SXSW 2013 begins in a couple days, and we couldn’t be more excited. By “we,” I mean FSR founder, publisher and beard-model Neil Miller, professional interviewer and lanky ladies man Jack Giroux, and myself. We’ll be descending on Austin this Friday to take in as much festival film-going, socializing and Alamo Drafthouse food as we possibly can.
Of course we’re excited to see movies too. A lot of movies. And to give you an idea of what we’re most looking forward to film-wise the three of us have each listed our five most anticipated films of SXSW 2013 below.
Don Jon’s Addiction
Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut left critics impressed at this year’s Sundance with our own Allison Loring mentioning that the only downside of the film is the abundance of porn… something I’m guessing none of our readers or 99% of the Internet will mind.
Nudity aside, it’s exciting to see a promising talent like Levitt already working as a feature writer and director. A few years ago he made a pretty impressive short film to go along with the not-so-impressive Killshot, and if his talents behind the camera have improved since then Don Jon will make for an SXSW favorite. – Jack Giroux
On more than one occasion, director Joe Swanberg has brought a film to SXSW and seen it play very well. In this round of bringing his conversational flavor to Central Texas, he’s got a great cast, including the likes of Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick, to tell a story about two friends who work at a brewery and might also be in love. The will-they-won’t-they story is part and parcel of the drinking element, or so one must hope. – Neil Miller
The festival’s closing night film brings back the writer/director team of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, whose previous work together gave us Sound of My Voice, an excellent mystery that played here in 2011. The East follows an eerily similar storyline, focusing on a young woman who is tasked by her private intelligence firm bosses to infiltrate an anarchist group who is known for attacking major corporations. If it sounds like Ellen Page is going to be joining the ranks of Anonymous with a side dish of the same kind of paranoia we got in Sound of My Voice, well… that’s about right. – Neil Miller
Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead lends itself to a modern update, but as wonderful as Raimi’s original film is,
the movie is a product of its time. That’s not to say it doesn’t hold up, but certain scenes could make for something truly horrifying done in a photo-realistic way. Based on the trailers, director Fede Alvarez’s realistic take seems to match the promise of a 21st century Evil Dead. – Jack Giroux
The Fifth Season
The seasons are thought to be as sure a thing as death and taxes, but in one small village that annual pattern is about to be interrupted. The winter bonfire meant to signify the beginning of spring fails to light, the newly seeded crops fail to grow and the townspeople search blindly for a natural reason or a person to blame. That and a beautifully overcast trailer are all I know about this one, but it sounds and looks fantastically ominous. – Rob Hunter