Jan. 19, 2006, 7:02 a.m. CST
by Negative Man
Jan. 19, 2006, 7:09 a.m. CST
Rather than old Frederic Wertham's pet theory, it turns out their just a couple of loser geeks like so many we know. "Wanna go to Aquaman's and play Gamecube?" indeed.
Jan. 19, 2006, 7:26 a.m. CST
by Monkey Butler
...that's a lot of pudding
Jan. 19, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST
These kinds of lists bore me. Unless you're actually attending this festival, the liklihood of actually seeing 90% of these films is slim to none. Yawn.
Jan. 19, 2006, 8:26 a.m. CST
I can't wait to see that film, with Eckhart as the lead in what looks to be a good 'big' film. Factotum came out in the UK a while ago, good stuff, Dillion is amazing as the Bukowski character.
Jan. 19, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST
"but most suck ass". reading quint's list only reinforces that impression.
Jan. 19, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST
You can see a lot of it, if you make the effort to search for it. I saw Robin's Big Date online after reading about it here and still got back in time to post second. Most of these won't be in your local multiplex, but if you can travel a mile or two their might be a film festival near you showing some of these. A lot of these films will get to DVD, you're not likely to find them at WallMart, so hunt for them online. If you really want to see them, you will.
Jan. 19, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST
English must not be my first language.
Jan. 19, 2006, 9 a.m. CST
You're right, I should probably put more effort into tracking some of this stuff down.
Jan. 19, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST
"Viva Zapatero" is not so much about the satirical show that was shut down after its debute, as it is about censorship in Italy and in other European countries. "The secret life of words" is a touching and well made melodrama, with people with deep scars in their souls. Robbins and Polley are great in their roles. Wim Wenders' "Don't come knocking" is better that the last movies by the same director, closer in spirit to "Paris Texas". Not great, but someway enjoyable. "The Descent" is good, too. The first half, before turning in a more traditional horror, is someway scarier.
Jan. 19, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST
And a "bigger" film, like Alpha Dog with Justin Timberlake, and Bruce Willis has suppressed the trailer everywhere.
Jan. 19, 2006, 9:40 a.m. CST
You'd think they'd want to get their film out there.
Jan. 19, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST
That is the film my friends and I are all buzzing about.
Jan. 19, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST
It's the truth. The "festival" aspect is long gone. It's an elaborate cattle drive now. And the audience suffers more and more every year.
Jan. 19, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST
Re: Don't come knocking and the comment "Unfortunately it's actor-written script holds it back in the realm of mediocrity" Really? Actor written script? Cause Sam Shepard, the Obie and Pulitzer prize winning playwright of over 40 plays and muliple screenplays is primarily an actor? He has always been a writer first, and a damn brilliant one at that
Jan. 19, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST
Wow, what an incredibly boring list of movies! Must have been some serious Redford cock sucking to get these movies into the festival. What crap. I don't think I saw one halfway decent or original idea in the bunch. Another thing, how the fuck do half these idiots get money for these fucking movies? Time to defenestrate myself. Let's hope it works this time.
Jan. 19, 2006, 1 p.m. CST
No, seriously, I would have been pissed if you ended up getting to go this year. I had the chance to go last year and had a fucking blast. Yeah, Sundance is an overblown, completely commericalized schmooze fest for all of LA to "vacation" at...but, if you are into the movies and realize that, yeah, it's eventually going to happen somewhere if Hollywood gets their greed hands on it, then you'll have a great time. If you can get into some of the overcrowded bars, it's fucking awesome. Just don't go to the ones that are sponsored by Maxim or some other magazine. It's like LA transplated there. Check out the local bars! Henry O's!
Jan. 19, 2006, 1 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST
Jan. 19, 2006, 9 p.m. CST
Directed by Ian Inaba, it follows the career of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and investigates the current tactics used to control our democratic process and silence political dissent. It also delves into the historically suppressed black vote during the 2005 Presidential elections in Florida and Ohio.... trailer as it were here: http://www.gnn.tv/videos/52/True_Lies
Jan. 20, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST
Good gravy, i thought that this festival was about discovering new talent. How can that be possible when you've got A-list starpower behind some of these flicks? Personally, i think mainstream Hollywood got scared of festivals like these. They must have thought that "Oh, God, normal people can start making movies!" So they're pretty much crowding out good up-and-coming filmmakers, actors and crewmembers who actually give a damn about getting discovered. What's replacing it are mainstream Hollywood actors who want to establish "street cred". Makes me ill.
Jan. 20, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST
What about Craig Brewer last year? Todd Solondoz a couple of years ago? Or how about Steven Soderberg, being probably the most famous. There is a kid who is 20 years old who is showing his vampire movie at Sundance. Yeah, the premieres are films with higher budgets, but scratch the surface and you can find some great, very independent, films shown. The premieres are not in competition, so the smaller and more personal films can be awarded as new talent. I don't think Hollywood is trying to push out smaller films to showcase films with larger budgets and bigger stars. It's inevitable that small films create a buzz, therefore making studios hear "cha-chings" and get doller signs in their eyes. Therefore, the selling out phase is under no one's control, even the artist themselves. Soderberg still goes back to his roots. Look at Bubble, his latest weirdfest movie he shot digitally. If you bitched about how everything is so "Hollywood", you would be wasting your time. You can go to these things and enjoy it without the glamour and glitz. It's like buying a copy of US magazine and then bitching about how stupid it is. It's pointless.
Jan. 20, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST
Really looking forward Giant Budda, The Illusionist, and Little Miss Sunshine.
Jan. 20, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
About a black African Jesus. I want to check that out!
Jan. 20, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST
by Jimmie Dimmick
What gives with saying Ryan Gosling can make whatever he's in better, but you haven't checked out "The Notebook" because Cassavetes did what exactly? Made one film you don't revere. so that means the rest of his work wreaks of shite? BTW, actors turned directors don't always make crapfests..."Reds", "Ordinary People", "Dances with Wolves", "Braveheart" -- all that sludge was directed by actors, wasn't it? ...Whatever, man.
Jan. 21, 2006, 9:36 p.m. CST
I just pulled this off of IMDB. I really want to see this, but will it actually get picked up? "I just watched this film at Sundance. Clearly the most challenging portion of this film for the audience was Gasper Noe's use of strobe for his part of the film titled We F--- Alone. A good fifth of the audience cleared out during We F--- because they were bothered by the strobing. During the Q&A following the film when asked why he used the effect Noe replied, "Because it looks better." The style used in We F--- Alone may not appeal to most audiences, but the premise of the film promised shorts by director's giving their impression of the world of porn and We F--- Alone was obviously Gasper Noe's take on the world of porn. Other engaging portions of the film included Matthew Barney's Hoist, which involved a man having sex with a industrial machine lifted a dozen feet off the ground; Larry Clarks Doc/ Porn, hosting try outs for young men willing to satisfy their dreams of being a porn star; Marco Brambilla's amazing short splicing together frames from his own porn collection. The rest of the other shorts mixed in seemed to lack depth and were rather bland with the exception of Marina Abramovic's vignettes on superstitious Balkan sexual behavior which was very funny. The movie is all that is promised and is an absorbing take on porn from these artistic talents. This isn't something to watch on a television and should be experienced in the theater environment."
Aug. 23, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST
by just pillow talk
but The Descent is by far the best one I saw, and I'm not big into horror. That kicked some serious ass though.<p>Who Killed the Electric Car was a decent doc, but Friends with Money was painful.