SXSW Day 4: Monday

SXSW Day 4: Monday

I worked a half day at home from 7-11am. This was kind of annoying, cuz I just had my mind on the movies of the day. I’m having a blast with this, and I’ve now learned a valuable lesson. Do not let someone convince you to work when you’ve already requested the time off. Next year, I will most certainly be taking the entire week off. It’s not so much the films in the morning, it’s the midnight films that make the lack of sleep quite painful. So, just from a sanity point of view, I will be taking the whole week next time. So I can get some sleep and be bright-eyed and bushytailed for the next days round of films.

Ok, so, after working, I booked it over to Dobie to catch Who Loves the Sun with Lukas Haas, Adam Scott, and Molly Parker. The last time I was at Dobie was for the opening day of The Blair Witch Project. Yah, long long ago. Anyhoo, it seemed to be a tad bit early for folks, cuz it was a very calm audience. Maybe barely awake is a better description. The film is a story of a haphazard reunion of three estranged best friends. Two of those friends happen to be a married couple that haven’t seen each other in five years. Why five years you may ask? Well, five years ago Will (Haas) caught his wife Maggie (Parker) and the 3rd wheel of the friendship Daniel (Scott) screwing in the lake house ping-pong table room. No one has heard a peep from Will since then. Nothing, nada, zilchamundo. They’ve even begun to consider him dead. He has seemingly surfaced for reconciliation and if he hasn’t, his friend's mom makes sure they at least meet up. Before the film the director referred to it as a comedy and hoping it made us laugh. While having it’s funny moments, I’d say comedy would be a stretch. Perhaps true life comedy would be true. Not the slapstick guffaw sort of pop comedy, but the type of stuff that happens to us usual folk. I loved the subtlety of this movie. From the acting to the lack of overused music, to the gentle filmmakers and cinematography. This movie felt loved and cared for and it came through on screen. 8 out of 10

Now, alone, I attempt to see King Corn yet again. I figure it’s 2pm on a Monday, I should be good to go. Not even close. This sucker must be good cuz they were even having to turn badged folk away. Bastards and their good film.

Over to my home away from home – The Paramount – to view Kurt Cobain About A Son. It was not necessarily something I was dying to see but the next movie I was gonna see was at The Paramount, so I figured what the hell. This was not your typical rockumentary. This was some old audio taped interviews of Kurt Cobain. He talked at great length and detail about his childhood and times leading up to the Nirvana fame. What was so different about this flick was the fact that just somewhat random imagery was used for the visuals. Not completely 100% random, since it seemed to be things that were in the towns he was talking about – Aberdeen, Olympia, Seattle. Until about half way through, I must say I was slightly confused because of this seemingly random images. However, afterwards I could certainly appreciate the intimacy that this was able to create. You feel as though Kurt is right there with you telling you his tale. He was a truly depressed person, and in its own way, it enlightened me to why one of my generations greatest musical heroes would have cut short a seemingly wonderful creative life. 7 out of 10

Next, at my 2nd home, was a Judd Apatow comedy, Knocked Up, starring Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) & Seth Rogen (40 year old virgin). A very quick & dirty summary – Alison (Heigl) gets really drunk with Ben (Rogen) one night at a club and through what could only be called miscommunication, doesn’t use a condom during their drunken sexual encounter, thus knocking her up. I was looking forward to this movie while also feeling wary, thinking it could be really slapstick-y or something. I don’t know why but I’m glad I was wrong. This was one of the smartest & funniest comedies I have seen in a while. The odd combo of bombshell Heigl and chubby dork Rogen worked unbelievably well. I think they said it had a wide opening date of June-ish. Make sure you don’t miss it. 8.5 out of 10

We stuck around to see Gregg Araki’s Smiley Face. It was touted as a pothead movie with a female perspective. Our main pothead character was slapstick comedy veteran Anna Faris. You’ll remember her from any Scary Movie flick if you’re even somewhat paid attention. The movie is her adventures in trying to get a series of things done without pissing everyone off. She needs to make sure she pays her electricity bill, but instead she buys a buttload of pot to make replacement cupcakes for the ones she ate that belonged to her roommate. Then she doesn’t have the entire amount that is needed to buy the pot so she gets that bit of money tacked onto her already huge debt to her dealer. She then has to manage to find money to pay him by the end of the day, and get to a hemp festival to pay him. I have always loved Gregg Araki, so this movie was a bit of a letdown. I wonder if I would have liked it more, it I didn’t know it was his film or what. I will say, that I like Anna Faris’ portrayal of Jane F. I completely believed that she was stoned through the whole movie. But afterwards, Gregg Araki explained that how could a stoned person have done this huge monologue she had to do without screwing it up. Very good point, sir, very good indeed. 7 out of 10

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