'C.O.G.' - Premiering at Sundance 2013

C.O.G., Sundance 2013

C.O.G., Sundance 2013

Another one of my most anticipated films of Sundance 2013 coming up. What does C.O.G. stand for? We've got to see it to find out. Starring Jonathan Groff (seen in Taking Woodstock, The Conspirator, "Glee") adapted from a short story in David Sedaris's 1997 essay collection Naked about a "lost soul" on an apple farm in Oregon, directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez. "This first film adaptation of David Sedaris's work tells the story of a prideful young man and what’s left of him after all he believes is chipped away piece by piece... Writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez proves more than up to the challenge as he delivers a finely wrought story that remains true to both the author’s voice and his own. Jonathan Groff perfectly embodies David and imbues him with abundant wit that masks the uncertainty that he hides. C.O.G. is a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul searching for himself among the amusing characters in life's rich pageant." From the Sundance.org film guide.

'The Spectacular Now' - Sundance 2013

The Spectacular Now, Sundance 2013

The Spectacular Now, Sundance 2013

One of my most anticipated films premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival this January - The Spectacular Now directed by James Ponsoldt (of last year's Sundance hit Smashed as well as Off the Black) co-starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, "Secret Life of the American Teenager") and Miles Teller (Footloose, Project X) as high school lovers. "After being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter (Teller) gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finicky (Woodley) hovering over him. Not a member of the cool crowd, she's different: the 'nice girl' who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. She does have dreams, while Sutter lives in a world of impressive self-delusion. And yet they're drawn to each other." From the Sundance.org film guide.

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Criterion's 2013 Teaser Image

Here is the Criterion Collection's new 2013 teaser image. Brad on Rope of Silicon identifies the "more obvious titles such as Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!, Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone, David Lynch's Eraserhead and Delmer Daves's 3:10 to Yuma as well as speculation on titles such as Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samourai, Federico Fellini's La Strada."

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