During the second half of SXSW I make it to fewer movies due to the music bother re a few I liked:
The Big Sick: This was my favorite movie last week. A romantic comedy based on the real life romance of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani as they deal with family issues (including those of being a Muslim in America) and her illness. This is very funny and moving. Nanjiani also stars and this has a good supporting cast including Ray Romano and Holly Hunter. Judd Apatow was one of the producers and he, Emily and Kumail had a great Q+A including a discussion of how Apatow helps push people to maximize their creativity in the writing process (as he did with Amy Schumer in Trainwreck and Lena Dunham with Girls). This comes out in June and is a must see!
May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers: Judd Apatow directed this one although musical documentaries are not what he is known for. I really enjoyed this documentary that gives good insight into the Avett brothers as people, their creative process and lots of good music. This will be on HBO at some point. Later in the evening, at a different venue, they performed in concert (they are great to see live).
Patti Cake$: A good narrative film about a young woman trying to make it as a rapper and escape her New Jersey circumstances despite the odds being stacked against her.
Small Crimes: A narrative about a former cop being released from prison and returning to his small home town. The events that led to his imprisonment are slowly revealed as he tries to put his past behind him. This was slo pretty good.
Doug Benson and Master Pancake Theater mock Leprechaun 5: In the Hood: Every year on St. Patrick’s Day Benson teams up with local comedy troupe Master Pancake Theater to mock a movie in the Leprechaun series with their running commentary. This year was the fifth in the series and took place in da hood, last year they mocked #4 which took place in space. The movies are terrible, the mocking is hilarious. Unfortunately, unless someone makes another one there are only 2 left.
The Work: An excellent documentary that takes place in Folsom prison. Every year there’s a 4 day session where inmates and people outside the prison get together and try to help each other work through their issues. It was pretty intense.
That’s it for festival coverage until Fantastic Fest in September