I refuse to be fooled by the mild weather we're having in Texas right now. Seriously. This kind of thing in February is nothing but a huge tease, and I will not let it jinx me. So, in preparation for the snow and ice, and in honor of the first major film festival of the year's close this past weekend, I polled my cadre of Sundance ladies for their favorite festival flicks since they started attending.
Keep in mind that I purposely left off all the biggest blockbusters that have come out of the fest, so don’t expect me to rehash all the Little Miss Sunshines, Napoleon Dynamites, and Reservoir Dogs. All great films, for sure. But this list is more about the smaller, less recognizable films that have stuck in our minds after all these years. It’s in no particular order. Get thee ready to curl up with a great blanket and a bowl of popcorn when that weather hits.
And now....a 10-year retrospective of our favorite Sundance films:
The Green Prince, 2014
The Palestinian son of a founding leader of Hamas spies for the Israelis. For years. And it's true. This film will blow your mind.
The Crash Reel, 2013
If you snowboard, you've probably already seen this. If you haven't, you should. Fifteen years of footage as snowboarding comes into its own as a major sport, but also so much more as the competition between two of the sport's greats unfolds.
Kinky Boots, 2006
This was one of my first Sundance experiences...and most memorable. The inspiration for the musical that's now on Broadway, this one is also a true story. So if you're looking for a comedy that's got a little more to it than a few light laughs, this is it.
20 Feet from Stardom, 2013
Be still my heart. The music and the ladies behind it will stop you in your tracks. I love how this film finally shines a spotlight on the singers who have such impact on what we hear, yet rarely get to enjoy it for themselves.
Last Days in Vietnam, 2014
"The temperature in Saigon is 105 degrees and rising"...and then, Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas.'" And with that radio signal, so began the U.S. evacuation of South Vietnam. This hard-to-believe film showcases the chaos and the life-changing decisions of that last week with footage and interviews that will give you chills.
Winter’s Bone, 2009
Jennifer Lawrence's breakout role and Missouri like you've never imagined it. It's beautiful, but you won't be able to get it out of your mind.
It Might Get Loud, 2008
You will fall in love with Jimmy Page over this movie. The first of the big music documentaries of the last few years, this film shows you the incredible genius of three legendary guitarists of our time: Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White.
Man on Wire, 2008
A French tightrope -- er, high wire -- walker. Who walks between the twin towers with no safety harness. And lives. People could get away with anything in the 70's!
Bones Brigade, 2012
A bunch of SoCal kids in the 80's who found their calling on a skateboard, this is the story of the creative outcasts who created the sport as we know it: Rodney Mullins, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Stacy Peralta, and Tony Hawk.
I'm obviously a fan of film maker Rory Kennedy's (see Last Days in Vietnam, above), but this is such a cool movie about a fascinating, strong woman. Rory is Ethel's youngest daughter -- the 11th child -- who was born after Bobby's assassination. So she tells her mother's story from an incredibly unique perspective, and has unparalleled access, as you can imagine.