I managed to catch 22 movies during my 6 days at Sundance but with hundreds of movies playing, it’s impossible not to end up missing out on some things. I think I did a pretty good job of seeing some of the most buzzed about films at the fest but didn’t have a chance to see everything I had planned on, including a few films that ended up getting squeezed out for time, sleep or scheduling conflicts. Not including films that already premiered at other festivals which I’m already dying to see (“Blue Ruin,” “Locke,” “Only Lovers Left Alive”) or films that I already had on my Most Anticipated Of 2014 list (David Wain’s “We Came Together”), here are 6 more films that played the fest that I’ll be looking forward to checking out hopefully in the near future.
1. Whiplash (Damien Chazelle) Unfortunately I missed out on the Opening Night film about a drummer (Miles Teller) and his hard-ass music teacher (J.K. Simmons) which took home both major awards and quietly became the most talked about film at the festival.
2. Obvious Child (Gillian Robespierre) Jenny Slate stars as a 27 year old Brooklyn comedian confronted with an accidental pregnancy (abortion jokes!). I actually tried to get into a press screening of this and was shut out.
3. The Babadook (Jennifer Kent) Terrible title aside, this Australian horror film about a bogeyman haunting a mother and son picked up great reviews from the midnight crowds. And the teaser looks pretty good too.
4. Life Itself (Steve James) Documentary about the most influential film critic of all time, Roger Ebert, played extremely well in a room full of film critics. I’m sorry I missed it.
5. What We Do In The Shadows (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi) Apparently hilarious horror mockumentary starring “Flight Of The Conchords” Jemaine Clement as a member of a clan of vampires in New Zealand.
6. God Help The Girl (Stuart Murdoch) Belle & Sebastian singer Stuart Murdoch wrote and directed this musical about a Glasgow trio that decides to form a band. The film received mixed/tepid reviews but I’m still curious.