Sundance Film Festival 2005 Preview: PART THREE


I am not going to waste anytime jumping into our next five films in our Sundance Film Festival preview as we will now take a look at Dirty Love, Chumbscrubber, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Wolf Creek and The Salon.


I had to give you some reason to get started with this one and I felt that a big ole pic of Carmen Electra would do the trick as she is just one of the recognizable faces that appears in the Jenny McCarthy penned Dirty Love for Beverly Hills Studios.

In all honesty I was shocked when I saw that this one was going to be screened at the Festival considering Jenny McCarthy wrote it, I mean can this thing really be good?

Apparently , the Sundance committee saw something in it, not to mention Sundance writer, John Cooper, calls it a laugh-out-loud send-up of life in L.A. He says, “The hijinks in Dirty Love are unforgettable and outrageous. With political correctness out of the question, Asher and McCarthy blithely bounce across a comic minefield where few dare to tread.”

Dirty Love stars Jenny McCarthy, Carmen Electra, Kam Heskin, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Victor Webster, to get a group of pics and find out just what this one is about click here.


When Dean (Jamie Bell) discovers the hanging body of his friend, he doesn’t even bother to tell any of the patio party of adults, figuring they just wouldn’t care. Thus begins a series of events that include drug dealing and kidnapping, a neighborhood memorial and a backyard wedding, interior design and real-estate deals, and about as much familial conflict and despair as can be played out in this rapid-fire parody of suburban existence.

Chumbscrubber is described as a film in the same vein as Rebel Without a Cause, SubUrbia, and American Beauty. Geoffrey Gilmore says the interlacing of themes and stories ranges from suburban malaise and New Age psychological remedies to sexy moms, threatening pseudogangs, and nihilistic videos, all depicted with absurd accuracy in this scintillating debut by writer/director Arie Posin.

What is also most appealing about this film is the large list of names making up the cast as Jamie Bell, Ralph Fiennes, Rita Wilson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Allison Janney and Glenn Close are all found on the bill. To get a look at a couple of pics from the film click here.


When it comes to choosing movies Daniel Day-Lewis seems to be the master. The man is in so few films, and so many great films that it is virtually impossible to question his selection. Therefore, The Ballad of Jack and Rose must be shown immediate consideration based solely on the fact that he is in it.

The film as stars Camilla Belle, Catherine Keener, Beau Bridges, Paul Dano and Jena Malone in a story of an intense relationship between a dying man (Daniel Day Lewis) and his teenage daughter is tested when a woman (Catherine Keener) and her two sons move into their home.

Geoffrey Gilmore desribes it as poignant and intelligent… a film of immense richness: evocative, metaphorical, and deeply touching. In short, it is everything we’ve come to expect from a filmmaker like Rebecca Miller.

Personally I am not familiar with Rebecca Miller’s work, but I do know she was the screenwriter for the upcoming Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow film Proof if that helps you at all I am not sure.

I can tell you that we have a load of pics from the film including your first look at the one sheet, so click here for a full look at the synopsis, the trailer and the pics as this film already has a release date set of March 25, 2005.


I don’t think I could have covered this film anymore in a four day span if I tried as we have announced this week that it has already been picked up by Dimension Films, provided 11 stills from the film, plus published an early user review of the film, nevertheless if you haven’t caught any of that let me give you a quick overview then send you on your way.

Wolf Creek is expected to do for Australian horror what the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre did for the American genre, as three backpackers get abducted on their hike across the Australian Outback.

Trevor Groth, for Sundance, says, “What sets Wolf Creek apart from other thrillers is its craftsmanship. Instead of relying on archetypes and predictable formulas, writer/director Greg Mclean meticulously fashions three-dimensional characters, utilizing exceptional performances and an intelligently structured script. Mclean’s cinematic approach more closely resembles the Dogma filmmakers than any “slasher” directors. His ultrarealistic style creates an intimate climate, heightening the terror to unsettling levels. The result is a shocking new breed of horror film.”

So to check out everything we have to offer for the film click here.


Like we said at the end of Part Two, this is the don’t call me Beauty Shop release of the year and depending on how good it is it hopes to flip the opinion considering it is hitting Sundance before the Latifah laffer hits the theaters.

The Salon hands the Barbershop over to the ladies as the dish the dirt on sex, politics, chauvinism, homophobia, racism, gentrification, and child raising. First time director, Mark Brown, takes his writing skills and uses them for his own as the writer/producer of the first two Barbershop films decides it is his turn for hair-cutting laughter.

The Salon stars Vivica A. Fox alongside Kym Whitley, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Brooke Burns, Greg Germann and Terrence Howard and with a deal already struck with MGM Studios it seems the Lion isn’t letting the hair-cut tales venture out of their scope.

To check out a couple of pics from the film plus a full synopsis click here.

So ends our third installment in the Sundance Preview series, be sure to check out Part One and Part Two for more exclusive pics and previews.

We will be back on Monday to bring you five more films from the Festival.

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