Nov. 9, 2003, 5:11 a.m. CST
Nov. 9, 2003, 5:28 a.m. CST
Hmm... I can almost taste the Drafthouse chips and salsa now.
Nov. 9, 2003, 6:30 a.m. CST
Can't wait to see you all there! Holy shit, ANGHUS got in this year?!?!?
Nov. 9, 2003, 6:48 a.m. CST
Alright mate, been a while... See you chaps in December!
Nov. 9, 2003, 6:54 a.m. CST
See you in December, mate! This is gonna be a grand time. Maybe we can get fajitas again! :P
Nov. 9, 2003, 8:05 a.m. CST
Nov. 9, 2003, 8:13 a.m. CST
figuratively speaking of course
Nov. 9, 2003, 9:33 a.m. CST
Monki is back @ BNAT after a year off due to circumstances out of my control... Expect to see myself and Edison kicking it off old school style... MONKEY MOUNTAIN... STUNT ROCKER... CHATTERBOX... Awww man... -Monki
Nov. 9, 2003, 11:20 a.m. CST
Man, I'm really looking forward to seeing all of you there. It really is like a movie geek holiday! Congrats all! -K
Nov. 9, 2003, 12:57 p.m. CST
by John Maddening
We should just rent a bus and come down I-35.
Nov. 9, 2003, 1 p.m. CST
Monki is right (a rare occasion for him). We WILL be in attendance at BNAT5, and are very greatful to the Movie Geek Gods that have smiled upon us this year. Although, the "kicking it old school" I don't know what he means by that. All I do is kick it how I always have. Thanks, Harry, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you big red loveable bastard!!----- StuntRocker? Yer damn right.
Nov. 9, 2003, 1:22 p.m. CST
Wait till you all get here and see what you have to do to GET those tickets. I'd practice licking on a bunch of envelopes first. Hehehehehe... Seriously, can't wait to see you there!
Nov. 9, 2003, 1:26 p.m. CST
It looks like I'm going to know half the room after scrolling down that list. If I can get off of fricking work, I'll be there! See you guys then.
Nov. 9, 2003, 2:07 p.m. CST
Yo everyone, I'm comin in from NY, is there a hotel of choice in the area thats within walking distance to the drafthouse?
Nov. 9, 2003, 2:13 p.m. CST
The Austin Hotel on Congress. It's only three blocks away. Check it out online (sorry, don't have a link)
Nov. 9, 2003, 2:24 p.m. CST
Can't wait to see you a BNAT!!! AWESOME! BL
Nov. 9, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST
Im gonna check it out!
Nov. 9, 2003, 3:26 p.m. CST
The Omni Hotel is close as well, and from what I can tell it's cheaper than the Austin Hotel on congress (did an online look at the Austin and rooms come up at $139 a night, and the Omni will set you up for $109 a night in a deluxe room with either a king size bed or two doubles). http://tinyurl.com/ub29 shows from the Omni to the Alamo downtown.
Nov. 9, 2003, 5:21 p.m. CST
by John Maddening
http://austinmotel.com/ is the place you should stay! $60-100/night, depending on the size and amenities of the room. And Nordling - Petsnakereggie does any licking for the Minnesota Crew.
Nov. 9, 2003, 5:58 p.m. CST
Enjoy yourselves, everyone. I'll just have console myself with a trip to Barcelona or something. Too many people wanting to go, not enough places. I'll just have to regail other people with my Gwyneth Paltrow story. ;-)
Nov. 9, 2003, 6:14 p.m. CST
...is that in the photo ?
Nov. 9, 2003, 6:21 p.m. CST
is what's left of us after 24 hours of Butt-Numbing. We all spontaneously combust, and reassemble later on!
Nov. 9, 2003, 6:28 p.m. CST
...I think I can just about identify semi digested fajita there in the corner of the seat. I guess when you guys combust, it kinda makes the Hindenburg look like a firecracker. For pity's sake - keep away from the Mexican food, guys !! Think fire safety. Man cannot live by methane alone !!!
Nov. 9, 2003, 8:25 p.m. CST
I am very sad because now it means waiting on the cold austin sidewalk for a chance to get in
Nov. 9, 2003, 8:38 p.m. CST
A Blog for all of us attendees to go and chat at before the big event. And for all of you aout of towners, the locals can help and guide you through getting here and such. http://www.rollerfeet.com/bnat5/
Nov. 9, 2003, 8:42 p.m. CST
Holy shit, i got in. Yes Nord, im as shocked as you. Boo Ya. Very much looking forward to this.
