Pizza should get its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s been making cameos in movies like “Do The Right Thing” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” for decades. And there are often valuable lessons to be learned from cinema’s most famous ‘za connoisseurs. So order a pie and read on for 10 pizza proverbs.
Park City has proved to be a launching pad for indie movies. “Precious,” “Winter’s Bone” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (to name a few) all debuted at the festival and wound up racking up Oscar nominations. And on the heels of today’s Academy announcements, it turns out that this year’s crop of nominees is no different.
What movies will you be clamoring to see from this year’s Sundance Film Festival? We’ve got 10 favorites of critics and fans (like “Whiplash” and “Dear White People”—many of which have already secured distribution—to satisfy whatever you’re into, from comedy to documentary, thriller to romance.
Everyone knows how important music can be to the mood of a movie, but these 13 films go beyond that, focusing on the madness and genius of music itself—the comedic absurdity (“Frank”) and the coming-of-age fantasy (“God Help the Girl”), the healing (“Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”) and the heartbreak (“Low Down”).
Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”), Ellar Coltrane (“Boyhood”) and Shailene Woodley (“White Bird in a Blizzard”) are just a few of the rising stars who hit the big time after their movies made it to Sundance two years ago.
More than 20 movies were sold at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The selections were from a variety of categories—documentary, drama, comedy, horror, and some hybrids of the above. Here are some of our favorite highlights, including “Cooties” and “The Skeleton Twins.”
The Sundance Film Festival is a crucible for industry trends and finding emerging talent. Festival watchers tend to focus on the weak economic prospects for many of the films showcased in Park City. The independent marketplace is slowly evolving, but there was plenty to see. So what if no one film galvanized the festival the way BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and FRUITVALE STATION did in recent years? The festival probably erred in starting off with its best offering, jazz thriller WHIPLASH. No other film topped the buzz generated by this one.
Sundance Review: J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller Impress With a Ferocious Student-Teacher Dynamic in WHIPLASH
BY EMMA MYERS Legend has it that Charlie Parker only became Bird because Jo Jones furiously threw a cymbal at his head when he choked on stage. At least that’s the story Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), the barbarous band conductor in Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH, uses to justify the emotional and physical abuse he subjects his students…
Sundance Institute this evening announced the jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah.
This year’s Short Film program is comprised of 65 short films selected from a record 8,102 submissions.
The Short Film jurors are: Mike Farah, President of Production for Funny or Die; Don Hertzfeldt, Academy Award® nominated American independent filmmaker; and Magali Simard, short film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.