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Quint and Rav preview the Sundance Line Up!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with my buddy Rav. Task-master Knowles gave us the assignment to give a rundown of the films that stand out to us playing the Sundance Film Festival this year. The Fest starts tonight, so keep an eye out for the first word on many of the picks below. Neither Rav or myself are going to be at Sundance this year, however, so we're depending on you guys going to let us know what's a hit and what's a miss.

Between Rav and myself, we've seen about 4 or 5 of the below films. On those rare occasions we let ya' know what we thought. We got a lot of movies to look at, so let's get down to it, shall we? I'll look like this and Rav will be...

like this!

Alpha Dog
Dir: Nick Cassavetes

QUINT: Nick "NOTEBOOK" Cassevetes' new flick starring Emile Hirsch (from THE GIRL NEXT DOOR) and Justin Timberlake. Word on the street is that Timberlake steals the show. Between this and SOUTHLAND TALES, we may be seeing Timberlake emerge as a real, honest to God actor. Hirsch plays a drug dealer (based on a true to life person) who gets caught up in a kidnapping plot. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone also pop up in the cast.

Rav: To be honest I'm not really the biggest fan of Nick Cassavette's, I've heard some good things about the notebook, but John Q left that bad aftertaste in my mouth that made me just totally steer clear of it. Nonetheless I've rewatched the trailer to this film up to an unhealthy level, it looks really good. Emile and Bruce look to give top-notch performances in it, but remember it also stars boy band bastard who put his dick in britney spears #24 and Paul Verehoeven/Joe Eszterhas vagina woman. Enter, but tread slowly.

Art School Confidential
Dir: Terry Zwigoff

QUINT: This film is a must see. Don't read about it. Don't watch the trailer if you haven't already... Just know that it's Terry Zwigoff directing a Daniel Clowes script, the two masterminds behind GHOST WORLD. You know the tone. That's all you need. See at all costs. Oh, and Rav can kiss my butt, the BAD SANTA hating bastard...

RAV: No more of that billy bob thornton jokey fat kid studio'y crap, Terry Zwigoff is back with Dan Clowes and doing what he does best.

El Aura
DIr: Fabián Bielinsky

RAV: Did any of you watch that John C. Reily movie Criminal last year and notice a really fucking great movie in that mediocre mess? Well somewhere in that muck was Fabián Bielinsky's original film Nine Queens which was easily one the best films of 2000. Bielinsky won a contest like project greenlight in which he was able to make queens on a low budget, this is his first film post-ninequeens. He's back with Ricardo Darin who is very much one of my favorite actors working today in the world, even though the only movie ive seen him in is Queens, he's just a fucking god in it. I want to watch this movie right friggin now, i'm jealous of every one of you with a ticket. I've got a copy of the movie, but without english subtitles, right now i'm kicking myself for cheating in spanish in seventh grade. Stay in school kids.

Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!
Dir: Nathanial Hornblower

QUINT: This is a doc filmed by 50 different people. At one of their shows, The Beastie Boys handed out 50 DV cameras to the audience and this film is the result, compiled from footage of all 50 cameras. Cool, eh?

Bob Log III's Electric Fence Story (Short)
Dir: Tinka Stock, Sebastien Wolf

QUINT: "Bob Log III encounters big difficulties in the Black Forest while trying to knock over sleeping cows." 2 minute short film with that subject line is more than worth the time to view. Screens with a film called FOOT FIRST WAY.

RAV: I think he means the foot fist way, but i'm too lazy to check these things.

QUINT: Yes, I made a mistake. Does it feel good to point out someone else's mistake? Mr. Perfect. See, this is why we can't go to nice places...

Dir: Clive Gordon

RAV: Peter Mullan is the fucking bomb, even if he's just acting in it. He's the worth the price of a dvd alone.

Come Early Morning
Dir: Joey Lauren Adams

RAV: You know this sounds like it could be cheesy, lame, and an all around waste of time, actor-directed movies tend to be that way a lot of the time. I'm rooting for this one though, I love Joey Lauren Adams and I think she may have a special hometown piece here playing in the dramatic competition.

The Darwin Awards
Dir: Finn Taylor

RAV: I don't know what to make of this movie, it's based off a website full of urban legends where people kill themselves in really stupid ways called They've opened up a part of the site this week devoted to the movie and the different stories they used to make the movie, god this sounds wacky, I can't wait to see this damn thing. This is the headline right now: "Picture Joseph Fiennes in wet leather, and Winona's character trying to get him out of it. A pink JATO rocket car. Metallica Misadventure! Finn Taylor's movie is good!" err this is one im reading every review i can find for.

QUINT: Sounds hilarious and look at this cast: "Joseph Fiennes, Winona Ryder, David Arquette, Juliette Lewis, Metallica, Wilmer Valderrama." I'm in.

The Descent
Dir: Neil Marshall

QUINT: Saw this horror flick from the director of DOG SOLDIERS at Butt-Numb-A-Thon in December and can vouche for it. It's one of the most intense theater experiences you'll have. Women in a cave run into some nasty creatures. Dark, tense and inventively shot.

Dir: Gaspar Noe, Richard Prince, Sam Taylor-Wood, Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Marco Brambilla and Larry Clark

QUINT: Think high class, arty porn. All 7 directors shoot a little story having to do with erotica. Bring the handiwipes and be sure to sit in the back row to avoid any chance of getting the back of your head messy.

RAV Don't know what to make of this, could be geniune fuck-gold 4000, but I thought I'd point out that one of their director's Larry Clark is premiering his new feature at Slamdance tonight, try and check it out at

Don't Come Knocking
Dir: Wim Wenders

QUINT: Rav and I saw this flick and while it isn't super amazing, it's really nice to see Jessica Lange doing her thing again. The story is about an aging Western star (Sam Shepard) who runs away from the set and tries to reconnect with his roots. If nothing else is playing against it, give it a shot...

RAV: It's a very well-made, well-acted movie directed beautifully by Wim Wenders with stylistic production design by Nathan Amondson. Unfortunately it's actor-written script holds it back in the realm of mediocrity and you have to endure Gabriel Mann singing a lot, and he really should never sing again.

Dir: Jason Matzner

RAV: Okay I've got a huge crush on Kelli Garner (Thumbsucker), so I may be just recommending this because anything with her on-screen for more than 10 minutes will make it in my DVD player. Nonetheless it looks like this film has lots of potential for being a festival sleeper hit this year, can't wait to hear your thoughts.

Dir: Bent Hamer

QUINT: Based off a book by Charles Bukowski about a low-life that kind of meanders through life boozing it up, womanizing, gambling... you know, all the fun stuff. Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei and Fisher Stevens round out the ca... Fisher Stevens?!? No shit? Huh... Great cast!

RAV: This movie is totally fucking bizarre and has a pace from hell, but I love it.

First Date (Short)
Dir: Gary Huggins

QUINT: You'll notice a trend in the short films I pick... one, they're really short. None of this 40 minute short film bullshit. Actually, at 20 minutes this short is as long as I'll allow... The other trend in these picks is that I almost always pick 'em by their short description. Here's the description for FIRST DATE: "A volatile ex-con will stop at nothing to keep a date with the underage boy he met online." If taken for serious, it could be incredibly disturbing. If played with humor, it could still be incredibly disturbing, but in a hilarious way. Lots of ways for this one to work. Screens in Shorts Program VI.

Flesh (Short)
Dir: Edouard Salier

QUINT: Another short playing in Shorts Program V. 10 minutes with this description: "The Empire unveils everything but sees nothing, and its enemies idealize everything but tolerate nothing. For some, the earthly orgasm of virtual whores, while for others, the eternal orgasm of 70 heavenly virgins." If that doesn't call out for 10 minutes of my time, I don't know what does.

The Foot Fist Way
Dir: Jody Hill

RAV: Okay firstly I'll let the description speak for itself: "After he attacks the man who slept with his wife, a tae kwon do instructor goes on a downward spiral that ultimately causes him to escape his feelings by going on a pilgrimage with his buddy and two of his students to see his hero, Chuck "The Truck" Wallace."

I'm quite convinced that this is going to be my favorite movie of the year. I'd fondle a monkey to watch it right now.

Friends With Money
Dir: Nicole Holofcener

RAV: I love love love love LOVE Walking and Talking and Lovely and Amazing. Anything Nicole Holofcener does I'm there for, unfortunately its the opening night film which always seems to never live up to the hype year after year at sundance.

Fumi And The Bad Luck Foot (Short)
Dir: David Chai

QUINT: 7 Minute Animated short with this description: "The story of Fumi and her extremely unlucky foot, which instigates a shotgun barrage, a wild moose attack, and infant electrocution." Oh hell yeah. And this was in his bio on the Sundance website: "Accused of crimes he didn't commit, David Chai fled to the wilderness to escape prosecution from the law, where he lives in peaceful animation with grizzly bears and raccoons. He hopes one day to clear his name so he can return to society and sit next to Scarlett Johansson at the Academy Awards. " My kind of guy. Hope his movie is as fun as it sounds. Plays in the Animation Spotlight Program.

The Giant Buddhas
Dir: Christian Frei

QUINT: Documentary about the destruction of two giant stone Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban who had issued a decree that all non-Islamic statues in the city be destroyed. These Buddha statues had been there, carved into a cliff wall, for over 1600 years. I think this is an interesting subject matter to follow in a documentary and I hope to hear some word on it from the fest.

Dir: Julien Temple

RAV: Looks like a typical music doc, but it's from the director of Earth Girls are Easy... bleh. I'm sure we'll see it at SXSW this year as they tend to take every music doco from sundance every year.

A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
Dir: Dito Montiel

QUINT: A coming of age tale set in the mid-'80s era Queens. Semi-autobiographical. It's supposed to be incredible and one of the films playing the fest that I'm really jonesing to see. It also has one of the best casts of any film at the fest: Robert Downey Jr., Shia La Boeuf, Rosario Dawson and Chass Palminteri.

RAV: Robert Downey Jr. is hands down the most interesting actor working today.

Half Nelson
Dir: Ryan Fleck

RAV: I'm really gunning for this one, Ryan Gosling can give one of those performances that just nearly saves a movie.

The Hawk Is Dying
Dir: Julian Goldberger

QUINT: Two words: Paul Giamatti.

RAV: Many words: Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams, Michael Pitt, and Jeffrey Levy-Hinte/Mary Jane Skalski (Mysterious Skin) producing. With all this talent behind the film, Julian Goldberger'd have to work really damn hard to fuck it up.

The Illusionist
Dir: Neil Burger

QUINT: Paul Giamatti again! The more Giamatti the better, I says. A tale about stage magicians in 1900 Vienna with Giamatti and Edward Norton (not to mention Jessica Biel and Rufus Sewell). Hrmm... THE PRESTIGE is going to cover similar territory, but you can't go wrong with this cast and cinematography by Dick Pope.

Kinky Boots
Dir: Julian Jarrold

QUINT: Another Sundance flick that Rav and I have both seen. I'm convinced I could make SERENITY a much more enjoyable movie for myself if I spent some time and cut in scenes of this film. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a big drag queen in the film and is really damn great in it.

The flick is kind of a serious TOMMY BOY, where a young man's father dies and he has to step up to save the factory. Instead of brake pads, our main character has to sell men's shoes. It's not until he meets Lola, Ejiofor's drag queen character, that he sees the market for durable transvestite and drag queen footwear. So the uptight British shoe factory gets a kick in the pants when they decide to make flashy sexy boots.

Nick Frost is also in the movie. He doesn't have a big part, but it's good to see ol' Ed show his face again!

