Film Team Recommendations: April 1, 2020

“When you’re ready for a road trip” -GCIFF Film Team

Little Miss Sunshine (Available on STARZ) 

Olive is a little girl with a dream: winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so burdened with their own quirks, neuroses, and problems that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. Circumstances conspire to put the entire family on the road together in a VW wagon with the goal of getting Olive to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in far off California. This is a quirky heartfelt comedy/drama, and winner of two Oscars. Starring Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell and Toni Collette. Rated R.


Sideways (Available on STARZ)

A film adaptation of Rex Pickett’s novel of the same name, Sideways follows two men in their forties, Miles Raymond (the great Paul Giamatti), a depressed teacher and unsuccessful writer, and Jack Cole (Thomas Haden Church), a past-his-prime actor, who take a week-long road trip to Santa Barbara County wine country to celebrate Jack’s upcoming wedding.  Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen also stars in this comedy/drama. Rated R.


The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Available on Amazon Prime)

Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transgender woman contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla, to perform their unique style of cabaret. En route, it is discovered that the woman they’ve contracted with is Anthony’s wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them. Terence Stamp and Guy Pearce stars in this comedy/music/drama. Rated R.


Nebraska (Available on Amazon Prime)

A father and son road trip from Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska that gets waylaid at a small town in central Nebraska, where the father grew up and has scores to settle. Told with deadpan humor and a unique visual style, it’s ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn’t understand. Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in this adventure/comedy/drama. Rated R.