An eclectic bunch of new tunes from Hospitality (above), the contentious Lana del Rey (we like), Jack White, and Leonard Cohen.
“Friends of Friends,” by Hospitality “Love Interruption,” by Jack White “Darkness,” by Leonard Cohen “Off to the Races,” by Lana del Rey “Bad Girls,” by M.I.A. “5 O’clock in the Morning (Who’d Have Known) Remix,” by Lily Allen “Human,” by Dive “Fire,” by Ingrid Michaelson “Dark Star,” by Polica “11:11,” by Rodrigo y Gabriela Download the playlist here or stream it on Spotify.
We danced on the sun, and we liked it. After burning through loads of cinema, we narrowed down the hot-topic films that had festers ablaze.
Beasts of the Southern Wild The Buzz: Audiences stood with roaring applause to Benh Zeitlin’s mystical debut narrative; several big-time buyers, including The Weinstein Company and Sony Pictures Classics, bid for rights to tame the beast. In the end, Fox Searchlight secured the reins.
Hello I Must Be Going The Buzz: Todd Louiso’s comedy about a divorcee and her teenage sex suitor opened the fest, and said teenager, played by Christopher Abbott (you may remember him from last year’s Sundance success Martha Marcy May Marlene), has found his breakout role.
Wish You Were Here The Buzz:Animal Kingdom actor-turned-director Kieran Darcy-Smith shared script responsibility with his lead actress (and wife), Felicity Price. Their debut — a mystery thriller told in nonlinear form and based on truth — made audiences gasp first, applaud later.
Simon Killer The Buzz: Antonio Campos’s trademark use of long, tedious shots and nonstop naked romps make it a tough sell, but a brilliant watch (cheers to you, Brady Corbet) for Borderline Films fans. Mainstream buyers bailed left and right during the press and industry screening, but any film that can divide an audience is worth your time.
Arbitrage The Buzz: Richard Gere’s celebrity factory may have drawn the masses, but it was Drive composer Cliff Martinez’s score and Nate Parker’s performance (reminiscent of Friday Night Lights’s Vince) that stole the show.
Black Rock The Buzz: Part of the Park City at Midnight series (a the-rule-is-there-are-no-rules kind of film section), indie sweetheart Katie Aselton’s girls-gone-wild (and brutal) horror flick premiered to a loudmouthed, rowdy bunch and hooked the buyers at LD Distribution.
Red Lights The Buzz: During his film introduction, the man who stuck Ryan Reynolds in a box back in 2010, Rodrigo Cortés, seemed apologetic for making such a polarizing film. His advice: “Don’t expect anything; it has an energy of its own.” We concur.
For a Good Time, Call The Buzz: Audiences were hung up on Ari Graynor, and Focus Features answered Jamie Travis’s (booty) call.
Red Hook Summer The Buzz: Despite the resurfacing of Do the Right Thing’s Mookie, a very verbal and defensive Spike Lee swore (with very colorful language, mind you) Red Hook Summer is not a sequel. You got that?
Bachelorette The Buzz: There wasn’t an empty seat up for grabs, hundreds of wait-listers were turned away, and celebs (hey, Will Ferrell) piled in for Leslye Headland’s comedy about three hot chicks playing second fiddle to the fat girl from high school. Looks like the mean film already has a mean following.
Getting Up The Buzz: The inspirational documentary lives strong through a paralyzed graffiti artist who gets his creative stroke back. It actually belongs to ultra-indie film fest Slamdance but tags a special place in the heart of Lance Armstrong.
Chairlift’s Something is ready for liftoff. Plus a punkier Cloud Nothings.
“Amanaemonesia,” by Chairlift “Stay Useless,” by Cloud Nothings “Love from a Stone,” by School of Seven Bells “Madeleine,” by Lissie Trullie “Eyeoneye,” by Andrew Bird “Scorpio,” by Xray Eyeballs “Unless You Speak from Your Heart,” by Porcelain Raft “Let the Fight Do the Fighting,” by Nada Surf “The Garden Rules,” by Snow Patrol