Little Miss Sunshine
Dir: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

RAV: Great cast, I'm really expecting something good here. Steve Carrell, Greg Kinnear, and Toni Collette

QUINT: Two words: Steve Carell.

A Little Trip To Heaven
Dir: Baltasar Kormakur

RAV: I originally picked this film, just so i could make fun of Peter Coyote in A Walk to Remember and a few of his recent direct-to-video parts. Quint even left me a veiled message consisting of "????????????" Undoubtedly suggesting I cut this for space, but god damn do I feel like I may have stumbled onto something really good here. I think this could very well be one of the surprise hits of the festival this year. You can check the trailer out at: This Site! Every actor there seems to be giving bizarrely unique performances, I love Forest Whitaker's accent and the way he seems to be playing his role. Peter Coyote looks like a sleazy private detective out of a seventies italian crime film. Add in Julia Stiles and i think this is going to add up to something good, even though I have no idea what exactly it may be. It's always good to have no detailed expectations.

QUINT: Okay, I just watched the trailer, too and I like. That accent Whitaker is sporting is crazy nuts!

Lucky Number Slevin
Dir: Paul McGuigan

QUINT: This one is about to burst with the good word out there on it. Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman and Lucy Liu star in this film noir throwback. If I was going to Sundance this year, I wouldn't be missing this one.

RAV: It's got a great cast and a big budget, but i'm not convinced about this one. Paul McGuigan can be seriously hit or miss and I'm predicting a miss here.

Momma's Boy (short)
Dir: John Bryant

QUINT: This subject of this short didn't really jump out at me, that of a man bringing his fiancee home for Thanksgiving... mayhem ensues, however the filmmaker is John Bryant, a local boy and you know I gotta support Austin filmmakers! If that premise goes super dark or at least Griswald Family-esque then it could be a fun little piece. Showing in the Shorts Program IV!

Dir: Roger Ingraham

QUINT: This is a lowbudget horror movie playing in the Midnight circuit. I have no idea why it's called MOONSHINE because the trailer calls it a modern day vampire tale with no homemade booze to be seen. It's really low budget and obviously DV, but the photography looks really nice and professional. I'd see this flick if I was at the Fest.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Dir: Jonathan Demme

QUINT: Jonathan Demme documentary on Neil Young. I don't need to know anymore than that.

The Night Listener
Dir: Patrick Stettner

QUINT: A new serious indie starring Robing Williams, this time directed by BUSINESS OF STRANGERS director Patrick Stettner. Williams plays a radio host whose life is going into the pits. He begins a communication with one of his listeners, which apparently sparks off the journey of the film. Aside from Williams, the film also features Toni Collette, Sandra Oh, Rory Culkin and Joe Morton.

No. 2
Dir: Toa Fraser

QUINT: Our entry from the wonderful country of New Zealand about an older lady whose husband has died as she reflects on her life and decides to enjoy her remaining years as best she can. Ruby Dee plays the lead and with her real life husband, Ossie Davis, having recently died I'm sure her performance in this exposes much of her own soul. I'm really curious about this one, so if you head to Sundance and catch it, drop me a review.

RAV: Hooray new zealand!

Off The Black
Dir: James Ponsoldt

QUINT: This flick is another one with an interesting cast, featuring Nick Nolte, Sally Kirkland, Timothy Hutton and Trevor Morgan. The flick is about an alcoholic High School Umpire whose life is a complete disaster.

One Last Dance
Dr: Max Makowski

RAV: A movie about an assassin who is hired to enact revenge on a man that kidnapped an important guys son starring Harvey Keitel. I'm always up for a good revenge movie, this one sounds like it fits the bill.

Open Window
Dir: Mia Goldman

QUINT: Produced by Lasse Hallstrom, this flick has a feeling similar to that of A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, at least in the description. It's about a couple who live a quiet, calm life that is disturbed when an act of random violence hits them at home. The effects of this violence sends ripples throughout their lives. Robin Tunney, joel Edgerton, Cybill Shepherd (!!!), Shirley Knight and Elliot Gould star.

