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I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director: Bryan Buckley
U.S.A., 2015, 104 min., color
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an American hero after winning the bronze medal for the women’s gymnastics team. Today, she’s still living in her small hometown, washed-up and embittered. Stuck in the past, Hope must reassess her life when a promising young gymnast threatens her local celebrity status.
Review: There is one note in The Bronze, and it is played over and over again. In the Rome 2004 Olympics, fictional character Hope (Rauch) overcomes an injury to win a bronze medal. She’s idealized by the media and her small town. Now, years later she’s in denial of being a has been. »
- Jeff Bayer
The festival’s opening night film premiered Thursday at the Eccles
[Updated 1:10 p.m.]
Relativity Media has acquired U.S. rights to Bryan Buckler’s directorial debut “The Bronze,” a raunchy comedy that had audiences talking after debuting as the opening night film at Sundance on Thursday, the studio announced Saturday.
There were several bidders in the mix and Netflix actually made the highest offer by far, but at the end of the day, the filmmakers wanted a proper theatrical release, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.
- Jeff Sneider and Linda Ge
Relativity has nabbed the bawdy comedy “The Bronze” for $3 million, sources confirm to Variety.
The film features a foul-mouthed former Olympic gymnast, played by “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch, that’s very much in the tradition of “Big Santa.” There had been some back and forth about the number of screens the picture will roll out on when it debuts in theaters, but those issues were resolved on Saturday afternoon.
Variety first reported that Relativity had made an initial offer on the film. The sum was originally at about $2 million but climbed as talks progressed.
Though bidding has been heated, some major distributors seemed skeptical about the film’s commercial prospects considering its risqué nature. In fact, studios such as Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight and »
- Brent Lang
The Bronze was the first movie that I saw up at Sundance this year, and it was a doozy. Like most of the movies I'll see at the film festival, I have no idea what I'm getting myself into when I sit down to watch these things. It almost always a complete surprise.
I was hoping the first film I saw this year would blow me away, just like Whiplash did for me last year, but that wasn't the case with The Bronze. The movie was directed by Bryan Buckley, and it was good. The film has a handful of really funny moments, but for the most part it's a mediocre movie with an insanely annoying main character named Hope Ann Greggory. She is played by Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) in the feature, and the actress also co-wrote the script.
The story centers on a former Olympic gymnast »
- Joey Paur
Sebastian Stan from his InstagramNathaniel, reporting from the snowy mountains of Park City Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival. Michael, currently en route, will also be covering though we both missed opening night (I was still visiting family in Utah).
From what I gather the opening night talk mostly revolved around Sebastian Stan's muscular performance in a raunchy sex scene in The Bronze. While that event was happening (unbeknownst to me) I was still visiting my mom and brother and they made me* watch muscular Sebastian Stan and his robot arm terrorizing Captain America and The Black Widow.
So, it was unofficially Sebastian Stan Day. Perhaps this is a good omen for the actor's 2015, which he already seems rather happy about (see photo evidence, left). Variety interviewed him at the premiere and he said the script for The Bronze was so funny that before he even got the »
- NATHANIEL R
Melissa Rauch is very funny in her role as Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory," but the actress is garnering buzz for a brand new talent at Sundance: an insanely gymnastic sex scene in "The Bronze," a movie about a retired gymnast boozing it up in Ohio, with costar Sebastian Stan. HitFix caught up Rauch, who cowrote "The Bronze" with husband Winston Rauch, to ask her about her favorite movie heroes. Her answer is the "perfect 10" you expect. »
- Louis Virtel
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The 31st installment of North America’s preeminent showcase for independent cinema kicked off Thursday night in a torrent of female genitalia jokes, toilet humor, and an inspired flourish of gymnastic sex. That is, sex literally involving gymnastics during which the actors perform back flips, splits, and pommel-horse dismounts onto and off of each other’s naked bodies. Leading the Sundance Film Festival’s narrative features section, the raunch comedy The Bronze played to a packed house at Park City’s Eccles Theater. By way of introduction, the movie’s director Bryan Buckley heaped credit on star-screenwriter Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory »
- Chris Lee
The Sundance Film Festival got off to a raunchy start on Thursday night with the premiere of “The Bronze,” starring Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) as a washed-up Olympics gymnast. The R-rated comedy not only lived up to its pre-festival hype, it’s likely to start a bidding war in Park City. Here are five reasons why “The Bronze” could be a breakout comedy of 2015:
(1) Melissa Rauch Deserves a Gold Medal.
