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Somebody Up There Likes Me
Bob Byington's filmed-in-Austin, indie comedy takes place over decades as a guy wanders through life with (scene-stealing) coaching from his best friend, played by Nick Offerman.
"...Bell, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kevin Corrigan, Jonathan Togo and Megan Mullally...."

April 5, 2013 Movie Review by Leah Churner

Somebody Up There Likes Bob Byington
The writer-director talks about his fifth feature
"...If the release of Somebody Up There Likes Me represents a moment of reckoning..."

April 5, 2013 Screens Feature by Shawn Badgley

'Somebody' Gets a Hometown Welcome
Bob Byington and Nick Offerman wag their jaws
"...There was nothing unclear (or uncular or avuncular, for that..."

April 6, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

'There To Tell the Truth'
Seymour Hersh on journalism, politics, presidents, and war
"...Yorker and is currently working on a book about former Vice President Dick Cheney. On March 19, he engaged..."

March 30, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Take Me to the Palette
Bernie Taupin is as lyrical with a brush as with a pen
"...The name conjures words, descriptions of honky cats and island girls,..."

Aug. 24, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Take Me to the River
Noodling 101 with filmmaker Bradley Beesley
"..."To make a good noodler, it takes somebody's got balls. Not necessarily men – I mean even..."

July 4, 2008 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

'Tuna' Is a Catch on YouTube
Bob Byington's 2000 film stars Louis CK and Nick Offerman
"...Bummed you missed Somebody Up There Likes Me during its..."

April 18, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

Bob Byington Sees the World, Writes Home About It
Harmony and Me's adventures in Australia
"...When Bob Byington took his comedy Harmony and Me to Australia, we asked him to..."

March 8, 2011 Screens Post by Bob Byington

7 Chinese Brothers
Jason Schwartzman stars in this comedy from droll Austin auteur Bob Byington
"...Stephen Root, Alex Ross Perry, Alex Karpovsky and Josh Meyer...."

Sept. 4, 2015 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Just Start Talking
Bob Byington on the exercise that got him writing again
"...Two things happened for me as a writer that got me over a hurdle..."

Nov. 29, 2012 Books Post by Bob Byington

Byington's Back
Local writer/director to shoot Jason Schwartzman feature in town this spring
"...Somebody down here likes Austin...."

Jan. 10, 2014 Screens Feature by Monica Riese

Poker Face
The life cycle of man as deadpan farce in 'Somebody Up There Likes Me'
"...human behavior. His Registered Sex Offender and Harmony and Me were black comedy takes on the million small dramas..."

March 9, 2012 Screens Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Austin Film Scene: Where Pragmatism Meets Idealism
‘The New York Times’ floats a capital idea
"...place on the map as a movie capital,” concludes Melena Ryzik in a profile of our city’s film scene,..."

May 18, 2013 Screens Post by Marjorie Baumgarten

Bob Byington and Kaley Wheless Go to Nebraska in Frances Ferguson
Small-town sins follow an unlikeable person in this likable film
"...direction, and then we hire charismatic actors to make up for that."..."

March 8, 2019 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Summer Fun: Season’s Screenings
Austin filmmakers pick their favorite summer movies
"...are coming. We think the best way to enjoy summer heat is from a cool remove on the couch..."

May 14, 2013 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Jump, Jive, and More
SXSW Film announces its feature lineup
"...by Southwest Film Festival announced Wednesday its 130-film feature lineup for the 2012 festival, including Centerpiece Film 21 Jump..."

Feb. 3, 2012 Screens Feature by Kimberley Jones

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
"...125 films. 85 world premieres. 11 North American first time looks, and 51 feature debuts. The SXSW..."

Jan. 31, 2017 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

Film Flam
Texas Film Hall of Fame high-fives John Hawkes and Spoon, Bob Byington narrowly avoids probing Down Under, and more
"...to its already star-larded 2011 Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards lineup: Joining previously announced inductees Renée Zellweger and..."

Feb. 25, 2011 Screens Column by Kimberley Jones

An Evening With Kevin Corrigan
Just two old friends sharing stories and laughs
"...number of films including, RSO [Registered Sex Offender] and Somebody Up There Likes Me, the latter which premiered at..."

June 24, 2014 Screens Post by Neha Aziz

Two Scoops of Jesse Eisenberg
Blue Starlite hosts 'Zombieland' and 'Free Samples'
"...Academy Award-nominated Eisenberg has been plenty of things in..."

July 19, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

The Comebacks
A comedy spoof of inspirational sports films.
"...Directed by: Tom Brady. Starring: David Koechner, Carl Weathers, Melora Hardin, Matt Lawrence, Brooke Nevin, Nick Searcy, George Back,..."

Oct. 26, 2007 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Bob Byington's Infinity Baby
Austin director has made a reputation for his low-key social comedies
"...Indie auteurs rarely end up in each other's orbit. Austin director Bob Byington has..."

March 17, 2017 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

DVDanger: Let's Get Weird
Getting stranger with Kino Lorber, plus slime mold!
"...the weird turn pro. Or, as in offbeat indie comedy Little Sister, they head for home...."

Feb. 14, 2017 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Gone to the Dogs
Bob Byington on his latest Austin comedy, 7 Chinese Brothers
"...Bob Byington's new feature 7 Chinese Brothers is a timeless tale of a man-child and his faithful canine companion,..."

Aug. 28, 2015 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Trailer Park Is Young at Heart
'Violet & Daisy,' Judy Blume, and ice cream
"...Teenage assassins, love in the time of food trucks, and the first film adaptation of..."

May 3, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

Film Flam
Fanning the Fantastic flames of P.T. Anderson's 'The Master'
"...films are typically shrouded in mystery, but the TIFF announcement shines a little light at least on the Oklahoma-shot..."

July 25, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Film Flam
NEA awards AFS, festival news, and 'Black Metal' seeks extras
"...is now $75,000 closer to fruition after the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the nonprofit one of 80..."

July 12, 2012 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Nightwatch
New venue, same labor of love for Cinema East
"...South by Southwest, only to screen a handful of times before vanishing into the black hole of post-festival obscurity?..."

June 8, 2012 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Nick Offerman Loves All His Bitches
Ron Swanson meets Miley Cyrus
"...him in Parks and Recreation, you loved him in Somebody Up There Likes Me, and now, you can love..."

May 10, 2013 Screens Post by Monica Riese

SXSW Adds 102 Movies to 2019 Film Festival Lineup
After Us, what else does the film fest have in store?
"...events includes all the titles for the Narrative and Documentary Feature Competitions, Headliners, Narrative and Documentary Spotlight sections, Visions,..."

Jan. 16, 2019 SXSW Post by Richard Whittaker

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