Our Second Date (Short)
Dir: Jennifer McCoy, Kevin McCoy

QUINT: This film... is one that exists to play with movie tricks, such as miniatures and the difference editing can make on a series of images projected at 24 a second. Interesting premise.

The Pity Card (Short)
Dir: Bob Odenkirk

QUINT: Directed by Bob Odenkirk of Mr. Show fame with this description: "Is the best place for a first date really the Holocaust Museum?" I am dying to see this one! Playing in Shorts Program I.

The Proposition
Dir: John Hillcoat

RAV: I've got a DVD of this pre-ordered already for february, it can't come soon enough. It's got a great cast (Guy Pearce, Tom Budge, Emily Watson, Ray Winstone, David Wenham, and John Hurt) and it's written by Nick Cave. Check out the trailer at Come on man, western's rule.

Puccini For Beginners
Dir: Maria Maggenti

RAV: I never really was a crazy fan of gretchen mol, but after the notorious betty page she's sort of playing on a whole different level now. Also Indigent always seems to have a great showing at Sundance every year.

Dir: David Zellner, Nathan Zellner

RAV: The Zellner bros. are like Austin short film royalty, its amazing with the amount of time's they shown films at slamdance, sundance, and sxsw, that every year they turn out well and are received well, but bizarrely no studio has offered them a multi-million dollar deal to sell out. It's only a matter of time.

Right At Your Door
Dir: Chris Gorak

QUINT: A small film starring Mary McCormack and Rory Cochrane about a man who hears on the radio that a bomb has been detonated. More announcements follow of even more explosions and the possibility of toxic gas sweeping across the LA Basin. The man decides to seal up the house, despite his wife being out at work. An interesting premise. I want to hear about this one, too.

Robin's Big Date (Short) Dir: James Duffy

QUINT: Here is the description: "Can the Boy Wonder tell the girl of his dreams how he feels about her? Not if The Bat-man has anything to say about it." Here is the cast: "Sam Rockwell, Justin Long, Callie Thorne, Josh Hamilton." I want to see it... Now. And Rav might just be able to make that happen...

RAV: you could just watch the whole thing here. Genius.

Dir: Jeffrey Crook, Joshua Crook

QUINT: Another entry in the Midnight series, this one a straight up horror film that has a girl waiting for a ride from her boyfriend. A stranger pulls up in her boyfriend's car and claims to be a friend of his sent to pick her up. The film is supposed to turn the conventions of the slasher films on its head. I'm really looking forward to this indie.

The Science of Sleep
Dir: Michel Gondry

QUINT: I really wanna see this. Michel Gondry and Gael Garcia Bernal. Rav'll tell you more about it below, but you really shouldn't need any more than that if you're going to be at Sundance. If you're going to the fest and haven't bought a ticket for this already, I'm ashamed of you. Easily in my top 2 or 3 most anticipated flicks playing Sundance.

RAV: Well if you haven't bought your ticket for this one I think you're up fucked river by now. I predict many hours freezing in the cold in your future in a never-ending standby ticket line. I don't know what to make of this project, but damn if i'm not excited. It's Gondry's first complete Gondry-movie in a way, it's going to be interesting to see how this turns out with his home-team crew and his own script.

The Secret Life Of Words
Dir: Isabel Coixe

QUINT: This is a love story between a young nurse who is caring for a man who was temporarily blinded and burned while working on an oil rig. The beautiful Sarah Polley plays the nurse and Tim Robbins plays the burn victim. The cast also includes Julie Christie, who I'm glad to see popping up more and more frequently in films.

Dir: Laurie Collyer

RAV: Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a recently released convict coming home in this dramatic competition entry. This is another one of those that you should keep your eyes on.

Small Town Gay Bar
Dir: Malcolm Ingram

RAV: A kevin smith produced documentary about gay bars? Uhh yeah, I'm there. Another one I predict will be at SXSW in march.

