This time next week I will most likely find myself in a haze. Film titles and screening times will begin to blur together as the caffeine pulses through my veins. Holy crap. I can not wait for SXSW.
In perpetration I have compiled a list that includes (some) of the films I’m looking forward to. (Link clickage will take you to IMDb.)
I Give It a Year
It’s the cast that’s got me interested here: Rose Byrne, Simon Baker, Anna Faris. The bare bones “first year of marriage” plot synopsis may leave me wary, but I’m pro-Dan Mazer, so I’m hopefully optimistic.
This is another film, like the above I Give It a Year, that’s peaked my interest more because of cast and director than plot. It reads like a will-they-won’t-they/are we more than friends?/should we even find out, but again, I’m hoping for something interesting from Joe Swanberg. Also, Anna Kendrick.
This is in my top 5 for SXSW. Like, if I don’t see this I may cease living. Nichols, he of Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter fame, has yet to do wrong in my eyes. Mud stars Matthew McConaughey, who has been on a roll as of late, Reese Witherspoon, and Michael Shannon. I’m not going to lie to you, I have no clue what this is about. And I don’t want to. As I’ve said numerous times, I like going in to films as fresh as possible; especially when it’s from a filmmaker I trust implicitly.
Much Ado About Nothing
If you know me, even the littlest bit, you can skip this. Just keep going. You already know how I feel; you probably read my explosion of fevered insanity on Facebook when this film was announced. This is one of my most anticipated films. Period. If you don’t like Whedon, that’s fine. We can be friends. Hell, we can be best friends! But that doesn’t change the fact that I do like him. Nay! I love him. And this film, this modern Shakespeare adaptation, stars a slew of Whedon regulars. So many in fact, that I could write a post just talking about them all and happily listing all the times they’ve worked together. I would even make a chart. That’s not this though. Just know, the post-viewing entry for this film will be less review and more screaming, flailing profession of love.
“A man discovers that his chronic stomach problems are due to the fact that he has a demon baby living in his colon.” All that and Ken Marino? (Duplass brothers producing!) Boom. Done. Sold.
Yes, I got it. Stunt casting. Whatever you may feel about Korine, you have to admit he’s an interesting filmmaker. And yes, this cast (James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez) my seem an odd, maybe even gimmicky menagerie of actors, but it’s still interesting as all hell. For the record, as a huge Pretty Little Liars fan, I’m in it for Ashely Benson.
This documentary may be directed and produced by Paracinema pals. There may even be some interviews with past contributors. But even if that wasn’t the case, I would be pumped for this VHS documentary.
Don Jon’s Addiction
If I said I wasn’t curious to see JGL’s feature length directorial debut, I’d be a gigantic liar. The fact that he penned this one makes me even more interested. Throw Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, and Julianne Moore in the mix and, well, I never had a chance. Described as a “porn-addicted Don Juan-type” attempting “to become less selfish,” this could very well play out as a fantastic character study.
Everyone’s Going to Die
This UK offering sounds like it has the potential to be depressing, yet uplifting. I’m a fan of anything that claims to illustrate “the redemptive power of feeling you’re not alone.”
Grow up, Tony Phillips
Emily Hagins is awesome. If this comes as some surprise to you, let me direct your attention to Zombie Girl. I think it’s still streaming on Netflix. Grow Up, Tony Phillips is about a kid who really likes Halloween. Perhaps my hopes are unrealistically high… nah, they are perfectly realistic.
Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
I think the title of this one is self explanatory. It’s a Harry Dean Stanton doc and I’m not really sure there’s any way it won’t be awesome.
I Am Divine
To be honest, I don’t know how this didn’t already exist. It seems like untold amounts of people would be chomping at the bit for a definitive look at the life and career of Harris Glenn Milstead, better known as Divine. I know I am. Another doc that I can’t see not enjoying.
Movies set in the service industry. Service industry docs. Whatever. Give them to me. Throw in some genuine human interest and I’m yours. I am insanely excited about this one.
David Gordon Green
I like David Gordon Green. Like a lot. So this is another one I know jack about and I’m keeping it that way.
Here’s another one I’m claiming ignorance on. You may call this lack of preparation; I call it “Oh, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, and Ellen Page are in a movie co-written by Brit Marling and written/directed by Zal Batmanglij?” That’s all I need to hear, really.
This has gotten a lot of buzz in the circles I run in (what does that even mean?), and I’ve been looking forward to checking it out forever. It’s about a home invasion, I think. See a trend here? When I’m out of control excited about something I avoid plot knowledge.
You may notice an absence of things like Lords of Salem, Evil Dead, Big Ass Spider, and Kiss of the Damned. Sadly, I’m unsure how many midnights I’ll be able to make it to. Fingers crossed for coverage on those as well.