Sundance begins later this week. It’s my favorite thing of the year that I get to do. Here are some films I’m hoping to catch and then hold the fact that I’ve seen them at Sundance over you for months.
To quote Kenny Powers, “I got two hard rules I live by: I don’t do tag-teams with blood relatives, and I don’t fuck with the devil.” Add a third to that for me: I don’t pass up an Indonesian genre film. Whether it’s action or horror, that country just knows how to make a kickass genre film. Add in that it’s directed by Joko Anwar, who did the wild and wonderful Satan’s Slaves, and I’m in.
I always want to catch as many A24 titles as I can, and Steven Yeun has really grown as an actor so I’m down for that. Did you see Burning? I didn’t like it as much as everyone else but good lord Yeun was extraordinary. He’s quickly becoming one of the great talents of his generation.
It’s been a long 9 years since Sean Durkin stressed me the fuck out with Martha Marcy May Marlene. I hope he makes up for lost time.
Run Sweetheart Run
Last year Blumhouse screened a little monster film called Sweetheart at Sundance that ended up being one of my favorite films of the year. Here’s hoping a Blumhouse title with the word “Sweetheart” in it continues its hot streak.
I’ll be honest, I very much disliked Josephine Decker’s last film Madeline’s Madeline, but a Shirley Jackson biopic starring Elisabeth Moss? I’m in.
Brandon Cronenberg is the son of master filmmaker David Cronenberg, and let’s just say he is definitely his father’s son. His debut Antiviral was definitely made by a Cronenberg with its focus on the relationship between eroticism and body horror. His followup Possessor sounds absolutely insane, about an agent for a secret government agency that uses brain-implant technology to control unassuming people into committing assassinations. I can’t wait to watch it.