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SXSW 2012: Casey’s Day 1 Recap

SXSW is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! Day one is in the books and what a crazy day. Luckily, I got to the festival early to get registered but those unlucky ones spent hours upon hours in line waiting to get their badges.

During this madness, I decided to head up to the press screening room and enjoy my first film of the festival: Somebody Up There Likes Me. The film is directed by Bob Byington and has a great cast consisting of Nick Offerman, Keith Poulson, Jess Weixler, Stephanie Hunt, Marshall Bell, Kevin Corrigan, and Megan Mullally. The film covers thiry-five years in the life of Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman) and a woman they both adore, Lyla (Weixler). The trio stumbles through mandatory but seemingly unfullfilling entanglements, at weddings, funerals, hospitals, eateries, divorce courts and the tool shed. A deadpan fable about time sneaking up and swerving right around us. This film is filled with a very dry sense humor with some witty dialogue along the way. It gets a little slow towards the end but if you can suffer through that little bit, you will have seen quite a nice film.

Next, I saw the upcoming Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon film, The Cabin in the Woods. Five teens go on a weekend getaway to a remote cabin in the woods, not just any cabin, however. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. I want to say so much about this film……but I can’t. Whedon and Goddard swore us to secrecy so as to not ‘ruin’ it for anyone else. If you are any sort of fan of horror or of Whedon’s, you will love this movie! I had such a good time with it and I am sure you will too. I really can’t say much else without giving away some integral piece of the mystery behind this movie. Both Whedon and Goddard were in attandance for the screening along with several members of the cast. They spoke about the large amount of fun they had making this film and that they are happy that they can finally share it with everyone (the film has been on the shelf for a few years). Look for a review here closer to the film’s release, then I can share more!

Lastly, I saw The Babymakers, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and stars Aisha Tyler, Olivia Munn, Noureen DeWulf, Hayes MacArthur, Paul Schneider, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, and Constance Zimmer. You may know of Jay and Kevin from some of their previous work in the films Super Troopers and Beerfest. The basic plot of this film is a guy (Schneider) can’t seem to get his wife (Munn) pregnant. Lucky he had been an avid sperm bank donor a few years previously, he recruits some of his friends to design a plan to steal back a deposit of his sperm from the sperm bank. Knowing is are behind the creation of this movie, you know there will be some very blatant and obscene comedy, definitely not a bad thing. Everyone loves a good raunchy comedy. I enjoyed the film for the most part and found myself laughing quite often. Jay and Keving were both at the screening where the answered some questions after the viewing. An interested questioner was in the audience to toss up a few quesitons of his own; Johnny Knoxville was this said questioner. Knoxville was in town for a screening of an upcoming film of his, Nature Calls and decided to come support his friends Jay and Kevin. The film doesn’t have release date just yet, but it’s looking like it won’t hit theaters till sometime in 2013.

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Casey Carroll

Casey Carroll

Casey Carroll grew up a huge fan of television and film. He was born in Marietta, GA but grew up in Murfreesboro, TN. Casey has also been involved in theatre from a very young age. Casey is now a 24-year-old college student at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Video Production and Film Studies. Watching TV and movies are just two of Casey’s many hobbies that he is very passionate about. He hopes to continue to pursue work in the film industry.Visit him at