Southby 'oh thirteen' has come to a close. I saw 20 films total, two of which I saw twice, and a few more of which I will talk incessantly about for the next several months.
"The East" was the closing night film, directed by Zal Batmanglij who happens to be the brother or Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend. If you haven't seen a Brit Marling film, I would suggest you start with "Another Earth", which was my favorite movie from SXSW two years ago. "The East" is a bit too preachy and not the best testament to the writing strengths of Marling and Batmanglij. They're both incredibly smart and obviously have a lot of big ideas and loads to say, but dear god, this felt like the cinematic equivalent to that one kid who would never shut up in political science class. Oy vey.
But hey, Vampire Weekend sat a couple of rows behind me, so there's that.
I also saw "Good Ol' Freda" today, a documentary about The Beatles secretary, Freda Kelly. So much love for that doc. See it ASAP.
For the complete list of all the movies I saw at SXSW, check out my film diary on Letterboxd.
Turrah for now (I learned that from Freda).