In the very first shot of Ass Backwards we meet our lead characters… well, actually, we meet their butts. True to the title, and the movie's spirit of weird women behaving very badly, Ass Backwards opens with its heroines Kate and Chloe squatting to pee outdoors, and it only gets wilder and sillier from there
When the Sundance Film Festival is happening, it can be nearly impossible to keep track of the films worth looking out for-- even when you're actually there. But now that the dust has settled and Park City has gone back to being a pleasant mountain town, we can finally get a look at the films that made the biggest impact at the festival this year
I was shaking by the end of Fruitvale, holding back tears and alive with anger, the knowledge that it wasn't just a trigger-happy and angry cop that killed Oscar Grant, but an entire culture in which young black men are distrusted and abused and considered expendable
The last film to win both the Audience Award and U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival was Precious in 2009, almost exactly a year before it went on to become a Best Picture Oscar nominee. Now history may be ready to repeat itself, with the intense drama Fruitvale
The Sundance Film Festival is finally coming to a close, with the awards ceremony scheduled for tonight and the closing night film, Ashton Kutcher's jOBS, premiering last night. It's finally come time to start taking stock of what we've seen over these breathless 10 days
The action at Sundance is starting to slow down, with most of the big films already premiered and the town clearing out, most journalists eager to get home (or stuck in an iced-over Salt Lake City airport on their way there). But Matt Patches and I remain ever stalwart, ever true, sticking around at this high altitude to bring you the latest
This year, apparently, there's a movie so similar to Little Miss Sunshine that the same studio, Fox Searchlight, was inspired to pull out their biggest checkbook. Jaws dropped here in Park City when the news broke that Searchlight had paid $10 million to acquire The Way Way Back, the light comedy that shares so much DNA with Little Miss Sunshine it's even got Steve Carell and Toni Colette in the cast.
Two years ago Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij took a late premiere slot for their film Sound of My Voice and seemingly took over the Sundance Film Festival overnight. Their low-budget, tightly scripted and mysterious movie was the rare Sundance film that seemed to immediately demand a sequel
As odd as the story can get, it's not at all hard to follow-- replace the pig-and-worm-based conspiracy with some other trauma, like surviving a bus crash, and it's essentially just a story about recovery, albeit one that takes every opportunity to throw the audience off with an unsettling closeup or narrative tangent
Sundance Video Blog #4: Paul Rudd In Prince Avalanche, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut, And More
When you're faced with a schedule as massive as varied as Sundance's, sometimes you have to pick which film to see based simply on the name. Whether that's the return of a director you admire or simply a movie star you hope to see in person at the premiere-- hey, that's your call
In Before Midnight, Richard Linklater once again teams up with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to give us a slice in the lives of Celine and Jesse, who we meet 9 years after the events of Before Sunset, as they are in Greece and… Wait, you don't actually want to know what happens next, right?
In a time of publicist-controlled images and fake reality TV personalities, it's good to know there's at least one star out there who wants to use his power just to fuck with your head. At this year's Sundance, that involved premiering two different movies in one might, both of them about kinky sex, and at least one of them featuring actual, unsimulated sex
There's a myth about Sundance glamour, mostly based on red carpet photos of celebrities in fur hats, or maybe press releases about how much fun everyone had sipping complimentary cocktails at a party. And yes, there's plenty of that happening around here right now, but I'm seeing almost none of it
From the very beginning, with its rhythmic montages of Jon's daily routine frenetically intercut with porn clips, Don Jon's Addiction is just as flashy and fake as the porn videos that Jon loves. That puts the entire film troublingly close to its slimy main character, pumping out the same stylized visuals even as Jon is supposedly out there learning that reality can be better
The most common of all Sundance Film Festival tropes, or at least the most exhausted, is the quirky romance between two attractive, young, mildly famous white people. It's easy to read that kind of plot description in the guide and roll your eyes, but then once in a while comes a movie like The Spectacular Now