As some of y’all might know, I am unhealthily obsessed with the rapper, actor, director, businessman, Vitamin Water pitchman, professional Val Kilmer BFF and fashion designer 50 Cent. I find him fascinating in a wooden way and charismatic in an uncharismatic fashion.
My fascination with 50 Cent has led ...
Director/Time: Miranda July, 91 min.
Cast: Hamish Linklater, Miranda July, David Warshofsky
Headline: Pet-adoption freaks out hapless L.A. bohemian couple
Indie type: The International Tweexcore Underground
Report: In Miranda July’s second feature The Future, she casts herself as a dance teacher who has difficulty dancing ...
Today began with Li’l Jon angrily demanding that I, and everyone else in the club where he was DJing, do shots, or as he eloquently puts it, “Shots! Shots! Shots! Shots!” and ended with a half-empty screening of a relentlessly dour but moving French-Canadian character study about mortality and ...
When I attended my first Sundance Film Festival in 2008, I found the whole experience pretty miserable. It was bitterly cold, I got lost on the shuttle buses, I couldn’t find anywhere decent to eat, and the fold-out couch I was sleeping on was broken—none of which would ...
The 2010 edition of the Sundance Film Festival officially came to an end with the announcement of this year’s awards-winners.
Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: Winter’s Bone
Audience Award, U.S. Dramatic: happythankyoumoreplease
Grand Jury Prize, Documentary: Restrepo
Audience Award, U.S. Documentary: Waiting For Superman
World Cinema Jury ...
Director: Debra Granik (100 min.)
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt
Headline: Ozark teen hunts down her meth-cooking pop
Indie type: Rural genre exercise
Report: Half mountain noir, half mythological odyssey, Winter’s Bone is my favorite kind of detective story: the kind with no detective ...
Blue Valentine: Watching Derek Cianfrance’s excruciatingly intimate drama Blue Valentine felt like reliving the most agonizing moments of every romantic relationship I’ve ever had, but in a good way. It’s an almost unbearably sad look at the death throes of a crumbling marriage between housepainter Ryan Gosling ...
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Director: Banksy (89 min.)
Headline: Can anyone be a street artist?
Indie type: Gallery doc
Report: After a few days at a film festival, the movies inevitably begin to run together—but not in a bad way. It’s more like the movies start ...
Exit Through The Gift Shop: It’s hard to write about Exit Through The Gift Shop, or do it justice without revealing many of its twists and turns. That’s a damned shame, because so much of what makes legendarily secretive street artist Banksy’s directorial debut such a hoot ...
The Killer Inside Me
Director: Michael Winterbottom (108 min.)
Cast: Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker, Elias Koteas
Headline: Deputy sheriff loves to needle
Indie type: Neo-noir (smothered in gravy, Texas-style)
Report: Casey Affleck has become a specialist at a particular character type: the soft-spoken gentleman whose dark ...
The Runaways: It sometimes feels like every film about a famous drug addict is the same. It doesn’t necessarily matter where the addict came from or what drove them to engage in drug abusage. Onscreen at least every addict seems to lurch towards oblivion in a roughly identical fashion ...
Director: Chris Morris (100 min.)
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Adeel Akhtar
Headline: A cel of hapless British terrorists argues over what they should explode
Indie type: Talky, taboo comedy
Report: If veteran British comedy writer/performer Chris Morris has passed along one guiding ...
Before I left, I told my girlfriend that Sundance is nowhere near as glamorous as it might seem. That’s both true and false, for Sundance is everything. It’s seeing six movies in a day and foregoing even the most basic personal hygiene. It’s trudging through black sludge ...
The Company Men
Director: John Wells (113 min.)
Cast: Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson
Headline: Downsizing suuuuuuucks.
Indie type: Classy star vehicle with a point to make
Report: The cast alone is reason enough to see The Company Men, the directorial ...
Enough extracurricular foolishness. Today was all about the movies, and I've still got two more to go. Whee!
Teenage Paparazzo: Teenage Paparazzo gets off to a singularly unpromising start, as celebrity documentarian/maker of documentaries about celebrities Adrien Grenier waxes philosophical about how weird it is that he plays ...
Director: Josh Radnor (98 min.)
Cast: Malin Akerman, Josh Radnor, Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber, Tony Hale
Headline: It’s Complicated: Junior Edition
Indie type: Hipsters in love
Report: It’s going to be tough for How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor to avoid two comparisons ...
At Sundance you sometimes find yourself doing things that sound like the ravings of a madman. In a four hour span today, for example, I portrayed the planet of Jupiter for a Sean Lennon video, got a nifty free coat from Diddy and watched the world’s most advanced robot ...
So we’re back on the ground in Park City, myself and Nathan Rabin, getting ready for a solid week of politically charged documentaries and intimate dramedies—some of them either starring or directed by people you might’ve heard of. As always, Nathan will be surveying the Sundance scene ...
The 2009 edition of the Sundance Film Festival officially came to an end tonight with the announcement of this year’s awards-winners:Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic: PushAudience Award, U.S. Dramatic: PushGrand Jury Prize, Documentary: We Live In PublicAudience Award, U.S. Documentary: The CoveWorld Cinema ...
Well friends, it looks like my time here at Sundance is coming to an end. I return home tomorrow morning so this will probably be my very last dispatch from the front. Parting is such sweet sorrow though it’ll be nice to return to a world where there’s ...
BronsonDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn (92 min.)Cast: Tom Hardy, Matt King, James LanceHeadline: Most violent prisoner in the history of the British penal system makes kicking ass—and waiting to kick ass—into an art formIndie type: Pensive, Kubrickian study of anti-social behaviorReport: Here’s what ...
An Education: Noel has said that he’d rather see an overreaching C+ film crazy with ambition and audacity than a dozen B movies content to be merely solid. An Education, Lone Scherfig’s Nick Hornby-scripted adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir is the quintessential B movie that frustrates Noel ...
Big FanDirector: Robert Siegel (91 min.)Cast: Patton Oswalt, Michael Rapaport, Kevin CorriganHeadline: World’s biggest Giants fan has existential crisis after unpleasant encounter with his favorite playerIndie type: Shlub-watchReport: Perhaps when the career of writer-director Robert Siegel (a former Onion writer, but you all knew ...
I would like to apologize to you, dear reader for the unconscionably late nature of this post. The truth is I got completely blitzed at the premiere party for Big Fan and if I'd posted a Sundance Day 4 entry upon stumbling back to my hotel room I suspect ...
Cold SoulsDirector: Sophie Barthes (97 min.)Cast: Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, Emily Watson, Dina KorzunHeadline: Spiritually burdened actor puts his soul in cold storage, then ventures into the Russian black market when the soul gets stolenIndie type: Puckish head-trip laced with irony, self-reflectionReport: Paul Giamatti is ...
In my capacity as The A.V Club’s Wild Card/party correspondent here at Sundance I have devoted myself to cracking the inner sanctum of celebrity and delivering the Outside Scoop like the big homey Jackie Harvey. So far, I have done a piss poor job. Today, however I ...
Art & CopyDirector: Doug Pray (86 min.)DocumentaryHeadline: Advertising can be art, when done wellIndie type: Philosophical treatise on thing often taken for grantedReport: Doug Pray has made three of my favorite documentaries of the last 10 years—Hype, Scratch and Surfwise—so I was very ...
Well friends, in one of the more Sisyphusian endeavors of my misbegotten existence, I just spent a solid hour and a half waiting in line to get into a Mariah Carey hosted premiere party for her new film Push. The line was like a goddamned optical illusion. It was the ...
MoonDirector: Duncan Jones (97 min.)Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin SpaceyHeadline: Man on moonbase makes alarming discoveries about the nature of his workIndie type: Mumbly genre riffReport: I knew I was going to be on this movie’s side after its first 10 minutes, most of which ...
Because the Sundance Film Festival takes place at the start of each year, and is stocked with films that few people have seen, it's a more difficult program to navigate than the average fest. Attendees can easily find themselves blindly following the buzz—much of which is generated by ...
- Just For Laughs
- Man Of Steel
- The Kids In The Hall
- Game Of Thrones
- Arrested Development