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Quint's going to Sundance and has a look at his most anticipated movies playing the fest!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. For the last three to four weeks I’ve been planning Sundance… as best I can. I’ll be on the ground with my faithful Kraken at my side in the freezing cold watching as many movies as I can from January 21st-January 31st. I’m at the point in my scheduling where interviews are starting to be locked, which always fucks up my careful plotting and sends my poor little list into chaos. That always happens with Sundance, but it is my goal to get as much done there as humanly possible. The programming appears to be exceptionally grand this year and I wanted to give you guys a little preview of what I’m most looking forward to. You’ll see a few familiar filmmakers and actors in the mix this year, which is sure to spark some “Fuck Sundance, it used to be about true independent film!” catcalls. To that I can only respond with a sincere “Bullshit!” At the end of the day Sundance is a film festival and is there to celebrate film, so its first priority has to be to program quality films. Of course, there are a ton of docs and first films in the line-up, which is good as Sundance’s secondary priority should be taking advantage of its status as being a “Buyer’s festival,” which means distributors and studios are crawling all over the place looking for the next LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE or RESERVOIR DOGS and a lot of young filmmakers’ dreams are made. But first and foremost on the programmers’ minds should be nabbing good movies. If this year’s schedule lives up to its promise it could be a legendary Sundance. If you have a film or short playing either Sundance or Slamdance drop me an email and give me a heads up. I won’t be covering Slamdance during my time there, but if I pick up a screener or two for some good movies I’ll cover them as well. One last thing before we get going… this isn’t the end all be all rundown of everything playing. These are all movies that have priority for me. If I can work some miracles I’d be watching every one of these movies. And I’ll usually add others to the list as the fest goes on and word of mouth spreads. Let’s take a look at the nearly 40 flicks I’m most anticipating, shall we?

Howl– James Franco, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Treat Williams and David Strathairn star in this film about Allen Ginsberg’s obscenity trial. Howl kicks off Sundance and is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Epstein having directed the original 1984 documentary on Harvey Milk.

Double Take– Get this… First time feature filmmaker Johan Grimonprez casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor living in Cold War times who sees a double of himself… I would assume the Alfred Hitchcock we all know… Using TV footage from the period Grimonprez also, apparently, casts John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Khruschev. Tell me you don’t want to watch that movie after seeing the above trailer.

Hesher– The cast on Hesher alone is worth every effort to see this movie. You got Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie and John Carroll Lynch in this story about a self-tattooed, long haired anarchist (Gordon-Levitt) who moves out of his van (down by the river?) and into the home of a grieving family, mourning the loss of the wife and mother. From Spencer Susser, the director of the neat zombie short I LOVE SARAH JANE (click here to watch the short!) comes this “darkly humorous” film.

Boy– From Eagle Vs. Shark’s Taika Waititi this movie is a coming of age in 1980s New Zealand flick about a boy (naturally) who grows up without his father. At the age of 11 his dad inexplicably shows up and is far from the heroic mental placeholder the kid envisioned. Looks cute, kind of in the same vein as SON OF RAMBOW.

Please Give– Writer/director Nicole Holofcener (LOVELY & AMAZING) brings us this Catherine Keener/Oliver Platt comedy about a New York couple raising a teenage daughter who want to expand their apartment. They work out a deal to buy the unit next to theirs, but they first have to wait for the elderly lady who occupies it to croak… which becomes slightly more complicated after they get to know her and her family.

Enter the Void– IRREVERSIBLE’s Gaspar Noe’s Torongo hit makes its way to Park City. Moriarty saw this and flipped for it… it’s about a drug-dealing teenager who makes a promise to his sister that he will never abandon her…and shortly thereafter is shot down by the Po-Po. Trying to keep his word, the teen’s spirit (heh) watches over his sister as the spirit world grows stranger and hallucinatory around him. Check out the teaser above, which looks like it could have been made by Kubrick.

