Because celebrities (film-related and otherwise) are people too and there's nothing - well, almost nothing -- that celebrities don't like more than being sighted at film (and other) festivals. Celebrities were out in full force on the opening night of the SXSW Film Festival.


If you haven't had a chance to check out our coverage of the first day of the SXSW Film Festival, just follow this link for fest-related goodness.


Joe Cornish's 'Attack the Block' absolutely killed at the midnight Alamo Drafthouse screening. Think 'Critters' meets 'The Warriors' -- Cornish described the wildly entertaining aliens-vs-teen-thugs horror-comedy as 'Super 8 Mile,' and the audience loved every minute of it. Apparently American distributors are afraid of the thick British neighborhood accents, but in our opinion the general kick-assery of the movie overpowers any sort of language barrier. See this one when you can.


Eric Kohn reviews Kyle Smith's new film, 'Turkey Bowl,' calling it "an admirably concise directorial debut," concluding "'Turkey Bowl' will probably enjoy a healthy festival run and give Smith enough momentum to make his next feature."

Kohn also reviews 'Better This World,' a documentary centered on the "Texas Two," David McKay and Brandley Crowder, who brought Molotov cocktails to the 2008 Republican presidential convention, their friend, leader, and FBI informant Brandon Darby (instrumental in their prosecutions). Kohn thinks "'Better This World' should get a good response at left-leaning festivals and especially on the documentary circuit."

IndieWIRE blogger Anne Thompson has a round-up of her first day at the SXSW Film Festival. Of 'Source Code,' Duncan Jones' ('Moon') second directorial effort, Thompson says "'Source Code' proves that Jones is a strong, stylish director who can handle an accessible bigger budget ($35 million) ensemble movie."


Via Twitter, Tony Deifell "Overheard at #SXSWi "...I was tired of putting people in jail so I started playing video games semi professionally on the side..."'

More Twitter: Of SXSW doc 'Fightville,' Reel Distraction had this to say: "I did not expect a Louisiana-based MMA doc to include multiple CLOCKWORK ORANGE references."

Even more Twitter: Comic-book scribe and novelist Greg Rucka "...never have so many iPads been in one place at one time..."

Apparently, director Catherine Hardwicke ('Red Riding Hood, 'Twilight,' 'Thirteen') really packed them in at the SXSW Director's Workshop. So says THR. 'Red Riding Hood' co-star Shiloh Fernandez was also on hand.

Jason Whyte, covering the SXSW Film Festival for eFilmCritic.com, interviews 'Apart' director Aaron Rottinghaus, 'My Sucky Teen Romance' director Emily Hagins, 'Charlie Casanova' director Terry McMahon, 'Natural Selection' director Robbie Pickering, and 'Caught Inside" director Adam Blaiklock (among many others).

And while we are it, check out Film School Rejects' "17 Must-See Movies at SXSW 2011."

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