Ain't It Cool News (
Movie News

BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 9 - no more applications!

Hey folks, Harry here - letting you know that there's just 1 more day till applications will no longer be accepted. The Deadline is 11:59pm (CENTRAL STANDARD TIME) - October 22nd. Getting lots in, but I'm waiting for them all before I start picking through the audience. So exciting - Cartuna finished the logo:

Note: A filled out application must be submitted for EVERY SEAT requested - or it is considered a 1 seat application. No exceptions. Want to bring a date - he/she needs to fill out the application too. No BLANK 2nd seats allowed.

Harry here… the 9th Annual BUTT-NUMB-A-THON… I’ve nick’d it as BIG TROUBLE IN BUTT-NUMB-A-THON. Why? Well – It’s been a problematic journey towards BUTT-NUMB-A-THON – Not in terms of programming, but in other terms… yeah. As of right now the location of BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 9 – well it’ll be the RITZ, but as of this date – seats don’t even exist in the building and it is only through faith in Tim League and the Drafthouse wizards that I believe that BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 9 will happen. It will happen, I just haven’t seen a film where it will happen – but it will be spectacular. Because… we will make it our new home. When is BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 9? Saturday, December 8th – Noon – through – Sunday, December 9th – Noon The line up of films is looking pretty damn good at this stage, but we’ll see as we get closer. With BNAT getting closer – I have to begin the submission process as usual. As it’s a lengthy process for me to personally go through all the submissions and make the judgments on who gets in and who doesn’t based upon those submissions. So what do you have to do? First – The Subject Line needs to be: BIG TROUBLE IN BUTT-NUMB-A-THON Then in the body of the email, not as an attachment. If you send your submission answers as a file, I will not read it. If you’re submitting with a group of friends – I recommend doing so in a single email – where all the answers are first answered by you, then the next person and so on and so on. So say you're a group of 4, that means 4 applications need to be filed. and 8 photos attached labeled to the individuals. If there's 1 application filled and you have 4 people that want to come, I'm going to invalidate the whole application. -- This isn't because I'm mean, but these answers are important for the YEARBOOKS you get when you go. Some of the answers are for your profile in that book. Ok – in the body of the email answer these questions: 1. Full Name? 2. Online Aliases? 3. Age? 4. Sex? 5. City, State, Country? 6. Number of people submitting in your group, counting yourself? 7. Have you ever attended a BNAT before, if so, which one(s)? 8. Occupation? 9. Hobbies? 10. Celebrity Sexual Fantasy? 11. Favorite Childhood Toy & Why? 12. Favorite Film Experience & Why? 13. Top 3 Future Films You Hope To See This Year At BNAT? 14. Top 3 Vintage Films You Hope To See This Year At BNAT? 15. Biggest Trouble You’ve Been In Personally? 16. What would Jack Burton Say? 17. Favorite John Carpenter Film? 18. Favorite Kurt Russell Film? 19. Favorite Genre Bending Film That Blew Your Mind? 20. Why do you wish to attend Butt-Numb-A-Thon? 21. what is your email address? .............................................. Then provide two photos of yourself. 1. The Photo from your Driver’s License or Passport or solid straight forward Headshot. 2. And your favorite photo of you from a past Halloween Celebration or Costumed affair. These should be JPG in format - and be attached as such. -JPG image size: passport/ID photo min 320x320/max 800x600. costume photo min 640x480/max 800x600 -The file size for each image should be under 200KB. -They should be labeled with your name in the following format "LastName_FirstNameX.jpg" ie. knowles_harry1.jpg (passport/ID photo/headshot) knowles_harry2.jpg (halloween/costume photo)

regarding the passport/ID photo, please scan and crop, or use the macro setting on your camera. we need a clear photo without license or ID information.

