No need to be grumpy just because the Golden Globes are over and the Oscars are sooooo far away (not really, but you know what we mean). It's Sundance Film Festival time, woo-hoo! And even though Sundance is usually less of a spectator sport than the Globes or the Academy Awards (meaning the stars partying in Park City are the ones having the best time), this year Sundance will be livestreaming events, press conferences and screenings for the festivals entire 10 day run. Of course that means you'll have to do some planning and picking and choosing about what to watch and when, but that's cool -- we're gonna do a little pre-Sundance breakdown just for you.
Here are a few films you've gotta see -- and a few more you might want to skip.
Must See Movies, Sundance 2013:
1. The East Not merely because it stars Alexander Skarsgard ... but mostly. No, just kidding! Seriously, it looks like a cool flick. According to the synopsis: "Someone is attacking big corporate CEOs and forcing them to consume harmful products they manufacture. An elite private intelligence firm is called into action and contracts ex-FBI agent Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective, The East, suspected to be responsible. Skilled, focused, and bent on success, Sarah goes undercover and dedicates herself to taking down the organization. She soon finds, however, that the closer she gets to the action, the more she sympathizes with the group’s charismatic leaders." Charismatic and HOT. Can't wait!
2. Don Jon's Addiction The feature-length directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars in the film (and will be hosting Saturday night's award ceremonies), this is billed as a comedy about a "porn-obsessed lothario" and also features Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. With a cast like that, it's gotta be worth watching (although the porn-obsessed lothario character thing is a turn-off).
3. Kill Your Darlings A "dawn-of-the-Beats bio-drama" about the early friendship of literary greats Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). To be honest, I almost put this one under the "Must Skip" heading -- Harry Potter playing Allen Ginsberg?! (I tk). But I guess if Kristen Stewart can star in an adaptation of On the Road, Radcliffe can play a famously cantankerous icon of poetry.
Might Skip Movies, Sundance 2013:
1. Two Mothers The story of two women who fall in love with each other's sons ... okay, stop there. No thanks. I'm sure Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are amazing in this film, but all I can picture is the SNL skit "Motherlover" (Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg's sequel to "D*ck in a Box").
2. jOBS Starring Ashton Kutcher as the late co-founder of Apple. Why skip? Ashton Kutcher.
3. Very Good Girls About the friendship of two young women and the steamy summer they lost their ... innocence, starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen and Demi Moore. Why skip? Demi Moore.
What are you hoping to see from this year's Sundance Film Festival?
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