Now playing on Sundance Channel: PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, French love and more
Choose your poison — blatant francophilia, perhaps, or a battle of quirky movies featuring youth-in-search-of-meaning? How about a twisted cult classic or an oddball romance? We’ve got all of ‘em this week.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE is a natural for WTF: Watch This Film, our weekly selection of the weird, the wild and the way out. Pushed to the limits by Faustian mogul Swan (the incredible Paul Williams), composer Winslow (William Franklin) transforms into The Phantom and seeks revenge for his music and the woman he loves (Jessica Harper).
Not exactly a critical darling when it was released, Brian De Palma’s horror-rock-opera has become an enduring favorite.
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Thursday at 11P
The Revolutionary War may be long over, but the US and the UK have unfinished business … That’s why all month long on Friday nights, Sundance Channel brings you the War of Independents, a head-to-head grudge match pitting US versus UK films. This week we have CRUMB director Terry Zwigoff’s unconventional comic adaptation GHOST WORLD.
Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson and Steve Buscemi star in this poignant portrayal of alienation and friendship.
GHOST WORLD Friday at 10P
Representing the UK is HOW TO BE, a surreal comedy starring Robert Pattinson as a long-haired would-be musician going through a “quarter-life crisis.”
TWILIGHT this is most definitely not.
HOW TO BE Saturday at 12A
Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day with PARIS JE T’AIME, a mélange of vignettes exploring “everything you love about love.”
With a star-studded international cast including Steve Buscemi (again!), Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Juliette Binoche, Rufus Sewell and Elijah Wood.
PARIS JE T’AIME Saturday at 10:45A
And finally, we bring you our boss’s pick of the week, GIGANTIC, about a young mattress salesman (Paul Dano) who dreams of adopting a Chinese baby when an über-Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Zooey Deschanel) stumbles into his store, falls asleep and changes his life.
Also starring John Goodman and Ed Asner as those kooky kids’ dads.
GIGANTIC Saturday at 8P