Nov. 9, 2003, 9:33 p.m. CST
That was a weird alphabetical list, fluctuating from first name to last name Weird weird.
Nov. 9, 2003, 10:10 p.m. CST
Cause I am gonna get there so fucking early to wait in line for a chance that i might get in.
Nov. 10, 2003, 12:01 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
...we won't miss you.
Nov. 10, 2003, 12:48 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
Because you dismiss BNAT without ever having been. You make incorrect assumptions about it. Sure, there are stinky geeks there, but there are also cool geeks, hot girl geeks, and many more people that make the BNAT what it is. So stay away, that's fine. This will be my fourth year, and I certianly wouldn't continue to attend year after year if it were as bad as you assume.
Nov. 10, 2003, 1:39 a.m. CST
In a high pitched wail.
Nov. 10, 2003, 2:12 a.m. CST
Okay man...I've been all four times, and got in for this time. Five for five. I don't feel like typing a whole thing out, but I'll include a portion of what I put in my e-mail to get in. If you don't get it after this, no one can help you. "This year, I want to go to BNAT for the same reasons I
Nov. 10, 2003, 2:22 a.m. CST
by Massawyrm 1
BNAT is an oddity, pure and simple. It's hard to describe because what makes it so special are things that are almost undefinable. First and foremost, there's the energy. It's electric; the frenzy over the sheer love of film, the anxious wonder like a kid next to the tree on Christmas morning wondering if that one special thing he really, really wants and can't wait for is underneath. There's no negativity. Nothing but sheer joy. It is the single most perfect audience for films. The kind that react viscerally: applauding, laughing, cheering, but never booing or heckling. Nobody talks back at the screen (although occasionally someone will yell at Harry for a particular moment of grotesque tortue that you just know He's reveling in. (Night Warning anyone?) There are single, unique experiences that you simply can't get anywhere else. Special filmed introductions by the film makers targeted at this one, special audience. (Frank Darabont made a beautiful one, which rather than going on about the Majestic, he felt that since it was about his love of films, he would take the audience on a tour of the WB lot and show a few of the special places that he geeked out that he got to stand in. It was both amusing and sincere.) There is usually at least 1 new film that won't see the silver screen anywhere (or almost anywhere) else, or may not open wide enough to see it. There is of course the advanced screenings, the new films everyone is excited about, some of which that won't hit the screens for upwards of 6 months (while some are right around the corner). And then there's the programing. Harry puts quite a bit of effort into the selection and the order of the festival. It's not a collection of film, but rather, a journey of film. Tightly paced films are usually set in the middle and the very end, while the film order also plays out in weird connections from movie to movie (Like 'Rock All Night' which ends with a line about King Kong, followed immediately by King Kong) or mood shifts that build to film climaxes. Its a dozen little things that make it what it is. But most importantly it's about two things. The Movies and the People. Both of which are truly something unique and special. BNAT is infectious. Once you go, if it's your thing, you have to keep going. It's nearly a month out and I'm already getting giddy. That's what BNAt is like.
Nov. 10, 2003, 4:01 a.m. CST
I don't get it. I just don't. For the fourth year I tried for BNAT, for the fourth year, disappointment. I'm not sure what it takes. I'm one of you guys, I spend every waking moment at the Drafthouse (or so my credit card bill says, heh), yet...I dunno. I've never actually spoken to Harry or Mr. Knowles, 'cause there's always a group of people hovering around them, so I'm starting to think you have to have "connections" to get in. Oh well. You guys have a really great time, everyone who got in, as much as it hurts to say that. Don't step on me in the standby line on your way in!
Nov. 10, 2003, 10:07 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
I'm not going to try and sell you on it. It is what it is, and you can read 4 years worth of reviews on this site that encapsulate it just fine.
Nov. 10, 2003, 10:15 a.m. CST
Here's another site for BNAT regulars and newbies if you want to post travel plans, pre- and post-BNAT plans, and general cameraderie! http://bnat5.luckyhazel.com is the place to be!
Nov. 10, 2003, 12:07 p.m. CST
There is an Extendedstay that is only 2 blocks away from the Alamo. It runs about 69.00 a night. The Austin Motel is actually about a mile and 1/2 to the drafthouse.