Rauch, who co-wrote the screenplay with her husband Winston, has never carried a film before. But she delivers the best breakthrough comedic performance by an actress since Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids.” Her character Hope Annabelle Gregory, a bronze-medal winning Olympics gymnast from 2004 who can’t get her life together after an injury, is part Tracy Flick from “Election,” part Sue Sylvester from “Glee” and part Leslie Knope from “Parks and Recreation.” But Rauch makes the role fully her own. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Melissa Rauch has heads spinning at Sundance after her new film, The Bronze, opened the Park City film festival Thursday night. In the film, the Big Bang Theory star plays a former Olympic gymnast who has descended into a lackadaisical life of boozing and smoking pot in a small Ohio town. Variety described one scene between Rauch and co-star Sebastian Stan as "one of the raunchiest sex sequences in movie history," noting it involves "pole vaults, cartwheels and pirouettes." Mashable panned the film, but said the sex scene was "a perfect 10." While The Slanted raved about the film and said »
- James Hibberd
Park City, Utah - Sebastian Stan's spotlight was temporarily stolen as Thomas Middleditch entered his frame on the red carpet to Sundance comedy "The Bronze" last night. Stan has starred recently in "Captain America" movies as Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier, and has a big year ahead of him shooting for "Captain America: Civil War," the next film in the Marvel series. But "Silicon Valley's" Middleditch wants to meddle. Stan's personal goal for 2015 is "to stay away from Thomas as long and as far away as possible," he joked as his "Bronze" co-star loomed nearby. Middleditch explained that the tension was due to Stan feeling "not as handsome as he normally is, because I'm so handsome and he's not so handsome." "No comment," Stan deadpanned, waltzing away from view. "The Bronze" -- starring and co-written by "The Big Bang Theory's" Melissa Rauch -- plays all week during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. »
- Katie Hasty
The Sundance Film Festival has played host to some memorable sex scenes over the years, but none quite as athletic and jaw-dropping as the one that screened last night during the world premiere of "The Bronze," Melissa Rauch's passion project, which she wrote, co-produced and stars in. In "The Bronze," directed by Bryan Buckley (who has over 50 Super Bowl commercials to his name), the "Big Bang Theory" star plays Hope Annabelle Greggory, an extremely foul-mouthed Olympic bronze medalist gymnast who can't let go of her former glory. When she's forced into training a promising gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson), following the passing of her former coach, Hope does everything in her power to sabotage the girl's chances at making it to the Olympics. The show-stopping sex scene, between Hope and her rival and Olympic recruiter Lance Tucker ("Captain America" star Sebastian Stan), comes late in the movie and it's inarguably the. »
- Nigel M Smith
Directed by Bryan Buckley
The Bronze is a wickedly funny comedy that re-affirms the value of R-rated movies. With a voice like sandpaper across your eardrums, Melissa Rauch delivers an unrelentingly vulgar performance that will have the “adults” rolling their eyes and the “immature” rolling with laughter. You know which camp you occupy, so there’s no excuse for misjudging this modest comedy that aims squarely below the belt and hits its mark with impressive regularity.