Animal Kingdom– Guy Pearce and Joel Edgerton Aussie crime story from the writer of above-mentioned Sundance flick HESHER (as well as the zombie short I Love Sarah Jane). I’m a big fan of Guy Pearce (who isn’t?) and loved Joel Edgerton in another fest-hit Aussie crime story called THE SQUARE, so yeah. I’ll see this one.

The Company Men from The Company Men on Vimeo.

The Company Men– Even with the surprising A-list cast (including Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello and Craig T. Nelson) what caught my eye and made this a must-watch flick for me was the name Roger Deakins. If you don’t recognize it, you’d recognize his work as one of the industry’s best cinematographers having shot almost every Coen Bros movie from Barton Fink on as well as The Shawshank Redemption and The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford. The flick is a drama about downsizing and our economic climate. I hope the movie’s thunder wasn’t stolen by Up In The Air, but it’s one I’m very curious to see.

Splice– On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is this Midnight entry produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Cube’s Vincenzo Natali, starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. You may remember we ran some images from this movie a while back. It’s a monster tale centered around genetic engineering. There’s a clip that’s been floating around for a bit which you can see embedded above. Enjoy!

Welcome To The Rileys– James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo star in this drama also produced by Ridley Scott about a husband and wife that have to deal with the death of their teenage daughter, but do so in different ways. Leo is agoraphobic, terrified of leaving her house, which causes her husband to wander. Gandolfini at some point becomes the guardian of an underage hooker in New Orleans… played by Kristen Stewart… and Melissa Leo has to overcome her fear to track her man down and save the marriage. Do you want to see this movie now? I do.

Get Low– Cinematographer turned director Aaron Schneider helms this dramedy starring Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Sissy Spacek about an old hermit in 1930’s Tennessee (Duvall) who wants to throw a funeral party for himself… I guess so he can get all the benefits of his own funeral. I heard good word on this flick out of Toronto and I’m very glad to get a chance to see it at the festival. I’ll watch anything with Bill Murray in it and this one looks particularly entertaining.

New Low– To be honest, the thing that grabbed my attention on this movie as I scanned the Sundance schedule was that it screens with a new Drunk History short. If you haven’t ever seen a Drunk History short… well, I’m going to embed a few below:

This new Drunk History looks to star Will Farrell and Don Cheadle… it’s about Lincoln and Douglass… and it’s narrated by the super cute girl who did this (my favorite) Drunk History:

Sorry to co-opt New Low’s spot with a Drunk History post-a-thon, but if the programmers were confident enough to put the new Drunk History short before Adam Bowers’ homemade tale of a dude torn between the best possible girl for him and the worst then they have to be confident this film will deliver the goods. The trailer reminds me a bit of Clerks in its roughness and emotional forthrightness. Fingers crossed it’ll be as good.

Cyrus– Sundance favorites (and resident Austinites) The Duplass Brothers (The Puffy Chair, Baghead) return to Sundance with their big deal feature starring John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener and Jonah Hill as the title character. The flick’s about a depressed divorcee (Reilly) who meets the woman of his dreams (Tomei) and everything is perfect until he meets her son (Hill). Apparently their relationship is a bit on the uncomfortably close side.

Sympathy for Delicious– Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut starring Christopher Thornton (who also wrote the film), Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Juliette Lewis and John Carroll Lynch. The flick’s a comedy/drama about a paralyzed DJ. It has the pedigree, that’s for sure. We’ll see how it turns out.

Jack Goes Boating– Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, starring himself, Amy Ryan and Tom McCarthy and based on the Broadway play of the same name that Hoffman also starred in. It’s about two couples… one a new relationship that is fulfilling and supportive… the other couple introduced them, but their own marriage is on the rocks. Sounds very New Yorky drama if you know what I mean, but not in a bad way.

