It’s all done, the airports are clogged with our visitors wearily making their way home, but Oneofus.net has one last post to do about the films we watched this year at SXSW.
This time Brian and Chris are joined by Ashley Moreno as they slug down beers in preparation for the awesome majesty of a Karaoke Apocalypse show…but first, we talk lots of movies.
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Dir: Alex Garland
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Issac
“Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.”
Dir: RKSS Collective
Cast: Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffrey
“In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books must face his fears and become a reluctant hero when he meets a mysterious girl named Apple. Despite their efforts to keep to themselves, Zeus, the sadistic and self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland, plagues The Kid and Apple. Armed with little more than blind faith and an ancient turbocharged weapon, The Kid learns of justice and friendship and embarks on an incredible journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl of his dreams.”
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Dir: Brett Morgen
Cast: Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, Courtney Love
“Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon twenty years after his death. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain’s life and his career with Nirvana through the lens of his home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals.”
The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead
Dir: Wes Orshoski
Cast: Dave Vanian, Brian James, Rat Scabies, Captain Sensible
“From Lemmy filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first U.K. punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. This authorized film includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, GNR, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band’s complex history and infighting, as it celebrated its 35th anniversary and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while still others battle cancer.”
Bone in Throat
Dir: Graham Henman
Cast: Ed Westwick, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Graves, Vanessa Kirby, John Hannah, Steve Mackintosh, Andy Nyman
“Based on celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s novel Bone in the Throat, the film is a gritty fast paced story about a young ambitious chef who, while trying to focus on getting ahead in his career, gets is pulled into the East End London mob by his Uncle who expects him to step up and join him. He now has to work quickly to undo his uncle’s mess, while staying alive and out of jail.”
Dir: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen
Cast: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb
“In 1982, three 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother’s house. By the end, they had completed every scene except one… the explosive airplane scene. 30 years later, they attempt to finally realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75 foot “Flying Wing” plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi… and then blow it up! This is the story behind the making of what is known as “the greatest fan film ever made.””