I've seen a decent number of SIFF movies to date, so with opening night upon us this evening I thought it was worth looking out through the weekend to see what was playing which I'd recommend. Five films popped out of the schedule for me. I'm sure there are a ton of other great things playing - this list is limited to films I can vouch for in advance. My full thoughts on everything I've seen, or at least written about can be found here.
In no particular order...
consumption, and in the end an understated super-compelling film. In
keeping with the less is more ethos of the filmmaker I'm just going to
say you should buy a ticket. I'll wait... Seriously, I loved this film which was one of the most beautiful surprises for me at
Palm Springs 2012. And I only walked in by mistake because something
else was booked. You on the other hand dear reader, have no such excuse.
Add it to your schedule now!
takes us along for a thinly veiled autobiographical ride as he
becomes an accomplished performer, plans his wedding, simultaneously
contemplates whether he wants to get married and struggles with a
remarkably dangerous sleepwalking problem. We're always hearing how
great comedy comes from great personal pain. But it's rare for a film
to demonstrate it so convincingly. This moving picture that has a lot of
bits some of us may feel more than a little uncomfortable with due to
self recognition. But it's hilarious and directly shows that process of
turning real life trauma into hilarious stand-up.
lurking out there if you'd like to read more.
I've written a lot about this film coming out of SXSW. In short it's an overview of one of the most important
punk bands ever, told effectively. The entire history of the band is
covered, from pre-inception through the present day. Rather than
linearly drag us along this path the filmmakers wisely inter-cut bits of
history throughout. We meet the band on a recent latest tour, where
some clear tension has arisen (there's yelling about being a sellout
from what I recall). Not really surprising, I'm not sure there's any
group whose members have a perfectly smooth relationship after 25 plus
years together. With great access to the spaces and people that were around at
the start of their DC based career the basics are fleshed out (how
they met, the inspiration for the band's name, where they played) while
rewarding fans with lots of nuggets that are new (at least to me).