Sundance Invades The Summer of 2011

Everyone’s talked ad nauseam about how the summer of 2011 is going to be a blockbuster bloodbath. Week after week of high concept, big budget sequels featuring superheroes, robots and wizards. But those aren’t the only movies that’ll be playing at your local theater during the long, hot months of May, June, July and August. A huge chunk of movies we reviewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival – from award winners to our personal favorites – are also finding their way into theaters during that time. As the heat quickly approaches, we’ve decided to highlight over 20 Sundance films that are scheduled to open opposite the traditional Hollywood fare. See images, read reviews and find release dates all below. Read More »

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‘Another Earth’ Teaser Trailer and Clips

Another Earth, a sort of low-key relationship drama, is a film that did very well at Sundance — it won the special jury prize and was picked up by Fox Searchlight for release in the near future. The film hasn’t really played anywhere outside Sundance, so this teaser trailer and pair of clips is all that’s really out there to get the film in the public eye. While these aren’t really the best clips — I half expect Fox Searchlight to have them taken down — they’ll do for now, until a real, full trailer is released. Read More »

At the beginning of the week, everyone was talking about Elizabeth Olsen, the OTHER Olsen sister, who had been unofficially crowned the “it” girl of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. She’s a new young talent  that had her public coming out, appearing in two films at this year’s fest, both of which sold early in the week — Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.

And Elizabeth is a talent we should watch out for in years to come, but the star power extruding from her family’s name seems to be blinding people to the real story, the real “it” girl of this year’s festival — Brit Marling. If you ask me, she is a new force in the independent film scene. Not only did she star in two of the more highly acclaimed films of this year’s Sundance, but she also co-wrote and produced both features. Both movies have a sci-fi component, but for the most part deal in the world and reality of today.

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I’m always excited to see independently-produced science fiction films at the Sundance Film Festival because it usually means I’m in for a treat. Notable mentions include Shane Carruth’s 2004 time travel movie Primer, and Duncan Jones’ 2009 psychological space thriller Moon. This year’s line-up is almost completely devoid of sci-fimovies. As far as I can tell, the only two films are: the Midnight movie selection Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same and a film in the dramatic competition called Another Earth.

Another Earth is described as follows: “On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.” Sounds like a cool concept for a sci-fi movie, right?
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