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SXSW 2009: Tim McCanlies "Bobs" Into New Territory

25 March 2009 12:43 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Tim McCanlies once told me, "I find your average beauty-parlor-operator in Texas to be far more interesting a person than your average studio executive in Hollywood." He's putting that theory to the test by working outside the studio system for his third directorial effort, "The 2 Bobs," a manic comedy that premiered at SXSW to an enthusiastic local crowd and was made for a budget that likely wouldn't have paid for craft services on his last film, the Michael Caine-Robert Duvall family flick "Secondhand Lions."

After a career spent working in Hollywood from his home in Bastrop County penning such films as "The Iron Giant" and quietly creating The CW's long-running "Smallville," the Texan is doing an indie two-step -- first with "Bobs," an Austin-set send-up of the video game industry about two game designers named Bob and their struggle to recover their most recent creation after it's »

- Stephen Saito

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SXSW Review: The 2 Bobs

23 March 2009 12:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

During the introduction to The 2 Bobs on the opening night of SXSW, SXSW co-founder Louis Black referred to the comedy as Tim McCanlies's "Kevin Smith film." I'd argue that this isn't quite accurate -- instead, The 2 Bobs is the writer-director's Bruce Campbell film. I hope McCanlies won't be offended when I explain that this isn't because he physically resembles Campbell (sadly, so few people do). What I mean is that you don't want to go into The 2 Bobs thinking that this is going to be the same sort of dramatic film as McCanlies's Secondhand Lions, or a super-polished Hollywood studio comedy.

Instead, The 2 Bobs is a cheesy micro-budget film shot on the filmmaker's home turf, very much like Campbell's My Name is Bruce, or maybe Fanboys before the Weinsteins started messing with it. And like My Name is Bruce, I sighed inwardly at the dorky plot, »

- Jette Kernion

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