SXSW is right around the corner so I’ve decided to give you all a Tuesday Top 10 treat from Terence (oh the alliteration!). Unlike Sundance, this film festival contains way more known properties and “bigger” indie films, but more than makes up for it with interesting programming choices. You can see my full schedule at this link but here’s a list of the top 10 films I’m anticipating the most!
10. At Any Price – Is Zac Efron trying to pull a C-Tates (Channing Tatum for the uninformed) by cashing in on his matinee idol status and working with a respected director at the same time? Given the juicy material (strained familial relationship) and interesting cast mates such as Dennis Quaid and Heather Graham, this is sure to be a big film for the young actor.
9. The East – This film was also at Sundance but totally off my radar until it was too late to screen it. Luckily, it’s the closing film of SXSW and I’m now aware of it’s existence. The flick stars Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page and indie darling Brit Marling with interesting subject matter (eco-terrorism?) which should bring out the best of these actors.
8. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell join forces to tell this tale of rival magicians vying for a major contract in Las Vegas. This film is such an oddity at this festival given the star wattage but it seems like a quirky enough concept to really cater to this crowd.
7. Licks – I was pretty impressed with how Sundance film Fruitvale captured Oakland and its rythmns, but that was a much less brutal story. Licks looks to be a hard nose take on how drugs have affected the Bay Area, specifically Oakland. It’ll probably be super depressing, but I like challenging films.
6. A Teacher – I missed this at Sundance so thank goodness it’s playing SXSW. From my Sundance post: Try though I may, I can never resist juicy sounding material as you will see with this and the following entry. A Teacher is about a teacher who falls in love with one of her students. What’s so interesting about this premise is that it plans to focus on how a relationship such as this would exist in the modern world of sexting and other technological impulses.
5. Mud – Matthew McConaughey has been on a role lately with his acting choices and teeming with a director like Jeff Nichols can only help his career renaissance. Could this be an awards contender?
4. Much Ado About Nothing – Whedon takes on the Bard. After filming one of the biggest films of all time, Joss Whedon calls up some of his regulars for an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Few people understand how ensembles work better than Whedon and the fact that he filmed this in two weeks at his house will probably give this a great energy.
3. Spring Breakers – This film has been making the festival circuit and stars an Oscar nominee, but let’s get real, the reason most people want to see this flick is to see the young nubile actresses act bad. The movie looks like a crazy fun ride told through an art house lens and with a soundtrack that contains songs like ” Never Gonna Get This P***y” and “Rise And Shine Little B***h” you know it’ll be an interesting time at the cinema.
2. Evil Dead – The red band trailer made this film look super grizzly and disgusting and I totally can’t wait to see it despite the fact I’ll probably be disgusted and scared. Evil Dead has some tough shoes to walk in given how beloved the original franchise is and the fact that this looks to be trading in humor for gore.
1. Big Ass Spider! – I mean…do you see the title? Doesn’t it sound awesome? This is probably going to be the best worst movie I’ve ever seen and I am totally here for it. It’s one of SXSW’s vaunted midnight screenings and everything is pointing to this being a can’t miss film at the festival.
Tags: A Teacher, At Any Price, Big Ass Spider, Evil Dead, Licks, Much Ado About Nothing, Mud, South by Southwest, Spring Breakers, SXSW, sxsw festival, The East, the incredible Burt Wonderstone, Top 10 list