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Mad Monkey selections, part two: now I’m actually trying.

Lovingly hand crafted, artisan picks and notes about the slate of eye-tainment available at the 2015 SXSW Film festival. Even the ones that didn’t have official trailers. Either that or a pile 24fps poo that I flung at the screen — you decide.

Full SXSW 2015 Film lineup

Beware the simian wit below…

The Visit
Director/Screenwriter: Michael Madsen — Festival Favorites
Monkey says: the Monkey is a sucker for fake first-contact documentaries
Human Highway (Director’s Cut)
Director: Dean Stockwell, Neil Young — Special Events
Monkey says: bizzare characters, weird events and spaceships – sold
Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation
Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos — Special Events
Monkey says: the actual fan-made film from Raiders!
The Road Warrior
Director: George Miller — Special Events
Monkey says: Mel. Gibson. Road. Warrior – be there
Trainwreck (Work in Progress)
Director: Judd Apatow, Screenwriter: Amy Schumer — Special Events
Monkey says: Apatow, Schumer, Bill Hader, Colin Quinn — probably worth a look
A Wonderful Cloud
Director/Screenwriter: Eugene Kotlyarenko — Visions
Monkey says: let this be the one “raw, eccentric romantic comendy” I let in this year
The Little Death
Director/Screenwriter: Josh Lawson — Narrative Spotlight
Monkey says: edgy suburban sex comendy, about Australians
The Final Girls
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson —Narrative Spotlight
Monkey says: retro-horror-comeday, from the director of A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
Excess Flesh
Director: Patrick Kennelly — Midnighters
Monkey says: obsession setup with a horror punchline, interesting
Createive Control
Director: Benjamin Dickinson — Narrative Competition
Monkey says: VR obsession from the ad exec’s perspective – How to Get Ahead in Advertising meets Her?
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
Director: Alex Gibney — Headliners
Monkey says: Jobs documentary from the director of Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room
The Nymphets
Director: Gary Gardner — Visions
Monkey says: “a night of provocation and cruelty,” worth a peek
GTFO: Get The F% Out
Director: Shannon Sun-Higginson — Documentary Spotlight
Monkey says: women in gaming, can the assholes be stopped?
Ex Machina
Director: Alex Garland — Headliners
Monkey says: sexy thinking robot gone wrong
Director: Antoine Bardou-Jacquet — Narrative Spotlight
Monkey says: alternate-history 60s + Ron Perlman, go see it
Director: Jason Lei Howden — Midnighters
Monkey says: heavy meatal slasher horror
Love & Mercy
Director: Bill Pohlad — Headliners
Monkey says: John Cusak as Brian Wilson, bonus Paul Giamatti
Director: Morgan Krantz — Visions
Monkey says: had me at “Wiccan-practicing babysitter”
The Sandwich Nazi
Director: Lewis Bennett — Documentary Competition
Monkey says: always down for unique characters
Best of Enemies
Director: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon — Festival Favorites
Monkey says: Gore Vidal v. William F. Buckley, hipsters learn your history

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