Sunday, January 18, 2009

Two good films from Sundance

Overall, I've not been super excited by the films I've seen at Sundance, until yesterday when we saw two excellent films.

After Antione Fuqua's (Training Day) Brooklyn's Finest in the morning, which was relentlessly dark, it was a breath of fresh air to see the documentary It Might Get Loud. The documentary is directed by Davis Guggenheim, who also directed An Inconvenient Truth.

It Might Get Loud is an ode to the electric guitar and three masters of it: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of The White Stripes. There was a stir right before the film, and Jack White came in for the screening. This documentary brings all three together for two days and they talk and jam together. The film also explores each musician's life -- how they got into music, buying their first guitar, and how they write songs. It was just awesome. It will be out in theaters probably in August of this year. Watch for it as it's not to be missed!

I'll tell you about Taking Chance in my next post, but I've got to run to another screening. Taking Chance may be the best film I've seen here, and certainly the most moving.

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