Dir: Jeremy Passmore, Hal Haberman

RAV: Okay I have to give special props on this one to Burnie Burns from for pointing out the trailer to this first at From The Big Lebowski's performance artist/landlord to Fight Club's injured bar guy this looks to be a character actor's gem with plenty of room for michael rapaport to shine. I would probably donate a kidney for this movie to screen in Austin next week.

QUINT: I wanna see it, too. And Burnie can suck a nut for taking home the purse at last Monday's Poker night. Thanks for pancakes, though!

Dir: Bob(cat) Goldthwait

QUINT: No joke. Bobcat Goldthwait's directorial outing, which is supposed to be a perverse tale about a young woman who drops some incredibly graphic details about a past sexual encounter to her fiancee that sends their worlds spinning. Very curious about this one.

Stephanie Daley
Dir: Hilary Brougher

QUINT: This one seems to be about a court case involving a young girl accused of killing her baby. The young girl is played by cutie Amber Tamblyn and her lawyer is played by Tilda Swinton. Could be a really great character study/court drama, could be crap. We'll hopefully get some word on which side it falls on before Sundance is over.

Thank You For Smoking
Dir: Jason Reitman

QUINT: I'm seeing this one in a couple weeks at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. I'll let you know my thoughts then... Here's Rav's!

RAV: I've rewatched this trailer 32 times, fuck you quint that you are seeing it in a few weeks!, grrrrr @ Roger Durling! take his ticket away or something please! If you havent seen the trailer yet check it out at

This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Dir: Kirby Dick

QUINT: A down and dirty look at the MPAA and the ratings system with interviews with John Waters, Kevin Smith and Darren Aronofsky, among others. This is also in my top 2 or 3 most anticipated films playing the fest. You lucky Sundancers have to let me know what you think.

Tis Autumn --The Search For Jackie Paris
Dir: Raymond De Felitta

RAV: I don't know about that paul reiser movie he just did, but god damnit Two Family House was a fucking great movie. Perhaps this could be something too.

The Trials Of Darryle Hunt
Dir: Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg

QUINT: Another documentary, this one about the man who spent 20 years in prison for a rape/murder he did not commit, despite DNA evidence that proved him innocent. I'm sure this is a scathing look at racism in our court system. If it's anywhere near as involving as the PARADISE LOST series of docs, then this could very well be one of my favorites of the fest.

An Unreasonable Man
Dir: Henriette Mantel, Stephen Skrovan

QUINT: A documentary about controversial politician Ralph Nader. It's a long one at 155 minutes, but it's got to be damned interesting. God, it better be at that length...

Viva Zapatero!
Dir: Sabina Guzzanti

QUINT: This looks really odd, described as a "ferociously funny documentary." It's about a failed show on Italian Public Television (RAI), which featured comedy sketches that often took big jabs on politicians, both local and of the world. Sounds like it could be really damn fun.

Who Killed The Electric Car?
Dir: Chris Paine

RAV: With gas prices as high as they are in this day and age, I can't think of a more relevant topic for a documentary.

Who Needs Sleep?
Dir: Lisa Leeman, Haskell Wexler

QUINT: A documentary that is spurred from the death of an Assistant Cameraman who fell asleep at the wheel after a 19 hour day on the set of a film. He crashed and died. Cinematographer Haskell Wexler directs this documentary which probes into the Hollywood system using behind the scenes footage from major film sets. This is another very interesting looking project.

Wild Tigers I Have Known
Dir: Cam Archer

QUINT: Weird ass sounding movie produced by Gus Van Sant and Scott Rudin about a lonely boy with a crush... perhaps a crush on some slightly older boys. The trailer on the official site gives the film a feel similar to A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, strangely enough, although it may just be the choice of music. Rudin and Van Sant's involvement in this makes me curious about the film.

The World According To Sesame Street
Dir: Linda Goldstein Knowlton, Linda Hawkins Costigan

QUINT: This doco follows 3 producers of Sesame Street as they take the show to Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Africa where they have to localize it for each area, integrating new puppets and indigenous songs. I grew up on Sesame Street, so this was an easy highlight for me. Not sure how great it's going to be, but I know I'd be seeing it if I were at Sundance.

Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner
Dir: Freida Lee Mock

QUINT: A doco that follows Tony Kushner, who wrote ANGELS IN AMERICA and was one of the writers on Spielberg's MUNICH. This guy is fascinating and I'm sure the documentary is likewise interesting. The doc shines light on the man and exposes some of his lesser known plays. Sounds great to me. Let me know how it is, you Sundance peoples.

Wristcutters: A Love Story
Dir: Goran Dukic

RAV: I love afterlife movies, on uncommon days I'll list Defending Your Life in my top ten fav's of all time. This one seems to be a bit darker, quirkier, and crazier than most others. Normally in afterlife movies people that commit suicide are either damned or have to work in the afterlife helping others as their punishment, it's really a nice alternative to have a film with them traveling in some sort of lost souls limbo. I'm really excited about seeing this one. Also it's got a great cast, Shannyn Sossamon, Patrick Fugit, Leslie Bibb and Tom Waits star.

QUINT: I love DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, too. You're not alone, my friend...

13 Tzameti
Dir: Gela Babluani

RAV: THis is suppossed to be an old school noir thriller in black and white, it could be the absolute fucking bomb or pretentious shiite.

And that's that. I'm sure there are some quality titles we overlooked. The real test of these films' worth will start tonight when audiences start sending in their reactions. Can't wait! Thanks for sticking with this long, long list.




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  • Jan. 19, 2006, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Man, so many films...and so many I find no interest in... It mus

    by Negative Man

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 7:09 a.m. CST

    So now we know the REAL reason Batman and Robin have been single

    by Prof.Ikamono

    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

    Looking at the list of all the films screening on the Sundance w

    by Monkey Butler

    ...that's a lot of pudding

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 8:24 a.m. CST

    So is this the annual list of movies we'll never actually se

    by Trazadone

    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

    The trailer for Thank You For Smoking is brilliant

    by ChorleyFM

    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

    to quote from south park, "some independent films are great..."

    by newc0253

    "but most suck ass". reading quint's list only reinforces that impression.

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST


    by Prof.Ikamono

    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

    I keep typing "their" when I mean "they're" or "there".

    by Prof.Ikamono

    English must not be my first language.

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    Prof.Ikamono, thanks for the tip

    by Trazadone

    You're right, I should probably put more effort into tracking some of this stuff down.

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 9:32 a.m. CST

    The ones I've already seen

    by Blueberry

    "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

    It's Interesting how a more "independent" film may have a tr

    by Prof.Ikamono

    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

    I mean of course the distributor has suppressed the trailer

    by Prof.Ikamono

    You'd think they'd want to get their film out there.

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Where's mention of STEEL CITY...

    by stlfilmwire

    That is the film my friends and I are all buzzing about.

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Nobody cares about Sundance except the industry

    by LaudnerGomez

    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

    Steve Carell: One Word

    by Sakurai


  • Jan. 19, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by blueman121

    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

    Same Old Shit As Usual

    by Thunderballs

    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

    Wow, Quint, I was going to bitch about how you get to go to beau

    by vinceklortho

    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

    NO, don't go to Henry O''s a clusterfuck.

    by vinceklortho

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Which one is Statler and which one is Waldorf?

    by docfalken

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Thunderballs, you could try opening the window first this time.

    by Prof.Ikamono

  • Jan. 19, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    Watch "American Blackout" @ Sundance

    by JA_Prufrock

    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:

  • Jan. 20, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by 24200124

    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

    There still is a lot of talent out there to be discovered....

    by vinceklortho

    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

    Agreed: Steve Carrell!!

    by PullMyFinger

    Really looking forward Giant Budda, The Illusionist, and Little Miss Sunshine.

  • Jan. 20, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Son of Man

    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


    by Matty-O

    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

    I've only seen a handful of those...

    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.