So here we have it, the big premieres at the festival; three movies that we'll all be seeing in the coming weeks and months. I'll be covering more of the smaller releases tomorrow, but these are the juggernauts, and certainly the hottest tickets of South By Southwest. I can't wait to see them, and in regards to the first movie, I can't wait to see it again.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
Director: Drew Goddard
After SXSW, it'll be out (and for some, it's out already) in April, and some of us who've seen THE CABIN IN THE WOODS already are dying to see what genre fans make of Drew Goddard's movie, scripted by Goddard and Joss Whedon. It's been on the shelf for a couple of years now, and some of the actors in the movie have gone on to bigger fame and fortune. But THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is thrilling, funny, and don't let anyone tell you the film's big surprises. For a lot of people THE CABIN IN THE WOODS won BNAT, hands down, and I really hope this movie is successful. Here's another movie that I'm really going to be watching the crowd for when it's over, because THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is going to knock everyone for a loop. No trailer posting for me on this one - it's just too good a movie to spoil like that.
PLAY TIMES: Friday, March 9th, 7:00 PM, Paramount Theater
21 JUMP STREET
Directors: Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
Word on the street is that this is a whole lot funnier than expected; a lot of critics I respect went crazy for it. I love everything I've seen about the movie so far, and the scene where Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have to make each other puke in the bathroom had me rolling. Also starring Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, the lovely Brie Larson, and Dave Franco, this opens a couple of weeks after SXSW, and it's going to probably do very well, so get ahead of the curve and see it at SXSW!
PLAY TIMES: Monday, March 12th, 7:30 PM, Paramount Theater
Director: Todd Rohal
It's interesting to me that Patton Oswalt has only dipped his toe, so to speak, in film comedy - most of his other performances have been dramatic. He's amazing in BIG FAN, and got a lot fo Oscar talk for his performance in YOUNG ADULT. Now, Oswalt makes a full-fledged comedy as a desperate scout troop leader trying to bring his troop back to glory, and Johnny Knoxville plays his brother, who is chasing him down after Oswalt's character "kidnaps" a bunch of kids at a slumber party to go on this great adventure. I remember writing about this one when I first heard about it, and I have no idea if the movie is as irreverent as I hope it is. Very much looking forward to this one. Todd Rohal directed THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM last year, and returns for this comedy.
PLAY TIMES: Saturday, March 10th, 4:00 PM, Paramount Theater; Sunday, March 11th, 9:30 PM, Alamo Slaughter; Friday, March 16th, 2:00 PM, Stateside Theater
And that's it for today! I'll be back tomorrow with more films from the fest! I'll also be writing about some of the awesome panels at SXSW as well!