Holy crap, what did I just watch? I just got home from a screening of Tickled, the documentary from New Zealand about the world of competitive tickling and I still don’t know what to think. Well, that’s not entirely true. I know for certain this documentary was AMAZING.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. In the past year, I heard the story of John Romulus Brinkley twice (once from Sawbones and once from an old Memory Palace). So when I saw an entire documentary dedicated to his story (Nuts) at Sundance I knew I had to see it.
It’s amazing how easily you can change the tone of a movie trailer with a little editing and the right music. Like when we saw when Mrs. Doutbfire was turned into a terrifying horror film. And with the Academy Awards just around the corner, Mashable recently put together a pretty decent “Oscar trailer” for the comedy classic Dumb and Dumber, trying to make it appear as a tear-jerking drama. The results are pretty great.
If you ever thought a fart joke couldn’t sustain a movie, you were wrong. Swiss Army Man is a brilliantly funny movie based pretty much on one long running fart joke and – surprise – it actually works. Most of the charm comes from not knowing what to expect in Swiss Army Man, so I won’t ruin it by sharing the plot (as meager and confusing as it is). But I can touch on the acting!
In a previous Sundance film festival, I was able to see the documentary God Loves Uganda. This film moved me to tears with its honest, heart wrenching, and incredibly personal style of storytelling. This year, director Roger Ross Williams is back with another documentary Life, Animated. His new movie also brought me to tears, but thankfully this time they were happy tears.