Movieline went and was awesome again and posted the complete Sundance lineup for this January. And I should preface this by saying that I generally end up loving a lot of Sundance movies, and if you follow that link you can see the actors/directors/writers associated with the movies, who go a long way towards making these premises exciting. But I'm just gonna copy/paste some plot descriptions and you tell me how painfully and conventionally indie they sound:
"A complex portrait of an American marriage, Blue Valentine charts the evolution of a relationship over time."
"A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas."
"Six New Yorkers negotiate love, friendship, and gratitude at a time when they’re too old to be precocious and not ready to be adults."
"The shaky reunion of estranged brothers takes a turn for the worse when the woman they both love chooses one over the other."
"A lonely librarian believes love is obsolete until a road trip to Death Valley with a beguiling cinema projectionist teaches him otherwise."
"A quiet suburban town becomes an intense emotional terrain for three residents over the course of one curious autumn day."
"On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman."
"An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact."
"A young Hasidic man, seduced by money, power and opportunity, becomes an international Ecstasy smuggler."
...Okay, not that one. But otherwise, I think we were one angry young man traveling home to visit his ailing father from getting Indie Movie Bingo.
And for the record, a couple of the plot descriptions sound genuinely compelling, including Sympathy for Delicious (Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut and reunion for him and Laura Linney) and Hesher, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman.