The Woodmans is a very strange movie about an artistic family who lose their perceived most talented member to depression and suicide. I say “perceived” because her art is masochistically self-directed and painfully exhibitionistic, whereas her parents’ are exuberant and delightfully outer-directed. I had bad dreams all night (no kidding). It’s so, so Sundance.
The Kids are All Right was another Sundance favorite whose alternative title, The Kids are Alright, means quite another thing, doesn’t it? It’s this year’s ‘L” movie and ends on a weird note that leaves the viewer and male character, Paul, played by Mark Ruffalo, the only innocent victim, grabbing at a column of air. I cannot figure out for the life of me why it’s so popular.
The Girl Who Played with Fire is another of Stieg Larsson's Lisabet Salander entertainments; a wonderful way to blast away an afternoon.