If you need to ask why I would want to see this movie, you clearly have never come face to face with comedian Louis C.K. He’s consistently inappropriate in every way possible. And damn funny at all times. To see his stand-up on the big screen should be a treat. Whether you like “concert films” or not, I think this one might be worth a look.
A criminal on the run (Clayne Crawford) shows up randomly at the home of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce), a consumate host who is preparing for a dinner party. As you might expect from this Park City at Midnight selection, all hell begins to break loose. I’ve long been a fan of David Hyde Pierce and look forward to seeing him in a semi-eccentric thriller. That’s reason enough. Trust me.
This movie looks ridiculous. Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk play two hillbillies who get caught up in a web of horrific proportions. It’s a send-up of the horror genre from newcomer Eli Craig. It turns the Deliverance framework on its head, looking at a thriller through the eyes of two simple good ole boys who are just caught in the middle. I can’t effing wait.
There’s always room to take a chance at Sundance. And The Taqwacores feels like just the right mix of originality and energy for this year. It’s about kids in America, who are beautiful and full of punk rock. They are also Muslim, which creates an interesting dynamic. It is one of the few politically charged movies I’m interested in this year, as it attempts to look at life and politics through a shifted lens. If it works, it could be special.
I almost tore my Sundance guide apart this year searching for the dark comedy. Last year was magical with Mystery Team, World’s Greatest Dad and Black Dynamite. This year seems light on darkness, and for that matter, comedy. Armless sounds devious, telling the story of a man who leaves his loving wife to go have both of his arms cut off. When she finds out that he’s gone, she goes after him, thinking that he’s left for another woman. She intends to remove his testicles. I can’t wait to see who gets to the knife first.
If the director of Eagle vs. Shark makes another movie, I will see it. That was my thought pattern just after seeing Eagle vs. Shark. This year, it’s happened. Taika Cohen is back with a cast of unknowns, telling us another coming-of-age story that is described as being quirky and charming. Quirky and charming is right up my alley. So are those accents from New Zealand.
Paul Dano plays a lonely dreamer who fancies himself a character from an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. He moves to the big city and shacks up with a highly eccentric playwright (Kevin Kline) who is also a social escort for wealthy widows. This movie sounds like it could be all over the map, but the talent involved leads me to believe that this movie could be wonderful. And by talent involved, I’m referring to American Splendor writer/director team Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who once again collaborate.
Philip Seymour Hoffman delivers his directorial debut, a story love, betrayal and friendship for working class New Yorkers. The story isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, but I am curious to see the “style and grace” of Hoffman as a director that is described by Sundance chief John Cooper. That intrigues me, as Hoffman has long been a talented actor — the move behind the camera will be one worth watching.
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