I have gone through two days of SXSW and I am already delirious from lack of sleep. In fact, it is currently 3:43 a.m. CST as I am writing this — and this is after going one hour ahead for Daylight Savings Time. To add to that I am still trying to adjust to Pacific Standard Time. So my time clock is just all sorts of screwed up.
In any case, I have witnessed some amazing feats in film, food, Austin lifestyle, standing in line, and men’s room decor. Let me show you:
My first screening was The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but before that, I had to wait in line for about 45 minutes — which would be one of many that I will be waiting in for the duration of the festival:
Here’s another shot of me waiting in line from Day 2 when it was raining. That made it even more fun:
You also tend to see a lot of great things while waiting in line — like TONS of great fashion. For instance, check out this vintage ’90s ensemble consisting of a mix and match hodgepodge of hip hop apparel including Wu Wear and Ecko:
Nonetheless, the screening of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was introduced by Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey:
Snap judgment about the movie: The whole cast does a WONDER-ful job in their respective roles and it was fun to take a peek into the world of magicians, but my interest could only last so long. Overall, it’s expectedly funny and mildly entertaining.
My second screening was Evil Dead and it was RIGHT after Burt Wonderstone. I was skeptical in the beginning because it was a reboot, but my faith was strong because of Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi‘s involvement. In the end, I tweeted the following:
— Dino-Ray Ramos (@DinoRay) March 9, 2013
Snap judgment about the movie: It was pretty damn amazing, ridiculous and slap you in the balls . My mind was blown and I was overwhelmed with joy to find out that all the effects were practical and not a smidge of CGI was used to give us all the vomit, decaying skin, body dismemberment, face mutilating, tongue slicing, and (SPOILER ALERT) tree raping. It is a much-needed return to the purity of the classic horror movie — with modern appeal, of course.
After the movie, the entire cast (Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Elizabeth Blackmore) and filmmakers (Fede Alvarez, Rob Tapert, AND….the king of all that is Evil Dead, BRUCE CAMPBELL) did a Q&A with the audience. Here is a blurry picture of them:
Day 2, I watched 4 movies (one which you will hear more about later). The other three were:
1.) The Bounceback by Texan director Bryan Poyser. A decent offbeat romantic comedy that showcases the charm of Austin and its quirky citizens.
2.) Sundance pick Prince Avalanche starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. A modest dramedy where the two get the opportunity to do some acting with a capital A — and they do it well. Very well.
3.) Drinking Buddies: Joe Swanberg‘s latest structured, yet unscripted movie, about the benefits and downfalls about being in a relationship with the opposite sex whether it is alcohol induced or not. It’s a different kind of movie with realistic (and almost voyeuristic) storytelling with convincing performances by a well-built cast. Here’s my pic of the Q&A with the cast and filmmakers of the movie including Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Ron Livingston, and Anna Kendrick:
…and now here are some pictures of places where I ate food:
Popular Austin eatery, Magnolia Cafe:
Top Chef winner Paul Qui’s food truck, Eastside Kings (which sounds more like a street gang than a food truck):
And finally, here’s a urinal with beautiful decorative stones. It makes urinating very zen. This treasure can be found in the Driskill Hotel:
For more of my SXSW adventures, click here. I’ll be posting more. Every day. Every. Single. Day.