Archives for posts with tag: Sundance


The trailer itself is a movie. I am very eagerly anticipating the release of the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, especially after the disappointment of On the Road.

Written and directed by Michael Polish, the film stars his fiancée Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas and Balthazar Getty. Set to premiere in a matter of days at Sundance, I wonder if it’ll be any good?


Leave it to Art & Copy to make me fall in love with advertising again. Like the prodigal daughter who fled the nest when I felt like assaulting the Go Compare man, I have returned to see advertising as an art form once more. Directed by documentary maverick Doug Pray, Art & Copy delves into the creative minds of advertising revolutionaries who gave us the ad campaigns Just Do It, Got Milk and Think Small.

For the first time for many of us we get to meet the people behind the ads such as George Lois, Lee Clow and Phyllis Robinson and boy are they are a fascinating lot. In a series of interviews, they passionately explain what separates good advertising from the bad.  ‘Advertising should be revolutionary and subversive’ and ‘it must start from a universal truth.’ There’s something to be gained when an ad surprises, amuses and makes you think. Now, if that’s the kind of advertising you want to make, Just Do It.

I realised when watching this clip from Ryan Gosling’s new film Blue Valentine that I have seen every film he has been in. I started thinking what it is about him I like so much and I think I’ve figured it out. Obviously, he’s gorgeous, I’ll admit that! But also, there is an honesty in his acting that I keep gravitating to. There is an ease and intensity to the way he delivers his lines and gestures which makes each role he plays spectacular.

When you watch one of his interviews, you can see why he’s such a good actor; he has a great understanding of every character he plays. He’s also without pretense which is refreshing. Below is such an interview, with Ryan and Derek Cianfrance, the director of Blue Valentine, discussing the film at Sundance this year where it was hailed as the one to watch.

Ryan makes an interesting comment about the audience responding, as I have done, to honesty in film which can come from an improvised way of filming. Gosling is completely right. I believe when watching a film,  ‘you just know when it’s real’ and you respond to it. They also delve into the impact of reality tv on the film industry and the strange disillusionment of leaving the cinema and returning to normal life. It’s pretty funny too.