Seems like just two months ago we were knee deep in Sundance coverage, but already we’ve moved on to the next big thing in film festival coverage.
SXSW is the annual film/music/interactive extravaganza that draws film, music, and interactive (?) fans from all around the country to descend into Austin, TX for one hell of a good time.
We here at FSR come for the movies (and the food and the friends), and this year our team is four strong and ready to rock. And by rock we mean sit in theater seats of varying levels of comfort, enjoy the culinary wonderland that is Austin’s food scene, and hang out with other like-minded characters.
This year’s fest features a lot of titles we’re excited to devour with our eyes, but of the dozens of films we’ll be seeing this coming week we’ve narrowed down our top fourteen below. Neil Miller had to be talked out of putting The Raid 2 on here multiple times, Christopher Campbell moved outside his comfort zone to show interest in some narrative films, and Jack Giroux failed to realize that “anticipated” should really refer to movies he hasn’t seen yet.
Keep reading to see which fourteen films we’re anticipating most at SXSW 2014.
1. "All Is By My Side," the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring André 3000.
This is the rare bio film that chooses a specific point history to say everything it needs to about its subject, Mr. Jimi Hendrix (Andre Benjamin).
There’s a scene that says everything about his childhood in a two minute phone conversation between Hendrix and his father. What most bio films take 30 minutes to say in act one, writer-director John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) expresses in mere minutes. The film avoids all of its genre tropes to tell a focused and compelling story. - Jack Giroux
2. "Among the Living" horror flick.
Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury‘s Inside is ont of the best horror films of the past decade thanks its combination of intense storyline and incredible affection for the red stuff, and while their follow-up, Livid, is a visually arresting misfire at best the duo remain talented and exciting filmmakers.
This is their third feature together, and its deceptively simple premise involving three boys witnessing a possible murder is ripe with possibility. Beatrice Dalle is back along for the ride, and we’re hoping it’s a return to beautiful, nightmarish form. – Rob Hunter
3. Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey."
If we disregard for a moment the fact that Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will be present at the SXSW premiere of Cosmos for an extended Q&A session — something that may cause serious gasms in the nerd-sector — and focus on the fact that we’re excited to see Carl Sagan‘s legacy revived with a modern rendition of his show, that’s probably enough.
But did we mention the extended Q&A to go along with the premiere? Yes, that’s going to be worth sticking around for.
As part of South by’s newly expanded offering of television content, Cosmos is the headliner. How do we better understand our place in space and time? Science! That’s how. - Neil Miller
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