During last year’s SXSW Film Festival, we were waiting in line for what would ultimately become our third failed attempt to get into Joss Whedon’s “Much Ado About Nothing” when my husband saw the story online. “Hey, I think they’re trying to make a ‘Veronica Mars’ movie!” We donated right then and there, and now one year later, it’s probably no surprise that I’m actually more excited about seeing the “Veronica Mars” movie tomorrow than I am about the entire rest of the SXSW Film lineup.
But fear not, even if you aren’t among the legion of marshmallows out there, SXSW Film is bringing a host of interesting flicks to screen here in town over the next nine days. Tonight, the action kicks off with, fittingly enough, a movie centered around a food truck: Jon Favreau’s “Chef.” Some of the other headliners you can catch during the festival include the new Nicholas Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The Muppets”) comedy “Neighbors” starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and David Gordon Green’s latest “Joe” starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan (“Mud,” “Tree of Life”). Ethan Hawke reteams with the brothers behind “Daybreakers” as a temporal agent in “Predestination,” but Austinites might be more interested in his long-running collaboration with Austin’s own Richard Linklater in “Boyhood,” which chronicles 10 years in a boy’s life in real-time, meaning it took 10 years to shoot the movie. Two other notables in the Festival Favorites category include the Jason Bateman-directed “Bad Words,” in which the erstwhile Michael Bluth stars as an adult still competing in spelling bees, and “Frank,” a comedy about a rock band in which Michael Fassbender spends the whole movie as the titular lead singer who just happens to wear a huge plastic head:
SXSW Film is expanding this year with a new category called Episodic that explores our very favorite medium of television. Some of the shows we’re looking forward to previewing during the festival include the Dallas-based “Halt and Catch Fire” (starring Chickster crushes Lee Pace and Scoot McNairy), the seemingly terrifying “Penny Dreadful” (starring our beloved Billie Piper), the sure-to-make-us-feel-smaller “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” and the supernatural comedy “Deadbeat.”
Are you planning on checking out SXSW Film or another part of the festival? What are you most excited about seeing?