Sundance, Festival Of Contradictions

Sundance certainly still has the right to call itself an independent film festival, and it can’t be denied that the Park City hoedown remains a mecca for up-and-coming filmmakers. But this year, the festival also dug deep to reach new heights of comparatively safe, traditional Hollywood excess. “Welcome to Sundance, where a studio’s ode to a porno auteur’s independent vision earns thunderous applause at a world premiere stuffed with industry execs and billed in the festival program as an example of ‘bravery and courage.’ (Not just bravery, mind you, but bravery and courage.)”