The 10 Essential Sundance Films

For all you filmies out there, Sundance 2010 is just around the snowy corner. You know what that means—the best “diamond in the ruff” indie flicks will be hitting your local art house theaters soon! So if you like low-budget shots, complex plots, and subtitles as much as I do, you need to know more about this year’s lineup. After the jump, the 10 most buzz-worthy Sundance flicks this season.

  1. I’m already howling about “Howl,” starring James Franco. The film is about Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, as told through the lens of his famous poem “Howl.” Jon Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker are also in this film. Ummm … hottest cast ever!
  2. Speaking of hot casts. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman star in “Hesher,” a film about a 13-year-old boy whose life is disrupted by bad boy Hesher (played by Levitt) after his mother dies. I’m extra excited to see Joe (that’s what we call him around here) turn bad.
  3. I don’t know about you, but I heart documentaries. “Bhutto” should be intense, as it follows the life and untimely death of Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan.
  4. My long-time indie crush Mark Ruffalo directs and stars in “Sympathy for Delicious,” a film about a crippled actor who explores faith healing. Orlando Bloom should also be delicious in this film.
  5. Another doc that should be fascinating is “I’m Pat ——- Tillman.” It follows the story of this former NFL star’s family as they take on the U.S. government after their son joined the army and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
  6. K-Stew is breaking from Twilightville to play a wayward prostitute in “Welcome to the Rileys.” A couple who has lost their daughter begin to heal their grief and their marriage after taking K-Stew into their home. As long as there are no secret vampires, this flick should be good.
  7. In the international doc category, Switzerland’s “Space Tourists” can’t be anything but hilarious as the film takes a lighthearted look at rich people who will pay ridiculous sums of cash to travel into outer space just for fun.
  8. “Holy Rollers,” about a young Hasidic man who becomes rich and powerful by becoming an ecstasy smuggler, sounds crazy. Can’t wait.
  9. Nothing gets me all riled up like a good activism doc. “Freedom Riders” puts the spotlight on the men and women who fought against segregation in the 1960s. Yes they can!
  10. I love any movie having to do with punk rock, so Polish film “All That I Love” should totally rock. It’s about some small-town teens who form a punk rock band in 1981.