SXSW is over, and yet here we are, forearms covered in wristbands for now-defunct places and bodies left ruined from an endless gauntlet of truck food and barbecue. SXSW 2015, or at least the film portion of it, was a mixed bag in certain respects, but Consequence of Sound was there through the good, the bad, and the Get Hard.
From the get-go, the Austin soiree has always been one for filmgoers who don’t want the assiduous severity and gravity that usually comes with a “film festival.” As such, genre offerings like Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, the surprise screening of Furious 7, and Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls were among the very best we saw.
Admittedly, we missed some much-heralded films* — specifically, the acclaimed jury award winner Krisha, and Alex Gibney’s second documentary of the year, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine — but we were nonetheless floored by a few of the two dozen screenings we attended within the week.
So, in case you missed ’em all, here’s a proper ranking of our reviews.
* What’s with the shuttles? At no point did we take the same route between venues twice, and several screenings were missed as a result. We love you, SXSW, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge this grievance.