SXSW: 8 Must-See Films Of SXSW 2013

By March 8, 2013
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The South by Southwest Film Festival kicks off today in Austin. I know, I’m so jealous I’m not there. I totally wish I was knocking back some burgers and micro-brews at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight…you? The nine-day festival will celebrate 133 films in all, but here’s a look at 8 of the most anticipated films screening in the next week.

Evil Dead

Fede Alvarez’s remake of the Sam Raimi classic, is kicking off the festival tomorrow night as part of a double feature with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and boy does it have a lot to live up to! But with some script doctoring by Diablo Cody, I have to say I’m feeling possessed…with optimism! ZING!

Don Jon’s Addiction

One of the biggest hits coming out of Sundance, this movie directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt promises to be a crowd-pleaser with the SXSW movie lovers as well. The cast includes Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony FRIGGIN Danza. And porn. Lots and lots of porn.

Some Girl(s)

Directed by Daisy Von Scherler Mayer with a cast that includes Adam Brody, Kristen Bell and Emily Watson. Based on Neil LaBute’s play of the same name, Some Girl(s) is the story of a successful writer who travels around the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for his wrongdoings, right before he gets married. Okay, confession, I was a huge OC fan so I’m kind of excited to see Seth Cohen back in action. I mean Adam Brody.

Spring Breakers

Directed by Harmony Korine, this film stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson as college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation and find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work. Disney girls gone bad and James Franco playing a Kevin Federline lookalike? Okay, you got me! I’m interested.

Hawking

Directed by Stephen Finnigan, Hawking tells the story of the famed scientist in his own words, with rare access to the private life of one of the world’s most iconic figures.  There are so many amazing documentaries this year at SXSW, but this one and I am Divine are definitely the ones I’m most excited about. Clearly I have a thing for one of a kind men.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Steve Buscemi in a comedy is always a must-see! Especially one where he’s playing opposite Steve Carell as a pair of superstar magicians. Am I the only one with a crush on Steve Buscemi?

BIG ASS SPIDER!

Directed by Mike Mendez and starring Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, and Lin Shaye. How could you not want to see a movie about a giant alien spider on a rampage of destruction in city of Los Angeles? Especially one that stars our very own Clare Kramer? Exactly. You can’t NOT want to see it.

The East

Directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson. The East is the story of an operative for an elite private intelligence firm that finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Also, did I mention Alexander Skarsgard? Yes, yes I did. Count. Me. In.

What films are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.