photo by Cinema Blend's Katey Rich, from her Twitter.
Saturday was the last day of the film festival part of South by Southwest, though there hasn't been much movie-related excitement since the music section began on Wednesday. Thank you very much, Hole. Anyway, now that the film bloggers have had their last supper of BBQ (see above) and are heading home, it's time for a final look at all our coverage since Monika's mid-way roundup and some of our favorite stuff from friends around the web. However, reviews from our writers will continue to be posted for the next few days.
See you next year, Austin and SXSW!
Celebrity Sightings: The Runaways star Kristen Stewart spotted in a red leather dress! Cinema Blend also has a ton of photos from the film's post-screening Q&A, where there was apparently a wardrobe malfunction. I also hear Courtney Love is in town with some band.
Our Coverage: Kick-Ass (not Kick-Ass) interviews with the ladies of SXSW from Jen Yamato include Skateland star Ashley Greene and (okay this time for real) Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz. Erik Childress interviewed The Ride director Meredith Danluck and Kevin Kelly talked to Mr. Nice actor Rhys Ifans -- including stuff on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
On the review side, Scott Weinberg puts Centurion into perspective we can get excited about: "Imagine a flick like Braveheart, 300, Gladiator, or King Arthur, only those films have just been stripped of all those boring scenes about kings and princes, peasants and slaves, taxes and trades, and all that jazz."
Jette Kernion writes that Google Baby "has some strong moments, but I wished the story arc was stronger." Eugene Novikov reviewed the "astonishing" and "heart-pounding" documentary The Red Chapel. Kevin Kelly writes that Mr. Nice "serves to make you want to read the book, simply because the movie can't contain the entire story. It also feels emotionally flat through much of the film."
Peter Martin calls The Canal Street Madam "a compulsively watchable documentary." John Gholson reviews Life 2.0 at SciFi Squad: "By putting a human face on the participants, Spingarn-Koff is able to help us understand the society of Second Life, while creating an incredibly compelling human drama."
At Horror Squad, Peter Hall writes about Suck: "even though it's a comedy, should reclaim for horror fans an inch of the vampire ground we lost in the war with That Which Will Not Be Named." Luke Mullen writes that Amer is interesting as an experiment but "just doesn't work as a film."
Deals: Nothing to report.
indieWIRE Love: For all of us who become ill from the strain and excitement of an event like SXSW, Peter Knegt offers a survival guide to getting sick at a film festival.
"With no premieres from Joe Swanberg or Andrew Bujalski, and erstwhile SXSW starlet Greta Gerwig co-starring in a newly released Ben Stiller vehicle, the prototypical SXSW mumblecore routine faded to the background as a broader range of innovative filmmaking techniques took center stage," writes Eric Kohn in a final wrap-up of the festival.
Anne Thompson has some great stuff, including Q&A videos, on the Duplass brothers' presence at this year's fest.
Robbie Freeling reports on some of the documentaries screened this year including the "unexpected gem" Marwencol.
Blogs, Tweets and Treats: Because the title annoyed Scott Weinberg so much, here's a link to something about the festival losing focus called "Rolling with the nerd squad at SXSW film fest."
Pamela Cohn of Still in Motion wraps up her first experience with SXSW: "I am, undoubtedly, spoiled by kinder, gentler nonfiction festivals, with manageable programs, a highly-navigable experience (meaning convenient to get from place to place, preferably on foot or plenty of free transportation to get a visitor from hotel to films, parties, etc.), and easy access to everything, especially film screenings."
"Unlike other film festivals, SXSW has as much power in terms of the marketing of mainstream films – especially those whose release is close enough to benefit from the word-of-mouth momentum they can gain – as it does for smaller movies that are trying to gain some buzz in the service of eventually getting a distribution deal, or at least a bigger audience," writes Chris Thilk at Movie Marketing Madness.
Tweets from our crew and our friends:
@jamesrocchi: "It's fun watching Peta try and recruit at #sxsw. Don't they know Austin's flag is just a 3x4 slab of brisket flapping bloody in the breeze?"
@scottEweinberg: "I was worried that WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY would be Disney stroking itself. It's not. A damn fine doco is what it is."
@williambgoss: "In a just world, someone like Roadside could pick up Thunder Soul and play it out like Good Hair, even w/o Chris Rock. So wonderful."
@erickohn: "MONSTERS: a quasi-doc non-genre alien movie that makes DISTRICT 9's fun metaphor look downright crass. Also, it's a great love story."
@williambgoss: "District 9 + Sin Nombre = Monsters."
@scottEweinberg: "Looks like the majority dug both MONSTERS and LOVED ONES. Thereby proving my unquestionable mega-genius."
@gadgetguy (Kevin Kelly): "It is Nuts by Nutswest today."
@williambgoss: "This week is taking its toll - I glazed over for much of that Japanese vampire flick."
@erickohn: "Looks like I'm done w/#SXSW movies this year. Faves that I saw here: COLD WEATHER, MONSTERS, A SERBIAN FILM, SATURDAY NIGHT."
@cobblehillis (Aaron Hillis): "Slept in for the first time in 9 days. #sxsw has been incredible, my favorite year since my film played, but I'm ready to get home soon."