3 items from 2014
Writing his musings officially for The Hollywood News, friend of the site Adam Mast of Utah’s Zboneman.com and The Independent, describes his experience and lists his top films from Sundance 2014.
Sundance 2014 was a bit of a milestone for me. Not only was it the 30th anniversary of the iconic fest, but it also happened to be my 20th consecutive year attending. Not to be outdone, I managed to take in a whopping 41 screenings in 10 short days. Insane, I know. While it was exhausting, it was also an incredibly magical experience.
The general consensus amongst many of the attendees I spoke to during the fest, was that there wasn’t a break out hit this year. I suppose that’s all a matter of perception. From where I was sitting, this might have been the most consistent Sundance in recent memory. Of the 41 films I took in, there were »
- Paul Heath
Scott Foundas: They say dogs come to resemble their owners (or vice versa), but if you hang around a film festival long enough, do you start to resemble the movies? That thought crossed my mind on Sundance’s final Sunday, when, as I was leaving a screening at the Eccles Theater, a volunteer enthusiastically congratulated me on my lead performance in the festival’s big award winner, “Whiplash,” which took both the audience award and the grand jury prize in this year’s U.S. dramatic competition. Of course, it’s flattering to be mistaken for Miles Teller, who’s a very good actor (in addition to being nine years my junior), but I couldn’t help wondering if something more mysterious was afoot.
Maybe that’s because, just the day before, I had caught up with another of this year’s Sundance breakouts, “I Origins,” in which the »
- Scott Foundas, Peter Debruge and Justin Chang
With films like Raze getting a lot of attention lately, the question beckons... will combat horror be the next subgenre to hit it big? Given that Donald Lawrence Flaherty’s Brutal has added aliens to the mix, it just might!
Described as Fight Club meets “The Twilight Zone,” the film stars Morgan Benoit (Forbidden Kingdom, 47 Ronin) and features fight sequences created by two of Hollywood’s top stunt performers, Colin Follenweider (Avatar, X-Men) and Chris Torres (Letters from Iwo Jima).
Brutal centers on Trevor (Morgan Benoit), who is abducted at the age of fifteen by an unseen alien presence. Forced into nearly two decades of no-holds-barred fights against other abductees, Trevor evolves from an innocent boy into a brutal fighting machine.
Derek (Jeff Hatch), an ambulance chasing lawyer, is the latest lab-rat abductee forced to fight Trevor. As they exchange increasingly violent beatings over the course of weeks and months, »
- Uncle Creepy
3 items from 2014
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