MirrorMask – Reviews and News from Sundance

There was a long interview about MirrorMask posted on Rope of Silicon on January 31st.

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Entertainment Weekly quotes the following in their February 11th Sundance wrap-up:
…But it was another genre that dominated: Just consider the fact that all of 2005’s nonfiction feature Oscar nominees were Sundance films (including this festival’s Twist of Faith). Then factor in Fahrenheit 9/11’s $119 million gross. That formula made docs smart purchases. “Whether you like Michael Moore or not, he helped that happen,” says Throat codirector Randy Barbato. “Docs are a way to not spend a lot of money and, if you hit it out of the ballpark, make a lot of it back.” Thus, Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette’s The Aristocrats (featuring comedians telling their versions of the same gaspingly dirty joke) became one of the most coveted tickets. The doc sold to THINKFilm for $1 million.

“It’s weird the films you see that are reenergizing,” says comics scribe-cum-screenwriter Neil Gaiman, whose Labyrinth-esque film MirrorMask debuted at the festival. “The Aristocrats I’d have never seen without coming to Sundance. I came out of there walking on air.”

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Jeff Vice notes the following in his Sundance wrap-up in the January 30th Desert Morning News:

At the risk of sounding full of myself, I was right with my “sight-unseen” picks for promising movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The 10 films I selected in a column two weeks ago were pretty dead-on…As for “MirrorMask,” its digitally animated imagery may have appeared to be a goth version of “Alice in Wonderland,” but it was actually quite original. And it featured perhaps the most memorable musical number in a film at the festival, a rendition of the Carpenters’ “Close to You” sung by adult-sized Jacks-in-the-Box . . . er, Janes-in-the-Box. (The dance number featuring ax-wielding gang members in “Kung Fu Hustle” was a close second.)

Mirrormask also garnered a mention in Todd McCarthy’s wrap up in 1/29 Daily Variety.

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Sean P. Means includes MirrorMask in his Best So Far listing in the Salt Lake Tribune.

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<a href="festivals/sundance/2005/day_5.php
“>IOFilm interviews Neil, Dave McKean, and Lisa Henson at Sundance.

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A review is up at Reuters.

(Eden informs me this is the same review that’s at the Hollywood Reporter, but given that it’s Reuters it will possibly be a more easily accessible (and longer lasting) link. Thanks, Eden.)

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And two fan reviews from AICN. As always, keep the source in mind before jumping to conclusions.
http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=19253
http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=19254
(Thanks, Steve)

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