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23 Buzz Films From Sundance 2009
Damon Wise selects his favourites from this year's Sundance Film Festival line-up
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This year from January 15 to 25, Park City in Utah will be playing host to the Sundance Film Festival, perhaps the most prestigious launching ground for new independent films in the world. And 2009 will be interesting. As you can probably tell from the release schedules, the studios are suffering from a distinct lack of tentpole releases this year, while the usually steady supply of 'worthy' movies was hit hard by last year's strike.

So, although the credit crunch means that nobody will be paying the crazy prices of the past ($10 million for 1999's Happy, Texas???), there'll be a lot of people looking to see if the indie world can plug the gaps with the new Juno, the new Sideways, or the new Lost In Translation.

Don't forget, Sundance is where Little Miss Sunshine made its debut (without a distributor), and the fest has birthed such cult classics from the last decade as The Blair Witch Project, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks, Garden State, Napoleon Dynamite, while docs launched there include Super-size Me, DiG!, Man On Wire, Capturing The Friedmans and Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room. As for the stars that were born here, you may know some of them: Quentin Tarantino, Steven Sodervergh, Kevin Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson... So here we present, (mostly) sight unseen, some of the buzz titles that could be causing a stir at this year's event...

 
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Whoever decided to put Sherlock Holmes on, just stop that sh*t right now. ... Read More

nKutzler About me

17:18, 02 March 2012 | Report This Post
You're so wrong
Not having True Romance in the list is just pants on the head retarded. It’s the ultimate love story between a comic book geek (who just happens to look like a young Jack Nicholson) and the world’s sweetest hooker. Throw in a young Tony Soprano, Brad Pitt’s best ever performance, Gary Oldman as a crazed Rasta pimp and the coolest ever face off between two of cinema’s top weirdoes – and tell me. Am I lying? ... Read More

rubbish monkey About me

11:58, 21 April 2010 | Report This Post
The Sure Thing
That is all. ... Read More

Timon About me

11:22, 21 April 2010 | Report This Post
What about
Nick Love's OUTLAW? That said, I can understand people forgetting about it. Wish I could ... Read More

JNoble About me

14:15, 29 January 2010 | Report This Post
There still hasn't been an outright good game-to-film adaptation
I beg to differ, I think 'War Games' did a magnificent job of 'bigging-up' noughts and crosses. ... Read More

mentat72 About me

14:13, 29 January 2010 | Report This Post
Logan Lerman = YUMMY! ... Read More

BabsyBuck About me

21:57, 24 September 2009 | Report This Post
old article
Reposting old Empire Magazine articles? News is slow these days! ... Read More

f1r3starter About me

12:37, 19 February 2009 | Report This Post
Freddy vs Jason
What was wrong with Freddy vs Jason, yeah the teenagers were canon fodder & you don't care about them but it did what it said in the tin FREDDY VS JASON. At last we got to see two of the biggest baddest going head to head in a entertaining fight unlike other VERSUS franchise *ahem A vs P* It's also first & only time you see Jason getting a jumbo size can of whoop ass opened up on him (did you notice him crawling away when Freddy was slicing into his back) Isn't it "ki, ki, ... Read More

davrosink About me

13:58, 13 February 2009 | Report This Post
Freddy vs Jason
What was wrong with Freddy vs Jason, yeah the teenagers were canon fodder & you don't care about them but it did what it said in the tin FREDDY VS JASON. At last we got to see two of the biggest baddest going head to head in a entertaining fight unlike other VERSUS franchise *ahem A vs P* It's also first & only time you see Jason getting a jumbo size can of whoop ass opened up on him (did you notice him crawling away when Freddy was slicing into his back) Isn't it "ki, ki, ... Read More

davrosink About me

13:47, 13 February 2009 | Report This Post
Vandemonium
It has to be the explanaton for his dopey name in Hard Target. When Yancy Butlers character asks why he is called 'Chance' he replies: "Because my momma, she took one...". What a film. Altogether now..."Whats it like to be hunted?" ... Read More

Stephen Done About me

14:09, 30 January 2009 | Report This Post
Worlds Greatest Dad
That has to be the funniest Synopsis I've ever read about a film. Wish I could've seen him pitching that one to the sponsors! ... Read More

discodave101 About me

15:02, 19 January 2009 | Report This Post
Moon
Starring Sam Rockwell with Sam Rockwell co-starring? Weird... ... Read More

gallus About me

00:31, 17 January 2009 | Report This Post
The Warriors #1???
No way! No remake deserves the number 1 spot for anything. Besides, it's only been announced and it's set for 2010, not 2009. ... Read More

gallus About me

00:24, 17 January 2009 | Report This Post
Errrr...
What! Unless my eyes deceive me (apologies if they have) the Warriors seem to be absent from this run down. Shouldn’t they be number 1? ... Read More

pete_traynor About me

15:59, 16 January 2009 | Report This Post
Who is Damon Wise anyway? ... Read More

bojangles1971 About me

13:46, 15 January 2009 | Report This Post
RE:
L: Hingway Films For me the best thing was the Ooh rating system. Goodbye five stars. sp; I'll admit to a chuckle or two on seeing those too, although that may have had something to do with his expression. ... Read More

rayhiggins About me

11:45, 14 January 2009 | Report This Post
For me the best thing was the Ooh rating system. Goodbye five stars. ... Read More

Hingway Films About me

10:57, 12 January 2009 | Report This Post
Main Man Black Dynamite!
I'm very surprised there hasn't been more coverage of Black Dynamite on this site. It's creating a lot of buzz elsewhere. Just to get things going, check out the trailer: http://www.blackdynamite.com/ Be warned, NSFW, but with a trailer this good, you can stick it to the Man! ... Read More

Jimjams About me

20:24, 11 January 2009 | Report This Post
Shorts...
There's a short playing called 'James' which has won a couple of awards on other festival circuits. The guy who did this short this was his dissertation piece for the MA programme at Queens University last year-no one imagined that it would get this much attention! It's a lovely short about a young kid whose trying to come to terms with his sexuality and is unable to get any help or support. For the time and effort the director put into it it deserves some amount of recognition. ... Read More

Keeves About me

02:56, 11 January 2009 | Report This Post
RE:
Nice to finally see In the Loop getting some attention - it's my most anticipated film of 2009, and has been for quite some time! Thanks for that lovely new still, Empire! ... Read More

nutteronabus About me

22:48, 10 January 2009 | Report This Post
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