Friday, January 21, 2022

Sunblogging: Day 6 of the Sundance Film Festival

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo

OK, Day 6 and, guess what?  It’s snowing!!!!!! It looks like a mini blizzard out there.  I am skipping an early film and won’t venture out until noontime.

Jake Scott, the son of prolific producer and director Ridley Scott, directed Welcome to the Rileys, which provided a break from his typical roles for James Gandolfini as a grieving father who takes a young runaway under his wing.  Melissa Leo gave another amazing performance.  The film also stars Kristen Stewart.  It was another good festival entry.

It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, written and directed by Bend it Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha is an entertaining spoof  with a wacky performance by Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lightly).  Typically, I don’t like films where you have to suspend belief. Once I  accepted the film for what it was, I sat back and laughed along with the rest of the audience.  It tells the story of a mother whose obsession about finding a husband for her daughter goes to murderous lengths.

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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