Sundance 2016: Okayplayer's Top Ten Films We Can't Wait To See!
The denizens of Utah will be inundated with press, paparazzi, onlookers and cinephiles, as the 2016 Sundance Film Festival commences today (Jan. 21). With Netflix and Amazon already chomping at the bit to purchase new programming for its streaming services — this year is already looking like a breakout situation for numerous projects.
While January doesn’t tend to be an excellent month for traditional moviegoers, the hardcore fans absolutely loves this time of year. Being at Park City, Utah is like witnessing your favorite characters coming to life, hobnobbing with each other in superstar manner, all with you right there in the middle of the action. This year, some of the best independent cinema will be spotlighted, and we want you to be aware of the hotness before it becomes mainstream.
Who will be this years Little Miss Sunshine or Me and Earl and the Dying Girl? Well, sit back, grab your bonbons and popcorn, as we break down the six films that we’re certain will draw interests from bidders and audiences alike by virtue of their concepts, casts, scripts, or directors calling the shots.
Without further ado, here are Okayplayer’s Top Six Sundance Films We Can’t Wait To See!
Directed By: Kevin Smith
Starring: Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Depp, Johnny Depp, Haley Joel Osment
Why We Can’t Wait: Kevin Smith has dazzled us for the latter part of two decades with his brand of comedy, pegged to Gen X woes and concerns. Now, as the director-writer has embraced his place in Hollywood as a true independent, he offers the second installment of his “True North” trilogy in the form of Yoga Hosers.
In the bizarre adventure, the kids of Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp take centerstage, as Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp play two Manitoba teens who battle an evil presence that threatens their major party plans. Johnny returns to play detective Guy LaPointe, a role he started in on Smith’s horror-comedy flick, Tusk, and Haley Joel Osment joins in as Adrien Arcand.
Directed By: J.D. Dillard
Starring: Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill
Why We Can’t Wait: In an awards season that has come under fire for lack of diversity, Sundance is proving that it is still a place to find a bit of flava for your eyeballs. Sleight, which was written and directed by J.D. Dillard (Judy Goose), finds a young street magician fending for himself and his little sister after his mother’s passing.
To make ends meet, he dives into the shady world of the drug-infested Los Angeles party scene as a seller in hopes of scoring big to keep a roof over him and his sister’s heads. Upon dabbling and dipping on the dark side, Bo (Jacob Latimore) is forced to rely on his sleight of hand and brilliant mind to save his sibling after she’s kidnapped by his supplier.
Directed By: John Carney
Starring: Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Why We Can’t Wait: As a music site, melodies and riffs are things that we enjoy on the daily here at OKP. With that said, John Carney, the brilliant mind behind Begin Again and Once, once again pulls a creative card from his deck in Sing Street. A coming-of-age tale starring Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as Cosmo, a young Dublin boy growing up in the 1980s who hopes to escape his damaged family life, start a band and move to London.
Touching on how music affects people’s lives, Carney once again explores the subject on Sing Street, which can move mountains. Or, in the case of when this movie was set up — move hairspray! You can watch the trailer for Sing Street, below:
>>>Read the rest of our Sundance Film Festival choices on the next page!