Sure, it’s the Oscars this weekend. And, sure, you’re probably scrambling to make sure you’ve seen everything nominated for Best Picture before Billy Crystal takes the stage (wait, what year is it?), but make sure to leave some time for a few films we think are watch-worthy. This week we’ve got a visit from our boss, Mr. Robert Redford, and a few sexy, French tidbits to keep you entertained. So grab some maïs soufflé and program that DVR.
This week we’ve got aspiring pop stars and one of the world’s biggest rock icons. We’ve also got a kinky take on an American artist and an in-your-face story that involves skateboards, making out and shirtless teenage boys. So, whether you like the SoCal sunshine or deep dive docs, you’ll find something to watch on Sundance Channel.
It’s hard to believe we’re less than a week away from everybody’s least favorite Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day. If the mere thought of heart shaped boxes of chocolates and overpriced roses makes you want to gouge someone’s eyes out, then let the movies take you away! You are far less likely to end up with jail time. And if violence isn’t your thing, we’ve also got some indie stalwarts, and even a bit of rom com lined up to get you through the next week.
Ah, lovely, fragile February. While the groundhogs can’t seem to
This week on Sundance is adults only: intense films about violence, sex, and parties, almost all praised for stunning visuals. And on Christmas Eve, Santa is bringing MARIE ANTOINETTE, with all of the ribbons, candy, and costumes you would expect for such a festive occasion.
Dominic West as serial killer Fred West in APPROPRIATE ADULT.
If you’ve gotten even a whiff of Hollywood’s turd platter this season (Tower Heist? Seriously?), then the Sundance Channel has the cure. Instead of Kristen Stewart, we give you Lena Dunham. Rather than Brett Ratner, we’ve got Stanley Kubrick. And in place of Adam Sandler’s drag, we’ve made Dominic West over as a serial killer. Here are our picks for this week’s films that won’t leave you brain dead:
Xavier Dolan, Niels Schneider and Monia Chokri in HEARTBEATS.
This week Sundance celebrates hot, young boys in love, starting tonight with a young Leonardo DiCaprio in TOTAL ECLIPSE. Leo plays 19th-century bad boy teen poet, Arthur Rimbaud (think lots of blousy shirts and sultry looks), who sends some of his poems to the famous writer, Paul Verlaine (played by David Thewlis, who won Best Actor at Cannes for the role in 1995). Verlaine is so impressed he invites Rimbaud to come stay at his house, but when he arrives he’s shocked to discover that Rimbaud is a crude and obnoxious sixteen-year-old kid. Still, he falls in love with him (in reality, Rimabud was nowhere near as cute as Leo, but hey, love is blind and Verlaine was no looker either), but it’s not a great match. Things don’t usually go well when you abandon your wife and kid for a hot teenage poet, whom you become so possessive of that you shoot him in a jealous rage. Luckily, Verlaine only hit Rimbaud’s left wrist, and he was a righty anyway. Hindsight’s a bitch, eh Paul?…
Any movie with full frontal male nudity in the first five minutes is automatically a winner in our book. And that’s what you get with 2008′s NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS, the last in September’s “Lover’s Lounge” series on the Sundance Channel (airing Saturday night/Sunday morn, September 25th at 12:45am and again at Tue night/Wed morn at 2:30am – set your Tivos).