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Nordling's Daily SXSW Preview Day 6! The Big Ones! THE CABIN IN THE WOODS! 21 JUMP STREET! NATURE CALLS!

Nordling here.

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.



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



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!

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Feb. 27, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by ilovemichealbay

    yes i am

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    The Cabin in the Woods and Nature Calls are a definite yes, but on the fence about 21 Jump Street. Hill can be extremely funny, but having been burned by SO MANY other horrible TV remakes (Duke of Hazzard, SWAT, Starsky & Hutch, the list goes on and on...) I will most likely have nothing but skepticism until more than a half dozen glowing reviews come in.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Saw 21 Jump Street - it's HILARIOUS

    by gaygoonie

    Loved it. Lots of laughs and heart. Kind of reminded me of Superbad. The tripping scene is CLASSIC.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    21 jump street

    by Jared

    Saw a preview showing last week. Very funny and entertaining.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    21 Dump Shit

    by Joe Plumber

    Rather watch that. Looking forward to Cabin though.


  • dopes.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Agreed on 21 Jump Street

    by Kimota42

    I was stunned by how funny it is.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Patton Oswald

    by waxxel

    Say what you want about Young Adult, Patton Oswald should have been nominated for Best Supporting Actor. His performance was so nuanced and heart breaking, how did he not get nominated.

  • And CABIN just looks terrific. Have a feeling this year's going to throw up a hell of a lot better movies than the last couple.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Waxxel- totally agree.

    by angry kitty

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 2:22 a.m. CST

    So, this is basically just a posting of the SXSW schedule?

    by TopHat

    Breathtaking. I guess I'll be back in ELEVEN days to read an actual review. ...that will probably not be an actual review because you "don't want to spoil anything". Good to know the money being spent on you to go to things like this isn't wasted and the "articles" you post about it are not a complete waste of time.