Film Fridays: SXSW 2015’s Buzzworthy Films

With this year’s SXSW coming to a close, some of you are wondering which films created a buzz at the festival and which failed to garner any interest. Well, we’ve compiled a list of those films that attracted some attention at this year’s festival.

For the full lineup, click here.

And the following is our top 10 choices of films that created the most buzz at this year’s SXSW (in no particular order)

1. Mavis! – a documentary spanning the six-decade career of gospel singer, Mavis Staples

2. All Things Must Pass – a documentary tracking the rise and fall of the Tower Records chain

3. Spy – a Paul Feig-directed comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Rose Byrne, Bobby Canavale and Jason Statham, where Melissa McCarthy plays an undercover CIA analyst trying to save the world from an evil arms dealer

4. Trainwreck – a Judd Apatow-directed comedy starring Amy Schuster and Bill Hader, where they give monogamy a try

5. Lost River – Ryan Gosling’s writing and directorial debut, which is a dark fantasy thriller starring his real-life wife Eva Mendes, Christina Hendricks, Saorise Ronan, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s actor Iain De Casetecker and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, where Eva Mendes plays a single mother swept into a dark underwhole, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town

6. Creative Control – a futuristic Brooklyn comedy directed by Benjamin Dickinson, in which he plays an overworked, tech-addicted executive who uses the next generation type of glasses to develop a life-like avatar of his best friend’s girlfriend

7. Night Owls – a Charles Hood comedy, starring Adam Pally and Rosa Salazar who end up having a one-night stand when the night doesn’t go as expected

8. Krisha – a drama written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, starring Krisha Fairchild (the director’s real-life aunt) who plays an alcoholic and consequently creates a rift in her family

9. Furious 7 – the seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, particularly of interest as it stars deceased Paul Walker, along with our other favorite racers, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Ludacris and Shad Moss (Bow Wow)

10. The Breakfast Club – Yes, this movie has been out for years … in fact 30 years as this year marks its 30th year anniversary. So, in order to celebrate, a newly restored version of the film was premiered at SXSW this year. 🙂 What a classic! Now available on Blue-ray and DVD, if you want it.

Have a great weekend!

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