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    The 2021 edition of the Sundance Film Festival felt like a victory. I watched more films than I had seen in my 10 years before covering this festival, even though the festival was three days shorter than usual. (Yes, without travel time, lines and altitude sickness, it’s amazing how many more movies can fit into the schedule.) Look, I’m looking forward to returning to Park City in the future. But there was something neat about how the festival went this year. I had friends who don’t do this to watch Sundance movies, because through the Sundance website and app, they were available to anyone in the United States. Which made the entire effort feel like only a national event, which could reach Utah for a few days.

    Talking about the app, the Apple TV version was quite amazing. It was originally like a Netflix app, only it is for all these brand new Sundance movies. The interface of an app made a lot of difference (as opposed to just having these movies on a desktop and running an HDMI cable of shame on a TV) and gave the whole operation a sense of, “We know what we do Happened. “To be fair to earlier festivals, Sundance had the luxury of seeing what worked and what didn’t, but not sure that things would still go smoothly. But they pulled it off. It Is the first epidemic-era festival Actually Something captured the spirit of that festival. For that I hope they take some aspects of this into consideration. I don’t know how it will work, but the app and the online system they create is great for completely abandoning and coming back as before. People will still go regardless of Park City! I’ll still go! this one The competition! People like events. The Super Bowl is on television every year, yet people still roam the city where it is held. But it would be nice to be able to tell friends at home, “Hey, fire up the Sundance app and buy this movie because I think you’ll like.”

    otherwise alsoFor films. Here are thirteen films that fellow Aprox film writer Vince Mansini and I enjoyed the most from Sundance 2021.

    13. The jockey

    This was the one that caught me by surprise. Watch one of those last minutes before the festival ends. Clifton Collins Jr. plays Jackson, an over-the-hill jockey who is about to ride the horse of his dreams, but only when his body can hold it. Molly Parker plays the role of a horse owner, and wants it for Jackson, but also realizes that this horse is a once in a lifetime opportunity and for it to have the best jockey possible. Then a young jockey shows who may or may not be Jackson’s son. The world of jockeys seems to be caked with mental and physical suffering, with drama and heartbreak, they put their bodies to ride at the lowest weight than these incredible animals. This is a film that only takes time, is never overly dramatic, and immerses us in that world.

    Mike ryan

    12. Mischa and wolves

    There are certain genres of the story that I like very much as a fake memoir. Sam Hopkinson’s documentary tells the story of Meisha and Wolves, an illegitimate memoir of a Belgian woman who left the Nazis and lived in the wilderness, which became a brief sensation in the US and a runaway hit in France. It is amazing to see how reliable everyone was, and how Oprah was spared from recommending another fake memoir. The film leaves some open questions and it is a bit useful in some ways, but Meesha as a character reveals new dimensions. I will also buy a ticket for part two.

    Mancini wins

    1 1. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Decided to Go for It

    The remarkable thing about Rita Moreno is that everyone is of the Rita Moreno era. For me it was electric Company And I was very tickled that this documentary gives that era its reason. While watching, it hits me that I think we take Rita Moreno because she is always there. If he had won the Oscars, then he eventually walked away from it all, he would be spoken with an air of mystery today. We are all very lucky that it was not his decision. So, yes, the title of this film is appropriate.

    Mike ryan

    10. For eight silver

    The crop of “prestigious award films” of 2020 (don’t even get me started) showed a lot of overbearing cinematography in overbearing settings and in that context Sean Ellis For eight silver Immediately stood out, my fav or another fav fiction feature. Narratively it is relatively simple, like a sleepy hollow with werevoils, but Ellis’s temperament for detail and cleverness to maintain tonal balance is reminiscent of Robert Eggers (Witch) Or Ari ester (Midsummer), With well-timed love (and mucus!) Gore to rival Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room). At the time of so many “important films”, narrative and glorified stage plays as cinema, it was good to see an unbossed film-film. Give me all of the hot guys, schlock, and special effects.

    Mancini wins

    ९. Street Gang: How We Got To See Street

    Here I have one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had: a review I had already written, only to fit into the “Best” list, without copying what I said earlier. Therefore, saying that, there is a link to my full review of this amazing film.

    Mike ryan

    on the count of three

    I had my first hopes under the direction of Jarrod Carmichael and was not disappointed. This suicidal friend’s street film was shot during quarantine, but unlike many other films I saw that its boundaries were not immediately clear. It is a sub-90 minute film that does not feel mediocre and features Papa Roach’s best comic acting silicon Valley. And it doesn’t even have the funniest needle.

    Mancini wins

    Judah and the Black Messiah

    It is billed as a “film about Fred Hampton”, and is true to an extent, but it is more about how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers (William O’Neill of Lekhith Stanfield’s main character How), which led to the murder of Fred Hampton. there is too much Jesse James Killed by Coward Robert Ford About this film. In that Hampton is larger than life, whom O’Neill betrayed, then O’Neill will have to live with that fact, until he no longer does.

    Mike ryan

    ६. run

    Jonas Pohar Rasmussen’s film is mesmerizing. It takes a few seconds to be used for animation, especially as it is used in what amounts to a documentary here (a way to protect the identity of your subject). run The story of Amin, a gay man living in Copenhagen, moving from Denmark to Afghanistan is an annoying story of years and years. Official Danish records say that he arrived as a minor, by himself. The film shows us what it was told To say that human smugglers paid his family to take him there. (He would have been sent back if he had told the truth.) And his successful attempt was not his first attempt. It is a hard-hitting story of perseverance, combined with a picture of your entire history leaving the human psyche behind.

    – Mike Ryan

    5. in the same breath

    I am honestly surprised to recommend a COVID documentary, considering the epidemic is probably the last thing I want to think about now. But Nanfu Wang deserves a ton of credit for a documentary that feels like something he is uniquely qualified to create and feels that it actually adds insight to the biggest story of 2020. China and America love to show each other. How we are better, but as Wang points out, their similarities in how they handle the virus are more instructive than their differences. Likewise, Anthony Fauci is always portrayed in the mainstream media as an unmistakable saint or a horned animal in the CHUD-osphere (he steals your freedom and gives it to the Jews!), So it makes someone watch something. Was refreshing for Balance and treat him like a human being.

    Mancini wins

    ४. Pleasure

    Swedish writer / director Ninja Thyberg has so much cleanliness through the porn industry at LA Swedish of a Swedish girl that one of the many films starring Sophia Kapel was to make penises this year (Boners is Back, Baby! ). But it was worth more than a simple shock value. Probably my favorite fiction feature of Fest, not only was it looking great with the right casting and great performance, it’s very rare to see a story about the porn industry that is both yet un-sensational. It neither fell into the corn “porn is exploitative and will ruin your life” narrative nor “porn is a feminist rebellion.” Mostly it was a story about Shakti, with great cameos from real porn people, including the “Best Actor in Porn” Tommy Pistol.

    Mancini wins

    3. CODA

    Sundance hit! And new record holder for the selling price. The story of a young woman, who is the only hearing person in her family, living with her deaf parents and deaf brother this This year’s film Sundance. I always wonder if it really hurts a film, expectations wise. But it didn’t hurt the then-record holder of last year Palm Springs. And I’m sure the producers are CODA Don’t really care right now because they count their money. What is the surprise of all this CODA I will not make a deep call in any way. This is a very funny, feel-good film about just good people doing good work. And perhaps such is rare these days. But it put me in a good mood, which is not easy to do now.

    Mike ryan

    2. Heat of soul (… or, when there cannot be revolution)

    Questlove has given us a true gift, offering never-before-seen footage that was discontinued in Harlem in 1969 for over 50 years of summer concerts. It was known as Black Woodstock, but the actual Woodstock would be air with a larger cultural footprint, beating out this concert series at Zagatist. But Questlove is here to correct that. It is a matter of great pride, there are a lot of people who were there with some references, but sometimes a lot, sometimes taking themselves away from music. Questlove is sufficiently weak as a director to let the music breathe. And they are voices to behold and cherish and frankly, should be a bit annoyed as they have been sitting there for just over 50 years of unseen.

    Mike ryan

    1 is Sparks Brothers

    One of the best musical documentaries I’ve seen on a band in a long time. (And review Vince here.) Instead of trying to make this film so interesting, I direct you to this interview with Edgar Wright and Sparks, who do a better job of interpreting Sparks than I do Could do. It even takes effort.

    Mike ryan


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