Outstanding indie film is about to invade Hollywood – cinefiles take heed! Once again the movie decadent 19th annual Dances with Films Festival 2016 (taking place June 2-12 at the Chinese 6 Theaters at Hollywood and Highland – go to www.danceswithfilms.com for more details!) is about to get underway and based on the films on cinematic display it looks to be a most memorable year indeed. With a movie massive sixteen narrative features and thirty-one short films screening (and all premieres!) there’s enough flick fun to choke even the most famished film geek. We took to the movie descriptions and found that this year in particular narrowing down the first look flicks proved a difficult task. (They all sound so good!) But we braved the battle and narrowed down the list to provide a quick peek into what could end up on the year-end top ten list. From dark docs with a distinctive ray of hope to flicks with folks looking for ghost demons and the like we’re checking out….”What To See!”
“Wolf Mother” – Always dug the premise of bad folks trying to go good and this tale of a Hollywood prostitute and petty thief who team up to solve a child abduction case could prove to be just the movie redemption we’re looking for. Plus with the leads here being the ever solid Tom Sizemore and breakout “Contracted” actress Najarra Townsend there’s sure to be bite for opening night.
“Bad, Bad Men” – This tale of misguided male machismo involving a young man looking to face his new foe – with the help of friends of course – sounds like a rough and tumble good time.
“Dinner With The Alchemist” – With so many tasty story asides – set in the early 1900’s, an alchemist teaming up with a voodoo priestess, details pulled from actual police reports – in this supernatural detective tale this one seems to be serving up a hearty helping of originality.
“I Live For You” – Finding out you have an older stepbrother after your father’s funeral is certainly complicated enough, but then running into his mysterious, captivating and dangerously alluring step-daughter does make things a tad more troublesome. Another seemingly fatal flirtation within family, this one could be the next “The Automatic Hate.”
“Shortwave” – What sounds like a rich, complex and creepy tale of two parents who lose their child and relocate to a secluded research facility where cryptic radio signals begin to plague could play out like “The Shining” meets “Frequency.”
“Virtual Revolution” – Hopefully going beyond the online dimness of Michael Mann’s “Blackhat,” this one involves a killer who spends his time in both real and virtual worlds protecting multinational companies systems getting in over his head – online sin and sci-fi make for good movie bedfellows.
“We Go On” – “We Go On” grabs you right from the description – a man with a fear of death uses his inheritance money as a reward to the first person who can show him proof of life after death. Money well spent and a movie worth watching.
“Beacon Point” – From the synopsis it seems like the genre flick “Beacon Point” has a little something for everyone with sci-fi, thriller elements, ancient secrets and even a killer camping setting. We get the point and are gleeful – there’s danger ahead.
“Guys Reading Poems” – Being the adventures of a creative boy who has been locked in a puppet box (we don’t know what that is either, but we’re curious!) by his disturbed mother sounds as engaging and wacky as the films’ title.
“The Track” – With its tale of a woman from the suburbs crossing paths with a sexually exploited teenage girl this one sounds similar to the scenario via the underrated “Afternoon Delight” we adored. But add actor Sam Trammell to the mix (he won my Best Actor for his work in “All Mistakes Buried” aka “The Aftermath” at Dances With Films 2015!) and we’re on track to see this one no questions asked.
“Alison” – I can’t think of another doc that screamed must-see more than this one. Strong and courageous gal Alison Botha was raped, had her neck slashed seventeen times, was disemboweled and stabbed in the stomach thirty-seven times – and lived. Captivated is an understatement.
“Kelly’s Hollywood” – A brother’s love and dedication is tested as he tries to fulfill his disabled sister’s dream of becoming a Hollywood diva at all costs – true unconditional love knows no tinsel town bounds.
“Outatime: Saving The Delorean Time Machine” – Yes, that time machine from that movie. If you don’t know which movie you don’t deserve to see this one.
Lots to choose from film fans! Keep close to the movie section of Starpulse.com for our continued coverage of the Dances With Films Festival 2016 (go to www.danceswithfilms.com for all the details!) and get down to the Chinese on Hollywood and Highland between June 2-12 to catch the above and more! Happy cinematic hunting!