Today was the third day of SXSW and we woke up early this morning to see Richard Linklater’s new film, Boyhood. This movie is something special. It was filmed over the course of 12 years, from 2002 until 2012, and it follows a young boy as he grows up, going from the first until 12th grade. It was incredible to see the actors age as the film went on. I really have never experienced a movie like this and to see it was something special. After the movie Richard Linklater came on stage and he received a standing ovation. It has been the only movie, so far, that I seen this happen to a director when he came out. This movie deserves all the praise it will get because it is so unique.
Following Boyhood we went to a food truck that served fried chicken and mac and cheese. Eating healthy is pretty much impossible in Texas, which is probably something that is obvious to most people.
6th street might be my favorite thing about Austin. It is closed off to traffic and there are so many insane people walking down it, yelling about nothing. There are also tons of people playing instruments. One man was standing in the middle of the street playing his guitar while wearing a wolf mask. He was there for hours and is probably still there as I’m writing this. I love Austin. It is one of the coolest cities that I have ever been to. It really is so crazy during this week.
Some of the other highlights from today were: seeing the girl who plays Arya in Game of Thrones on the street and not realizing it was her until after she passed. Going to a Q and A with NHL executives and listening to them discuss the stadium series, as well as the lockout. Eating the best steak ever. It was so tender the chef deserves an award.
Some of the downsides of the day: Waiting in line for an hour to try and see some comedians from SNL, including Fred Armisen, and not getting in. Not seeing more movies.
All and all it was another successful day here in Texas. Tomorrow Lena Dunham will be here, as well as Nic Cage. Wes Anderson’s new film is playing and I will be sure not to miss that. Right now I am tired and need to go to sleep so this is me saying goodnight from Austin!