The South by South West film festival is starting in about a month. It'll be my spring break over here in Austin and I am already signed up for volunteer work. Here are some of the films that have been announced so far:
MELVIN GOES TO DINNER In this powerful directorial debut from Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show), Melvin goes to dinner with three almost complete strangers. The conversation that ensues touches on everything from marital infidelity to religion, and in the meantime, they learn more about themselves than they ever intended. The cast includes Michael Bleiden, Annabelle Gurwitch, Stephanie Courtney, Matt Price, Maura Tierney, David Cross, and Melora Walters.
ASSASSINATION TANGO Robert Duvall directs and stars in this story about a hitman assigned to kill an Argentinian general, only to find himself immersed in the powerful world of the South American tango culture. Mixing politics with passionate art, the film investigates one man's struggle to stay alive, finish the job, and explore his passions.
GO FURTHER Award-winning documentarian Ron Mann (Grass) delivers his latest film about actor/activist Woody Harrelson's Simple Organic Living Tour. The film chronicles the actor and his small group of supporters travelling across the United States in an inspirational journey inside the heart of a healthy lifestyle.
SEX: FEMALE Acclaimed and award-winning documentary filmmakers Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker examine what's on the mind of the woman next door when it comes to sex. This insightful and sometimes humorous film lets real women speak about real issues regarding the perception the world has on women and sex, and modern woman's perceptions on that same society.
THE HARD WORD Guy Pearce and Rachel Griffiths star in this Australian crime film from director Scott Roberts. The film follows three brothers out on bail and ready for one more robbery that, if plotted correctly, could be their last.
DUMMY Adrien Brody stars in this comedy/drama set in the suburbs of New York, as a young man struggling to express his feelings as a ventriloquist, through his dummy. With the support of his best friend (Milla Jovovich), the derision of his sister (Illeana Douglas), and the indifference of his parents, he finds true love with his unemployment counselor.
-From the SXSW film website
Well that's not a bad start. You got Bob Odenkirk's first movie and Adrien Brody as a ventriloquist. I think I will find out what else will be playing there in a couple of days. In fact, last year Blade 2 premiered at the festival. Hope I have as much a blast at this one as the Austin Film Festival.
"I am many things Kal-El, but here I am god." -Darkseid
Speaking of Bob Odenkirk, anyone know when RUN RONNIE RUN is supposed to be released? It's been like 3 years now or something, Right? I had found a copy(supposedly) on Kazaa, but It was taking WEEKS for it to download cause the 1 guy that had it was using a shitty dial up, slow ass connection.
Shit people, get with the upgrades, fuck, who uses dial-up anymore, right.
That's funny, I'm on a dial-up, use Kazaa and have that movie for sharing. I wonder if that was me.
At any rate, Bob and David have said that they want to put the movie to rest because they are unhappy with the current cut and want to make some changes. Oh, and there is currently no distributor available for the movie, as New Line got rid of it. IMHO, its not as good as I thought it would be, though there are some really great moments in it, so I'd have to agree with them. BTW, I found it on IMesh, and there were plenty of people who had it that were not of the dial-up persuasion.
The way I see it, every year there's only a few categories of films released: -"Gee, they made a fun, smart movie. I GUESS we should give them SOMETHING." Indy sensations (Whale Rider, Bend It Like Beckham, Lost in Translation)