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Blackmail As A Driving Force

By Melissa Houghton In Christian teachings blackmail is not one of the seven deadly sins. Yet in film, the protagonist’s actions or thoughts stemming from non-virtuous behaviours such as pride, greed, lust or envy may serve as the underlying drivers of her motivation to commit other immoralities. In other words, the protagonist’s bad behaviour is…

Sundance Film Festival ‘19 – Day Six

By Melissa Houghton Day Six KEY PREMIERES: Corporate Animals, Little Monsters WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Luce, The Farewell, The Sound of Silence, Knock Down The House, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES:  Day Six Recap – Half-Fest A ended today. After some emotional see ya in 2020 hugs at HQ,…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Five

By Melissa Houghton Day Five KEY PREMIERES: Brittany Runs A Marathon, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins, Honeyland, Jawline, Bedlam. WHAT’S THE BUZZ, STILL? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Velvet Buzzsaw, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Five Rewind  Link courtesy of Sundance. Day…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Four

By Melissa Houghton Day Four KEY PREMIERES: Velvet Buzzsaw, Little Monsters, Clemency, Judy & Punch, Before You Know It. WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Velvet Buzzsaw, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Four Recap – I watched The Sound of Silence with Press and Industry before my shift. I saw…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Day Three

By Melissa Houghton Day Three KEY PREMIERES: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, The Report, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Honey Boy, Hail Satan? PERSONAL NOTES: Day Two Rewind – Daily recap video. Link courtesy of Sundance. Day Three Recap – I watched The Lodge…

Sundance Film Festival ‘19 – Day Two

By Melissa Houghton Day Two KEY PREMIERES: Honey Boy, Untouchable, Leaving Neverland, The Farewell, Ask Dr. Ruth, Late Night, Where’s My Roy Cohn? WHAT’S THE BUZZ? Untouchable, Troop Zero, The Brink, The Farewell, Leaving Neverland, Native Son, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Late Night, After the Wedding, Velvet Buzzsaw (coming to Netflix on February…

Sundance Film Festival ’19 – Daily Digest

By Melissa Houghton Day One Opening remarks from the Founder of Sundance Institute: “Having done this for, God it’s 34 years now since the festival started, I think we’re at a point where I can move on to a different place.” – Robert Redford KEY PREMIERES: After the Wedding, an adaptation of Susanne Bier’s Academy…