SXSW 08

South by Southwest 2008

All in all, we saw an amazing group of films and experienced a festival atmosphere that is second to none — but these 10 stood out at the best of the fest.

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Director Erik Nelson’s engaging doc serves as a great introduction to the crazy world of author Harlan Ellison. [Grade: B]

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One of the most charming and fun docs from all of SXSW — nay, of the entire year.

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Director Brett Simon’s noir-based high school comedy, the fusion of Chinatown and a John Hughes movie, brings the house down in Austin.

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When director Kimberly Peirce took the stage, she called Stop Loss a tribute to the troops. Considering her own brother is a soldier in Iraq, why would she make them all look like incompetent, drunk messes of human beings?

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Kevin holds down the fort with David from Bullz-Eye.com while Neil checks in with some special guests from SXSW in Austin.

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At first glance, it appears to be a doc painted with a broad stroke, giving it a jumpy, unfocused feeling — that is, until it evolves right before our eyes into something special…

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Mark Webber’s directorial debut may have won the big award in Austin, but was it a fair contest? After reading this, you may not think so.

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Want to know what happens when you mix a great concept with bad filmmaking…?

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South by Southwest

We are playing catchup in the middle of the week. Why? Because we are having a little too much fun…

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Nerdcore is rising… Have you heard?

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Zombies rise up at SXSW and bring out one of the surprises of the fest…

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Stand-up comedian Doug Benson embarks on a Morgan Spurlock-esque ride that will determine what it would be like to get high, day and night, for thirty days.

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Finally! A movie about rock bands within the Harry Potter universe.

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Judd Apatow’s camp comes through again with a comedy that is a lot smarter than you would initially think… [Grade: B+]

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The Promotion

Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly play two grocery store managers battling for the big job in this quirky, intelligent film. [Grade: A]

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We take a break from drinking like sailors to see movies, stalk celebs and then… drink more!

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Blip Festival: Reformat the Planet

The film is a visceral experience that grabs you by the collar and yells, “Hey! Watch, listen and enjoy.”

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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

The fans of the cult classic Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle have waited four long years to see their favorite pothead heroes on the big screen again. [Grade: C+]

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