Saturday started three hours after Friday ended for me. I filed my last story at 5:30, went upstairs, crashed out, then got up at 8:30, got ready, and drove downtown so I could talk to Matt Reeves about his upcoming adaptation of Let The Right One In. Then I had to hoof it to the Paramount around the corner from the site of the interview so I could see "Thunder Soul," a documentary that absolutely cleaned my clock. Leveled me. It's a very, very special film I'll review separately. Suffice it to say, starting a day like that is unfair to anything else you'll see that day, because it's just that kind of good.
I was thinking of staying for "Barry MUNDAY" at the same venue, but I needed to go get something to eat and try to write a bit before the next interview at 3:45. Instead, I'll see the film on Tuesday now. I'm not staying downtown, so it's a good half-hour in the car to get back to where I'm staying. That's an hour in the car at least. I got a few ideas down on paper, but nothing ready to publish at all. And then I went to talk to Edward Norton and Tim Blake Nelson about their film, "Leaves Of Grass." And after that, I went to the Alamo South Lamar for "The People Vs. George Lucas," which had a line up and running almost two hours beforehand. By the time I got there, it was eighty-five minutes till the start of the film, and a line was already fairly serious. By showtime, the line was much too long for everyone to get in, so the Alamo announced that the TBA "secret" film for later that night would be, instead, a second showing of "The People Vs. George Lucas" for everyone who didn't get in to the first show.. Finally, I went to a midnight screening of "Monsters," another film programmed by Tim League and the rest of the team behind Fantastic Fest. I love that they've got their own little sidebar now during SXSW, and I hope it leads to even more people returning in the fall for what I consider one of the greatest events of the year.