Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Sundance Film Festival: Films I'm Watching For

This year's Sundance Film Festival is one with films to be excited about truly. These are just a few of the films I'm looking forward to seeing in wide release.

Black Dynamite: Much positive feedback has been given to this spoof/throwback to the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. I simply can't wait for it, as it supposedly uses the Technicolor filming process, which hasn't been use since the 80s.

500 Days of Summer: A festival favorite right now. Supposedly, it encompasses falling in love perfectly. Can't ask for anything better than a great love story. The film releases on July 24. Count me in.

Don't Let Me Drown: The title seems to point to an episode of "Degrassi." But the film, about two teenagers also falling in love and living in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, seems to be garnering a lot of praise.

Mystery Team: Supposedly the first non-SNL sketch movie ever made (okay, that's wrong; "Napoleon Dynamite" is), but it's getting good feedback. That's good for, uh, a sketch comedy.

The Greatest: Supposedly a heartbreaking story about a family that has lost a son. Stars Pierce Brosnan.

The Clone Returns: A Japanese indie sci-fi film about a guy who dies and is resurrected as a clone of someone else. Should be a mind-bender.

Five Minutes of Heaven: Liam Neeson stars in this small political film set in Ireland. Sounds like a great indie.

Taking Chance: A horridly titled movie about a guy escorting his fallen ex-Marine friend's body back to his hometown.

Mary and Max: A claymation film about a girl who befriends an obese Jewish priest with Asperger's Syndrome. Having Asperger's myself, I can't wait to see how it is portrayed.

I'm looking forward to everything else, but these will be highlights for me. I only wish I was actually there at Sundance. Count each of these as one's I will actually see either in theaters or when they arrive on DVD. All of them.

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