James White Sundance Review -- An Emotionally Resonant and Accomplished First Feature From Josh Mond

January 28, 2015 2:23 PM

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James White Sundance Review -- An Emotionally Resonant and Accomplished First Feature From Josh Mond

By the end of the first scene in "James White" (dir. Josh Mond), I hated the main character as much as he seemed to hate himself. As he stumbled through an after-hours club -- sweaty, horny and loaded -- I couldn't help but wonder, "Is this going to be a two-hour exercise in torturous white-boy self-indulgence?" The answer is: absolutely not. "James White" is an intimate and memorable indie that is as accomplished as it is emotionally resonant. Standing high above the rest of the films I saw at Sundance this year, Mond's directorial debut is a must-see.

When mining one's own experience into a film, it is easy to fall into well-worn traps: an avoidance of deeper issues, sugar coating the main characters and succumbing to tangential storylines. Despite the fact that the script is based closely on Mond's real-life experience, "James White" suffered no...

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