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Re: Sundance Film Festival
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2014, 01:11:00 PM »
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http://nobudge.com/main/2014/1/18/watch-15-free-sundance-14-shorts

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Sundance has offered up 15 shorts from this years fest viewable free on YouTube. I'd recommend starting with Funnel by web vid trailblazer, Andre Hyland. Hyland's vids go way back, his early gems were some of the best stuff on the web for a long time...like this '07 classic or this one from '09. If you're unfamiliar with Hyland, aka Blondi Chili, remedy that asap by watching his new film, which takes the mundane rapid fire observations of his early work & packages in a ill-fated journey across town to his broken down car. Hilarious stuff. Second recommendation: the disturbing new short from Todd Rohal with an amazing performance by Eddie Rouse playing a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonator on a house gig to entertain a bed-stricken dying man. It's hilarious and surprisingly touching. Another must see. Click here for the complete 15 film playlist. Only available for the next week.

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Re: Sundance Film Festival
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2016, 07:17:42 PM »
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feel ya. after googling, already being ready for Wiener-Dog and The Birth of a Nation, two clicks plus buzzfeed made me excited about:

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"Snowtime!" will be showing up in the new Sundance Kids category and tells the story of a group of friends embarking on an epic snowball fight. Based on the Andr Melanon film, "La Guerre des Tuques," "Snowtime!" hopes to appeal to a very young audience, channeling material that would feel at home on the Nick Jr. or Disney Junior channels. It will be interesting to see how the Sundance Kids category evolves over the next five to 10 years, and "Snowtime!" will probably be a project that influences that conversation. As it stands, this might be one to watch with the 3-6 crowd.
^jealous

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Same-sex love stories told in fractured narratives:

As You Are (U.S. Dramatic Competition)
The gay coming-of-age romance is — at this point — a careworn Sundance cliché
^jealous

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Spa Night (U.S. Dramatic Competition)
Starring: Joe Seo, Haerry Kim, Youn Ho Cho, Tae Song, Ho Young Chung, and Linda Han
Directed by: Andrew Ahn
A first-generation Korean-American teenager (Joe Seo) skips his SAT classes to work at a Korean spa to help out his struggling parents and discovers that men enjoy having sex with men at such establishments — which sparks his own sexual awakening.
^jealous

NASA treated like Disney:

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Operation Avalanche
Johnson said he told NASA that he and his crew were students making a documentary about NASA in the 1960s, and then filmed there, guerrilla-style.

the pure good stuff:



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Manchester by the Sea (Premieres)
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, and Kyle Chandler
Directed by: Kenneth Lonergan
There are so many reasons to celebrate a new Kenneth Lonergan movie even before you’ve seen it — most pointedly, that it exists. After the legal mess that Lonergan went through on his second film, Margaret (which you can read about in full in this excellent New York Times story) the director seems to have put Manchester By the Sea together with much less agita, or at least no lawsuits. In Manchester By the Sea, Casey Affleck plays Lee, a Boston handyman who is suddenly named guardian to his late brother’s 16-year-old son. By going back to his hometown, Lee is forced to deal with his past. I’m crying already. (Lonergan’s first film, You Can Count on Me, won Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize in 2000.)

example of me maybe agreeing with someone about a spooky movie:

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Under the Shadow (Midnight)
Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian, and Arash Marandi
Directed by: Babak Anvari
In his video on the Sundance site, writer-director Babak Anvari says that Under the Shadow was inspired by his childhood as a scaredy-cat, which his mother attributes to her anxiety over his father fighting in the Iran-Iraq War in the ’80s. So now he’s taking that out on us! Under the Shadow is set in Tehran in 1988, when Shideh (Narges Rashidi) is left alone with her daughter as her husband goes off to war — and the daughter becomes increasingly creepy, to the point where Shideh is sure they are beset by spirits. She’s going to fight back, though. The buzz on this movie is strong, with comparisons to 2014’s The Babadook.

 

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