Posted by Rande Iaboni on April 18, 2012 at 12:09 am
For our New York metropolitan area fans, we hope you all get a chance to make it to this year’s Tribeca Film Festival! The 2012 lineup is one of the best I have seen in years! Here is a list of 10 movies you should definitely consider checking out!
Starring: Selma Blair, James D’Arcy, and Joshua Close
Synopsis: Following the tragic death of their young daughter, Mark (Josh Close) and Mary (Selma Blair) Hughes decide to escape from their busy lives to their upscale vacation home in the woods, along with their son. Their attempt to get some quality time together is interrupted when an unusually friendly neighboring family with a hidden agenda stops by for dinner. But what at first appears to be a mere lack of social niceties is concealing something much more sinister. As their violent plot is unveiled over the course of a harrowing evening, a troubled family’s bond is put to the test against one man’s obsession with achieving perfection—at any cost.
I’m a real sucker for horror films but especially the home-invasion kind. While there is no official trailer yet I took a look at some exclusive clips from the film and it looks extremely tense and well acted, count me in!
9. Revenge for Jolly!
Synopsis: Harry is having a very, very bad day. He returns home from an all-night drinking binge with his cousin Cecil to discover that his little dog Jolly—Harry’s one true love and the source of light in his dark, solitary life—has been murdered. Brokenhearted and beyond consolation, he vows to track down the dog’s murderer at any cost. Armed with a stockpile of firepower in the trunk of his car, he and Cecil embark on a frenzied, alcohol-fueled wild-goose chase, leaving a bloody path of destruction in their wake.
A dark comedy with a star studded cast, sounds like a hit. There’s nothing better than a whacky action thriller! Stay tuned for a trailer.
8. Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal
Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Dylan Smith, and Georgina Reilly
Synopsis: Onetime art star Lars Olafssen is all washed up. Too uninspired to paint, he accepts a teaching stint at a small-time art school in podunk Koda Lake, Canada, where he does double duty as caretaker for the offbeat town’s neighborhood weirdo, Eddie. Eddie doesn’t speak, doesn’t have any friends, and is generally regarded by the townsfolk as a harmless loon, but to Lars he quickly becomes a trusted companion. As their unlikely friendship evolves, a dark and violent secret about Eddie’s nocturnal impulses begins to surface. A secret that stirs long-dormant artistic urges in the creatively stunted Lars. A secret that he feels compelled to nurture….
I had the chance to check this film out at a pre-festival screening and nothing could prepare me for how much fun it was! It was one of the most odd films I have seen in a long time but I absolutely enjoyed it for its creativity and campiness. A well acted horror comedy, review will come soon!
7. Side by Side
Starring: James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan
Synopsis: Over the course of the last several years, the film industry has undergone a multitude of dramatic changes. From the way audiences access movies to the way filmmakers shoot them, the art and business of film is evolving at a shockingly swift rate. In this illuminating documentary, producer Keanu Reeves interviews many of the most innovative game-changers in the world of cinema to examine how the digital age has transformed the movies. James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and Andy and Lana Wachowski are just a few of the filmmakers who share their insights in this thoroughly engaging documentary about the future of film.
I don’t usually get too excited for documentaries but I have to say this one is at the top of my list. Some of the world’s most famous directors (and some of my personal favorites!) are interviewed about the change in film technology, a topic that is extremely relevant to this time.
Synopsis: Wild chops, muttons, and handlebars are not just gamey cuts of meat or motorcycle accessories anymore. They are terms in a manscaping lexicon that celebrate hairy achievements in an age when guys seem to care more about trimming their chin curtains and waxing their backs than growing chest hair. With today’s men getting just as many spa treatments as women, and with a slew of new products aiming to freshen and sculpt all manly parts, does all this newfound grooming influence the age-old question of what it means to be a man, or have dudes just finally succumbed to human hygiene?
Morgan Spurlock is one of the most visionary documentary directors out there and he always has the most creative premises. This one is no different! Stay tuned for a trailer
5. The Giant Mechanical Man
Starring: Jenna Fischer, Chris Messina, and Topher Grace
Synopsis: Janice (Jenna Fischer) is down on her luck. Out of work and living with her well-intentioned but overbearing sister Jill, Janice is struggling to find her way and build a fulfilling life for herself. When she meets Tim (Chris Messina), a street performer whose unique talents as a “living statue” don’t exactly pay the bills, she recognizes a kindred spirit. As they get to know each other, Janice begins to feel that she has met a like-minded person who could make her happy. But as their connection begins to blossom, Jill’s meddling ways threaten to undermine Janice’s first real shot at love.
Another film receiving a lot of early positive buzz that is expected to be a standout at the festival. And really, who doesn’t love The Office’s Jenna Fischer?
4. Lola Versus
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Hamish Linklater, and Zoe Lister-Jones
Synopsis: Indie ingénue Greta Gerwig stars as Lola, a New Yorker on the verge of 30 who finds herself abruptly dumped mere weeks before her long-anticipated wedding. Single for the first time in eight years, Lola attempts to rebuild with the help of her friends, sweet and supportive Henry (Hamish Linklater) and no-nonsense chatterbox Alice (co-screenwriter Zoe Lister-Jones), only to find that suddenly navigating the unfriendly waters of dating and relationships makes letting go and moving on much more easily said than done.
After checking out the trailer for this one I was immediately hooked. I took a liking to Greta Gerwig when she sported a supporting role in ‘The House of the Devil,’ but it’s great to see her getting the spotlight here. I think she has a very bright future ahead of her!
3. Your Sister’s Sister
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, and Mark Duplass
Synopsis: Jack (Mark Duplass) is still mourning the death of his brother a year later and struggling to get his life on track. His best friend and an ex of his late sibling, Iris (a charming Emily Blunt) intervenes and sends Jack to her family’s holiday pad in the San Juan Islands, outside of Seattle, for a little solo R and R. But Jack is unexpectedly welcomed by Iris’ sister Hanna (the ever-brilliant Rosemarie Dewitt), who has recently retreated to the house to mend her wounds over a recent breakup… using shots of tequila. Jack joins in and a one-night stand ensues, but the fit really hits the shan the next morning when Iris shows up unannounced.
The second Tribeca film starring Emily Blunt this year (she also stars in the opening film ‘The Five-Year Engagement) and this one couldn’t be receiving better buzz! Word on the street is Blunt might even have a chance at some awards for this role. Sadly there is no official trailer yet, stay tuned.
2. Francophrenia (or: Don’t Kill Me, I know Where the Baby Is)
Starring: James Franco
Synopsis: Francophrenia is a brilliant, cutting-edge collaboration between famed actor and avant-garde artist James Franco and award-winning filmmaker and editor Ian Olds. When Franco signed up for an acting gig on the soap opera General Hospital, he brought along a crew to film behind-the-scenes action on set at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, creating a glimpse into the strange world of celebrity in both its public and private moments.
Quite possibly one of the weirdest movies to be released at the festival but I can’t help but be intrigued! It sounds like such a cool concept, apparently it is part documentary, part murder mystery. And hey if Franco feels passionately enough about it then I am in! Stay tuned for a trailer.
1. Struck by Lightning
Starring: Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Robert Aguire, and Christina Hendricks
Synopsis: Even being killed by a bolt of lightning won’t keep budding young journalist Carson Phillips (Glee’s Chris Colfer) quiet. Trapped by his small-minded town, this outspoken high school senior recounts the last few weeks of his life through a series of upbeat flashbacks in this playful and energetic comedy written by Colfer himself. As his death date readily approaches, Carson struggles to keep it together while waiting on an admission letter from his dream college—his ticket out of banality.
This film has been on my radar since its early stages of production and I couldn’t be more excited to see it. Colfer is a phenomenal actor and it will be interesting to see him take on a different role other than Glee. Not to mention the premise is good-ole fashioned high school fun packed with a grade-A cast.
Head on over to http://www.tribecafilm.com/ to take a look at all the films premiering at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. And be sure to let us know which films you are most looking forward to seeing!