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Written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee, this crime drama begins with a 12-year-old girl in a school uniform walking into a lake with a determined yet resigned expression on her face. From her shivers and the clenching of her fists, it's clear this water is freezing, and as a Good Samaritan rushes in to pull her out, she confirms the lake's chill can kill. But why would this child want to die?
Up at the top of Park City's Main Street, Sundance's younger, funkier cousin has staked its annual claim alongside the larger festival. The Slamdance Film Festival is happening right now, and for an insider look at what it's like to bring your film there-- and how hard you have to work to promote it
48 hours can be a really, really long time at a film festival. You can see as many as 10 movies in that time, and if you're lucky, a lot of them will be so good that you won't want to stop talking about them. So for our first video blog in two days, Matt Patches and I had plenty to talk about
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
Nobody depicts dudes the way Green does, and making his way up from the nadir that was 2011's The Sitter, Green is back in fine and funny form with Prince Avalanche, a story about-- you guessed it-- two guys stuck together. This time they're on the verge of becoming brothers
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?
When critics were writing about Matthew McConaughey's renaissance last year, some of them were unofficially including Mud, the new film from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols that premiered at Cannes last year. It was picked up there by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate in partnership
Slamdance Dispatch #1: Halley Feiffer And Ryan Spahn Go A Little Crazy For He's Way More Famous Than You
The Slamdance Film Festival is happening right now, and for an insider look at what it's like to bring your film there-- and how hard you have to work to promote it-- we've got Halley Feiffer and Ryan Spahn to bring us dispatches about their film, He's Way More Famous Than You, which premieres today at Slamdance.
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
Sundance Video Blog #2: Crystal Fairy Is The Michael Cera Doing Drugs In Chile Movie, And It's Great
Crystal Fairy-- real name unknown-- is first seen jumping into the middle of a dance circle, a big mess of frizzy brown hair and too many bangles, moving way too slowly for the music that's playing. She's the kind of girl who's constantly offering to massage your aura, or insisting that everyone do a meditation before dinner
As you might expect, the point of kink (with an intentional lowercase) is to prove that people who are into BDSM are normal, functioning members of society. It also wants to clear up misconceptions that BDSM is “abuse.” It should be an eye-opening film-going experience.
One of the many features we’re keeping track of as the Sundance Film Festival gets underway is Wrong Cops, writer-director Quentin Dupieux’s story of crooked officers trying to dispose of a body. Any time a filmmaker puts out a movie about a homicidal tire (Rubber), they have earned our attentions for at least a couple more movies to see what else they have to say.
I'm completely convinced I've managed to overlook the one film anybody will be talking about 10 days from now. This is how it feels at the start of every Sundance, which remains such a unique festival because of its continued commitment to choosing movies that nobody sees coming
I've made it to Utah and I don't yet have the flu, which I count as two major victories even before the Sundance Film Festival kicks off. The first screenings don't begin until tonight, when films like Gael Garcia Bernal's Who Is Dayani Cristal? and Michael Cera's Chilean experiment Crystal Fairy hold their premieres
The 12-minute clip doesn’t show you much more than you would have assumed knowing the premise. We see Denham and Vicius’ characters being prepared to meet Marling’s prophet, and the teaser gives you an idea of Batmanglij’s eerie tone. The bigger question is this: Does this unconventional approach to marketing help sell you on the film? Would you like to see more films reveal their openings, or would you prefer to go into a movie cold?