Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sundance Day 3 capsules

Men at war, men on the hunt and a boy fighting the power
The Yellow Birds (U.S. Dramatic) ** The adaptation hews fairly closely to Iraq veteran Kevin Powers' novel, which is part of the problem; the key way in which it diverges presents an entirely different problem. Alden Ehrenreich plays Bartles, an Army private deployed to Iraq; upon his return, he appears traumatized, a condition in some way related to the fate of his buddy Murph (Tye Sheridan).

Saturday, January 21, 2017

March on Main: Sundance Gets Political

Women's rights supporters protest Trump during Sundance kickoff weekend.
Thousands of protesters descended on Park City's Main Street—and many more straggled in late—as the always-complicated logistics of the Sundance Film Festival got even more complicated as the Women's March on Main took over the central hub of Park City. Comedian Chelsea Handler—who emceed the event—and actress Charlize Theron were among the high-profile names leading the procession from the top of Main to the Swede Alley flag lot for a rally.

In The Loop: 1/21/17. Gloom Other Than Smog

Events for you to check out from Jan. 22 through Feb. 4.
Hey, everybody! Let's be honest: You're either reading this blog in between moments at a film festival, or as some sort of escape from yesterday's nonsense.

Sundance Day 2 capsules

Kaiju, Russian doping, Toyko idols and more
Colossal (Spotlight) *** There's goofy high-concept and then there's goofy high-concept mixed with goofy allegory—and yet somehow it mostly works. Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, an alcoholic writer who get kicked out of her New York apartment by her fed-up boyfriend, and retreats to her upstate hometown, where she reconnects with an old schoolmate named Oscar (Jason Sudeikis).

Friday, January 20, 2017

“I hope This Momentum Continues”

Hundreds take to Salt Lake City streets to protest Trump.
A mob of marchers chanted out disapproval of Trump’s approval by white nationalists, his hardline immigration rhetoric and his ties to anti-LGBTQ voices, among other things.

“Now I Feel Like a Citizen”

Sandy resident experiences her first presidential inauguration as a U.S. citizen.
Just as America has entered a new chapter, so too has Elvia Perez Arizmendi, a Sandy woman who recently swore an oath to this country—much like President Donald Trump did today. Arizmendi, a Mexico native, settled among more than 100 people last November at the Utah State Capitol who took the naturalization oath of allegiance.

Writing's on the Wall

Graffiti inciting the murder of now President Trump appears on Main St.
Main Street Salt Lake City woke up today not only to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States but also to find someone had spray-painted a murderous instruction on the windows of a long-empty store between 300 and 400 South Main. A crime scene tech from SLCPD was on site around 11:15 a.m. taking pictures.

Sundance Day 1 capsules

An Inconvenient Sequel kicks off the festival.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (Documentary Premieres) **1/2 It might be hard for detractors of the original An Inconvenient Truth to imagine feeling nostalgic for all the PowerPoint presentation material, and yet here we are.  Where Davis Guggenheim's 2006 Oscar-winner backgrounded the biographical material about Al Gore himself in order to focus on the former Vice President's urgent message about climate change, co-directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (last year's Sundance doc Audrie & Daisy) make this follow-up almost entirely about Gore himself and his ongoing crusade, leading up to his involvement in the 2015 U.N. Paris summit.

Local Releases: Tunes To Film-dance By

Brand new music from No Sun, Filaments, Stop Karen and more.
Hey, gang! So apparently Sundance and Slamdance have done more than just command the theaters in town; they've completely taken over almost every music venue in town with visiting bands.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

GameTyrant

A look into the LAN party location before their next Street Fighter V tournament.
When this blog first started, the very first story I decided to cover was a major Halo 3 tournament being held at the Megaplex Theatres in the Gateway. Since then, I've done my best to give those of you who game for fun and for a living some kind of local source for all things happening with local gaming tournaments and developers.

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