The Pitch: “A slacker who discovers a talent for brawling joins the local hockey team as the ‘muscle.’”
The Point: Hardly a stranger to the movie blogs, its trailer punched a tooth out even if it looks a bit standard as a comedy.
The Great Magician
The Pitch: “For love and for country, a magician pulls his biggest trick out of the hat.”
The Point: A historical mystery from the man behind Shinjuku Incident with Tony Chiu-wai Leung in the lead role, this is got the kind of deceptive elements that could be a lot of fun.
The Heineken Kidnapping
The Pitch: “Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken, one of the wealthiest brewers and the most influential man in Holland, has one weakness: he feels invulnerable. It takes a band of hot-headed men to crumble down this wall of invulnerability.”
The Point: It’s a movie that comes with its own six pack.
The Pitch: “Award-winning director Derick Martini brings us an emotive, often funny but compelling story about 13-year-old Luli’s life on the road and the extraordinary experiences that will shape her life forever.”
The Point: Chloe Grace Moretz (and you know it’s indie when the “Grace” comes out) tries her hand at coming of age on the road to Las Vegas – a popular destination for teen youths. Plus, she does it with the director behind the high quality Lymelife.
The Pitch: “A high school valedictorian who gets baked with the local stoner finds himself the subject of a drug test. The situation causes him to concoct an ambitious plan to get his entire graduating class to face the same fate and fail.”
The Point: Yes. Hell of a plan. This one’s been on the market for a while, and Neil liked it back at Sundance 2010, but you can judge for yourself by watching the trailer and letting the image of a stoned Adrien Brody roll around inside your brain for a while.
House of My Father (Casa de mi Padre)
The Pitch: “Scheming on a way to save their father’s ranch, the Alvarez brothers find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord.”
The Point: Another friendly face, considering it made our Most Anticipated of 2012 list.
How To Stop Being a Loser
The Pitch: “Useless with women, James’ luck changes under the tutelage of pick-up artist, Ampersand. As he learns the art of seduction he begins to wonder about Ampersand’s intentions and questions what would truly make him happy in life.”
The Point: An odd concept which could have mileage under its UK banner, but the real draw here is Richard E. Grant (from Withnail and I) in the starring role.
The Pitch: “1880: With the help of his friend Edmund, young doctor Mortimer Granville invents the world’s first vibrator, which proves to be an extraordinary success.”
The Point: It’s the Maggie Gyllenhaal vibrator movie with the trailer that already created all that buzz. Yes, creating. All. The. Buzz.
The Pitch: “Lvov, Poland, 1943. Hiding Jews from the Nazis in the city sewers, a petty thief must decide between saving himself or the Jews…”
The Point: Hey, now. Wasn’t this nominated for an Oscar?
The Pitch: “The incredible true story of two friends, a small-time inventor and a fast-talking salesman, who hit rock bottom before coming up with a gizmo that becomes a worldwide phenomenon.”
The Point: This Jeremy Renner-starring flick has also been around the block for a few years, but it will probably get second looks with his newly found stardom. Plus, what could the gizmo be?
The Pitch: “A young man, Sylvain, devotes his life to a local theatre condemned to bankruptcy in which he lives. He is the programmer, the operator, and the cashier. Every night after the show, he goes out for a murderous ritual.”
The Point: This Giallo-inspired iceberg of a slow-burn is also not for everyone, but it absolutely has lovable elements if you can withstand a snail’s pace that leaves blood in its tracks.
The Legend of Kaspar Hauser
The Pitch: “An adaptation of the 19th century Teutonic foundling story transposed to Sardinia. Vincent Gallo plays two roles: The Pusher, for which he speaks Italian, and the Sheriff, for which he speaks English. Musical score by Vitalic.”
The Point: Uh, what? Gallo is either a major turn off or a major turn on, but he’s divisive enough to make this interesting, plus it’s hilarious how they’ve marked his bi-lingual nature here as the crucial selling point. The original story is the real-life mystery of a man named Kaspar Hauser who claimed to have been raised in total isolation from people.