Sundance 2016 Recap | The Weird, The Wild and The Wow
The Sundance Film Festival is winding down. Many of the film critics have already landed back at their respective metropolises, most of the films have been screened. And while it’s impossible to see everything Sundance has to offer (even if you stay the whole week), those of us who take this job super-duper seriously saw at least a dozen movies a piece while they were in Park City, Utah, in an effort to explore the most interesting new films the festival had to offer, and do our part to build the buzz that lets the best of the best eventually find an audience in theaters and home video.
You can read all of my coverage of this year’s Sundance Film Festival right here, including my interviews with the likes of Taika Waititi (writer/director of Hunt for the Wilderpeople), Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie (the writer/director and star, respectively, of 31), and Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp (the Yoga Hosers themselves). My interviews with Love & Friendship director Whit Stillman and Yoga Hosers director Kevin Smith will arrive there in the next 24 hours or so. But for now it’s important to take another moment to focus on the films themselves, including several (including Agnus Dei, Cemetery of Splendor, LO AND BEHOLD Reveries of the Connected World and Wild) that I just wasn’t able to write review at length for one reason or another.
After last year’s disappointing Sundance Film Festival, Sundance 2016 turned out to be a stellar year. I at least “liked” all but one of the dozen films I saw in Park City, and there are two that qualify as instant classics, full of absolutely astounding performances and riveting, all too human drama. (And I didn’t even get to see The Birth of a Nation, the film that premiered as I was on my way back to the airport to multiple standing ovations, and which just sold for a record-breaking $17.5 million.)
One breakout film per year would be an unreasonably good average for any film festival, and this year, Sundance had at least two or three. Wonderful films are coming, folks. Join me as I give you an overview of the thirteen films I was able to fit into just a few days, and explain why a few of them are brilliant, some of them are good, and only two were kinda “meh.” Almost all of them should be on your radar in the year to come.
Crave’s Sundance 2016 Recap:
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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.