“Life is one fucking beauty contest after another. School, then college, then work… Fuck that. And fuck the Air Force Academy. If I want to fly, I’ll find a way to fly. You do what you love, and fuck the rest.”
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Who’s your favorite movie character to wear glasses?
For National Eyewear Day, here’s our tribute to our favorite bespectacled characters from Sundance Film Festival titles throughout the years. Glasses are often used as visual shorthand for the stereotype of a ‘nerd’ or ‘weirdo,’ but these characters stand out for their charm, depth, and personality. Whether near sighted or far, horn-rimmed or aviator: here’s lookin’ at you, four eyes!
Film stills courtesy of Welcome to the Dollhouse, Napoleon Dynamite, Cronies, Little Miss Sunshine, Smoke Signals, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (Photo by Allyson Riggs), Enigma, and Waitress.
“I’m an actor not a movie star. I prefer it that way. I think when you watch big stars on screen, it’s really difficult to look beyond that very familiar persona. As an actor, you can play different characters and not be recognized. I know I’ve got parts that other bigger, more famous actors wanted. I think in some cases their fame is a hindrance because they’re too identifiable.”
-Youth In Revolt
-Little Miss Sunshine
-500 Days of Summer
-Its Kind of a Funny Story
-Scott Pilgrim VS The World
-Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
-Crystal Fairy and The Magical Cactus
-Lars and The Real Girl
-Rachel Getting Married
-Perks of Being a Wallflower
-In Your Eyes
-The Kids Are Alright
-The One I Love
-Take This Waltz
-How To Die In Oregon
-The End Of Love
-Celeste and Jesse Forever
There are a MILLION others, I’m sure! I’ve seen each and every one and felt a different emotion each time… but I was left happy and inspired in some way. Ahh, the effect of cinema. So please check these incredibly heartfelt, dramatic and warm indie films. (One is a documentary) And of course… laugh, cry, and relate.