Sundance Film Festival is in full swing so I thought I’d share the ten films I’m rather liking the look of that are currently being shown at Sundance. I’ll say straight away that I lot of these films first caught my eye because they have an actor/actress in it or a director I’ve previously enjoyed, that being said, some of them their synopsis sounds so good I had to share.
To Be Takei
Not gonna lie, the first thing that really introduced me to George Takei was the British reality TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! I knew who he was – of course I’d heard about Sulu and Star Trek – but I’d never really watched it much growing up. Watching George Takei in the Austrailan jungle really showed what a wonderful person he is and ever since I’ve been a little taken with him. So a documentary about the man himself sounds wonderful, especially of a man who has had such an interesting life.
There are three things that made me take note of this film – 1. Anna Kendrick. 2. Gemma Arterton and 3. It’s like an indie version of Doctor Doolittle. I’m a big animal lover and The Voices looks sweet, funny and a little odd – sounds like a good mix to me.
Laggies is a dark comedy drama starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell all about growing up. As someone who has a mild yet quiet freak-out whenever one of my friends does something ever so grown up like get a proper job or get engaged I think I’ll perhaps be able to relate to Keira Knightley’s character just a little bit.
Love Is Strange
Love is indeed strange and often incomprehensible. This looks like a very sweet and touching story about how much you can love someone, for better and for worst, even after many, many years. The cast looks fantastic too what with John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei and Darren Burrows all starring.
I saw Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies at London Film Festival last year and really enjoyed it so am definitely interested in Happy Christmas. If it has the same natural, spontaneous feel to it and humour I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.
One trope I love in fiction is different members of a family having to come together after a tragedy and learn more about each other and the family in the process. Dealing with grief and other people can be a difficult combination but also a fascinating one. Ben Whishaw is great to watch, and may have been what drew me to this film, but the story does sound lovely.
Infinitely Polar Bear
I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever seen a film about someone with a mental disorder – the only film that’s coming to mind is One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Infinitely Polar Bear stars Mark Ruffallo as a dad suffering from bipolar disorder who must look after his two children while his wife (Zoe Salanda) goes back to school in order to get a better job to help her family. This looks as if it’ll be as sweet and touching as it is gut-wrenching.
Dear White People
I remember seeing the concept trailer for this on YouTube years ago and was immediately interested. It’s talking about a topic that you don’t often seen talked about – casual racism and the implications of it.
While I’m quite open about my general dislike of both the Twilight books and films I do think Kristen Stewart is a pretty good actress who is still struggling to get away from all the negative attention Twilight still gets. The story of a young guard at Guantanamo Bay forming a friendship with one of the detainee’s sounds great and it’ll be interesting if or how it touches on the issues surrounding Guantanamo Bay.
Little Accidents is a drama about who one event can affect both the individual and an entire town. It looks touching and I do find stories focusing on small communities fascinating as while I am a country bumpkin, there was never that close knit community thing.
Special Mention – Only Lovers Left Alive
I saw Only Lovers Left Alive at London Film Festival last year and really enjoyed it. It can be summed up as a rom-com with vampires but in some ways it’s so more than that. It’s hauntingly beautiful, stylishly filmed and brilliantly acted.
I’d definitely recommend you checking Only Lovers Left Alive out if/when you can.