Email that to This Email Address Here You can begin submitting your answers and photos beginning now through OCTOBER 22nd. I’ll attempt to have the names of the attendees up on the site by October 31st. As always – BUTT-NUMB-A-THON is a celebration of my birthday, the best in film entertainment and to sponsor a year long film series dedicated toward bringing the coolest films to children here in Austin. All proceeds go towards this year long series! BUTT-NUMB-A-THON is a 24 hour film celebration exclusively programmed by me of upcoming films and films from the past – attended by a hand picked group of film lovers – Half from the Austin and Central Texas area…. And the other half from around the country and world. In the past we’ve had special guests including Mel Gibson, Guillermo Del Toro, Vin Diesel, Bill Condon, Seth Rogen, Peter Jackson, Zack Snyder, Craig Brewer and more. This year it will take place at The Alamo Drafthouse At The Ritz. For more on past BUTT-NUMB-A-THONs Click Here! For the LiveJournal BNAT Community - Click Here! The Myspace BNAT Group Is Here! See You At Butt-Numb-A-Thon 9!
Readers Talkback
comments powered by Disqus
    + Expand All
  • Oct. 12, 2007, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Who cates if your first

    by imantel

    really, who gives a fuck?

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 9:01 p.m. CST

    No attachments? What about the photos?

    by pavemental

    You might want to clarify your wording up there big guy.

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST

    been a site visitor since 1998, I'm totally submitting this time

    by Sir Loin

    This is gonna rock! Hope I finally get to go.

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    what pavemetal said


  • Oct. 12, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by SebastianHaff

    if I want to bring a friend, does he need to fill out the form and include it with mine in the e-mail? And are we allowed to send our pictures as attachments? Sorry I'm a little on the slow side, but I swear I have a beautiful personality.

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 10:07 p.m. CST

    So wait, if you do get accepted how much do you have to pay?

    by Proman1984

    Serious question. I understand that we would pay for our tickets (if we are out of town) and accomodations. But how much would be expect to pay for admittance and other such things. Thanks.

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Secondary Virginity

    by nora inu

    Harry likes to bring in BNAT virgins. i've been to one but i'm claiming the right of secondary virginity because everyone claims that BNAT 6 pales in comparison to pretty much all others.

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I'm going apeshit nuts here

    by Nordling

    it must be October BNAT submission time!<P>AIIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIEIE!

  • Oct. 12, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    I'm not going to Butt-Numb-A-Thon

    by ErnieAnderson

    And I don't plan ever attending.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST

    "It's all in the reflexes."

    by Lance Rocke

    That's what Jack Burton would say! Oh man, I wish I wasn't traveling that weekend...I can't wait to say hello to you and yours at the Ritz Drafthouse in the very near future!

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 12:15 a.m. CST

    re: Proman and the ticket cost


    I'm not sure what the final ticket price is - that is usually decided by Tim League once the line-up is finalized and we know what the cost for film shipping is for the films we're bringing in. I believe it's usually under a $100. Nordling, How much has BNAT been the last two years?

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 12:49 a.m. CST

    I've passed up on way too many of these.

    by Aphex Twin

    I'm submitting this year..If it's nearly as cool as that sneak showing of Ratatouille then I know I'm in for a treat if I get picked.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Can wolvenom apply?

    by wolvenom

    Wolvenom lovesssss movies

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by wolvenom

    maybe golden compass? i am legend?!?! alien vs. predator: requiem?!?! PLEASE PLEASE TELL US YOU GOT CLOVERFIELD LINED UP?!?!? ironman?!?!? batman??!?!

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Time to apply for my Annual Disappointment!!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Yeah, so every year I apply with this naive idea that I have a chance. *sigh* and I'll do it again this year. 'cause damnit. I'm gonna make it to one of these things if it KILLS me!

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 1:39 a.m. CST

    My only problem with the selection process:

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    If I recall correctly, last year he specified that half the tickets would go to females and half to males. But I think that actually makes it UN-fair. I mean, yes, there are definitely female readers here, but by far I'd say the majority are male. So why give like 20% of the people (Just an example, I'm guessing) a shot at 50% of the tickets, while the other 80% (males) have to fight for only 50% of them? Shouldn't they be chosen on even-playing-field application criteria and ignore things like gender? Ideally, choosing a random sample of the applicants would result in the same gender percentage of attendees as there are readers.<br><br> of course, by complaining I'm probably hurting my chances. But it's just an observation, and a valid one at that.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Don't be fooled AICNers....

    by powerfuldog

    Butt-Numb-A-Thon is just a brainwashing ploy for Harry to get his hands on you and sexually molest you in a huge sweaty orgy.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST

    help with lisence!!

    by master bitchfist

    harry, you say that you want a clear photo of your pic on your lisence but the image size you ask for is rectangular, suggesting that you would want to see the whole thing, and the second problem is, that mine has an Ohio seal on it and no matter what I do, ever scan of it makes the actual picture come out a little blurry. what do you want exactly?

