This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and the lineup this year boasts 119 feature films along with 66 shorts. If you're heading to the fest, trying to figure out which movies to see can be a daunting task, but it will certainly be worth it in the end.
Here are my top ten films that will be making their premiere at this year's festival. All images and plot synopsis are gathered from the official Sundance website at Sundance.org
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
dir. Ana Lily Amirpour
A surrealistic Iranian vampire western with influences from David Lynch and Sergio Leone. All of the above have me excited for this one.
dir. Joe Swanberg
Last year's "Drinking Buddies" was one of my favorite indies, so I'm very excited to see this follow up featuring Lena Dunham and Anna Kendrick.
dir. Kat Chandler
As a fan of Kat Chandler's previous short film, "Black Metal," I'm interested to see how she adapts another one of her shorts, "Hellion," into a feature film.
This film also stars Aaron Paul, who was incredible in "Breaking Bad."
dir. The Mo Brothers
This Indonesian thriller features two killers competing with one another to be marked as number one on the Internet. The concept alone has me intrigued, but The Mo Brothers directing is really what has me sold.
Listen Up Philip
dir. Alex Ross Perry
One of my favorite indies from 2012 was Alex Ross Perry's "The Color Wheel," so I'm very anxious to see what he has in store for his next feature. This film boasts a bigger budget and a more recognizable cast as well, with Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss starring.
Ping Pong Summer
dir. Michael Tully
I'm a sucker for coming of age films, and this one takes place in 1985 and revolves around a kid obsessed with Ping-Pong and hip hop. What's not to love about that idea?
The Raid 2
dir. Gareth Evans
This happens to be not only my most anticipated film of the festival, but is also my most anticipated film of 2014. The first entry in this series blew the lid off the action genre and I can't wait to see what Gareth Evans comes up with next.
The Skeleton Twins
dir. Craig Johnson
Any excuse to see Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig together again is a win in my book. It doesn't hurt that the film, about two estranged siblings brought back together after a tragedy, looks great.
The Trip to Italy
dir. Michael Winterbottom
In this sequel to the hilariously funny The Trip, we see Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan together again to take a trip to Italy. My guess is that much bickering and awkwardness will ensue.
What We Do in the Shadows
dir. Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
As a huge fan of everything Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement do, I'm thrilled to see them working together again on this vampire comedy.