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SXSW: The Good, the Bad, and Top Ten Films at the 2014 Fest

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 12, 2014 at 4:12PM

I left this year's SXSW film festival with three takeaways: 1) Sundance programmed some really great titles back in January, many of which South By incorporated into their Festival Favorites category, 2) the Documentary Competition lineup was strong, and 3) the Narrative Competition lineup was not.
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Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson in 'Frank'
Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson in 'Frank'

MY TOP TEN FILMS THAT PLAYED SXSW:

1. "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter"

2. "Frank"

3. "Only Lovers Left Alive"

4. "Obvious Child"

5. "The Great Invisible"

6. "The Immortalists"

7. "Vessel"

8. "The Heart Machine"

9. "What We Do In the Shadows"

10. "The Mend"

ANNE THOMPSON'S TOP NINE

1. "Boyhood"

2. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (review here)

3. "Only Lovers Left Alive" (Review, interview here)

4. "Jimi: All is By My Side" (Ridley interview here)

5. "Neighbors"

6. "Cesar Chavez"

7. "Chef" (review here)

8. "Creep" (video interview here)

9. "Faults"


This article is related to: Festivals, SXSW, South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.