While Cinematical does its best to cover every square-inch of the Sundance Film Festival for its devoted readers (that's you!), I understand it's hard to connect with the excitement of the event when stuck on your living room couch, forced to only imagine what it would be like to ski down the slopes hand in hand with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Since it could be frustrating to read about films you've never heard of or may never see show up at your local theater anytime soon, I figured I'd dig up a peek at a few of the films playing the festival this year. Even with 120 features, it was damn hard to find five that actually had a trailer...on the internet. If anything, hopefully (for those unable to attend), this gives you a small taste of what's going down out in Park City. Oh, it's all about Sundance on this week's Trailer Park:
- So, Jennifer Aniston has made some new Friends with Money and, look - they have more talent too. The opening night film at Sundance this year tells the story of four women (Aniston, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener and Frances McDormand), their husbands, their money and their lives. Aniston plays the only single one in the group, who works as a housekeeper to get by. I'm a fan of indie Aniston (ie: The Good Girl) and so I hope these new friends help unleash a better actress.
- When Michael Rapaport has an adverse reaction to his medicine, not only does he feel Special, but he also believes he's a superhero. Although it suffers from "that trailer is too damn long" syndrome, this little indie appears to have a quirky story and a big heart. I've been dying to see Rapaport escape his "Yo, I'm like a ghetto white boy" image for awhile now and, based on the preview, this could be a good start.
- In The Secret Life of Words, Tim Robbins plays a man who's blinded after an accident on an oil rig centered in the middle of the ocean. When a mysterious woman (Sarah Polley) is brought to help nurse him back to health, the two forge an intimate friendship through their conversations and an unspoken bond. An interesting departure for Robbins, but will this one pack enough punch to make waves at Sundance? You be the judge.
- One of the films Kim is totally psyched to see at Sundance is 13 (Tzameti); a French film that tells of a young man who discovers an envelope containing a train ticket and a hotel invitation in the home of his employer who, might I add, has just died. Curiosity gets the best of him and soon this young man finds himself with a new identity in a very bizarre and deadly situation. I agree with The Guardian when they say this plot is perfect for an American re-make, so see the original now before Hollywood ultimately ruins it.
- Director Jonathan Demme follows legendary recording artist Neil Young to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for an intimate look inside one man's passion, pleasure and determination to maintain normalcy after entertaining millions. Shot over the course of a two-night performance, Neil Young: Heart of Gold is not only a great film for his fans, but it's also a great portrayal of the human spirit.