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Sundance Film Festival: Fruitvale Scores Big After Gaining Distribution

By Arturo R. García

TRIGGER WARNING: Video contains footage from the shooting of Oscar Grant between :38-:58, between 3:25 and 4:02 and between 13:11 and 13:28.

Last week we mentioned that Ryan Coogler’s film Fruitvale had been picked up for distribution after becoming a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival. Now we know it’s leaving with the festival’s top honors, as well.
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Knives Chau vs. Bad Character development

By Arturo R. García

For the record, I found Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World to be more enjoyable than its’ box-office performance would indicate. It’s basically a next-gen John Hughes story, complete with relatively decent, if oblivious, suburbanite kids (aside from our “hero,” of course, but we’ll get to him in a little while).

The film’s biggest problem might have been Universal’s decision to push it onto the multiplex circuit despite expecting it to flop.* Which makes the decision by writer/director Edgar Wright (Wright shares writing credits with Michael Bacall) to adapt five of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s six Pilgrim stories into one film even more disappointing. As a result, a year’s worth of story beats fly by way too fast (admittedly, in very shiny fashion) and characters suffer for it. Particularly the film’s collection of Asian-Canadian characters.

SPOILERS AHEAD

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