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SXSW: ‘Kick-Ass,’ ‘Leaves of Grass’ and flight delays on Day 1


Somebody is trying to tell me something.

As you read, my laptop fried yesterday. But I trudged on, with the annual South By Southwest Film Festival in my sights.

I’m still waiting to get there. [follow Sean’s travel odyssey on TWITTER.COM/HOLLYWOODNEWS minute by minute.

Because Delta arrived in ATL nearly 30 minutes after we were scheduled, I missed my connection to Austin. By 5 minutes. I could still see the plane. But the door was closed, and the gate attendants wouldn’t let me proceed. “Everyone is delayed,” she told me. For the record, it’s raining outside, which shuts ATL down. Planes, if you didn’t know, are immune to water.

I’m sitting at the gate, waiting to board a 2:10 p.m. flight. I’m on standby. They just announced the plane won’t leave until 3:18 p.m. Terrific.

So, before the festival even begins, my SXSW schedule has to change. No longer will I be able to check out Niels Arden Oplev’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a thriller about a journalist investigating a missing body. But I’m still targeting “Kick-Ass” at the Paramount. If I miss that, I’m going to kick someone’s Delta Airlines ass.

After that, it’s on to “Leaves of Grass,” which stars the versatile Ed Norton as an Ivy League professor and his estranged twin brother. I’m not sure if it’s a comedy, but the premise makes me chuckle. And after this trip, I have a feeling I’m going to need a few laughs. And a drink. And some BBQ.

Austin, here I come?

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Haha, this part cracked me up: “For the record, it’s raining outside, which shuts ATL down. Planes, if you didn’t know, are immune to water.”

    I hope you make it there in time for “Kick-Ass” tonight!

  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Oh man, you just can’t seem to get a break, maybe it would be faster surfing there

  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    it looks like the weather is kicking your ass

  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hey Sean, if you have to stay overnight in Atlanta, maybe we could hook up. What say you? Don’t worry all will be fine.

  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Leaves of Grass is a great film. As always, Ed Norton is fantastic.

  • March 12, 2010 | Permalink |

    Well, if I make LEAVES at 9:30 in Austin, I’ll consider the day a success. Sad, really, that in 2010, it takes 12 hours to fly from NC to Texas.

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