Sundance 2016: the year of middle-of-the-road movies and fantastic adventures outside the theatre. This year’s number one highlight wasn’t a movie, but it was still dramatic: a long-awaited tour of the new High West Distillery followed by a full and complete tasting of all of their whiskey. Doesn’t get much better than that!
In contrast to previous years, everything we saw this year was decent – nothing too good or too bad. That said, a couple of them do stand out in our minds. The Lure is a crazy Polish fantasy musical loosely based on the legend of the Little Mermaid. It’s totally bizarre — apparently Poles “don’t do” fantasy or musicals — but oddly fascinating. Highly recommended with an interesting, colorful cocktail or two!
Outlaws & Angels was also a stand-out, largely because it was (apparently completely unintentionally) hilarious. We might have offended the director by laughing too much, but then he also clearly took himself a little too seriously to realize that an Owen Wilson voiceover philosophizing about “The Wild West” was never going to be anything but stupid funny. Just sayin’.
- Jacqueline (Argentine) – 6/10
- FRANK & LOLA – 4/10
- Sleight – 7/10
- The Lure – 7/10
- Outlaws and Angels – 7/10
- As You Are – 7/10
- The Fits – 5/10
- Brahman Naman – 6/10
- Little Men – 5/10