Sundance Film Festival 2014

One of these years I swear I'm going to make it to Park City in person. Well, I've been there before, but not while Sundance was happening, which is like my dream vacation. Until then I'll just be over here obsessed with the coverage in the comfort of my pajamas. Take a look at some of the films I can't wait to see.

*Boyhood  (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane) A divorced couple is trying to raise their young son. The story follows him from first through twelfth grade and examines his relationship with his parents as he grows.

Camp X-Ray (Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria, John Carroll Lynch) A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay.

*Cold in July (Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard) A man shoots a home intruder and is hailed as a small-town hero, but soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when the victim's ex-con father wants revenge.

*Cooties (Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer) A virus going around an elementary school transforms the students into deranged, cannibalistic mutants. Teachers and students band together and attempt to leave the building.

*Dinosaur 13 Documentary about Sue, the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found, in the badlands of South Dakota in 1990 and the fight for ownership between the paleontologists and the U.S. government.

*Frank (Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy) A young wannabe musician, Jon, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank and his terrifying sidekick, Clara.

*God's Pocket (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro) After his stepson is killed in a construction "accident" Mickey quickly tries to bury the bad news with the body. But when a local columnist comes sniffing around for the truth, things go from bad to worse. 

Hellion (Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins) When Child Protective Services removes his son to live with his aunt, absentee dad Hollis and his 13-year old son are forced to face their culpability as they strive to bring the boy home. 

*Happy Christmas (Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Lena Dunham) After a break up, Jenny moves in with her brother and sister-in-law. She reconnects with old friends and continues to self-sabotage with drugs and alcohol until she and her sister-in-law start to offer each other support.

Infinitely Polar Bear (Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana) Cameron has had a nervous breakdown that leaves him unemployable while his wife accepts a scholarship to pursue her MBA in New York and leaves him and their two daughters behind for 18 months.

*Laggies (Keira Knightley Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Ellie Kemper) When her high school boyfriend proposes unexpectedly, Megan panics and forgoes attending a professional-development retreat to hide at the home of her new 16-year-old friend, Annika, and her attractive, single dad.

*Life After Beth (Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly) Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. When she miraculously comes back to life, he tries to experience things he regretted not doing when she was alive, but Beth isn't quite the same.

Life Itself Documentary about the career of the best-known and most influential movie critic, Roger Ebert. 

Little Accidents (Elizabeth Banks, Boyd Holbrook, Chloë Sevigny, Jacob Lofland, Josh Lucas) When a mining disaster tears at the fabric of an Appalachian coal-mining town, the lives of three very different inhabitants become inexplicably tangled in a web of secrets.

*Mitt Documentary about former Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney and his two recent attempts to gain the presidency. Available on Netflix now. 

Nick Offerman: American Ham (Nick Offerman) Live taping of Offerman’s one-man show from the Town Hall theatre in New York.

*The One I Love (Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson) A married couple on the brink of separation escapes to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend getaway in an attempt to salvage what’s left of their relationship. 

*The Skeleton Twins (Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, Ty Burrell) Living separate lives on opposite sides of the country, estranged siblings are reunited after a crisis. Adrift and wondering how they ended up so far from who they were supposed to be, the siblings try to patch things up.

They Came Together (Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, Christopher Meloni) A corporate executive for a mega candy store chain is tasked with shutting down amom-and-pop operation, but the unlikely lovers find themselves in a whirlwind romance. 

*Whiplash (Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons) A 19-year-old drummer at a Manhattan music conservatory dreams of greatness, but the pressure of success gets to him after he joins the school band, led by a brutally savage music instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. 

White Bird in a Blizzard (Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni) A college-bound teenager is finally starting to feel comfortable in her own skin. She hangs out with her friends and boyfriend under the watchful eye of her glamorous, but disturbed mother, who mysteriously vanishes.

*Wish I Was Here (Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King) Follow up to Garden State. While pursuing his acting career, a thirty-something family man has landed in a tough financial situation and decides to home school his children. 

Does anything look good to you?

*Picked up by a distributor


Jo said...

They all look good to be honest!

ErinMSW said...

Wow, they all look pretty good! And also, is Shailene Woodley in everything this year?!?!

Misty C. said...

I think it'll be interesting to see Kristen Stewart in that role.

Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler together? Yes.

I want to see Michael C. Hall and Aaron Paul's movies because, duh, I love them.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I have always wanted to go to Sundance AND Utah for snowboarding - I think the trip would be a win/win!!!

I have to say it's finally nice to see Kristen Stewart get a role where her different facial expressions will be appreciated. ;)

Cooties sounds right up my alley!

Hellion - You had me at Aaron Paul.

Happy Christmas - You had me at Anna and Lena. Sold.

Life After Beth - sounds right up my alley too - especially with Aubrey Plaza (I love her)!!! And Anna and bonus John C. Reilly).

Little Accidents sound good!

I will PASS on Mitt.

Nick Offerman: American Ham - he could literally read the phone book and I'd be overly intrigued. I listened to a podcast about this and was so anxious to see it. he's awesome.

The One I Love - Mark Duplass - sold!

The Skeleton Twins - Bill and Kristen sold, but it also sounds real good. (Also LUKE love!)

They Came Together - I've seen previews for this and can't flipping wait. I love spoof movies but I love them even more when people like Paul and Amy are in them. It's totally poking fun at You've Got Mail and other Rom-Coms.

WIsh I Was Here - can't wait!!!

EEE so many, independent goodies in this list! I'm totally stoked for 2014 movie seasons!!!

Karen M. Peterson said...

One of my friends was at Sundance and got to see a few of these. From what I remember, he liked these. There were a few others he saw that he hated, but I don't think any of them are on this list.

Kate said...

Kelly's comment about K.Stew. I am still laughing.

I will need to look up all of these on Flixster so I can make sure I don't miss them!

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

Cold in July and Little Accidents are the two that jump out at me to look for. I thought Boyhood was genius.