Every year in March, creative minds gather in Austin, Texas to share their ideas and inspire future filmmakers and creators. The SXSW Film Conference and Festival gives thinkers and innovators the opportunity to present their ideas to the entertainment and media culture, and pave the way for the future of film and entertainment. I attended the festival over the weekend on behalf of YouPlusDallas and covered the film portion of SXSW to present you with a description of the major events.
On Friday, March 8th, I attended the premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, featuring Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey, James Gandolfini, and Alan Arkin. This film sets Carell and Buscemi as aging Las Vegas magicians, Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, respectively, who soon have to dig deep for a better act once Carrey’s character (Steve Gray) begins to steal the spotlight as a fresh street magician. From a critics standpoint, this film is very unimpressive, being described by some as “instantly forgettable” and “yawn-inspiring”, while others describe it as “periodically chuckle-worthy” and “just amusing enough to pass the time”. Only time will tell if this film becomes a hit, but I’m not counting on it. Some of the cast was also in attendance for this film. (more…)