Scary hot boys and just plain scary – what's playing this week on Sundance
We’ve got another great week of films on Sundance Channel, but before I let you in on the highlights I have to put in a word about tonight’s episode of “My So Called Life.” Let me preface this by saying I came to the show late in life, as in, I was already an adult by the time I met Angela, Rayanne, Rickie and Jordan Catalano, and so I was able to judge Jordan’s brain dead gaze as just that – brain dead – and wasn’t swayed by how my teenage hormones might have reacted to the oh-so-pretty face and soft brown waves concealing a mind completely devoid of thought – and, apparently, the ability to read. Which bring us to tonight’s episode, “Why Jordan Can’t Read.” It’s maybe one the strangest high school issues to tackle (more popular topics being the ongoing teenage battle against acne and dating). Is illiteracy really an issue that late in the game? Moreover, it’s not clear at the end of the show whether or not anyone is going to help the kid out and teach him his ABC’s. I mean, what’s Angela going to do when Jordan takes her on a date to a fancy restaurant – read him all the items on the menu? Oh wait, that’s right. They don’t go on dates; They just make out all over school. Sigh, remember when relationships could be sustained just by lots of kissing and the occasional “what’s up” in the hallway? If you haven’t seen this episode, it’ll take you right back.
I’m even more excited to announce that we’re playing Luis Bunuel’s THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL. Remember that scene from MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, when Owen Wilson’s character meets Bunuel and tells him his idea for a movie about a dinner party the guests find themselves unable to leave? That’s this one. Then stay tuned for Robert Pattinson in HOW TO BE, a surreal comedy in which he plays a struggling musician who moves back in with his dysfunctional parents while he gets through his quarter-life crisis – kind of a pitch-perfect commentary on how the economy has produced a gaggle of displaced and disgruntled 20-somethings , no?
We’re ending our month of devotion to our guy Stanley (Kubrick, that is) with no less than three of his films, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, LOLITA and EYES WIDE SHUT. And with Halloween less than a week away, we’ve got loads of scary flicks from all over the world, so no matter how you like to get your chills – be it zombies, ghosts, vampires or plain ol’ blood spraying all over the camera lens – we’ve got you covered. See the full schedule.