The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival comes to close this Sunday, March 20. To wind down from what's been a great festival, indieWIRE has compiled a list of all our reviews from Austin. Also included are reviews from our blog network and from across the web.
indieWIRE SXSW Reviews:
Previously Published indieWIRE Reviews of SXSW Films:
Spout SXSW Reviews:
The Playlist SXSW Reviews:
"Scenes from the Suburbs"
"Greatest Movie Ever Sold"
"Conan O'Brien Can't Stop"
"Sound of My Voice"
"Attack the Block"
SXSW Reviews from Around the Web:
Cinematical Finds Fault with the "The Beaver"
"'The Beaver' is a movie with problems about a man with problems, often filled with compassion and at times devoid of subtlety. In all fairness, it would've been tricky for even the most skilled director to pull off, and none of its flaws can be chocked up to anything that Gibson has done or said in real life. He gives remarkable life to a man, and a film, in crisis, and with a little luck, the topic of conversation will adjust accordingly to how effective he is in a regrettably ineffectual film."
Film School Rejects On "Intense and Unsettling" "Kill List"
"'Kill List' is sure to lose some folks in the ambitious and surprising home stretch, but if you stay with it and place your trust in Wheatley’s blood-stained hands the reward is a twisted ride towards some intense and unsettling entertainment."
"Fightville" Exhilarates Cinematical
"Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's 'Fightville,' which examines the unabating mixed martial arts craze, is an exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject. It humanizes and makes sense of a sport that, for all I knew, consisted of putting two men in a cage and setting them loose to beat the crap out of each other to the delight of hordes of bloodthirsty goons. 'Fightville' demolishes that preconception. Not since Chris Bell's 'Bigger Stronger Faster*' has a documentary done more to contribute to an ongoing discussion about sports."
Movieline on Park Chan-wook's iPhone Film "Night Fishing"
"The camera floats ethereally through the world of Night Fishing like a disembodied specter, the picture alternately grainy and clear, with a compactness and freedom you can feel. Close-ups on Oh’s face are captured with stunning clarity so clear and sharp that it’s difficult to imagine Park and his crew were merely using an iPhone to capture the scene."
Cinematical Hails "The FP" as the Strangest Film to Hit This Year
"The comedy of 'The FP' does not come from jokes or gags, but from the film's steadfast, almost level-headed commitment to an absolutely ludicrous premise. The laughs are the same kind you get from watching idiotic blockbusters like 'Armageddon', but the difference here is that they're intentional."