We here at NextMovie aren't just about the big-budget blockbusters. We're shallow, but we're not that shallow. (Fine, we're pretty shallow.)
April 17 begins the Tribeca Film Festival, where "little films that could" that really aren't that little and often star big-name actors are submitted to be judged by Hollywood's finest discerning eyes and also those of Eva Longoria.
Eva has to watch many films, but we think you guys would be specifically interested in the following ten.
Defying the ever-popular "girl works at a sex shop in upstate New York in order to fund her completely stagnated poetry career" stereotype in movies, "Adult World" stars Emma Roberts as protege and John Cusack as mentor as the former is forced to take a post-graduate job in an intercourse parlor (which is way more fun to say than "sex shop"). Eventually, Roberts' character bonds with her sexified (read: gross) co-workers and develops a flirty relationship with poet Cusack, and we all learn a lesson to never judge a book by its cover unless its written by Matt Christopher.
The fittingly-named "Almost Christmas" is fittingly named because this movie kind of sounds amazing. The Pauls Rudd and Giamatti star as cons and unlikely pals who team up to sell Christmas trees in New York City after Rudd gets out of a Montreal prison and can't find another gig. Giamatti always brings it, but I'm more excited that Rudd finally took a break from playing the "I'm just your average, everyday, handsome, witty single man who didn't know he was looking for love" character and went for something a bit more misanthropic. Should be solid.
Regretfully not titled "Before Sunset: Back in the Saddle," "Before Midnight" is the third film in the "Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke intelligently talk about life and love over the course of ten or so hours before they have to sadly part ways" series, because writer/director Richard Linklater apparently wasn't done publicly pondering the intricacies of relationships. The film takes place in Greece, which is only the third prettiest thing on screen if you count the two co-leads, and should be the conclusion of the series unless the two reunite in 2048 for "Before Bingo."
'A Birder's Guide to Everything'
The title "A Birder's Guide to Everything" is inspired and folksy in the mold of recent offerings like "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," except that no one has ever really considered the opinion of a birder as something to take with any sort of gravitas (unless your dad is a birder or something). But director Rob Meyer's film debut is charming enough to leave you with a nice feeling in your stomach as you leave the theater, which is kind of all you can ask for, right? Don't answer that — it is. Trust us.
'Flex Is Kings'
The movie at the Tribeca Film Festival most likely to be green squiggly underlined when you type it out in a Microsoft Word document, "Flex is Kings" is a documentary uncovering the world of (you guessed it) "Flex," a form of street dance that can only be described as "something you probably can't do very well if you don't do yoga or are in general un-athletic." Co-directors Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols travel deep into Brooklyn to document those who perform Flex competitively to taunt the rest of us.
Stealing the abbreviated future title of my documentary about Gary Busey's comeback ("Gary Busey, F**ker"), "G.B.F." is actually a shortened form of "Gay Best Friend," which the three most popular girls at a high school are all trying to have following the outing of the school's first gay student. The GBF becomes the new hot item, like a Tory Burch bag or Jimmy Choo shoes (at least according to the 27-year-old female high school teacher sitting next to me at the moment), and the ladies join the audience in growing as people as they fight one another for social supremacy.
'The Pretty One'
Zoe Kazan, assumedly flattered that she plays the title character in a movie called "The Pretty One," is identical twins Audrey and Laurel, one of whom is awesome and one of whom is the opposite of awesome. Random chance one night puts the non-awesome girl in the shoes of the awesome girl, and hilarious hijinks ensue. The film fan's brain naturally thinks of Nicolas Cage's performance in "Adaptation.," and as much s**t as the public gives Cage today (rightfully so), he killed the duel Charlie Kaufman role. Will be interesting to see if Kazan can do the same.
Paul Rudd assumes you aren't tired of him after watching "Almost Christmas" and also stars in "Prince Avalanche," this time with the ever-versatile Emile Hirsch. The duo play two gentlemen who are hired to repaint a highway in Central Texas that had been damaged in a forest fire. They initially hate each other, but then they start to like each other, and we all watch them grow as people in the process. Then you get home, look at your brother-in-law, Terry, and say to him, "You're not so bad, you son of a b**tch." Anyway, "Pineapple Express" director David Gordon Green is at the helm for this coming of age flick.
'Run and Jump'
The ridiculously-underrated-in-his-SNL-heyday Will Forte makes his dramatic debut in "Run and Jump" as a doctor who delivers a research grant to a family recovering in the wake of the patriarch's stroke. That's enough for me to be interested, but if you're still not convinced ... well, then you're probably unsalvageable, because Will Forte is awesome. How about the fact that the main character is a sassy Irish lady? No? Still not feeling it? Whatever, you don't like Will Forte anyway. I'm not trying to impress you.
Initially mistaken as the long-lost sequel to "What To Expect When You're Expecting," "V/H/S 2" is actually the sequel to last year's low-budgeted 2012 sensation "V/H/S" and is once again about people finding unlabeled old VHS tapes that feature some frankly f**cked-up s**t. So if you want to tackle Tribeca amongst the artiest of New York City elite but are still not above being in the mood for some old-fashioned flesh-eating zombies and murderous aliens, look no further than the sequel to "What to Expect When..." — uh, I mean "V/H/S."