Movies + TV

The 9 Most Insane Sundance Movies (We Haven't Seen Yet)

(Clockwise from top left: HIGH School, My Mom Smokes Weed, Buried, and Frozen)

Sure, we won't get to watch all these flicks until the film festival end on January 31st--if at all-- but if the actual movies are half as crazy as their official plot synopsis then they are sure to become instant classics.

For years, John, an insurance executive living in the suburbs, has secretly wanted to have his arms chopped off. Finally, he gathers the courage to leave his loving wife, Anna, and travel to the city to find a physician willing to amputate. When Anna's mother-in-law (in an attempt to calm her down) convinces Anna that John is simply having an affair, Anna becomes enraged and determines to find John--and cut off his balls.

Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds) is a U.S. citizen working as a contract driver in Iraq. After a swift and sudden attack on his convoy, he awakens to find himself buried alive inside a coffin with nothing more than a lighter, a cell phone, and little memory of how he ended up there. Faced with limited oxygen and unlimited panic, Paul finds himself in a tension-filled race against time to escape this claustrophobic deathtrap before it's too late.

On a chilly winter night, three skiers huddle together on a chairlift, confused as to why their ride to the summit suddenly stops. The sting of the icy wind worsens when the floodlights power down, leaving them stranded in the dark. As they wait for help, the reality of the nightmare hits them. The ski resort has just closed, abandoning the group stranded high above the mountain slopes in an oncoming snow storm. With ominous howls echoing through the surrounding woods, they will need to make some tough decisions to survive.

HIGH school
So it's the end of the school year, and smarmy Principal Gordon (Michael Chiklis) has suddenly instituted a zero-tolerance crusade against his nemesis, the reviled marijuana. A mandatory drug test for all students is to be administered, failure of which will result in immediate expulsion. Normally, this would be of no consequence to straight-arrow valedictorian Henry Burke, except he just tried ganja for the very first time. With his college scholarship hanging in the balance, Burke begrudgingly teams up with charismatic pothead Travis Breaux to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize this threat--get the entire student body stoned.

Drunk History: Tesla & Edison (short)
(see an earlier effort here)
On January 7, Duncan Trussell drank a six-pack of beer... then a half a bottle of absinthe... and then he discussed a historical event.

Mr. Okra (short)
An intimate look at one of New Orleans's most colorful characters: the charismatic vegetable salesman Mr. Okra, who provides a glimpse into the soul of an American city.

My Mom Smokes Weed (short)
After a loyal son comes home to visit his aging mother, she assigns him some chores; one of them involves a road trip to help satiate her desire for a certain special herb.

The S from Hell (short)
A documentary-cum-horror film about the scariest corporate symbol in history: the 1964 Screen Gems logo, aka the "S from Hell." Featuring interviews with survivors still traumatized from viewing the logo after shows like Bewitched or The Monkees, animation, found footage, and reenactments bring their stories to life

TUB (short)
Paul can't commit. Paul jerks off in the shower. Paul just impregnated his bathtub.

--David Walters

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