Buried– Ryan Reynolds is a contract worker in Iraq that is buried alive with only his cell phone and a lighter to keep him company. Reynolds is supposedly the only on-screen cast member, the whole movie taking place in the coffin as Reynolds battles panic to try to figure out how to escape. It’s a great idea and I’ve always like Ryan Reynolds, so if director Rodrigo Cortes can keep the movie interesting this could be a real treat.

The Perfect Host– Thriller starring David Hyde Pearce and Helen Fuckin’ Reddy! That’s right, to those cool kids in the know they’ll remember Helen Reddy from Pete’s Dragon, one of my all-time favorite kids flicks. Described as a psychological thriller the flick’s about a bank robber who shows up to a dinner party pretending to be a friend of a friend, new to town. To me this sounds like a Tales From the Crypt-ish set-up where the consummate hosts might be the real threat. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it. Could be fun either way!

Lovers of Hate– In all fairness, this indie film stars a girl named Heather Kafka who is an Austin actress. I consider her a friend, but the addition of the title is no favor for her. I haven’t even talked to her about this movie and reading up on it it’d be one of the indie flicks I’d give a shot to anyway. It’s a love triangle type movie about two author brothers… the older is struggling and the younger is rich and famous from a series of kid’s books, the stories coming from their childhood collaboration. If it wasn’t enough the younger brother makes a move on his brother’s wife as their marriage is an inch away from shattering. The flick supposedly plays like a cat and mouse game in a ski lodge as the older brother finds out about the affair and torments the couple who have no idea he’s there.

The Runaways– Kristen Stewart’s Joan Jett biopic co-starring Dakota Fanning who is disturbingly sultry in the trailer. I talked about this flick in my regular 2010 preview pieces, but I’m very excited to see it. The trailer just screams fun to me and when Stewart cares about the movie she’s in I think she’s great (ie INTO THE WILD, ADVENTURELAND).

The Killer Inside Me– Promising to tread into a kind of psychological thriller noir world Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s novel stars Casey Affleck (and the guide says his performances “evokes shades of Robert Mitchum”), Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker, Bill Pullman, Elias Koteas and Ned Beatty. It’s a period piece about a Sheriff in a small West Texas town dealing with a killer… but as more evidence becomes uncovered the more it points at the unassuming Sheriff. Winterbottom telling this story has me genuinely excited.

A Film Unfinished– A documentary about a movie… but a fascinating movie: the famous unfinished Nazi propaganda film focused on the Warsaw Ghetto. This documentary looks at the making of the Nazi film, uncovers a long-lost reel, shows us outtakes where we see the actors portraying the Jews (literally stepping over the dead bodies of their countrymen in order to eat at fancy restaurants) are actually being forced to portray the people that way… Fascinating subject matter and director Yael Hersonski even finds one of the original cameramen to talk about it how the film actually came to be.

Holy Rollers– Speaking of Jews in film, let’s move on to the (probably) lighter material in Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg as a Hasidic drug mule smuggling Ecstasy from Amsterdam to New York in the late ‘90s. I don’t know much about this movie… will it focus on the crime aspect? Is it a comedy? Is it a drug movie? A tale of temptation? All of the above? We’ll see.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work– From the directors of the acclaimed THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK comes this documentary on… Joan Rivers? Yes, I really want to see this. Joan Rivers is many things and outrageously funny is one of those things. And a little creepy, yes, but always entertaining. The guide promises a movie that is both funny and brutally honest, which is kind of Joan Rivers, isn’t it? IMBD says that Kathy Griffin and Don Rickles are both interviewed and that’s worth watching just by itself.

Louis C.K.: Hilarious– I may be interested in checking out the Joan Rivers documentary and expecting some funny, but with this documentary following Louis CK I’m almost giddy. I’ve seen Louis C.K.’s stand-up and there are only a handful of other comedians I’ve seen live that had me laughing as hard: George Carlin, Dave Chappelle, Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt. I think this might just be a concert movie, not a behind the curtain type film, but either way it’s guaranteed to have my enormous belly hurting from 84 minutes of straight laughs. If you want a taste of why I love Louis CK check out the above clip from his Chewed Up tour!

