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Now playing on Sundance Channel: Robert Redford and sexy French fare

Sure, it’s the Oscars this weekend. And, sure, you’re probably scrambling to make sure you’ve seen everything nominated for Best Picture before Billy Crystal takes the stage (wait, what year is it?), but make sure to leave some time for a few films we think are watch-worthy. This week we’ve got a visit from our boss, Mr. Robert Redford, and a few sexy, French tidbits to keep you entertained. So grab some maïs soufflé and program that DVR.

I can’t resist a good, French thriller. They’re just sexier than their English language counterparts. And there is something about French dialogue that is just more…suspenseful. Don’t believe me? Check out the trailer for IN THEIR SLEEP. Sarah (Anne Parillaud, who happens to be Luc Besson’s ex) is mourning the death of her teenage son. As if that doesn’t sound bad enough, she then hits another kid the same age with her car. But, wait! It gets worse. Turns out this kid is fleeing a murderous burglar…or is he? Anyway, despite the fact that she really needs some peace and quiet, Sarah agrees to take him in. And everybody lives happily ever after. JOKES! They totally don’t. WTF, indeed:


IN THEIR SLEEP Thursday at midnight

I know it’s not appropriate to talk about the boss this way, but my heart goes pitter-patter whenever I think of Robert Redford in THE NATURAL. You see, I’ve got a thing for baseball movies and the combination of these two favorites results in exponential enjoyment levels.

Why yes, that was Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall and Kim Bassinger all in one movie. You don’t need me to tell you the entire plot. All you need to know is there is a somewhat mystical baseball bat and the entire thing is loosely Percival, one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table.

If I were Robert Redford, I wouldn’t bet against me either.

THE NATURAL Saturday at 9:30P

If the Oscars end on time you can tune into SORRY, HATERS, starring Robin Wright (back when she was Robin Wright Penn). If they don’t, you can DVR it to find out happens when a Syrian cabdriver and a TV executive stop being polite, and start getting real.

And yes, that was the Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi.

SORRY, HATERS Sunday at midnight

I’ve already voiced my opinion on French thrillers. If they are not your thing then perhaps you would prefer a French period piece? Perhaps one directed by Bertrand Tavernier that features lots of sexytimes and swordfights?

I don’t know what I’m more excited about…the amazing costumes or everyone taking off the amazing costumes. Don’t worry, it’s all very classy. I mean, the film premiered at Cannes, so it has to be classy, right? And no, MONTPENSIER does not translate to ‘mountain of penises’. I looked it up.

THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER Wednesday at 8P