Opening weekend of SXSW has officially ended and it was quite eventful. Richard Linklater’s spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused made its world premiere as did Vice Principals, HBO’s forthcoming series starring Danny McBride and Walter Goggins. There was also a small intimate event where someone by the name of Barack Obama gave a keynote speech, making him the first sitting president to participate in a panel at the interactive, film and music festival. Three days of the fest may have passed, but there’s a whole week ahead of films and events that we’re looking to cover. Even so, here are highlights from the past couple of days.
Netflix continues to snatch up titles on the festival circuit. Their latest acquisition is the documentary ASPERGER’S ARE US. The streaming service secured the worldwide rights to the coming-of-age story before its world premiere at the festival. The directorial debut of Alex Lehman follows four friends who are members of a special needs comedy troop as they go on their last tour before parting ways.
DEMOLITION: Gyllenhaal Breaks Stuff To Deal With His Emotions
Gyllenhaal sells us as an emotionally stunted widower, but after Demolition loses steam, the film realizes it needs a resolution and cobbles one together that satisfies its characters more than its audience.
What seems like a modern carbon copy of Taxi Driver is more of a continuation of the story and lifestyle of a driver… without any of the psychosis.
Comedian Doug Benson did something that many hardcore moviegoers wish they could do: eject someone from a movie theater for using their phone. The host of the popular podcast, Doug Loves Movies reportedly kicked out an audience member who started watching videos on his phone during a screening of Ti West’s In A Valley of Violence.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer