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. I am mere feet away from the Paramount theater, where tonight horror lovers will get a first look at a work in progress version of Sam Raimi’s upcoming film Drag Me to Hell, but that is something we will talk about tomorrow. This little update is all about the fun we had yesterday, which was all about movies for the FSR staff. Well, that and talking to famous people…
Interviews! We’ve Got Interviews Here!
We sent our intrepid staff out on the town to locate, corner and pound random celebrities with questions yesterday. And oddly enough, our guerrilla style paid off — ninja spy Cole Abaius got a chance to sit down with I Love You, Man director John Hamburg and producer Donald DeLine in the afternoon. They were impressed with his ability to ask questions that didn’t include “so what’s it like to work with Paul Rudd” and mentions of how cool Judd Apatow is. You can read more about that here. Speaking of I Love You, Man, we also had a chance to sit down with stars Paul Rudd and Jason Segel — check out Robert Levin’s report on that here. And finally, we were also able to corner Alexander the Last director Joe Swanberg and talk to him all about what its like to release a movie at SXSW and on-demand via IFC — for more on that, go here.
More Movies Than You Can Shake Your BBQ Spare rib at…
We also saw some movies yesterday. And by we, I’m talking about myself and Rob Hunter — also known as the varsity team. In fact, we saw so many films on day two that we haven’t had the opportunity to stop and write about them. But here’s a little preview, at least of the films that I saw. I really liked Brant Serson’s Splinterheads, starring Thomas Middleditch and Rachael Taylor. Even though I’ve discovered that Taylor can’t suppress her Australian accent to save her life, I have also discovered that Thomas Middleditch has what it takes to be very big in the world of comedy — lets just say right here that he is hilarious. Moving on, I also caught a screening of True Adolescents starring Mark Duplass. And while Duplass continues to shine, the film really falls apart in its final act, taking way too much time to emote and crawling to a close. Otherwise it was a solid film and a worthwhile endeavor.
I also had the chance to catch a very sweet, very well-made film called Bomber, which tells the story about a British man who travels with his wife and son to a village in Germany that he accidentally bomber during WWII. While it was a bit slow, the film packed a ton of heart and is something I would recommend if you are into an alternative coming-of-age film. And finally, Adam Sweeney checked in with a very positive review from last night’s midnight film Grace, which you can read right here. I also have it on high authority that he had a very good interview with Grace director Paul Solet this afternoon, so stay tuned for that.
And as the gangsta rap kicks into high gear here at The Pita Pit, I must go back to the Alamo Ritz and catch a few more flicks. Don’t miss me too much, friends, as I will be back later with a few more reviews from some of the great films that we are seeing here at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. But before I go, I would like to make a special note of the greatly improved organizational efficiency of this year’s festival. Under the guidance of new festival head Janet Pierson and the rest of the festival staff, this year’s event is going incredibly smoothly. The new advance ticket process, the special press screening library and the overall selection of films appear to be top-notch. I would feel sad for anyone who had an opportunity to be here and decided not to show.
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