Sundance is one of my favorite times of the year in Park City! The town is buzzing with tons of unique individuals who travel to this mountain town for its fantastic views, amazing skiing, and of course the films. Over the years there have been some fantastic films that have premiered at Sundance and with quarantine still in effect for some of us, now is the perfect time to catch up on some films before next year’s premieres.
Here’s a few of my favorite Sundance films in no particular order:
Little Miss Sunshine
Premiering in 2006, Little Miss Sunshine was an instant hit. The cast alone with Greg Kinnaer, Toni Collette and Steve Carrell is enough to peak interest but the story behind the story is also interesting. Michael Arndt, the screenwriter, wrote the initial script in three days in 2000 before taking the next year to revise and edit it. He went on to win best original screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine which became a major hit even when Arndt himself thought the story was too small for Hollywood.
What a musical rollercoaster of a movie. Whiplash premiered in 2014 and instantly started to gain a buzz about it because of how absolutely intense it was. The performances of Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons feels so real and dismal, while the music and the soundtrack create this intensity and spark that just balances the whole movie, creating an intensity that stays with the film until the very end.
An absolute classic right here that transcended Quentin Tarantino’s career in 1992. What is there to say about this classic noir film that’s influence can still be seen today, besides that it is absolutely thrilling. There’s mystery and clues throughout the whole movie that I still seem to catch during every rewatch.
Another classic movie by the legendary Christopher Nolan, this movie is as confusing as it is amazing. Premiering in 2000, way before Christopher Nolan became a household name for movies like Batman and Inception, nobody knew what to expect out of this young British director. That soon changed after this reverse-chronological film went on to win best screenplay at Sundance in 2001.