The Sundance Film Festival is always good for some eye-opening flims. If you believe the New York Post, though, it's like the sky is falling.
Among the highlights:
-"Black Snake Moan" - The Post claims it'll be notable for a Christina Ricci torture scene. I think it'll be more notable because it stars SAMUEL L. JACKSON~! -"Hounddog" - About an Elvis-obsessed young singer, who gets made a victim by an older kid. This will be hugely controversial, because it supposedly features a Dakota Fanning rape scene. Brace yourselves, because the reaction to this one could be ugly. -"Nanking" - Recounting the atrocities of the Japanese army's 1937 invasion of China's captial and subsequent slaughter of 200,000 people. This could be the runaway hit if done right, but it'll also be a really emotional piece.
And then there's...
But for sheer shock value, nothing may top "Zoo," which is based on yet another real-life case - about a Washington state man who died of a perforated colon after intimacies with an Arabian stallion.
Well...can't remember a Sundace Film Festival being this controversial before. Kinda brings Brokeback Mountain into perspective. Negative NYP views aside, though, I'm fulling looking forward to any gems that might come from the festival.
I've heard it called "Skanks on a Chain." I will be heading to Sundance on Monday. I tried to get tickets to Black Snake Moan, but they were sold out very early (as were tickets to Zoo). I am seeing Hounddog, though.
"How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001." - Stanley Kubrick
I haven't been intently following the interworkings of TWoP - I read some recaps, and visit their board once an eon - but I do recall maybe two or three times where it seemed the site nearly blinked out of existence but was saved by some sponsorship deal ...