Permanently clad in her Olympic warm-up suit, Hope Annabelle Greggory (Rauch) took the Bronze medal by completing her gymnastics routine on a mangled Achilles heel. She’s like Kerri Strug, only with more obscenities and promiscuous sex. When Hope returned home to Smalltown, USA, she was hailed as a conquering hero, with a lifetime supply of free ice cream floats and primo marijuana at her disposal. »
- J.R. Kinnard
Park City - It's hard to believe that there's any downside to being on a giant mega-hit sitcom that runs for a decade, but if you're someone who dedicated your life to acting, a big hit could be a genuine trap. If anyone knows that, Melissa Rauch does. Melissa Rauch joined the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" in the third season, playing a character who fell in love with one of the series regulars, and she has become an indispensable part of the ensemble. I didn't pay close attention to the re-negotiations over salary, but I know the cast got some big giant raises. One of the things that affords you, if you're one of those actors on that show, is a chance to push some personal projects into the spotlight. Rauch took advantage of that and, with her co-writer and husband Winston Rauch, and she seems to be »
- Drew McWeeny
In the cranky, foul-mouthed tradition of bad grandpas, bad teachers, bad Santas and so forth, “The Bronze” unveils yet another vinegar-spirited comedic antihero: the bad sport. Catapulting herself into the public eye, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Melissa Rauch stars as Hope Ann Greggory, an Olympic has-been who’s ridden the celebrity of her third-place gymnastics medal about as far as it will take her. While commercial enough to go the distance, Rauch’s caustic character sketch feels similarly over-stretched, landing easy laughs over and over with the same joke: a twisted take on the sort of America’s sweetheart even Tonya Harding couldn’t tarnish.
A true gymnast would appreciate the virtually impossible balancing act of trying to make audiences like a character as unrepentantly self-absorbed as Hope, a pony-tailed blonde brat whom we meet masturbating to tape of her 2004 Olympics win — in which she snatched the bronze medal »
- Peter Debruge
“The Bronze” kicked off the 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival on a foul-mouthed note Thursday, sticking a dagger through the concept of hometown heroes and providing one of the raunchiest sex sequences in movie history.
The scene in question, one that involves pole vaults, cartwheels and pirouettes, was a constant source of amusement during a question and answer period immediately following the film’s premiere at the Eccles Theater.
“Right after this there’s going to be an audition for the sex scene in the sequel,” joked director Bryan Buckley.
Her husband added that it gave the couple a chance to “show you what we do in our bedroom.”
“The Bronze” hit Park City with some of the festival’s strongest buzz. After the screening, »
- Brent Lang
Last week Anthony Mackie shared his excitement over his upcoming return as Sam Wilson / Falcon in Marvel’s first Phase Three offering Captain America: Civil War – which he described as “Avengers 3.8“ – and now the star has spoken in depth about the upcoming threequel during an interview with I Am Rogue:
“When we finished Cap 2 I asked and begged to come back, literally,” states Mackie. “So I found out when everybody else did. I got a call from my manager. He said, “They’re going to put you in Cap 3. It’s always a surprise with Marvel, man. If you are not one of those like Thor or Cap, then you have no idea. The only person that had an early version of the script and read the outline was Chris Evans… I have [read Civil War]. I’m not sure how close it will stay because I haven’t read anything. I haven »
- Gary Collinson
While Anthony Mackie has been out and about teasing the latest Captain America: Civil War script, Sebastian Stan, meanwhile, has seemingly been left in the dark about his confirmed return as Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. During an interview with Variety, the Romanian actor was asked if he had read the script yet, to which he replied: "No... I mean this–I have no idea what’s happening." Stan later added that he has no idea if he'll appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron or the Infinity War movies, and doesn't know how many more Marvel movies he will be in. "That’s the most boring answer, but literally the only answer I know. It’s out of my control," he said. When asked if the Captain America franchise has changed his life, Sebastian Stan was a bit more chatty. "Credit is due where credit is due–2014 was a »
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Thursday night with the premiere of “The Bronze,” which opens in the same plum spot that launched “Whiplash” last year. And like ”Whiplash,” “The Bronze” focuses on hyper-devoted players in a niche world of competition.
“The Bronze,” directed by Bryan Buckley (he made the 2004 Sundance short “Krug”), tells the story of a washed-up Olympics gymnast named Hope (Melissa Rauch) who tries to regain her glory days in a small town. The buzzy comedy, which hasn’t screened widely yet, is already drawing comparisons to “Napoleon Dynamite,” thanks to quotable one-liners in its screenplay. Rauch co-wrote it with her husband Winston, and they cast Marvel heartthrob Sebastian Stan as an aging male Olympics medal-winner who serves as the love interest/arch nemesis.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
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