Nov. 10, 2003, 12:57 p.m. CST
433, I don't know if youre serious about getting that bus to head down I-35. But if you are, and feel like stopping 4 hours in, I'd be willing to jump in and let you all bask in the glory and majesty that is being in the presence of the great and mighty dmann! Heh.
Nov. 10, 2003, 1:54 p.m. CST
This isn't meant to be a smartass question-but Harry, if you could get 100K easy on ebay for these tickets as you claim and you really want to help charity-why don't you do it? That's a ton of money that could help a lot of great causes. Just a thought.
Nov. 10, 2003, 3:04 p.m. CST
Well dude, the answer is quite simple. Because this event is actually Harry's Birthday party that the proceeds just happen to go to charity (Harry's charity). Sure, he could put them on e-bay, but then BNAT wouldn't be BNAT. It would be a social gathering of the rich elite (not that there is anything wrong with that sort of charity event) but Harry wants to surround himself with friends and fellow geeks. Not just people that could buy their way in.
Nov. 10, 2003, 5:23 p.m. CST
You say that putting them on ebay makes them available only for the rich elite? As far as I can see that's already what it is, lol. I got to go last year and it was the greatest time of my life even though I felt intensely out of place. I'm just a retard, the guy that you can't help but mildly dislike. I would have given anything, anything to go this year, ANY year, but I can't afford plane tickets and hotel rooms and transport and food and the BNAT ticket itself. I have to live an eat normally you know. I'm not mad at Harry, he was a real gentleman to me as was everyone else at the event...I'm just sad that things don't work out. Have fun, everyone at the movie festival of the gods and please, take a drink for me? Your old mate, Logan... *quietly walks away weeping*
Nov. 10, 2003, 7:50 p.m. CST
by John Maddening
Nov. 10, 2003, 9:08 p.m. CST
Glad I could be of service to you.
Nov. 10, 2003, 10:59 p.m. CST
has anyone recieved word yet about the specifics? i didn't even know i was invited until a friend of mine sent an email asking if i was going because he saw my name on the list.
Nov. 10, 2003, 11:12 p.m. CST
by George Newman
we've had nothing all day.
Nov. 10, 2003, 11:13 p.m. CST
I mean come on they're statiscially much safer than busses, dang I'm embarassed to a minnesotan with these plane ticket carrying wussies here :) I'm just bored is all and wanted to tell everyone I'm a minnesotan as well
Nov. 11, 2003, 12:23 a.m. CST
by John Maddening
So there are 17 Minnesotans that we are sure of, plus my ex-girlfriend who, while she *is* currently living in Toronto, she still has a lot of her stuff in my basement, so we'll claim her.
Nov. 11, 2003, 1:33 p.m. CST
I'm just an avid road trip enthusiast. So I had to support my passion :)
Nov. 11, 2003, 1:39 p.m. CST
Anyone else from San Francisco going? Or even the west coast in general?
Nov. 11, 2003, 2:03 p.m. CST
How much are the tickets because I am going to be first in the standby line and I want to know how much to bring, I'm gonna start the line on friday. YEAH!!!! We'll see who the real geeks are. I'll show you Harry.
Nov. 11, 2003, 2:20 p.m. CST
I knew I shouldn't have included a picture of myself immediately after receiving scalding second degree burns across the left side of my face. Oh well. Who wants to bet me that the preferred attire for the evening will be a black T-Shirt with a large white hand on it and the words, "Where's Saruman?"
Nov. 11, 2003, 4:03 p.m. CST
STUNTROCKER!!....I know i'm late, but.....HOLY CRAP I'M ON THE LIST!!!
Nov. 11, 2003, 4:59 p.m. CST
After 7 years of daily reading, it takes the sheer thrill of being chosen for BNAT to finally motivate me to talkback! So freaking stoked! San Diego represent'n!!!
Nov. 11, 2003, 5:21 p.m. CST
Dude, that is so weak. My grandmother was just raped last week and this BNAT news is the only thing positive I have going for me. My life is utterly useless and full of misery! I only want to be able to enjoy my good fortune (small though it may be) and try to find a place where I can be accepted and live a life of peace among fellow film-lovers who have alsorecently had traumatic news regarding their kin! Shall I find solace NOWHERE!?!?! oh, and thanks for the welcome :)
Nov. 11, 2003, 5:28 p.m. CST
by the way. I don't have a sarcasm meter. Can I get that at Best Buy or can I maybe download it somewhere?
