My Sundance Film Festival 2016 Lineup

Sundance Film Festival is coming up, and I have now settled on the lineup of 10 films that I’ll be seeing. I am also looking forward to the art exhibitions and the Virtual Reality showcase in Park City which promises to be a unique artistic experience.  As of right now, the 10 films that I am slated to see are as follows, the descriptions come from the official Sundance program:

1. Other People IMDB 

“A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone (including himself) he’s “doing okay.”

This is billed as a drama, but written and directed by Chris Kelly, a funny man with a The Onion News, Saturday Night Live, and Comedy Central background. And it is a movie about comedy, a subject I’m always interested in, so I’m really looking forward to this one. 

2. Wiener-DogIMDB 

“This film tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading comfort and joy.” 

This feel-good story has a lot of hype surrounding it, and I love dogs, so this should be good.

3. Captain FantasticIMDB 

“Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and re-enter society, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.”

Nothing about this film screams excitement to me, other than the fact that it is Aragorn (aka Viggo Mortensen) in the forests of Washington. And that is more than enough reason for me to watch it.

4. JoshyIMDB 

“Josh treats what would have been his bachelor party as an opportunity to reconnect with his friends.”

A relative unknown, with Thomas Middleditch starring, I think I’m drawn to this film because of the bro-love factor of bachelor party movies.

5. Certain Women – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4468634/?ref_=nv_sr_1

“The lives of three women intersect in small town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.”

An acclaimed female cast with a female director shot in Montana on 16-mm film is what drew me to this movie. It sounds like it could deliver a unique perspective.

6. The InterventionIMDB 

“A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage.”

Not going to  lie, I wanted to see Goat, but couldn’t make it fit my schedule, so I picked the next US Drama film on the docket. The Intervention it is.

7. Yoga Hosers IMDB 

“Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie are teenage besties from Winnipeg who love yoga and live on their smartphones. But when these sophomores get invited to a senior party by the school hottie, the Colleens accidentally uncover an ancient evil buried beneath their Canadian convenience store.”

This is maybe the film I’m most looking forward to seeing. A fantasy comedy horror with arguably the most all-star studded lineup in the festival this year. This could be very good or very bad. We’ll see if Smith (Clerks, Good Will Hunting) can make a return to the glory he once had.

8. Frank & LolaIMDB 

“A psychosexual noir love story—set in Las Vegas and Paris—about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.”

Cooking in Paris. Lies and deceit. Loud and offensive characters. Beautiful people. It sounds like a recipe for a decent film.

9. The HollarsIMDB 

“Aspiring New York City artist John Hollar returns to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s brain surgery. Joined by his girlfriend, eight months pregnant with their first child, John is forced to navigate the crazy world he left behind.”

Anna Kendrick and John Krasinski together on the big screen? The Grand isn’t going to be just a movie theater, it is going to be Heaven. With popcorn. But really, will she be at Sundance? Can I meet her? Can someone make this happen?

10. The Fundamentals of CaringIMDB

“Having suffered a tragedy, Ben becomes a caregiver to earn money. His first client, Trevor, is a hilarious 18-year-old with muscular dystrophy. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, Ben and Trevor hit the road, finding hope, friendship, and Dot in this funny and touching inspirational tale.”

I’m not sure about Selena Gomez having a major role (second billing even?) in this film because she usually annoys me to no end, but Paul Rudd is one of my favorite actors and hopefully he’ll knock it out with this one.

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