Knowles was thrilled that Martin Scorsese delivered 2010 release Shutter Island, which one attendee described as an homage to Val Lewton. "It's a version of Angel Heart without The Devil," he said. "I figured it out a third of the way through." He didn't sound overly impressed. "I was not knocked out, but it worked well enough."
Ahead of the fest, Scorsese looked at Knowles' list of classics and told him to replace Shock Corridor with The Red Shoes. Knowles started to argue with him and then said, "Why am I arguing with Martin Scorsese?" Apparently the Michael Powell classic--the only film not programmed by Knowles-- played fine. Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs also played the Austin fest.