If there was any tangible loss in a virtual Sundance, it wasn’t the loss of celebrity sightings and frostbitten extremities; it was the loss of a shared narrative on what the week had provided.
Our humble festival correspondent on Uncut Gems, Honey Boy, The Laundromat, Waves, The Report, No. 7 Cherry Lane, and the second half of TIFF 2019.
In September, several things happened in quick succession: I got a new job. I got new glasses. I got into a workshop. I called my mom at seven in the morning and said, “I think I have to go to Belgium in a few weeks,” and she said, “Yeah, that makes sense.”
There’s a question that has long been my personal riddle of the sphinx: what is “a Sundance movie”?
Midway through the festival, our intrepid correspondent offers his thoughts and recommendations
I frequently took my mental temperature after this year’s Sundance screenings, searching for symptoms of that dreaded ailment, festival fever. I’ve fought mightily to maintain critical detachment, but it bears acknowledgement that the following assessments were made during one of the most emotionally tumultuous weeks I can remember.
Your loyal critic-on-the-scene returns this year older and wiser, having finally gotten the hang of this 10-day endurance test in his fourth go-round.
Our intrepid TIFF correspondent wraps up his festival coverage with a look at new films from Guillermo del Toro, James Franco, Agnes Varda, Armando Iannucci, Martin McDonagh, and Louis C.K.