Obselidia – Review

Posted January 25, 2010 in


Sundance Film Festival

Director: Diane Bell

As technology renders objects obsolete with increasing speed, we realize more quickly that nothing lasts forever. George (Michael Piccirilli), an introverted yet studious librarian who refuses to move with the times, spends his off-hours documenting all things archaic with his VHS camcorder to catalog into his “Encyclopedia of Obsolete Things.” As he documents everything from deserted ghost towns to disappearing species, the savant, who still utilizes phonebooks and typewriters, is an advocate that love is “just a protein” and a perfect entry for his extinct material. That is until he meets Sophie (Gaynor Howe), a vivacious projectionist for a silent movie theater and the next subject for his expanding project. When an assignment calls George to Death Valley to inquire about an author’s belief in the world’s looming demise, the odd couple travels together to investigate and the quaint notion of "opposites attract" is put to the test. Newcomer writer/director Diane Bell has orchestrated a charismatic production of logic vs. emotion by assembling a stellar collective of actors with Piccirilli rightfully leading the pack with his unforgettable yet endearing idiosyncrasies. Easily capable of falling into a stereotypical and tedious road trip/love story trap, Bell perseveres with engaging dialogue, Liam Howe’s beautiful, accordion-filled score and eerily compelling cinematography captured by Zak Mulligan.

–Jimmy Martin

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Screening Times:

January 22, 2010 – 2:15pm – Racquet Club

January 23, 2010 – 12:00pm – Broadway Centre Cinemas IV

January 26, 2010 – 12:15pm – Eccles Theatre

January 27, 2010 – 5:30pm – Prospector Square Theatre

January 29, 2010 – 12:00pm – Egyptian Theatre