Sundance 2007 | 01.26, 2:30 p.m.

In the Shadow of the Moon is a documentary about all of the men who made it to the moon, what the political climate was like at the time, etc. Also, it features never-before-seen footage of the moon and what the Earth looks like from its surface. Why don't they teach this stuff in school?

 

Last night I made it out to the Prospector just fine to see Interview, which stars Steve Buscemi (who also directed) and Sienna Miller, and is based on Theo Van Gogh's last film. Interview was entertaining enough-Buscemi plays Pierre Peters, a jaded reporter who usually covers politics, but is assigned to interview Katya (Miller), one of the nation's biggest celebrities. They don't get along at all at first, but due to a post-interview accident Buscemi winds up at Katya's apartment having a drink and continuing the interview (which is, let's face it, the dream of every reporter like Buscemi's character), and even being interviewed by her a little bit. And like I said, it is a pretty good film, but ultimately it is a missed opportunity, as a lot of plot contrivances, questionable motivations, and foreseeable plot twists kind of dumb everything down.

I said in yesterday's entry that if Interview started on time, was its listed running time, and if there was no Q&A, I might be able to get up to the Holiday Village in time to see the 10:30 p.m. press screening of The Ten, a film that has so far eluded me. Turns out that Interview did not start on time, it was longer than its scheduled running time, and there was a Q&A, so I missed it. What's more, if all of those things had fallen into place, I would have had to have made the walk from the Prospector in four to eight minutes (which seemed reasonable at the time), but when Interview let out I timed the walk just out of curiosity, and it was 15 minutes, so it looks like I was screwed in every way possible.

This morning I saw The Good Night, which, like The King of California, is a star-laden piece of shit. It stars Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny DeVito, and Penelope Cruz, and marks the third time (that I can think of) that Cruz has been in a movie about lucid dreaming.

They rescreened Snow Angels at 11:00 a.m., and I was tempted to go see it again, but instead I went to In the Shadow of the Moon, which has been very popular here (it sold for theatrical distribution shortly after its first screening at the beginning of the festival). Moon is a documentary about all of the men who made it to the moon, what the political climate was like at the time, etc. Also, it features never-before-seen footage of the moon and what the Earth looks like from its surface. I liked it a lot more than I expected to, and I was also interested to see how little I knew about the whole thing going in. Why don't they teach this stuff in school?

Tonight I'm seeing my last two press screenings of the festival, We Are the Strange (a midnight movie) and The Nines (the John August film I was disappointed to have missed a few days ago), and then tomorrow I applied for tickets through the press office for the new Christoffer Boe, Offscreen, as well as the midnight movies Sk8 Life and Finishing the Game, so I'll see as many of those three as they give me tickets for (likely only one or two). But then that's all for Sundance 2007; the number of films I have left to see total is fewer than the number of films that I saw just last Saturday. | Pete Timmermann

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