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I am at my third Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews. Follow me on Twitter @bayerjeff.
Sundance Film Festival 2017 Reviews
Plot (courtesy of Sundance):
U.S.A., 2016, 97 min., color
A young woman becomes obsessed with an Instagram “influencer” and moves to Los Angeles to try and befriend her in real life.
Director: Matt Spicer
Review: The films about being obsessed with social media won’t stop. They will keep getting liked, shared and redone. Thankfully, a quality filmmaker, screenwriter and cast will always be able to shine a proper light on the subject and that is exactly what Ingrid Goes West is able to pull off.
Ingrid (Plaza) has just lost her mom and attaches herself on Instagram to anyone who will give her a hint of reason. »
- Jeff Bayer
If Sun Tzu were alive today, he’d be on Instagram, and his profile would probably read, “Keep your friends close and your followers closer.” Certainly, that advice might apply to social-media celebrity Taylor Sloane, whose phony online persona attracts a sad-sack stalker in Matt Spicer’s darkly comedic “Ingrid Goes West.” A semi-ironic, yet still-empathetic “Single White Female” for the Facebook generation, Spicer’s squirm-inducing directorial debut understands both the pleasures and frustrations of judging one’s worth via virtual connections. If positioned correctly, it’s the sort of timely satire that could click with younger audiences — and further bolster Aubrey Plaza’s value in the title role.
All Ingrid Thorburn wants is friends, and the only way she knows to make them is online, via apps such as Instagram, where the word has been rendered meaningless. Ingrid’s strategy is to identify the most fabulous person she can »
- Peter Debruge
Sunday night, The Golden Globes were handed out to actors, directors, producers, musicians, screenwriters, and television show creators in a setting of inebriated debauchery that The Golden Globes are so well known for. While La La Land broke a record in total awards received, there were also a few surprises on the TV side of the awards.
The Biggest Winners
Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Tom HiddlestonBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Hugh LaurieBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Olivia Colman
- Drew Carlton
3 items from 2017
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