Top 10 Oddball Films from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
Weren’t able to make out to Park City for this year’s festival? We take you through the movies at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that are just plain different.
1. All Flowers in Time
This short by Jonathan Caouette looks really weird. And creepy. The screen shot of that old man is all we need to want to see more. And with a run time of 14 minutes, who doesn’t have time to check it out?
Keeping with the apocalyptic paranoia theme, Evan Glodell’s first feature movie seems like an original take on the modern love story. Equipped with a muscle car, flamethrowers and lots of violence, this movie promises to redefine the term romance. This low-budget project could make Glodell an indie star, because what great American doesn’t love sex and violence?
3. Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
With a name like that, what else is there to say? Lesbian aliens come to get their hearts broken in order to save their home planet. We can only imagine the mishaps that would ensue from such an expedition. It’s been said that Ed Wood would have been envious of this Madeleine Olnek movie. That’s good enough for us.
4. Hobo With A Shotgun
Another one of those, “with a name like that” movies, only this one has a much bigger budget and some star power thrown in as well. The latest of the “fake” Grindhouse trailer movies, Jason Eisener just might have given us the next great American “pulp” action movie. If not, it could still be wildly entertaining in the bad sort of way.
5. Red State
Kevin Smith tries something new. Claiming to be a “shocking new kind of horror film,” We’re going to give this movie the benefit of the doubt. While it may be just another horror movie, watching the trailer, we couldn’t help but be intrigued by the concept of a murderous Christian fundamentalist group. This one’s at least worth a look.
Everything we’ve read about this sounds borderline insane—but the “good” kind of insane. And, trust me, we’d know. Michael Tully’s movie will (hopefully) be both insightful and funny. Some filmmakers try too hard at being quirky—and ultimately fail—but Septien might be what all of us who yearn to relate to the rest of the world are always looking for. We’ll see.
7. Take Shelter
Leading man Michael Shannon just has a strange look to him, no matter what character he plays. And the concept of this latest Jeff Nichols movie seems perfect for Shannon. Kind of like a creepy version of Field of Dreams, Shannon’s character starts building a storm shelter after a series of disturbing, apocalyptic dreams. We can’t wait to see how this story plays out.
8. The Oregonian
We’ve never been more creeped out by a movie trailer featuring a hot chick covered in blood, holding a shot gun. It was terrifying. Calvin Lee Reeder’s movie looks like a complete psychological-trip. We really have no idea what it’s supposed to be about, other than an amnesiac wandering through the backwoods of Oregon, but we’re hooked. If you like weird, and we know we do, go see this movie.
9. The Woods
A modern, 20-something hipster version of Lord of the Flies? Perhaps. At the very least, this Matthew Lessner movie looks like an amusing critique on the politically misguided youth of today. They abandon civilization, but bring all the gadgets that their tech-obsessed generation is consumed by. Something is bound to go wrong there.
10. The Woman
This one sounds disturbing. Lucky McKee, who brought us May, looks to up the ante a bit further with this one. As if anyone could imagine a movie more twisted than May, this movie just might be it. A father enlists his wife and two kids in to torturously taming a savage woman he finds roaming the wilderness. That’s definitely one messed-up dad.
For another oddball from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, see the short “The Hunter and the Swan Discuss Their Meeting” (below).