Saturday, January 27, 2007

Notes From The 2007 Sundance Film Festival

The 2007 Sundance Film Festival wraps up tomorrow, and as always, some great films premiered. Here are some of the standouts you'll want to see:

Chasing Ghosts. This film is my top pick, since it deals with a very important topic - video games. Specifically, classic video games, and how they became such a mainstay in our culture. Some of the top game players of the past are profiled, and are reunited for the first time in years. Also featured is footage from the 1982 Video Game Award Championships, an event that was nationally televised. This is a documentary, but don't let that scare you away. This is a genuinely good film that deserves your attention.

Finishing The Game. The search to find the next Bruce Lee is on! This comedy spoof takes a look at the process for finding a man to step into the shoes left empty by the sudden death of action star Bruce Lee. Set in the 1970s, the film explores the racism and hypocrisy in Hollywood from a lighter point of view. But it's certainly not a bring down - the witty comedy and 70s style make this one a must see.

The Signal. We all know that the media shapes our culture, right? Well, this film takes that idea a step too far. When a mysterious signal starts to be broadcast from every TV, radio, and cell phone, no one knows what it means - until it begins to turn people into psychotic killers. Suddenly, chaos ensues, and no one is safe. What's more, the signal is so powerful that some of the victims return as zombies (this was not the only film to include zombie undertones - it was a popular theme at Sundance and Slamdance). If you're looking for a film to scare you and make you think, this is the one.

For more info on these films, as well as everything else that premiered at Sundance this year, head on over to the filmguide on the Sundance website.

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