The 2013 Sundance Film Festival recently announced some new additions to their screening line-up, so we put together some images from the following films:
- Magic Magic – Written and directed by Sebastian Silva and starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Augustín Silva.
- Muscle Shoals – A musical documentary from Greg “Freddy” Camalier, featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others.
- El Mariachi (1993) – Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Rodriguez and Carlos Gallardo, El Mariachi stars Gallardo, Consuelo Gomez, Jaime De Hoyos, Peter Marquardt and Reinol Martinez.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 17 – 27th.
If the current line-up of screenings at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival wasn’t enough for you, these new additions might be enough to win you over:
- The world premiere of Magic Magic, from writer/director Sebastian Silva (The Maid), starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Emily Browning.
- The world premiere of Muscle Shoals, a documentary from Greg “Freddy” Camalier about the founding of FAME Studios, with appearances by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman and more.
- Wrong Cops, from writer/director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber), starring Mark Burnham, Marilyn Manson, Steve Little and Eric Wareheim in 45 minutes of in-progress footage.
- A screening of Robert Rodriguez’s 1993 film, El Mariachi, returning for it’s 20th anniversary of premiering at Sundance, now as part of the “From the Collection” series.
Hit the jump for more details.
The Library of Congress has added 25 more films to the National Film Registry. Each year the library chooses films they deem are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant to add to the registry. This year’s additions include Forrest Gump, Bambi (long overdue, I’d say), and The Silence of the Lambs, as well as the sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds (1953), Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend, and Charlie Chaplin’s first feature The Kid. In addition, the Library of Congress chose to add student works from Pixar Animation co-founder Ed Catmull and director Robert Rodriguez‘s El Mariachi. Hit the jump to check out the full list of this year’s films, which also includes a short blurb about each film.
With the release of the Mariachi trilogy, it’s time to reconsider Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez emerged from Sundance in 1993, a year after Reservoir Dogs, and post Sex, Lies, and Videotape, back when Sundance seemed a hot spot for the next generation, instead of the slightly compromised festival it’s become today. Nearly twenty years later, Rodriguez is an institution, having directed thirteen movies, and numerous shorts and DVD film school classes, he was the guiding for between two franchises (the Mariachi films and the Spy Kids films), and helped another DTV series (with From Dusk til Dawn), with his directorial career divided between his films that play on action and horror for adults, and those that play on those same elements for children.
Though his partnership and work with Quentin Tarantino has kept his reputation slightly less sullied, the years have not been kind to the director/editor/cinematographer/composers/writer’s films. And revisiting the Mariachi trilogy, the problems with his movies become more and more evident as the franchise continues. My review of the Blu-rays for El Mariachi/Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico follow after the jump.
A few days ago, I got to speak with Robert Rodriguez in Austin, Texas as I was visiting the set of Predators – along with a number of online journalists. While a strict embargo prevents me from saying anything about that film, we’ve been given permission to run stories on other projects. Since Robert Rodriguez is busy developing other movies, we got him to give us updates on Sin City 2, Machete, and what’s up with the next Spy Kids movie.
Regarding Spy Kids, Rodriguez says he’s already turned in the script to the Weinstein Company and it’s a reboot that will be shot in March or April with new kids. On Machete, he says he’s “always talked about making him a franchise character”. Meaning he’s like to do sequels.
Of course the news everyone wants to know is what’s up with Sin City 2. Like he’s done in the past, he wouldn’t give us any specifics regarding when the film is going in front of the cameras. But he did reveal “there has been a script since 2007″ and it has pre-existing material “with some original stuff added to it to kind of catch yourself up with some characters.”
Rodriguez also said, “I know Frank (Miller) wants to do it I know I wanna do it and its always sort of time permitting kind of thing, but its not like I can tell you definitely we’re starting…its not my next picture…I know that. Doesn’t mean that its not the picture right after because that’s still a possibility.” Much more after the jump: