For cinema lovers in New York, Tribeca Film Festival marks the coming of Spring. Sordid Cinema is on the scene for TFF 2017, bringing you a week of reviews in everything from horror to documentary, indies to big blockbuster premieres, to the best in VR.
Here are my top 5 most anticipated films at this year’s festival:
1. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Hedy Lamarr was a huge movie star in the 1940’s, but her other gifts were even more beguiling. With no formal training, and when she was out of the spotlight, Hedy worked on various inventions. She quietly invented a “secret communication system” that helped the Allies beat the Nazis, and in 2014 she was posthumously inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame. What’s not to love here?
2. The Trip to Spain
In the third installment of the delightfully deadpan road trips with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, we join them in Spain for world-class dining, perfectly-pitched cinema geek-outs, and wry meditations on fame, mortality, and friendship. The Trip to Italy was especially successful in capturing the grand beauty of Italy, so I am excited that Michael Winterbottom has turned his eye towards Spain. This is an easy series to keep returning to for the comforting familiarity of this odd pair, the ease of their outrageous wit, the conversations steeped in reality spanning several years of their lives together, and the sheer joy of their shameless love for their craft. Their commentary on Jagged Little Pill in A Trip to Italy is enough to bring me back for me for more. This is one franchise I am perfectly content with continuing for a good long while.
3. The Farthest
Right now, 12 billion miles away (and counting), the Voyager, as the only spacecraft to have left our solar system, sends back images of uncharted interstellar space. Fastened on it is The Golden Record, a collection of music, sounds, greetings and photographs for extraterrestrials to get a feel for Earth. In 1977 it was put together by Carl Sagan and a group of musicians, artists and scientists. In the long run, it may be the only evidence that Earth existed at all. I am looking forward to a big shot in the arm about the beautiful, extraordinary things human beings can do when they look up into the night sky and say “Hey, why not?”
Zachary Quinto and John Hamm both have a talent for showing up in smart dark comedies. I recently caught The Young Doctor’s Notebook and fell in love with John Hamm all over again, and Quinto will always be Dr. Oliver Thredson (American Horror Story) to me. Jenny Slate is another favorite actor who can’t help but steal scenes, and in Aardvark she plays Emily Milburton, a therapist struggling with Josh (Quinto), an emotionally challenged introvert with violent hallucinations. His famous TV actor brother (Hamm) comes to town, and what could go wrong? With a stellar cast and a fresh story, this is a must-see.
5. House of Z
I recently saw Dior and I, and I was struck by the possibility of a fashion biography as a moving meditation on art, fame, and creativity. Everything that has to come together in a person to design clothing that will move the masses is well worth studying. Sustaining these qualities over decades in the finicky world of fashion is miraculous, and though Zac Posen has become one of the most recognizable names in fashion, this hasn’t come without a price. With unprecedented access, this biography goes in depth into Posen’s meteoric rise to fame, the surprising backlash, and his reinvention as head of one of fashion’s most respected brands. I love watching genius at work, and House of Z will likely be no exception.