High School– Stoner comedy time! This one’s about a valedictorian at a high school who gets baked once and finds himself facing a drug test. It’s the crazy hijinks that happen as he tries to resolve the situation. It’s got a great cast, too. Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis (as the straight-laced principal… I imagine a meatier version of the “Slacker!” dude from BACK TO THE FUTURE), Colin Hanks, Michael Vartan, Mykelti Williamson, Yeardly Smith (I don’t think I’ve seen her in a movie since MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE!) and Booger himself, Mr. Curtis Armstrong. This one stands a strong chance of be right up my alley.

The Extra Man– Paul Dano and Kevin Kline are unlikely friends. Dano wants to be a writer so naturally he moves to New York where he joins up with an eccentric, but brilliant playwright who moonlights as a social escort for the wealthy widows of New York’s high society. From the directors of American Splendor the flick co-stars John C. Reilly, Katie Holmes, Cathy Moriarty and Dan Hedeya.

Nowhere Boy– Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) plays young John Lennon in 1955 Liverpool. Love, Actually’s Thomas Sangster is Paul McCartney (that’s kind of perfect), newcomer Sam Bell is George Harrison… no sign of a Pete Best on IMDB. Oh, and Kristin Scott Thomas plays Lennon’s Aunt Mimi. Written by Control’s Matt Greenhalgh (he might know a little something about British music) I’m very much looking forward to this…

The Romantics– A Big Chill-ish movie starring Josh Duhamel, Jeremy Strong, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Adam Brody, Malin Ackerman and Anna Paquin. Instead of Kevin Costner’s funeral these friends reunite at a wedding and remember their freer glory days while some of those teenage hormones and rivalries resurface.

Twelve– Joel Schumacher’s crime-ridden drama starring Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Keiran Culkin, Fiddy Cent, Ellen Barkin and Keifer Sutherland. The story revolves around a high school dropout who sells pot to get by until his cousin is murdered and his best friend is accused of the crime. When Schumacher approaches gritty dramas he usually walks away smelling like roses. I love me some Falling Down and Phone Booth is very strong. Let’s hope it’s that guy who showed up to direct this one.

Restrepo– War doc about a fallen PFC named Restrepo whose teammates erect an outpost in his honor. Sebastian Junger (who wrote the novel The Perfect Storm) and Tim Hetherington (cinematographer on The Devil Came on Horseback) co-direct this film compiled of footage from a year’s worth of being dug in with the men of Restrepo in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, an al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold. War docs are a dime a dozen, but this one sticks out from the recent bunch for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on. Maybe it’s the lack of in-depth video coverage of this war from the main news networks, maybe it’s the emotional promise of getting to know a platoon of soldiers… Maybe it’s all that, but I plan on catching this movie.

Bran Nue Dae– Here we have an Australian Musical featuring Geoffrey Rush as, if the trailer is to be believed, a singing and dancing preacher in the Australian brush. The below trailer is lively and looks like a ton of fun. Plus with cinematography by Andrew Lesnie (Lord of the Rings) it’s gonna look like a million bucks. Make sure to check out the super energetic and fun-filled trailer above!

HappyThankYouMorePlease– How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor makes his directorial debut with this flick about a guy who questionably takes a young boy home after the youth is separated from his family in the New York subway system. It’s a relationship movie… how Radnor bonds with this kid and the friends in his life. Malin Ackerman, the lovely Kate Mara and Richard Jenkins co-star.

Teenage Paparazzo– This is a documentary from Entourage’s Adrian Grenier about him mentoring a 13 year old kid obsessed with celebrity. The kid snapped a photo of the actor, who took notice and decided to take him under his wing. Apparently the documentary is also a way for Grenier to work out his own ability to cope with his sudden celebrity. Paparazzo’s aren’t my favorite people in the world, but if it were some crazy Bugsy Malone universe and they all suddenly turned into children I think they’d be less scummy. Curious about this one.

Smash his Camera– Here’s another documentary about a paparazzo. This time it’s not a 13 year old kid, but one of the most famous of them all, one of the pioneers of the celebrity snap shot. Ron Galella got his jaw broken by Brando and was sued by Jackie O. Interesting life, even if I am a little hesitant to fully jump on board celebrating the pioneer of the Paparazzi. From Leon Gast, director of the great Rumble in the Jungle doc When We Were Kings.

Waiting For Superman– About the fucked up US school system, Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, It Might Get Loud)’s documentary apparently dissects America’s education program and offers up alternatives while reminding us that these statistics are in reality little kids with real lives and futures going to waste. Sounds depressing, but it could be a very interesting evisceration of the education system as it stands now.

7 Days– Revenge tale from French filmmaker Daniel Grou about the father of a murdered 8 year old girl and his cat and mouse game with the law as he abducts and tortures the accused murderer of his child for seven days. The film promises something more than your average torture movie and I hope we get that. This movie will be part of the Sundance Select series on the Sundance Channel. A few Sundance films will be available on Video On Demand through that channel coinciding with their premieres. 7 Days will be one of those, so check your cable or satellite dudes to watch it along with us out in the freezing cold!

CASINO JACK and the United States of Money– I greatly enjoyed Alex Gibney’s doc on Hunter S. Thompson (Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson) and now he’s got a new one on Jack Abramoff. Considering Gibney’s also the guy behind Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room I expect this one to be a gloves off look at the lobby industry and our fractured political system on the whole.

Blue Valentine– This is where Ryan Gosling went after leaving The Lovely Bones. It’s an indie drama about an imploding marriage co-starring Michelle Williams. In order to get the spark back they go to a theme hotel. The narrative is split between these two people trying to resuscitate their romance and their younger selves meeting and falling madly in love years earlier. Gosling and Williams are both great actors and I can see this story being furtile ground for them.

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil– Comedy about two bumbling rednecks being mistaken for Deliverance-style abductors by hot and rich teens. Starring Alan Tudyk? As a hillbilly? Yes, please. The flick promises a ton of gore and much humor. I’m there.
And that’s the preview. Keep in mind there probably a good two dozen movies that are fantastic that just didn’t catch my eye on the program, but the above listed films all show promise. Also, missing from the list is Frozen, Adam Green's horror flick about twenty-somethings stuck on a ski lift in a blizzard. The only reason it's not on the list is because I've seen it and I can heartily recommend it to anybody attending the fest. Especially in the arctic weather of Park City. That's almost a William Castle bit of programming. See you folks in the snow! I’m following up Sundance with the Santa Barbara Film Festival, so you’re going to hear a whole hell of a lot from me over the next month and a half. You’ll be sick of me by the middle of February, I guarantee it. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

    Looks alright

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

    hitchcock thing

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Such a great concept for a horror comedy, been looking forward to it since I saw the brilliant trailer awhile back.

  • Jan. 12, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Midol girl

    by gfolsom

    Where is Midol Girl, Quint? Don't think we forgot.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Wow, not one movie you've listed makes me excited

    by YackBacker

    Maybe PERFECT HOST is the most interesting to me, but everything else seems bland or dumb. 2010 could be a real shitfest for movies if that pans out.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Adrian Brody is so fucking terrible in everything he does

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    He is a sucking void of anti-charisma

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Alan Tudyk needs more work

    by DOGSOUP

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Wow, most of these look surprisingly good.

    by KingNineReturns

    Especially looking forward to "Jack Goes Boating."

