3 items from 2014
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
I generally pay as much attention to the broadcast network development season as I do to the baseball draft. Though the shows that actually survive development are much closer to airing chronologically than most baseball draftees are to the majors, the winnowing process is just as brutal in both cases. On average, a given network will hear 3-400 pitches a year, order scripts for 60-70 of them, make 8-12 pilots and put roughly between a half dozen and a dozen of them on the air. So I’ve usually found development not worth worrying about until shows are actually ordered to series and scheduled. That said, it’s been tough to ignore this fall’s development season, where it seems like every day for the past few weeks, my Twitter feed has blown up a few times an afternoon with news of a familiar movie or TV property being adapted »
- Alan Sepinwall
I Origins, 2014
Written and directed by Mike Cahill
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.
From director Mike Cahill (Another Earth), comes the high concept but low level sci-fi drama I Origins, a movie that raises questions about whether the evidence of science can disprove the existence of a higher being, or if definitive proof of a “God” can make the evidence of science obsolete. To call it a great movie would be a misstep, but I Origins is very interesting and will leave lingering thoughts in your mind that will last you long after the credits have ended.
We are introduced to the main protagonist Ian (Mike Pitt) who is on the verge of proving that God (or any higher being) doesn’t exist through the magic of science. »
- Luke Owen
3 items from 2014
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