The Buzziest: The Sam Rockwell-helmed Choke was one of the first movies to find a buyer by midweek, as did Luke Wilsons Bucket List-y Henry Poole is Here; Anvil! The Story of Anvil, a rock doc on Canadas hardest working metal band left audiences screaming for an encore; the star-studded Hamlet 2 won the festivals heftiest price tag, a whopping $10 million, which set a record. But the brilliance of Ballast, a Mississippi Delta drama with an unknown cast, was the one thing everyone agreed on.
The Heartbreakingly Eerie: Incendiary. Michelle Williamss tour-de-force role as a grieving young mother who loses her four-year-old son and husband in a London terrorist attack became all too real when Heath Ledger died just a day after this well-received press screening.
The What Would Dad Do?: Colin Hanks and Jason Ritter starred in the battle of the Celebrity Offspring this Sundance. While Hanks Jr. is amiable enough, he just doesnt have his pops chops (the two short scenes Hanks Sr. and Hanks Jr. shared in the all-too-earnest The Great Buck Howard mercilessly proved that), while Jason Ritter, son of the late, great John, is infinitely more believable and likeableeven when hes playing a slacker video store clerk that obsessively stalks a female (and frequent porn-loving) customer in the oddly captivating Good Dick. Go figure.
The Bad: Phoebe in Wonderland. Ive read reviews of people loving this admittedly pretty look at an imaginative, troubled childs OCD obsession with wonderland (starring the latest Fanning, Dakotas little sis, Elle). An hour into staring at mom Felicity Huffmans distractingly unattractive brunette wig, I wanted to shout, Off with her head! But my lack of love for this movie may all come down to the Fanning clan: I cant sleep knowing that somewhere out there the Fanning Factory is churning out more of the saucer-eyed, goldy-locked, weirdly articulate little robots.