Nov. 11, 2003, 6:45 p.m. CST
but I just heard on the news that Art Carney died. What a great character he was. He was the best thing to come out of the old Honeymooners show, and his brief film appearances were jewels. Anyone else remember Harry and Tonto? Or that movie he did with Lily Tomlin? Or his supporting role in Take This Job and Shove it? I even remember a Christmas special he did with the Muppets (or am I hallucinating?). Rest in peace, Norton, and may flights of angels attend thee to thy rest.
Nov. 11, 2003, 7:57 p.m. CST
It's hard for me to say that any show is funnier than The Simpsons, but if there is one it is The Honeymooners. Art Carney will be missed, he was one of the funniest actors in the history of TV sitcoms. He and Gleason together were probably the best team in TV. It's a shame people like that can't live forever.
Nov. 11, 2003, 9:46 p.m. CST
has anyone invited recieved an email concerning this event? i'm on the list and i haven't recieved any emails.
Nov. 11, 2003, 9:53 p.m. CST
I haven't received any email yet and I'm starting to FREAK OUT! Maybe it's all a big hoax and the real winners have already been contacted. What kind of sick fuck is this Knowles character anyway!!!!!!!
Nov. 12, 2003, 1:23 a.m. CST
by Massawyrm 1
reread the post. Harry said it would take Tim a little time. Every year things get bogged down a bit because there's tons to do. Don't fret. This is the real list. If you're on it, Tim will get to you. He's good about this sort of thing, or rather, he's excellent at it. Just taking a wee bit longer this year. Don't worry. It's coming.
Nov. 13, 2003, 5:26 a.m. CST
by Jon E Cin
Not even this
Nov. 13, 2003, 9:06 p.m. CST
I've got this feeling that Kill Bill Vol.2 is going to be shown along with LOTR:ROTK.
Nov. 13, 2003, 10:24 p.m. CST
I created a bnat LiveJournal community for bnat past, present and future BNATers. Just email the address in the user info to join. http://www.livejournal.com/community/bnatters/
Nov. 13, 2003, 11:15 p.m. CST
that would be so f*cking sweet. so so so so suh-weet!
Nov. 14, 2003, 10:37 a.m. CST
I'm trying to work my budget for BNAT5 and haven't a clue on the ticket price. So, if someone could tell me how much it was last year, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
Nov. 14, 2003, 11:22 a.m. CST
Last year was $40. Because of the yearbooks this year, it'll probably be more than that, but that should probably be the range. I'd guess $50.
Nov. 14, 2003, 1:48 p.m. CST
*heh* BNAT3 tickets were -ten dollars- iirc.
Nov. 14, 2003, 1:56 p.m. CST
God I pray for only fifty bucks or so. I've already had to pay over seven hundred just to get my ass out there, so another hundred for tix would be pleasant news. I pray harder every day for Kill Bill Vol. 2 and ROTK. oh please....
Nov. 16, 2003, 7:07 p.m. CST
While wondering around Austin too late one evening, my daughter and I came upon the real chair pictured in the poster. "eeeeeww, mom, what's that?!" she said. "Don't look, darling!" I warned, "I believe that is the fate of all who attend BNAT5!" But, it was too late! she was already pulled in by a strange fascination with the macabre sight (set out for curbside garbage collection). All the intestines, blood, icky body parts glistening in the streetlight....her young spirit aflame in latent geekdom....I saw, with horror, her awestruck expression. "wow, this is way cool!" she exclaimed. It wasn't enough that she looks for every opportunity to make vats of movie blood and vomit, now she wants to recreate that chair. You've ensnared her...inspired her...and left me with the task of teaching her the dark and ancient arts of non cgi movie fx. I don't even know where to start! Next thing you know, I'll be like that other mum I heard about, baking alien heads (with no known nutritional value) in MY oven! Thanks, thanks a lot. Hope you're happy;-).
Nov. 16, 2003, 9:29 p.m. CST
by Electric Tsunami
I doubt that Kill Bill Vol2 (or any big budgeted 2004 release) will be screened at BNAT5 because as unlikely as it may be for Hollywood to nominate the film for an Oscar(TM) there are a whole slew of awards for script, cinematography, sound editing, etc. etc. that the film would be inelligible for in 2005 if it is screened for the public in 2003.
