SXSW 09

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Mature and insightful aren’t two words often associated with the horror genre. Paul Solet, writer and director of Grace, aims to change that. We talked with him at SXSW and got his thoughts on his film and where the horror genre is headed.

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How do you combat the burden of being an actor attached to Troll 2, the worst film of all time? If you’re Michael Paul Stephenson, you film a stunning documentary, Best Worst Movie, that chronicles the unexplainable phenomenon that has turned Troll 2 from a bargain bin film into a cult classic.

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Carla Gugino. Connie Britton. Marley Shelton. Cameron Richardson. Emmanuelle Chriqui. Rya Kihlstedt. And Sebastian Gutierrez, the pied-piper who got them all to strip down to their underwear. They all sit down with Cole Abaius to discuss the brilliance of their latest film.

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If you really need another reason to see Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker when it screens tomorrow night here at the SXSW Film Festival, the image inside should just about do it.

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A funky riff on the theme music from 2001: A Space Odyssey opens Black, a new French film and the second craziest movie of this year’s SXSW Film Festival. And the weirdness doesn’t end there.

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What does it take to make a good, honest comedy driven by a cast completely comprised by women? For one, it needs to take its female characters seriously. Take for example, Sebastian Gutierrez’s new film Women in Trouble.

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Although it wasn’t mentioned to the Paramount Theater’s packed house last night, the screening was a ‘work in progress’ cut of Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell. But if audience reaction last night is a true indicator, the vast majority of them loved the film. Work in progress or not.

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There is a reason that we cover so many film festivals during the year. We want to be there where it all begins, where the careers of tomorrow’s great filmmakers and actors begin. And this year at SXSW, we are seeing some really great beginnings for some very talented artists.

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Universal previewed three full scenes last night from Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming follow-up to Borat with video introductions from the man himself. If you’re a Borat fan and were worried that Cohen had lost the anonymity necessary to dupe stereotypical Americans with humorous results, rest assured Bruno is fucking hilarious.

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Back at you once again on this wonderfully sunny Monday afternoon here in Austin, Texas with another SXSW Film Fest watch list. And as I’ve done the three previous days, I think I’ve put together a group of films that are — for the most part — under the radar and in need of a little love. As well, we’ve also got ourselves another very diverse selection of films, which seems to be a theme here at SXSW. And of course, I couldn’t help but to throw some love at a movie about lesbian vampires. So go check them out, if you are here in town. If you’re not, you can at least have a look at the trailers below. Garbage Dreams (2:30p @ Alamo Lamar 3) Filmed over four years, Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys; Adham, a bright precocious 17 year old; Osama, a charming impish 16 year old; Nabil, a shy artistic 18 year old born into the trash trade and growing up in the world’s largest garbage village, a ghetto located on the outskirts of Cairo. It is a world folded onto itself, an impenetrable labyrinth of narrow roadways camouflaged by trash; it is the home to 60,000 ‘Zaballeen’(or ‘Zabbaleen’), arabic for ‘garbage people.’ Say My Name (7p @Alamo Lamar 3) In a hip hop and R’n’B world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, the unstoppable female lyricists of Say My Name speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female […]

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ExTerminators at SXSW

Somehow there ended up being a lot of talk about anus in this interview. We can’t entirely blame director John Inwood, but we’re going to go ahead and do it anyway. It’s his fault.

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We dragged some hotel chairs together, flipped on a camera, and tricked the director and producer of MINE into thinking we were legitimate journalists in order to bring you a fantastic discussion of ethical and legal gray areas in the wake of a natural disaster.

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Breaking up is hard to do, as Daryl Wein finds a new way of teaching us in his breakout film, Breaking Upwards. Yes, we love words that start with break.

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Hear comes your day two wrap-up folks, direct from The Pita Pit on Congress Ave. in Austin where coincidentally, I just ate a very awesomely wrapped Pita in between screenings here at the SXSW Film Fest.

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There are an endless amount of reasons to attend the SXSW festival, one of the best being the opportunity to view filmmakers usher in a new generation of creativity. Paul Solet’s Grace can speak on that matter.

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Paul Rudd and Jason Segel talk to us about male bonding, improvising and being two of “Comedy’s New Legends.”

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Back again on this wonderful Sunday with another round of SXSW films that are on my watch list. And no, I’m not just talking about tonight’s showing of the awesomely gritty Sin Nombre, the world premiere of Women in Trouble or that very special secret screening of Drag Me to Hell.

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In an exclusive interview Joe Swanberg talks to us about Alexander the Last, the current state of mumblecore and simultaneously premiering the film at SXSW and on-demand.

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Donald De Line and John Hamburg Tell Us About Male Bonding and I Love You, Man.

Producer Donald De Line and Writer/Director John Hamburg discuss I Love You, Man, film school rejection, and the fine art of O.J. Simpson memorabilia collecting.

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Tony Jaa kicks more ass in Ong Bak 2 than ten martial arts films combined.

Bold Claim of the Day: Ong Bak 2 is the greatest martial arts movie ever made. Not the smartest, or the funniest, or the most dramatic… the greatest.

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