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Fathergeek sees a lot of great film at SXSW 2012! Check it out!

Father Geek here, after the 1st full day of SXSW I've seen 4 wildly different, but excellent examples of the motion picture arts.

First was the outlandishly over the top send up of the "Evil Dead," "Wrong Turn," "Hills have Eyes" type horror genre... THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a must see "as virgin as possible" film.

Next was the beautiful & emotional pseudo doco... TRASH DANCE with its great score by Graham Reynolds, once again as with ALL of these don't read about it just go experience it.

Third was a delightful Scifi/Mystery/Romantic Comedy concerning (sort of) Time Travel that simply defies genre-fication(?)... SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.

Fourth, but far from least was Billy Friedkin's incredible "sooo dark its jet black" adult trailer trash crime comedy... KILLER JOE. Annnd what followed that could possibly be the best Q & A olde Father Geek has EVER witnessed. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Gina Gershon, Emile Hirsch, writer Tracey Letts, the great cinematographer of THE RIGHT STUFF Caleb Deschanel and my son Harry all gathered on the grand stage of Austin's Paramount Theatre, annnd were joined by live long distance phone from Vienna for a 1 1/2 hour informative, frank, & witty interaction with the 1000+ member audience. Real once in a lifetime stuff!!!

Saw four feature films today, my second day at SXSW, enjoy'n them all on a variety of levels.

Started off with DECODING DEEPAK, a doco-esque detailed look at the iconic Deepak Chupra, my least fave of today's flicks.

Next up was my favorite of the day's motion pictures Willem Dafoe & Sam Neil's beautifully shot Tasmanian wilderness mystery/adventure, the character driven THE HUNTER, a perfect double bill for "The Grey."

Third on today's lineup was the 2 1/2 hour long doco that looks deep into the life, music, & career of MARLEY, whose son "Ziggy" was just one of the famous family members, along with some former "Wailers" to grace the 100 year old Paramount Theatre's stage before & after the film.

Then 4th, the ACTION-PACKED cops vs drug lord, blood & sweat drenched, hand-to-hand combat opus that is this Indonesian masterwork of the genre, THE RAID: REDEMPTION. Simply kicks ass all over the place!

Then just tonight I experienced the feature length comedy/action reinvention of the popular TV undercover cop series 21 JUMP STREET.  Tonight in the jam packed 1200 seat former vaudeville & silent film palace, The Paramount Theatre. This cops vs. drug dealers flick is the exact polar opposite of last night's rip snort'n actioner, The Raid: Redemption. This is total over the top, pull no punches comedy, annnd if that's what you're look'n for it satisfies totally. As is the usual for this venue's SXSW movies there was a delightful Q & A afterwards feature'n the director, writer, annnd stars Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, & Dave Franco... and to allow the motion picture's twists, turns, & jokes to give you their FULL effect stop read'n NOW !!!

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  • March 13, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST


    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    ...I'm starting to see where Harry gets his idiosyncratic writing style. And Deepak Chupra is a fraud, dressing up New-Age hokum with pseudo-scientific bullshit.

  • March 13, 2012, 2:14 a.m. CST


    by tim hager

    The award for the most annoying new thing on this site goes to Papa Smurf's trying to turn and into more than one syllable. Not sure I'd call these reviews, FYI. More like, "Here is shit I watched today." Wow! That's great "news"!

  • March 13, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Did Charlie Chan write this??

    by paul burnett

    I see plenty good like many good movie.

  • March 13, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    A live long distance phone joined the interview?

    by DadTimesTwo

    ...annnd were joined by live long distance phone from Vienna...

  • March 13, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    I hear that those Vienna phones are HOT!

    by MisterManReturns

    I will swoon in the parlor, whilst enjoying the motion picture arts.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Yes, I also know how to use youtube.

    by Garbageman33


  • March 13, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Last weekend ...

    by rost

    I watched The Man from Nowhere, Bullit, Polisse and Footloose in my living room. Alone. It was a blast, you should have been there, man. More as the week progresses!

  • March 13, 2012, 8:20 a.m. CST talkback ever

    by Bobo_Vision

    I love you guys.

  • March 13, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    This makes Harry's DVD column look like it was written by Pauline Kael

    by Joe Plumber

    Annnd, that said, can't wait for Cabin in the Woods.

  • March 13, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Brain hurts

    by tim hager

    In the first graph, he writes that "I've seen" (not "I saw") four films, but then he talks about nine movies he watched. Which is it? Annnd why do I care? Just curious, where is your review of the Olive Garden?

  • Pumped to see the Raid as well

  • March 13, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    the latter toiletbrush,the latter

    by paul burnett

  • March 13, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by benlinus

    This is a conspiracy right? Its obvious that Harry and Father Geek are the same person, right? I mean the SAME lapse in paragraph and sentence structure; the SAME glaring punctuation mistakes; the SAME meaningless, superfluous drivel that passes for commentary on this site. PLUS, they BOTH refer to the legendary William Friedkin as...."Billy" Its GOT to be a conspiracy. I'm calling shenanigans....

  • March 13, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    We're through the looking glass here people..

    by paul burnett

    ..a woman can be heard screaming 'Oh my God he's gonna confuse us all' An hour later an large ginger man was seen rolling out of the Dallas movie theatre saying that Green Lantern ruled.

  • March 13, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Deepak ain't a fraud Dr. Eric

    by Anthony Torchia

    Look up the word "fraud" please, he is not faking it. He may be wrong but he is obviously sincere And about most things, he's right Deepak loves you but I think you're a jerk I have spoken

  • March 13, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    I was NOT expecting 21 Jump St. to kick ass

    by zillabeast

    No sarcasm here, either. This was SUPERBAD funny. TROPIC THUNDER funny. Best use of the F bomb since the former. Best cameo since the latter. If you love and can laugh with those two films, 21 Jump Street is for you. If you can't, lighten up.