Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sundance Day 3

Yeah...so it's been a few months since we went to the Sundance Film Festival. And...I'm just now getting around to finish up my movie posts. Tax season chewed me up and spit me out. I'm trying to get back to normal. I can't go without posting this after it's been sitting halfway written in my drafts, right? There's still one more day of movies to cover, so bear with me. We're almost finished. :)


This movie was entered in the International Film Dramatic category. We were trying to work it in before another movie we really wanted to see. Even though it is a foreign category, most of the movie is set in Houston, TX. The premise is that a headhunter from a German company is trying to secretly meet with a CEO of a company based in Houston to offer him the CEO position of the German company. This movie's premise gave us hope that it would be a decent foreign film, but unfortunately it didn't work out that way. This movie probably was our list favorite film that we saw at the festival. It drug on and on and on, and the pacing of the movie and the plot wasn't very good at all. We ended up having to leave before it was over as the other movie we wanted to see was starting across town, but we weren't even that disappointed that we didn't see the end. I would not recommend this movie if you somehow see it pop up on Netflix in the future. 

Ass Backwards

Casey Wilson from SNL

 We were very interested in this movie since it had a Saturday Night Live cast member in it. She was also the co-writer of this so we had high hopes for it. The premise for this movie is that two childhood friends who now live together in NYC decide that they want to make their way back to their hometown to win a beauty pageant that they failed to win as children. This movie was very funny if a bit on the silly side. It is basically a funny road trip movie. We enjoyed this movie and had quite a few laughs with it. We also enjoyed the fact that in the Q&A session Casey Wilson was present with her real life friend and co-writer June Raphael (who plays her childhood friend in the movie as well). These two were very funny and entertaining in the Q&A session...the filmmakers who attend these Q&A sessions and are entertaining really make the festival fun and different.

Very Good Girls

As you can see from the pictures, this movie stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen (whose sisters are Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen). This movie was directed by Jake Gyllenhaal's mother Naomi Fomer. It is a coming of age story about two friends from NYC who have just finished their senior year of high school and fall for the same boy. At times the movie is a bit slow, but I feel the director did a great job of illustrating the complicated relationships that teenage girls can develop with each other especially when they share the same love interest. I feel this movie will make it to wide release or at the very least to limited release in larger cities. I would suggest trying to check it out if you are into movies that are heavy in dialogue and exploring relationships.

Linking up with the beautiful Shanna!



Alyssa said...

That is so so so awesome that you went to this film festival!!! Definitely something I'd like to do one day :)

Rachel said...

I'm jealous you went to Sundance. All of these movies sound interesting. :)