I’m sitting here in the very nice press room at SXSW, wishing they would keep it open for me until Saturday because it’s so quiet and convenient, and wondering what I can write about SXSW in the next 20 minutes before I have to do other stuff. I’ve posted several reviews to Cinematical over the past few days: you can read all the Cinematical SXSW coverage here. But there’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t make it into reviews, like the following bulleted list.
- The unsung hero of Sunday was my boyfriend, who made it possible for me to do a really dumb thing: get from a 1:00 screening at the Paramount to a 3:45 screening at Alamo Downtown. He was waiting in front of the Paramount in his car; I felt like a rock star as I left the theater. He zipped me over to Alamo in the nick of time, so I could slip in and grab a seat before the movie sold out. I owe him a big favor. If that’s one thing I have learned with a vengeance, it is that you must leave lots of space between movies. Back-to-back makes your brain hurt even if you can rush between theaters in time.
- I realized after seeing Gretchen and The Cassidy Kids at the Paramount yesterday that P.J. Raval had been the cinematographer on both. And they look entirely different. The man is a marvel.
- I met Blake of Cinema Strikes Back, and David Hudson of GreenCine Daily, and Scott Weinberg, and other cool film/media writers whom I can’t remember right now because my brain is tired.
- I need a new digital camera. Fortunately, these days such a purchase qualifies as a business expense.
- I don’t like the Dobie Theatre very much. I’m sorry. I have tried. The decor is extremely cool, and it’s great you can have free parking in the garage. And their programming is top-notch. But I don’t like sitting at an angle to the screen, and having to crane my head around the person in front of me because the row incline is so slight. I have always wondered why some movies are a migraine trigger, and am now wondering if one factor may be the Dobie. Also, I hate the parking garage, especially at night. None of this is stopping me from seeing movies there, though.
- I just got invited to a party with food so I’m quitting now. More later.