Before Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi showed off comic chops with Boy

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Thor director’s movie debut Boy featured on Sundance Now

A number of critics are now marveling at how director Taika Waititi infused comic elements into the self-serious Thor movie franchise.

In The Washington Post and Vulture, you can read all about how Waititi managed to create a funnier God of Thunder in Thor: Ragnarok.

Audiences responded in a big way. Thor: Ragnarok grossed $121 million in its domestic debut, the fourth biggest U.S. opening this year. Film buffs have known about Waititi’s knack for infusing dramatic storylines with comedy because his movie making career started with Boy.

Waititi wrote and directed the 2010 film about an 11-year-old New Zealand boy abandoned by his father. He spends his days practicing his Michael Jackson dance movies, and trying to impress a girl at school named Chardonnay. When his estranged father one day reappears, Boy is overcome with excitement. But the father is looking for a cash that he buried at the family farm before he was sent to jail.

If you haven’t seen Boy yet, it’s worth checking out while it’s available on Sundance Now.

Boy won numerous awards at film festivals around the globe, including Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. In the U.S., Boy picked up the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.

Don’t have a membership to Sundance Now? You can try it free for a week without any obligation. Here’s everything else making its debut this month on Sundance Now.

Coming to Sundance Now in November

November 1

21 Grams (2003)

A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother, and a born-again ex-con.

  • Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  • Cast: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Awards: Academy Award nominee; Independent Spirit Awards, Venice Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics

Easy Rider (1969)  

Two counterculture bikers travel from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of America.

  • Director: Dennis Hopper
  • Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Karen Black
  • Awards: Academy Award nominee; Golden Globes nominee; Cannes, National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)

When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.

  • Director: Michel Gondry; written by Charlie Kaufman
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood, Kirsten Dunst, David Cross
  • Awards: Golden Globe nominee; Grammy nominee; Academy Awards, BAFTA, Gotham Awards, National Board of Review, Village Voice Film Poll, London Critics Circle, Toronto Film Critics, Austin Film Critics, Seattle Film Critics

My Summer Of Love (2004)

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

  • Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Cast: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine
  • Awards: BAFTA, Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Critics Circle

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles (2011)

An urban mystery unfurls as one man pieces together the surreal meaning of hundreds of cryptic tiled messages that have been appearing in city streets across the U.S. and South America.

  • Director: Jon Foy
  • Cast: Justin Duerr, Marc Duerr, Kevin Riley
  • Awards: SundanceFilm Festival

Swimming Pool (2003)

British mystery author visits her publisher’s home in the South of France, where her interaction with his unusual daughter sets off some touchy dynamics.

  • Director: Francois Ozon
  • Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Charles Dance, Ludivine Sagnier
  • Awards: European Film Awards

West Of Memphis (2012)

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

  • Director: Amy Berg
  • Cast: Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley
  • Awards: BAFTA nominee

November 6

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)

A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace
  • Awards: BAFTA, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

 

The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009)

As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

  • Director: Daniel Alfredson
  • Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace

 

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (2009)

Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth must be willing to share the details of her sordid experiences with the court.

  • Director: Daniel Alfredson
  • Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace

November 7

Tim & Susan Have Matching Handguns (2013)

You don’t know what love is until you’ve had to swap clips with your spouse in the middle of a problem.

  • Director: Joe Callander

November 15

The Great Buck Howard (2008)  

A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.

  • Director: Sean McGinly
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Adam Scott, Steve Zahn

I Am Love (2009)  

Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son’s friend, makes her senses kindle.

  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono
  • Awards: Oscar nominee; Golden Globe nominee; BAFTA nominee; National Board of Review, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, GALECA

Julia (2008)  

A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait.

  • Director: Erick Zonca
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould
  • Awards: Village Voice Film Poll, Indiewire Critics’ Poll, National Board of Review

November 16

Back S1 (2017)

Sitcom following estranged foster-brothers Stephen (David Mitchell) and Andrew (Robert Webb) as they vow to take over the family business following the death of their father.

  • Creator: Simon Blackwell
  • Cast: David Mitchell, Robert Webb

Faultless (2016)  

Marina Foïs delivers a chilling performance as a sociopath who will stop at nothing to get the job she wants in this riveting, wild-ride thriller.

  • Director: Sebastien Marnier
  • Cast: Marina Fois, Jeremie Elkaim, Josephine Japy
  • Awards: Cesar nominee

November 20

Big Fan (2009)  

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

  • Director: Robert D. Siegel
  • Cast: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
  • Awards: Independent Spirit nominee; Gotham Awards

The Whole Shootin’ Match (1978)

Lloyd (Lou Perry) and Frank (Sonny Davis), two lifelong friends and self-styled entrepreneurs in Austin, try to find the get-rich-quick scheme that will actually get them rich.

  • Director: Eagle Pennell
  • Cast: Lou Perryman, Sonny Carl Davis

November 28

The Future Of Work & Death (2016)  

Leading thinkers explore how technology is going to shape the future of humanity.

  • Director: Sean Blacknell, Wayne Walsh

Ma Rosa (2016)

Ma’ Rosa has four children. She owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila where everybody likes her. To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband, Nestor, resell small amounts of narcotics on the side. One day, they get arrested. Rosa and her children are ready to do anything to buy her freedom from the corrupt police.

  • Director: Brillante Mendoza
  • Cast: Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Baron Geisler, Jomari Angeles, Neil Ryan Sese, Mercedes Cabral, ANdi Eigenmann
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival

My Love, Don’t Cross That River (2014)

A couple who have lived together for 76 years faces the last moment of their marriage.

  • Director: Jin Mo-young
  • Cast: Jo Byeong-man, Kang Gye-yeol
  • Awards: Los Angeles Film Festival

November 30

Rosehaven S1 (2016)

Daniel McCallum returns to his rural Tasmanian hometown, Rosehaven, to help his formidable mother in her real estate business.

  • Creator: Luke McGregor, Celia Pacquola
  • Cast: Luke McGregor, Celia Pacquola

What else is on Sundance Now?

Aside from checking out Boy, you can check out the hit UK series Riviera, or peruse the movie lineup that’s updated every month. There’s no commitment with the free 7-day trial offered by Sundance Now. Just be sure to cancel before your trial ends. Sundance Now works on most major streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

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