Above: 'Life in a Day' participants Hiroaki Aikawa and Taiji Aikawa. Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven grin for the camera. Vera Farmiga resurrects the super-comfy plaid flannel. Demi Moore doesn't realize stilettos aren't snow boots. Tobey Maguire gets a kiss. Rosie O'Donnell poses with Chaz Bono. Lauryn Hill sings.
Jenni Miller reviewed 'Submarine' and writes: "[Richard] Ayoade's experience and talent as a writer, actor and director informs 'Submarine's' every frame and allows it to blossom into something more than just another coming-of-age comedy."
Christopher Campbell fights the tears for 'How to Die in Oregon,' a documentary that "features no bells and whistles or big narrative surprises or interesting camerawork that gets most docs notice these days (though the excellent final shot/moment is a distinct and unexpected way to end). All it has, and all it needs, is a controversial topic addressed sufficiently and respectably."
He also raves about 'Life in a Day,' asking, "What is the wonderful and fascinating new documentary 'Life in a Day' about? Yes. What? Exactly. 'Life in a Day' is a film about what."
Erik Davis talks with one of the participants in 'Life in a Day.'
He also reviews Brit Marling's 'Sound of My Voice' and writes, "Is Maggie from the future, or is she simply scamming everyone who crosses her path? That's the biggest question in the film, and Marling -- along with her co-writer and first-time director Zal Batmanglij -- provide the most brilliant answer that will have you talking long after the end credits roll."
The deals continue to pour in for this deal-making frenzy of a film festival.
Lionsgate is finalizing a deal to nab the violent Lee Tamahori drama, 'The Devil's Double.'
IFC and Sony Pictures are partnering for the Pierce Brosnan–starring religious comedy 'Salvation Boulevard.'
While Dada Films has grabbed the U.S. theatrical rights to the documentary 'The Last Mountain,' in an additional deal for the film, New Video has grabbed the DVD and digital rights.
Roadside Attractions is partnering with HBO for the theatrical and DVD rights to the popular James Marsh documentary 'Project NIM.'
Motion Film Group, a start-up distributor, has grabbed the worldwide rights to 'Gun Hill Road.'
Sundance Day 8: Minute by Minute
iW calls Brit Marling a triple threat that no other Sundance actress can hold a candle to, before jumping into an interview with the star, producer and scribe behind two Sundance flicks.
Eric Kohn saw 'The Sound of My Voice,' one of Marling's films, and writes: "[Zal] Batmanglij generates a Spielbergian sense of wonder -- facing down forces that defy immediate rationalization, pitting them against cold objectivity, and letting the mystery linger with a sudden cut to black."
He also caught 'Like Crazy' and writes: "In Sundance terms, 'Like Crazy' qualifies as this year's 'Blue Valentine,' but it's more observational about the details of a doomed relationship than relentlessly bleak like the aforementioned Derek Cianfrance movie."
TWEETS, BUZZ & OTHER NEWS
James Franco preps for world domination.
The New York Times looks at the increasing sales and religious push in this year's slate.
The Independent thinks 'Perfect Sense,' 'Life in a Day,' 'Happy Happy,' 'The Future' and 'Submarine' are the films to watch from this year's lineup.
Anton Yelchin talks 'Like Crazy.'
The Los Angeles Times digs into the abundance of faith-themed films at this year's festival.
Cary Elwes says Katie Holmes is "very upset" about reports claiming that 'The Son of No One' suffered a mass exodus during its screening. Or maybe it's because sources say there was a "collective groan" when she appeared on screen. That girl needs an image boost.
Check out Tahir Jetter's short film, 'Close':