SXSW 2010 - Day 4

Didn't set the alarm - perhaps an unconscious attempt to get more sleep. Immediately rushed into town to insure my XXpasses to the two main movies this afternoon - American: The Bill Hicks Story and MacGruber.

Took the festival shuttle to the first venue of the day at the Alamo Lamar for the soccer movie Peleda. It's about a couple of soccer players who didn't make it to the pros and decide to explore the pickup games that go on around the world and find the game is a universal language.

Heard the Electra Luxx screening suffered from a broken film and the movie was scheduled for later tonight.

I have to admit that I never really heard of the comedian Bill Hicks. He has a rabid following. The film was made by a couple of British filmmakers and is shot in an unusual animated style. They take these photos and create a visual that goes with the narration while people relay stories of his life as he passed away from cancer recently.

There was time for a small film at the Hideout called Living Room of the Nation, which shows snippets of 6 families in Finland. Love watching films that show the everyday life from somewhere outside the US.

MacGruber Q&A (L to R) Director Jorma Taccone, Ryan Phillipe, Kristen Wiig, and Will Forte
The big movie of the night was MacGruber. Again, I have to admit that I'm not familiar with the SNL skit. But the movie is laugh out loud funny. At one point I got a fit of giggles. I haven't had one of those types of reactions at a movie in ages. We were told that it was a working print with some technical problems to be fixed. I hope they don't change the story.

Got out too late after the Q&A so went back to where I was staying, but then the power went out. (Article by Reesa Cruz Hawkins of Dallas Movie Screenings)