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Very cool Lineup. Read "Killer Inside Me"

    by _Palmer_Eldritch

    years ago. Imagine "American Psycho" played out as a film noir set in the 50s. Could be very cool.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST

    The Abominable Snow-Quint

    by Subovon

    I hope the man skis. No reason to stick your nose out in that kind of weather unless you're heading up the mountain to come down real fast.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Howl and Double Take look equally interesting to me. I'm not sure how Franco became one of my favorite actors. But somehow, he did. Double Take just looks all kinds of strange and awesome. <br><br>Please Give. Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt in a movie together = I'll be seeing that. Platt DOES NOT work enough and Keener seems to just keep getting better.<br><br>Enter the Void. Yeah, think I'll be watching out for that one. Could be really great. Hope it comes through on that. <br><br>The Company Men. Wasn't 100% interested until you told us who the cinematographer is, and now I'm sold! Couple of my favorite films in there.<br><br>Get Low. Great cast! I'm so there. Literally. It will play at one of my local art house theaters and I will be seeing it. Love Duvall and Murray.<br><br>Sympathy for Delicious.....really!?<br><br>Buried. Buried alive with a lighter... which zaps your oxygen QUICKLY! Biggest plot hole "duh!" in the history of movies. I just can't watch 'em because it pisses me off that people keep lighting their lighter... or matches... or whatever.<br><br>The Perfect Host... holy crap David Hyde Pearce looks nuckin' futs!<br><br>Holy Rollers rollers looks promising.<br><br>Fuck Joan Rivers with a truckload of infected animal penises. I don't care which kind. Take your pick. <br><br> Stoner comedies were played out ten years ago. <br><br>The Extra Man. Kevin Kline (who should be in EVERYTHING and is in almost NOTHING!) and the crazy kid from There Will Be Blood in a movie I knew nothing about. Looking forward to reading what you thought about this one.<br><br>Tired of Beatles and Beatles movies. <br><br>Glad to see Katie Holmes is working again.<br><br>Teenage Paparazzo. Curious, indeed. Looks interesting.<br><br>Blue Valentine. Wait, Ryan Gossling was in Lovely Bones... or was going to be... and left? I didn't know that. Interesting. I dig him as an actor and I've been waiting for something else I like with Michelle Williams. Could be interesting. <br><br> Damn dude. My fingers hurt from typing about half of what you're going to see. Sounds like fun. Have a blast.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    I'm Pat _____ Tillman

    by cepaceous

    Definitely worth adding to the list of MUST SEE films.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Enter The Void!!!

    by Griefo

    I can't wait to see it. I wish they had a more substantial trailer. Gaspar Noe's take on The Tibetan Book of The Dead.. How could that go wrong?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST

    alot of good stuff

    by Broseph

    all off it sounds worth a look

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST

    um, FOUR LIONS?

    by theforge

    Would have thought Chris Morris's terrorism comedy would have been a shoo-in. Or have not enough people seen BRASS EYE? If you haven't, watch the pedophilia episode of that show and laugh til you hurt:

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    New Low

    by drturing


  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Also FOUR LIONS!!!!!!

    by drturing

    a comedy about JIHAD!!! PLEASE!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    why the fuck would i pay 12 dollars EVER

    by drturing

    to watch skinny undernourished people who think 6 feet under is profound bitch about who they're sleeping with. I mean fucking come on, 49% of young black men are unemlpyed, cry me a fucking river you animal collective listening douchebags.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    New Low is the epitome of the indie spirit

    by IndustryKiller!

    It's writer/director/star Adam Bowers is a friend of a good friend of mine and I've met him a couple of times. He's a hell of a good guy and funny as fuck in real life (he's an a great improv team here in LA called Upstate). I haven't seen the film but I've talked with him pretty extensively about it and it's literally something he shot for like a couple of grand in his home state of Florida on a whim before he moved to LA. It's more films like that that Sundance should be promoting if you ask me. I'm rooting for him in this whole Sundance venture.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Crazy! Virtually every one of those

    by seppukudkurosawa

    sounds great. So why is we only end up seeing a handful of great films like this a year? Bad distribution? Unfulfilled potential? Because even if only a quarter of these live up to Quint's blurbs, most of them won't make the cinemas- not even the arthouses. Makes a person wonder how some movies make their money back.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST

    right DrTuring

    by IndustryKiller!

