Why We Go To The Sundance Film Festival

NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013 and have updated it for 2014.

The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?

More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?

For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.

Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »

.

Please Recommend /Film on Facebook

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Of all the highly anticipated films hitting theaters in 2014, Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of the first to arrive. Scheduled for release March 7, the film follows the adventures of a concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and lobby boy (Tony Revolori) at a huge European hotel between World War I and World War II. The cast is impressive as always (Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan) and as fantastic as the trailer was, two clips from the film are now out. Each is not only filled with the classic Wes Anderson tropes, but a real sense of energy and urgency. Check them out below. Read More »

bill-murray-grand-budapest

We just saw a new poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, from Wes Anderson, and that image featured portraits of the individuals in the huge ensemble cast. Now there’s a new trailer, and it is all about introducing the characters played by the whole bunch.

Along the way, we get a better outline of how the film fits together, starting from the point where F. Murray Abraham, seemingly as an older version of the young Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), narrates his story to the young writer played by Jude Law. There’s so much here: Harvey Keitel’s prison tattoos, Jeff Goldblum channeling J.K. Simmons’ character from Burn After Reading, and Tilda Swinton swaddled in old-age makeup, for starters.

It looks like a screwy comedy, with everyone having a hell of a time, but there are shadows of more serious events here, too. And, for everything that’s in this trailer, it doesn’t seem to give too much away. Read More »

Grand Budapest Hotel UK Quad

Any “most anticipated of 2014″ lists we run here will likely feature Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens in March of next year. Anticipation comes not just based on the fact of a new Anderson movie, but the ensemble cast that always comes with such an endeavor.

This time, it’s Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and Saoirse Ronan, for starters, who will wear the meticulously designed, Anderson-approved costumes. You can see them all in a new poster below, in advance of a new trailer tomorrow (Thursday, Dec 19). Read More »

Castello Cavalcanti schwartzman anderson

Right now, this moment, from where you are sitting, you can watch a new movie by Wes Anderson starring Jason Schwartzman. It’s called Castello Cavalcanti and stars the Rushmore actor as a famous race car driver who crashes in 1955 Italy. All the trademark Anderson charm is here. Tracking shots, beautiful production design, lyrical music, and that specific, quirky humor. Made with the help of Prada, it’s fantastic and you can see it below.

You can also watch Anderson’s appearance in a touching tribute to another of his actors, Kumar Pallana, who passed away earlier this year. Read More »

Maryanna Hoggartt - Fantastic Mr Fox

There couldn’t be a better time for Spoke Art to launch its fourth annual tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. The director is fresh in the public’s mind thanks to an amazing new trailer for his new film, as well as interesting new behind the scenes videos, and a hilarious new parody of his work. Now it’s time for Bad Dads.

Over 100 artists from around the world have once again created brand new art inspired by the growing oeuvre of writer/director Wes Anderson. This year, the show opens with a costume party on November 1 and 2 followed by a triple feature of three Anderson films: Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums and his most recent release, Moonrise Kingdom, on November 3.

Below, check out a small sampling of work in the San Francisco based show and all the particulars. Read More »

SNL Wes Anderson

Saturday Night Live doesn’t have a reputation for lampooning independent filmmakers too often, but they do love jumping onto a good meme and Wes Anderson parodies have definitely reached “meme” level. Leave it to the legendary sketch comedy show, though, to use their considerable resources to make the Wes Anderson parody to end all Wes Anderson parodies.

It’s called The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders and stars Edward Norton (himself a star of Moonrise Kingdom) as Owen Wilson (Anderson’s frequent co-star and co-writer) in a horror story that also “features” Anderson players like Adrien Brody, Alec Baldwin, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman and many others. Some even as themselves. Check it out below. Read More »

Moonrise Kingdom

Earlier this month, we wrote about Matt Zoller Seitz‘s new book The Wes Anderson Collection, a book examining the work of writer/director Wes Anderson. The Pulitzer Prize finalist has been following Anderson’s career since the very beginning, and has teamed up with editor Steven Santos to bring the book to the web in a documentary/video essay format. A couple weeks back we posted the first two chapters, on Bottle Rocket and Rushmore. Last week we featured The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Matt has now released Chapter 5 and 6 which cover The Darjeeling Limited and Moonrise Kingdom. Both are online and available to view after the jump.

Read More »

Click Here To Read Older Movie News
Cool Posts From Around the Web: