I’m a total film festival whore and in my dream life, I roam the world-fests like a celebrity. But since this is real life, I have to settle for wandering the interwebs, watching trailers and hoping the ones I really like will end up at my local art house theater or IFC On Demand. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival began last night and continues through April 29th; if you’re lucky enough to live in the NYC area, get your butt off the couch and head over to one of the twelve theaters showing selected films.
Morgan Spurlock’s latest outing features Jason Bateman and Will Arnett discovering the fine art of manscaping, all manners of modern hairi/lessness, and how grooming may or may not affect manhood.
Struck By Lightning:
“Glee’s” Chris Colfer wrote and stars in what looks to be a smart twist on the classic coming of age story. Struck By Lightning features Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Rebel Wilson, Polly Bergen and Sarah Hyland.
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Walter Matthau’s son, Charles has adapted Elmore Leonard’s twisty crime tale, reset it to 1974 and rounded up a quirky cast including Christian Slater, Crispin Glover, Andy Dick, Michael Jai White and Billy Burke. The trailer is stylistic and funny—watch it.
In the vein of Shallow Grave, this adaptation of hot Norwegian author, Jo Nesbø’s (Headhunter, The Snowman) original story focusses on what happens when a group of friends come into a load of cash. Hint: It opens with the main character waking up bloody, surrounded by eight dead bodies and cops pointing a gun at him.
Another entry said to be “pushing boundaries” is this horror/buddy picture that mashes up comedy, friendship, the supernatural and terror. A guy decides taking his best friend to a creepy, deserted camp area (actually owned by one of the director’s family and compared by him to Camp Crystal Lake) for home-based rehab is a good idea…strange happenings ensue.
Sarcastic comedy featuring Jess Weixler, Jason Ritter and Jessie Eisenberg.
Revenge for Jolly:
No trailer available yet, but the stars (Brian Petsos, Kristin Wiig, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillipe, Kevin Corrigan, Bobby Moynihan, Gillian Jacobs, Garret Dillahunt and David Rasche) and the description are enough to pique interest:
“A dramatic dark comedy, “Revenge For Jolly!” follows a man (Petsos) who, with the help of his cousin (Oscar Isaac), seeks to avenge the death of his beloved dog, who was killed under confusing and suspicious circumstances. The two men follow a series of clues in an attempt to track down the dog’s murderer, leaving a path of destruction in their wake.”
Honorable Mention/Things We’re Not Sure We Want to Watch:
Sexy Baby (NSFW/C):
Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus take a look at what it means to grow up in the digital age; parents of girls cry.
Scott Thurman documents Creationist, dentist and the Texas State School Board Chairman, Don McLeroy battling to change teaching and textbook standards. Read more in an interview with the filmmaker.
Cindy Davis fantasizes of one day covering the Venice Film Festival.