Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sunblogging: Day 9 of the Sundance Film Festival

I sure am tired of wearing 3 to 5 layers of clothing!  I’m beginning to feel like a giant marshmallow! The good news is that there was no snow today; the bad is that it is supposed to snow tomorrow night, Sunday, and Monday.

The Romantics was a disappointment.  Directed and based on the novel by Galt Niederhoffer who has produced at least two dozen films, it is the story of  a group of friends who gather for the wedding of one of them.  We’ve seen this film before, only others have done it better.  The ensemble wasn’t convincing as long time friends, there were some holes in the story, and Katie Holmes brought no charisma to her role.  It will probably be picked up, however, and be in neighborhood theaters sometime in the future.

The Weinstein Company announced the $1 million acquisition of Blue Valentine just about the time I was seeing it. It features strong performances by Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl) and Michele Williams (Oscar nominee for Brokeback Mountain) as a couple on the verge of coming apart.  As the audience watches the unraveling, there are flashbacks to the beginning of their relationship.  Slow at times and perhaps too long, it’s hoped that further editing will strengthen this film.

Vickie Kelber is familiar to many as an ex-City councillor as well as one who has served in many volunteer positions including work with Christmas Island Style, the Marco Island Film Festival, Citizens for a Safer Marco, the Marco Island Historical Society, and the Collier County Environmental Services Turtle Monitoring Program. Before establishing permanent residence in Marco Island with her husband George in 1999, for 25 years she was School Psychologist and Director of Special Services for the New Jersey Department of Education.

Vickie currently enjoys travel, photography, and as you can see, is an avid fan of films.

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