Full admission: I didn’t come up with that headline. That honor goes to the lovely Joanna, who took our term for Pajiba get-togethers to a new, “Parks and Recreation”-loving level. Yes, another Pajibacon is here as several of us will converge on Austin starting today for the annual and always fun South by Southwest Film Festival. (There’s an Interactive Festival, and of course Music, too, but we’re all about the movies around here.) Dustin, Seth, Daniel and Joanna will cover the fest officially, and I’ll be there as a spectator fighting my way into screenings with only a wristband. Just see if you can try to keep my out of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, badge-holders! (The Interactive peeps already think they can keep me from seeing Rachel Maddow speak about her book “Drift” on Sunday. We’ll see …)
The festival will feature 133 films this year, many making their world or U.S. premiere, and the team will try to see as many as possible. Too bad TK can’t make the trip this year; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has his name all over it.
Some of this year’s highlights, aside from the aforementioned Nothing and including films that have already debuted at other festivals, are:
Fede Alvarez has remade the 1981 cult classic about five friends, one remote cabin and one Book of the Dead.
Richard Linklater brings us a third look at Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke), now almost 20 years after first meeting in Before Sunrise and nine years after reconnecting in Before Sunset.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt writes, directs and stars in this comedy about a player who finds himself craving pornography over real intimacy. Things get complicated when he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson).
Details on Shane Carruth’s (Primer) film are vague, and that’s good. All you need to know is that there’s a woman, and a man, and possibly brainwashing.
Several Pajiba favorites in one film: Luke (Jake Johnson) and Jill (Anna Kendrick) are a couple in Joe Swanberg’s film, but there’s someone else in the picture: Kate (Olivia Wilde), Luke’s friend and co-worker at a brewery who is dating Chris (Ron Livingston).
Alex Winter’s (Ted from Bill & Ted) documentary looks at the rise and fall of Napster, the file-sharing service founded by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker that changed everything.
Writer-Director Dan Mazer examines a couple’s (Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall) relationship once the honeymoon has worn off.
Neil LaBute brings his play to the screen to tell the story of a soon-to-be-married man (Adam Brody) who travels the country visiting former lovers (including (Jennifer Morrison, Mía Maestro, Emily Watson, Zoe Kazan and Kristen Bell).
Former Disney starlets Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, alongside Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine, are out to prove they’re all grown up with Harmony Korine’s look at four college girls out for a wild Spring Break. James Franco plays a thug they get mixed up with, naturally.
Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch play two road workers spending the summer of 1988 away from city life, repainting lines on country highway in director David Gordon Green’s (All the Real Girls, “Eastbound and Down”) latest, a remake of the Icelandic film Either Way.
For those of you coming to the festival, look us up! The best way to track us down is via Twitter:
We’d love to meet you and to hang out. The more Pajibians, the merrier. There’s a tattoo-getting tradition some intend to keep going this year, so now is the time make Godtopus a permanent part of your life.