The fun part though, was a game shoved to the back for optimum playing mode called Yoostar2. Featuring movie clips and integrating the Xbox Kinect or the PS3 “Eye” camera, it literally pits you right into the middle of the movies. You watch the clip, ready your lines then it’s lights, camera, action. Your score is based on reenacting the scene by reciting the dialogue. This is something that could convince me to finally invest in either the Xbox or PS3 in the future. Unfortunately I was unable to make it to the Burton House lounge but did get to stop by and say hi to the hosts of Talking Pictures, my friends Tony Toscano and Rich Bonaduce (who happened to swag me with some Pugs sunglasses).
In hindsight, this year was a smashing success on all fronts. Fantastic weather, great films with only one solid dud, it made me very pleased to have been able to bring Blog Critics its second (hopefully) annual coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. Be on the look out for all of the films I’ve reviewed as it seems that by now they’ve all been picked up by studios ranging from IFC Films to Paramount Pictures. Between the film selections at the festival and how surprisingly good the rest of the movies brought our way for a nice January change of pace, here’s to a solid year and fingers crossed that the good times keep on rolling.
And finally, of course, here are the awards:
Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Drama: Like Crazy, directed by Drake Doremus
Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Documentary: How to Die in Oregon, directed by Peter D. Richardson
Directing Award, Dramatic: Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Directing Award US Documentary: Jon Foy, Resurrect Dead; The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Sam Levinson, Another Happy Day
US Documentary Editing Award: If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Matthew Hamachek and Marshall Curry
Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Film: Mike Cahill Brit Marling, Another Earth
Excellence in Cinematography, US Dramatic Film, Bradford Young, Pariah
Excellence in Cinematography, Documentary: Eric Strauss, Ryan Hill, Peter Hutchens, The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Special Jury Prize, Acting, Dramatic Film: Felicity Jones, Like Crazy
Special Jury Prize Documentary: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, directed by Constance Marks
US Dramatic Competition Audience Award: Circumstance, directed by Maryam Keshavarz
US Documentary Compettion Audience Award: Buck, directed by Cindy Meehl