What’s that? Another film festival? No, actually, SXSW (or South By Southwest) is not just another film festival – it’s actually one of the hippest, liveliest festivals you can attend all year. Based in Austin, Texas, SXSW includes three festivals in one: an interactive festival, a film festival and a music festival -- and as far as the film festival goes, there’s always a slew of really hot new buzzed-about films that are either hitting theaters real soon, or haven’t even been discovered yet.
The Five: Hottest Films Playing SXSW 2010
Which titles should you be interested in keeping an eye out for? Here are five of my most anticipated …
What’s It About: The opening night film of the festival, Kick-Ass is based on the graphic novel about an ordinary teenager who decides one day to become a costumed vigilante … even though he has no powers or real, serious ass-kicking abilities.
One Reason to See It: Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays a costumed superhero. Can you imagine McLovin’ as a superhero? Yeah, we need to see this for ourselves.
What’s It About: Actor James Franco gets behind the camera for this documentary about the making of one episode of Saturday Night Live.
One Reason to See It: The jokes on SNL lately haven’t been all that funny. Imagine the jokes that don’t make the show? Wait till you see what those are …
What’s It About: A documentary about a guy who, in an effort to see how much of his life is really available for the taking, decides to disappear for a month and hire two investigators to try to find him using only public info.
One Reason to See It: Don’t you want to know how non-private your private life really is?
What’s It About: Patrick Wilson stars a wannabee womanizer who loses a testicle in an accident, and then finds out he’s going to be the father of a child from a woman he doesn’t remember sleeping with.
One Reason to See It: I was sold on a comedy about a guy with one testicle.
For Once in My Life
What’s It About: Uplifting documentary about a real-life band made up of singers and musicians with mental and physical abilities.
One Reason to See It: Early buzz has this one pegged for a possible Oscar nod next year, and as someone with an autistic brother-in-law, this is a must-see.
To read more about which films are screening at this year’s festival, head over to the official SXSW website.
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Erik is a leading movie commentator who has worked for outlets such as AOL Moviefone and Movies.com.