Saturday, January 14, 2017

Top Picks from 2017 Sundance film festival

One of my dream jobs would absolutely be to watch movies all day (and, I guess, write about them), so I'd love to attend something like Sundance (1/19-1/29).  Here're some films from this year's festival I'd love to catch, ideally at Sundance.  Any omissions are strictly an indication of the extent to what I miss by not being able to live that particular dream...

A Ghost Story
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara always intrigue me, and the premise of this particular movie is beyond intriguing.
The Discovery
Rooney Mara, plus Jason Segel in a dramatic performance?  Heck ya!

The Hero
Sam Elliott's Crazy Heart might finally be his worthy spotlight.

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Mostly because Melanie Lynskey is a screamingly underrated talent and this is one of several films she appears in at Sundance this year.

The Little Hours

This pick is mostly for how ridiculously natural Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza look as nuns.  Plus I'd love to see them act as nuns...

Are you kidding me?  This is another Cate Blanchett tour-de-force.  Only cinephobes would hate seeing this.
Wind River
The latest from Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water).

The Yellow Birds
The forthcoming Young Han Solo stars in this, plus Jason Patric, who's the longest-working brilliant actor who critics have yet to really discover, or possibly has yet to appear in a film to truly spotlight him (besides Narc).


  1. Always such a great line-up at Sundance. I await our own film festival in July eagerly because it's usually my chance to see some of these films.

    1. The best thing about working in a movie theater (which I did for two years) was the ability to keep tabs on everything it played. I love cherry-picking, but there's also something to be said about catching even glimpses of stuff I'd otherwise not really pay attention to. Favorite memory was the extended run Match Point got. I watched its final screening as a kind of salute.