Nov. 16, 2003, 9:50 p.m. CST
by John Maddening
To be eligible, a film must be shown for a full week in NYC and LA, and cannot have been shown on television first. Premieres and special screenings don't count.
Nov. 17, 2003, 8:11 a.m. CST
Okay sports fans, head on down to http://www.drafthouse.com/online_tix/show_details.asp?show_id=1292 to purchase your tickets. Tim's updated and I'm thinking e-mails are on the way! I'd use the e-mail address that you sent your submission into for payment. Yay!
Nov. 17, 2003, 6:51 p.m. CST
...if the tickets are on sale now, shouldn't we have recieved emails?
Nov. 20, 2003, 4:16 p.m. CST
by EL Jerkwad
HenchmanMongo is going Backstage with the one & only "STUNTROCKER"!! This is shaping up to be the best of all buttnumbing experiences... except the one time Moriarty came to visit me in K.C. GO CHIEFS!!!!!
Nov. 23, 2003, 9:58 p.m. CST
by Electric Tsunami
http://www.oscar.org/75academyawards/rules/rules_75.pdf ************* Here are the rules for eligiblity for an Oscar in 2003 (for films screened in 2002). ********** RULE THREE ---THE AWARDS YEAR AND DEADLINES --- 1. The required Los Angeles County qualifying run (described in Rule 2 Paragraph 2) must open between January 1, 2002 and midnight of December 31, 2002. 2. A pictured exhibited theatrically inside the United States prior to the Los Angeles County run shall be elligible for submission provided the prior exhibition take place in a commercial motion picture theater after January 1, 2002, and that no other form of public exhibition occurs through the completion of its Los Angeles run (previews and festivals excluded). ****** I don't see any exception that would permit a 2003 screening, the rule just permits a same year screening outside of Los Angeles county. THIS MEANS THAT A 2003 SCREENED FILM WOULD NOT BE ELLIGIBLE FOR A 2005 Oscar and I doubt that there will be an LA public screening of Kill Bill Vol2 for a week before Dec 31, 2003 so that they could claim 2004 Oscar elligibility). Sorry to rain on your parade.
Nov. 24, 2003, 6:23 p.m. CST
I don't know about you, but releasing a kung fu/grindhouse epic in the ass end of winter - i.e. February - doesn't exactly scream out "Oscar bait!" to me. But KILL BILL isn't engineered to win Oscars. Although, Uma Thurman's performance is good enough for one. Anyway, I loved KILL BILL, but I'm kinda hoping Vol. 2 doesn't play at BNAT, mostly because my wife hasn't got around to seeing Vol. 1 yet and I don't think we're going to get the chance before BNAT to see it. Either way, I saw the damn thing twice, so I'm fine by it.
Nov. 28, 2003, 6:07 a.m. CST
You, the retard, wrote: "(previews and festivals excluded). ****** I don't see any exception that would permit a 2003 screening, the rule just permits a same year screening outside of Los Angeles county." "PREVIEWS AND FESTIVALS EXCLUDED" EXCEPTION :) By your crackass logic every film test-screened this month or acquired in toronto won't be eligible for next years AA's A. Last time I checked BNAT was a film festival B. The studio can call it a test-run on a grand group of film geeks C. It could be secret, and you would never know :) hehe, well i personally don't think it will play...I just wanted to be childish and belittle you....Have a nice afternoon at day-care little one, don't wet your diaper :)
Nov. 28, 2003, 1:43 p.m. CST
by Electric Tsunami
Made you look! A film screened "this" month in Canada or any other fricking country could still get a qualifying week long run in LA and this is for 2004 Oscar contenders. Disney could "try" to run Kill Bill vol1 and 2 for 2004 Oscars but it would require having a week long run in LA in December rather than holding the film until Feb 2004. As unlikely as it may be for some people to think that Kill Bill could receive any Oscar nominations, there are a whole slew of technical awards and supporting roles that could be nominated. I've been discussing Kill Bill Volume 2 in terms of running the film for a 2005 Oscar nomination. A movie screened in 2003 WILL NOT be elligible for 2005. Even to be elligible in 2004 there would need to be a public screening in LA for a week in 2003 and I don't see any chance of Disney doing this.
Dec. 2, 2003, 12:47 p.m. CST
Mr.Knowles and Peter Jackson have made an arrangement...and it is still eligible for oscars, etc. Yep. Have fun at BNAT.