    white people making movies about relationships is always a terrible idea. Nobody liked 500 Days of Summer at all. I guess I'll get to work on that film about that Unicef worker in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake that I know nothing about and can somehow shoot for like two grand right after I get done posting this......Look man like I said I know the guy and I can tell you straight up he's not a douche bag hipster.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    so is Cyrus about...

    by The_Crimson_King

    a mother and son incest relationship? because that's what Quint makes it sound like

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:16 a.m. CST

    maybe I just have a dirty mind though

    by The_Crimson_King

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST


    by nobletoast13

    Quint wheres FOUR LIONS man? Have you not seen Brass Eye? This films a big deal to us Brits, we need some info. I hope you go see it since we cant. Avoid NOWHERE BOY as well. Its shit.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Four Lions

    by Quint

    I'll try to fit it into the schedule. First time I've heard of Brass Eye, but I'm typically a year or two behind on UK TV.<BR><BR>Crimson, that's the insinuation in the guide... that there's a near Oedipal type relationship.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    "Enter the Void" probably the worst teaser trailer EVER!!!!

    by Mike_D

    Yeup, EVER!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    The Killer Inside Me

    by SoylentMean

    That sounds interesting. Is this the first time the story has been attempted to be made into a movie?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Get Low

    by SoylentMean

    Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, count me in.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST


    by SoylentMean

    I hope that doesn't turn out to be another All the Boys Love Mandy Lane type film. I actually would like to see that movie eventually.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The same old crap

    by fassbinder79

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I'm not sure why Quint thinks this year is so strong...

    by SoylentMean

    If these are all the movies he's looking forward to. I got three films out of that list that look interesting. The rest, not so much.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    That's Joan Rivers???

    by Nice Marmot

    Damnit, I thought we were finally getting a glimpse at a new Dark Crystal flick!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I think Stacey Keach did a version in the '70s, but I hear it doesn't really work.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    The 70s version of Killer is not that great

    by Lovecraftfan

    Which is too bad because is a really disturbing portrait of a psychopath coming apart. Jim Thompson is awesome.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I can see Stacey Keach as a psycho and it not working

    by SoylentMean

    Hopefully this new version will do the book justice, as the saying goes.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    The Killer Inside Me

    by LastOfTheV8Interceptors

    Wow! I had no idea this was in the works. Love me some Jim Thompson.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Enter The Void

    by blackwood

    What a great teaser.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Four Lions is a MUST

    by ObieTrice

    Can't stress this enough, familiarize yourself with Chris Morris, sir! You'll thank me later. The Day Today, Brass Eye, Jam - all great shows. He did a really great comedy album with Peter Cook called "Why Bother?" as well. This is easily my most-anticipated film of the year.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Kristen Stewart caring about the movie

    by rainbowtrout1265

    What does it matter? She's the same in Twilight as she is in Adventureland. She always has that half-distracted, half-stoned thing going on.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Looks to be...

    by porterdsgn

    ...some really really solid stuff here! Can't wait to read the reviews.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Get Low-er

    by NoCalFlicks

    Get Low looks like it could be some indie-comedy fun, however how come these type of flicks always use girls that are just as attractive as the Lead's fantasy girl, for the "undersireable" chick.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Anybody in the biz know

    by skimn

    whatever happened to that movie costarring Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci as brothel owners? Wasn't that filmed years ago?

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST

    White People Rejoice!

    by Aquatarkusman

    All the movies about you are finally here!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Drunken History Cute Girl??

    by JoseJones

    how anyone could find that liberal brainless d-bag cunt cute is beyond me... typical know nothing who reads a little Chomsky and likes to tell the world how much better she and her kind are... dumb fucking cunt. anyway, the reenactments are hilarious. god bless anyone who would tolerate her for 4 seconds. apparently thats you quint, which makes you a cunt as well.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Defo Four Lions

    by DannyOcean01

    Could make a hell of an impact. Also I Am Love. Intrigued by The Leopard reference. Maybe bump into you out there Eric.

