With over 120 films to choose from in just nine days at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, even the most experienced planner will be unable to take in all of them. That is just simple math. Sometimes you just have to take a page from Neil ... Page: "You have to discriminate. You choose things that are funny or mildly amusing." So you can look over the SXSW catalog descriptions and make up your mind, or you can take the word of some trusted critics who have a heads-up and start from there.
If extreme violence laced with comedy is your bag, then you can take the word of Eric Snider who enjoyed 'Hobo With A Shotgun,' or Scott Weinberg who fancied 'Super,' James Gunn's take on the modern superhero. If horror is more your thing you may follow Joe Utichi, who enjoyed James Wan's ghost story, 'Insidious,' or Erik Davis' affinity for a cult with a sci-fi angle in 'Sound Of My Voice.' Maybe reality is more your speed, and in that case you can follow Christopher Campbell's lead into 'Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times,' 'How To Die In Oregon' or Morgan Spurlock's 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.'
Or, you can take a cue from yours truly (as you hopefully did last year) and add ten more recommendations to your schedule to already go along with 'Source Code' and 'Paul.'