Feature: The Shootening’s Sundance Rundown
Okay, full disclosure: We didn’t go to Sundance. Of course we didn’t. We are but a small blog based in the British Isles. Yet, with your continued support, we may grow enough that by the time of the next Sundance we can give you are our picks live from the event. In the meantime you’ll have to make do with a round up we gleaned from that worldliest of webs.
First up is John Dies At The End. This has ‘cult film’ written all over it – Two college drop-outs, John and David, experiment with a paranormal psychoactive drug known as Soy Sauce. It allows users to drift through time and across dimensions. While high, they discover an otherworldly invasion is well under way and it’s up to them to save mankind from certain destruction.
So far so insane. Directed by Don Coscarelli (of Bubba Ho-Tep fame) and starring Paul Giamatti, Chase Williamson, Rob Meyers, Doug Jones, and Clancy Brown, this will almost certainly be the maddest thing you see all year. It could also be the shittest.
John Dies At The End doesn’t have an official UK release date yet, but I’ll keep an eye out.
You may remember the “Safety Not Guaranteed” meme above, well, somebody has made a movie out of it. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking – this is the end of all civilisation as we know it – but hang in there, it actually sounds quite good.
Three reporters investigate an ad placed on Craigslist by a guy looking for a partner to time travel with. They discover an eccentric grocery store employee by the name of Kenneth Calloway (Mark Duplass). He’s completely serious about the ad and takes one of the reporters, Darius (Aubrey Plaza), under his wing as trainee for a ‘mission’. The longer Darius spends with Kenneth, the more she is charmed by his world view and begins to wonder if there is a mad genius at work within his mind.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Safety Not Guaranteed was picked up by a distributor at the festival and they hope to release it sometime in the summer.
The Imposter, directed by Bart Layton, is a documentary that tells the story of a family from Texas whose thirteen year old son goes missing. Three and a half years later he turns up in Spain, with a tale of the kidnap and subsequent torture. Returned home, he lives with the family before it is revealed he is an imposter, and in fact he is a frenchman by the name of Frédéric Bourdin.
It’s a true story told by all the people involved, though the narrator is the imposter (who is a pathological liar) so you’re never really sure of what is the truth. You can check out an exclusive clip on the Sundance website here.
The Imposter was co-funded by FilmFour so we will definitely see it here at some point.
And finally, there’s Room 237. A documentary by Rodney Ascher, it takes a look at the scholars, the fans, and the obsessed who spend their days trying to discover and decipher the theories and hidden meanings in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Ascher focusses on the most intriguing theories – that the film is about the Holocaust and Kubrick’s inability to face up to the horrors of the Final Solution. Or it’s about the genocide of the Native Americans. Or, most outlandishly, it’s Kubrick’s confession about his involvement in the faking of the Apollo Moon Missions.
It sound flipping brilliant and there’s a great article on the New York Times website here.
So, there’s the little round-up of the movies that tickled my special interest zone buried deep within my brain. I hope I’ve helped tickle your interest centres too. If I have, keep checking in with The Shootening to see read the reviews as and when they are released. Also, are there any gems you think I missed? Feel free to let us know down below.