Assuming my non-revenue pass is actual able to get me to Austin, I’ll be at the Austin Film Festival this weekend. Most of my time will be spent at panels, showcases, and more parties than this antisocial guy usually goes to in a lifetime crammed into four days. But this is still a film festival, so I’m going to try my best to see some movies.
I won’t be able to see every movie on this list. Hell, it’s not even physically possible for me to see every movie on this list (barring the sudden appearance of a Time-Turner in my life). Still, here’s what I’m hoping to see this weekend:
Greta Gerwig’s drama starring Saiorse Ronan is the official opening film of the festival, so I’d be trying to get to it even without the rave reviews it’s been getting after previous festivals.
Please Stand By
Please Stand By is about a young woman with autism and a 500 page Star Trek script she needs to get to a competition. Yeah, I’m in.
Touched doesn’t exactly fall at a great time in my conference schedule, but its concept is more than enough to make me do my best to check it out this weekend. It’s about a man who forms an unlikely parental relationship with a nine year old ghost amid a journey to find a missing woman. Again: yeah, I’m in.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh’s latest film features Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, and Abbie Cornish in a movie about a pissed off grieving mother feuding with her town’s chief of police after months go by without progress on the search for her daughter’s murderer. I’m sold.
Tenn (which is maybe directed by James Franco and maybe features Vincent D’Onofrio?) is my fallback if I can’t get into Three Billboards… It’s about a young Tennessee Williams, so it should at least be interesting.
Yes, I know Mudbound will be on Netflix in a few weeks, but there’s just something about seeing movies on the big screen that makes me want to carve some time out of my schedule to check it out this weekend. Plus, it’s one of the festival’s centerpiece films.
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Dan Gilroy’s latest isn’t exactly setting the world on fire with its middling reviews, but Nightcrawler was an incredibly special movie and Denzel Washington is great—not to mention this is the festival’s other centerpiece film.
I’ll be back tomorrow with some thoughts on Lady Bird and staying up way too late while being surrounded by way too many people (assuming I’m not stuck in limbo at the airport).