. That is, because any time Colbert seems to put his name on something it turns to gold. Those grizzly bears have nothing on him.
Last month, I reported about how Jon Stewart’s hard pressing interview of Mike Huckabee about the issue of gay marriage earned him a spot as the most reliable name in news. Last night, he outdid himself once again. While interviewing Gwen Ifill and talking about Obama’s new economic stimulus package, he claims that the money shouldn’t go to the banks, but rather to the people who owe money so they can pay off their debts. He then followed it by saying this will happen in “a land of rainbows and unicorns.” I don’t know a thing about economics but, that idea is pretty brilliant. Could it work? Does this plan sound plausible to you? Why haven’t any other news anchors thought of alternatives? Is anyone in Washington (or the media) listening?
Ideas for remakes of classics get thrown around in Hollywood nearly every day. Most, especially when its remaking a classic, annoy me. Some don’t just annoy me, but make me very angry. Today, I found out that Independent studio Cypress Moon (yes, indie studios can make mistakes too) is planning an unnecessary remake of the 1967 classic “Bonnie and Clyde.” “Bonnie and Clyde” was known along with “The Graduate” for being one of the films from 1967 that broke America from its innocence and hinted at the growing counterculture movement. It’s lightning fast, excessive violence doesn’t fail to shock today and its story is still as entertaining as ever.
Okay, I’m not back in Westport yet. However, today was my official final day at Sundance. And what a bitter goodbye it will be. I will get to the overall reflections of the Festival in a little bit. First off, let’s reflect on the last day.
One of the many expectations I had for Sundance (besides meeting Michael Cera) was that it would snow every single moment of every single day. However, it was quite warm this week and the closest we got to snow was rain. So today I gave up on the idea of snow as I gave up on the idea that Amy Poehler would ever come back to the Festival. I decided to trade in my boots for my more comfortable Converses. I went to see a movie, wearing my Converses, and not long after a movie, Sundance was hit with its first snow storm of 2009. It would’ve been nice if I had my boots…but I digress.
My third day at Sundance started very, very early Friday morning; or maybe really late Thursday night (Not sure, my perception of time has been warped thanks to the two hour time difference and “Lost”). The day started with a late night/early morning screening of “Dare.” Despite the fact that I only got four hours of sleep following the screening, it was worth it. “Dare” is so far, and may end up being in the end, the best film at Sundance. “Dare” follows around three teenagers from Philadelphia as they go through their last semester of high school. The three kids are the good girl, Alexa (Emmy Rossum), the lonely outsider (and Alexa’s best friend) Ben (Ashley Springer), and the jock Johnny (Zach Gilford). The film is told in three segments, each segment focusing on one of their lives (but tying into the lives of the other two) and showing how each character goes from blissful innocence to painful maturity.
Today started early, but on a much cheerier note than yesterday. I arose before the sun did in order to get a good spot in the ticket line. My spot was decent, but thank God for ticket scalpers. Because of them, I was able to get myself a “Spring Breakdown” ticket (more on that movie will follow). I then purchased a ticket to the 11:30 PM showing of “Dare” tonight. Because of the late timing, my reaction to that movie will be in tomorrow’s post.
I will admit, for a film addict in the heaven that is Sundance, I was not too happy this morning. First off, I was two hours too late for tickets. That meant “Spring Breakdown,” “The Informers,” and “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” amongst others were totally sold out. Then, I found out that Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi had left just one day earlier along with John Krasinski and Amy Poehler. Blurgh.
As I speak, I am now sitting in my hotel room in Park City, Utah waiting for the Sundance festivities to begin (for me, at least). Tomorrow, I will be seeing “Paper Heart” starring Michael Cera and if God is on my side, I will also be able to run into Cera and interview him. Throughout the rest of the week, I plan on seeing “The Informers,” “Spring Breakout,” “Rudo y Cursi,” “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men,” and “Humpday” amongst others. Hopefully, I will snag interviews with the stars and directors along the way.