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Uncle Bukkake

    by nomimes

    I heard he is going to be there this year too! Week 2! Lets get some Quint competing views from the classiest man alive!!! C'MON!!!

  • Jan. 13, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Movies playing the fest.....the fest? Really?

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Does anyone call it that? I'm looking forward to Splice though, ShockTillYouDrop has a 3min scene from the movie that was pretty awesome. Heard about Hesher a while back, the director comes out of Blue Tongue Films, same as Nash Edgerton. Actually a lot of those sound good.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST

    god damn hitch was a funny dude

    by kidkombo

    that cracked me up.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    JoseJones, I couldn't have said it better...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    on the money.

  • Jan. 14, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    wtf quint!!

    by Pancho_Villa

    You're not going to watch Oddsac...the visual album by Animal Collective???

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    The Killer Inside Me

    by Broseph

    Sounds Terrific.I Love Being In That Noir World

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Joan Rivers, funny? What the fuck!

    by TheManWhoCan

    oh, i forgot, Quint is a white woman in her 50's with an underdeveloped sense of humor so thats why she thinks Rivers is funny! "ack ack , my husband committed suicide, ack ack" "ack ack, something about my old vigina! ack ack"

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 11:27 a.m. CST

    The Killer Inside Me

    by buggerbugger

    Two hours of Casey Affleck mumbling inaudibly? That kid needs a speech coach or something.

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    A few look really good, but there's a lot look interesting

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    You listed way to many to actually remember the names of any of em, but I'm surprised that there's so many that I'm curious about. Oh yeah, the one with Jesse Eisenberg as a drug mule...He's a way more talented version of Michael Cera, and he picks some great roles. I just watched Adventureland and that was a great film. Speaking of that, Kristin Stewart as Jett should be interesting, and Ryan Reynolds getting buried alive is also strangely intriguing. But seriously, almost every one of those has a big name actor - most have several - attached to em. I guess most of the film still seem like festival fare but still, fuck.

  • Jan. 15, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah

    by TheMandrakeRoot

    Splice looks cool, been hearing about that shit forever. Those images released were pretty dope.

  • Jan. 16, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    "...typically a year or two behind on UK TV"

    by supertoyslast

    A year or two? How long ago was Brass Eye? Must be about ten years. Check out 'The Day Today' while you're at it. Although by now it will hardly register as a spoof...

  • .. "I made this movie and is really artistic vision of a life, you know and uhm, it's really personal and uhm, it's great becouse I have this rape scene in it you know and it's long ... and it ANAL YOU KNOW! And it has Monica Belluci, and it's ANAL RAPE! And it's one long shot!!!And it has cgi penis at the end of the fucking becouse it's ART and it's about the meaning of life so ther had to be cgi penis in it and definitely had to be ANAL rape ... And I had them (actors) to reap it like 3 or 4 times becouse it's about what's most important in life, you know hmm, I'm Gaspar noe and I am sick retard and hmm I like anal .. but it is so powerful story and if somebody feels sick during watching my masterpies it means HE IS IGNORANT! IGNORANT! I am gaspar Noe and I like anal sex with violence becouse it's the meaning of life!!!" ... IRREVERSIBLE, THE WORST FUCKING MOVE IN HUMAN KIND HISTORY!!!

  • Jan. 16, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    sorry for the spelling mistakes, but IRREVERSIBLE ....

    by frg10

    ... is worse than anything that has been commited on celluloid since the beginning of Earth and human kind ... art as my dirty sweaty balls after the gym!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 21, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Four Lions

    by Nick Sneddon

    Definitely go and see this, will be the most talked about film this year and Im betting the funniest

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