After Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan committed a penalty that may have cost his team a recent game, he received death threats on Twitter. Who would be crazy enough to do such a thing? Meet Paul Auferio (Patton Oswalt), a 36-year-old schlub who works at a dead-end day job and spends his nights calling in to a sports-radio station to proclaim his undying love for the New York Giants — and his murderous hate for the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles. He’s the tragic title character in the super-dark comedy BIG FAN (airing tomorrow night at 8P on Sundance Channel).
This week on Sundance Channel, we’ve got cinematic portrayals of people at war — with their heroes, their bosses, their communities and themselves.
So you’re a fan, right — of films, sex, true stories, sports teams, gelato, whatever? But are you, you know, a big fan? You can prove it by watching these movies, featuring all of the above (well, maybe not the gelato). This week three inspired-by-a-true-story films offer up heart-wrenching crime, tear-jerking redemption and ass-kicking action (not to mention hotties like Keira Knightley and Jon Hamm).
Spring is in the air. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it’s the perfect time to stay inside and watch some movies. Trust me, the pollen count is through the roof right now and I know a lot of you don’t have health insurance to cover your Flonase. Do yourself a favor and cuddle up with James Bond playing a badass, Jewish brother; a collection of crossword playing outcasts and misfits; Patton Oswalt as an obsessive sad sack and a low budget horror film directed by, and starring, twins.
Maybe because I’d already been to so many Sundance parties, or because I couldn’t imagine the Racquet Club as an awards hall, or because I’m allergic to hype—whatever the reason, I was skeptical about the closing night ceremony.
Robert Siegel sure knows how to write squirm-inducing scripts. THE WRESTLER—which just got shortchanged by the Academy—was one of my favorite films of last year, but also one of the hardest to watch. Mickey Rourke’s portrayal of an over-the-hill wrestler who continues to perform—and juice up—in spite of a heart condition is not unlike watching a car wreck in slow motion for two hours … and wondering all along whether the driver is going to die.