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SXSW – My Movie Plans

February 13, 2008

So, opening night of SXSW is the film:

21
Director: Robert Luketic. Writers: Peter Steinfeld, Allan Loeb. Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne.
Based on the true story of a group of MIT students who, under the guidance of a cryptic professor, take Vegas casinos for millions through the mathematical art of counting cards. (Opening Night Film)

I am very excited that maybe, just maybe, Jim Sturgess will be there. If so, my life may be complete.

I am also pretty excited about a few other films. Here is a quick look:

Battle in Seattle
Director/writer: Stuart Townsend. Starring: Martin Henderson, Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta.
An all-star, edge-of-your-seat glimpse at the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle, told from the perspective of protesters, police, and city officials. (U.S. Premiere)

It’s about time that there were some films about this moment of time. It was such a powerful demonstration, that I am excited to see this.

Choke
Director/writer: Clark Gregg. Starring: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald.
An adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, this is the sardonic story about mother and son relationship, fear of aging, sexual addiction, and the dark side of historical theme parks. (Regional Premiere)

Adaptations are always a daring venture to me. You can really screw up a book or you can make it come to life. My hope is for the latter.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Director: Nicholas Stoller. Writer: Jason Segel. Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Jonah Hill, Russell Brand.
A comic look at one guy’s arduous quest to grow up and get over the heartbreak of getting dumped. If only his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend weren’t staying at the same hotel.
I’ve been hearing some good things about this plus I am a Jason Segel pretty much ever since Freaks and Geeks.

Mister Lonely
Director: Harmony Korine. Writers: Avi Korine & Harmony Korine. Starring: Werner Herzog, Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant.
A Michael Jackson impersonator lives alone in Paris and performs on the streets to make ends meet. At a performance in a retirement home, Michael falls for a beautiful Marilyn Monroe look-alike who suggests he move to a commune of impersonators in the Scottish Highlands. (U.S. Premiere)

Sounds eerily like the great B movie Bubba Ho-tep. We shall see.

The Promotion
Director/writer: Steven Conrad. Starring: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor.
The story of two mid-level supermarket employees who compete ruthlessly for a coveted post at a new store location. (World Premiere)

I love Lili Taylor, Jenna Fischer and John C. Reilly plus it just looks like a funny plot.

Run, Fat Boy, Run
Director: David Schwimmer. Writers: Michael Ian Black, Simon Pegg. Starring: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria.
An out-of-shape divorced father makes one last attempt to win back the respect of his son, his ex-wife, and the community around him. All he has to do is finish his first marathon. (Regional Premiere)

Again, some of my favorite comedians. I am interested to see Schwimmer’s directional style.

Shine A Light
Director: Martin Scorsese.
The legendary film director and the world’s most famous rock band make rock and roll history. A complete experience, documenting both the band’s history and a legendary Beacon Theatre show, and a window into the Stones unique relationship with Martin Scorsese. A must-see for every true rock and roll fan. (North American Premiere)

It’s Scorsese. That is really all I have to say.

Shot In Bombay
Director: Liz Mermin.
Yes, Bollywood makes gangster films. This fast paced documentary, populated by a charismatic and often surreal cast of characters, goes beyond the tinselly glamour of “Bollywood” to explore some of the industry’s darker sides.
(North American Premiere)

Very interesting, Bollywood Gangster films.

Then She Found Me
Director: Helen Hunt. Writers: Alice Arlen, Victor Levin, Helen Hunt. Starring: Helen Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick.
Adapted from Elinor Lipman’s novel of the same name, Helen Hunt makes her feature directing debut with this touching story of schoolteacher April Epner and her very unlikely path towards personal fulfillment. (Regional Premiere)

This looks interesting and I am excited to see Helen Hunt as a director!

Where In The World is Osama Bin Laden?
Director: Morgan Spurlock.
Acclaimed filmmaker Morgan Spurlock heads to the Middle East for two reasons: to understand cultures overseas and to find Osama Bin Laden. (Regional Premiere)

I love Morgan Spurlock and have been hearing some good stuff about this.

We Are Wizards
Director: Josh Koury
An entertaining and comprehensive portrait of the passionate culture of Harry Potter fans. (World Premiere)

Now that I have experienced this weird Potter culture when in London, I am wanting to see this film.

‘Bama Girl
Director: Rachel Goslins. A charismatic black woman at the University of Alabama runs for Homecoming Queen, going up against a century of ingrained racial segregation, internal black politics, and a secret association of all-white fraternities. (World Premiere)

This looks good and I am interested in having it at OFF 2009.

Humboldt County
Director/writer: Danny Jacobs & Darren Grodsky. Starring: Fairuza Balk, Peter Bogdanovich, Frances Conroy, Madison Davenport, Brad Dourif, Chris Messina, Jeremy Strong.
When Peter Hadley, a promising yet disillusioned medical student, stumbles upon an eccentric community of marijuana farmers, his life will never be the same. (World Premiere)

Hehe, I love Arcata. This will be great.

Southern Gothic
Director/writer: Mark Young. Starring: Yul Vazquez, Nicole DuPort, William Forsythe.
A man must atone for a tragic mistake by saving a little girl from a ruthless, undead preacher. (World Premiere)

I am simply going due to the title. I know, I am completely judging a book by its cover.

Do You Sleep In the Nude?
Director: Marshall Fine.
Forty years after he blazed across the scene, Rex Reed is still going strong – a brand-name movie critic whose name and face remain easily recognizable, even if his influence has waned. (Regional Premiere)

Rex Reed is amazing and I want to see this simply for that reason.
And there are a ton of short films I am excited about..but I think I need to take a break for a few minutes and calm down.

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