Now that I’ve arrived in Austin, it seems like the hours until opening night are ticking away even faster. That means that this preview of sorts won’t be too in-depth, but I figured that I should at least let everyone know what movies I’m most excited for because, well, those are the ones that you’re going to hear more about over the course of the next week. So, without further ado, here are a few of my must-see films of SXSW.
This one’s a no-brainer, since it also happens to be the biggest movie playing at the festival, but the fact that I’m also a huge fan of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book means that I’m especially excited for this one. Early word suggests that director Matthew Vaughn has crafted a comic book movie to rival “The Dark Knight,” and from the footage that’s been released thus far, that doesn’t seem like a big stretch. Anticipation for this one is at an all-time high. The fact that I get to see it a whole month early? Pure fanboy bliss.
2. “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”
Here’s all you need to know about Eli Craig’s horror-comedy, “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil”: it’s been said that the film does for hillbilly slasher films what “Shaun of the Dead” did for the zombie genre. Oh yeah, and it also stars two of the funniest dudes in the business in Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine. Need more proof? Check out the trailer below and try not to laugh.
I absolutely love Jean-Pierre Jeunet. “The City of Lost Children” was one of my very first experiences with foreign cinema and “Amélie” ranks high among my favorite movies of the last decade. His latest film, “Micmacs,” looks like it falls somewhere between the two – a quirky crime caper about a man adopted by a motley crew of junkyard dealers after his invention is stolen by a weapon manufacturer. At least, that’s what it seems to be about, but with Jeunet, you never really know.
4. “The People vs. George Lucas”
Anyone that grew up with the original “Star Wars” trilogy probably has a few words for George Lucas after their childhoods were raped (an exaggerated but nonetheless popular sentiment among many hardcore fans) with the release of the new trilogy. This doc by Alexandre O. Philippe investigates this worldwide backlash as the director you love to hate goes on trial for his “crimes” against the geek elite. There’s no way the movie is going to live up to that wonderful title, but it’ll probably be a fun little flick nonetheless.