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 2:28 a.m. CST

    master bitchfist, regarding license

    by sounding

    it can be square, 320x320 is the new minimum for the ID photo. sorry for the confusion.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 3:10 a.m. CST

    What If My Passport Was Sent Away Last Week And

    by georges garvaren

    The book won't arrive till mid November? Will my Canadian license due? Please!? I have a clean record, if you don't count the pedophilia ring. But who hasn't run one of those? Fellas, am I alone here?

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    What if we already sent the mail before the update?

    by TheNorthlander

    Send another or keep it the way it is?

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Will it be worth it to quit my job to go?

    by tonagan

    I'm looking for any excuse, really.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Nordling

    Last year and the two previous years BNAT was $60. However, it's worth waaay more than that.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by DirkD13"

    That's not bad at all, £30 for 24 hours of filmic bliss. Hopefully I will have enough money saved for BNAT 11! This is the one time of the year where I always resent being a UK resident.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Male/Female split


    Actually - it isn't a 50/50 split - more like 60% male / 40% female. And the reason is about Bathroom lines. If I allowed it to be 80% male, the bathroom breaks would need to be 25-30 minutes instead of 10 to 15minutes - due to the lines. That difference would mean one less film. This isn't bullshit, it's a proven fact based on hard experience in the first 4 years of BNAT.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    If you can't get into BNAT...

    by Vegiterrorist

    ...but want the ass-numbing experience of watching 24 hours of movies, there's a 24 hour horror marathon in Philadelphia in a few weeks. Tickets are $20 instead of $60, but the downside is you won't likely run into any celebrities. Just lots of smelly nerds. Info's at

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Big Trouble in Little China

    by reni

    That would make a wicked BNAT poster... hmmmm....

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST


    by tobytobytoby

    Are all of our answers put in the Yearbook. I need to know how honest to be in the most trouble I've ever been in question.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Harry!

    by Proman1984

    Now, I'm just going t have to decide if I'll be able to make the trip at all (money is not a big deal but the timing might prove difficult). No reason to make you read another application if I know for a fact I'm not going. Thanks.

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I would hope the masses of geeks would bathe before attending th

    by wolvenom

    and layer it on with deoderant... one of the things i hate most about being on a bus, plane, or in a movie theatre is BODY ODOUR! geeks should be required to take a stick with them to this thing

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST



    you never know what shows up in the yearbook, but have faith - it'll probably be your celebrity sex fantasy

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST



    we have a single stick deodorant in the bathroom for all to share. It's a bonding thing. jk

  • Oct. 13, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Hot Damn - it's BNAT time again?

    by BGDAWES

    Geez this year has flown by, it seems like only yesterday I submitted my application to be rejected by sir Harold. <br><br> Sadly, I just don't have the time to put forth the effort to be rejected again this year which is a shame because the picture of me wearing my 'gotta shit' mask needs to be distributed more broadly. <br><br> Still though, can't wait to read about it Harry - keep us posted!

  • Oct. 14, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST

    On my birthday, during exams... One day...

    by George Newman

    one day i will graduate and I wont have to worry about any school work getting in the way of attempting to attend. <p> Think of the children! The children whose tests go on until 2 1/2 weeks into december.

  • Oct. 14, 2007, 3:47 a.m. CST

    I don't even know how to contain myself

    by JKB

    I just had that feeling tonight when I logged on. Yeah! I love the anticipation!

  • Oct. 14, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    That's On My Birthday Too....

    by skoobyx

    The big 30. I should do this.

  • Oct. 14, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I;m from England, can I come

    by Vamp-AICNchat


  • Oct. 14, 2007, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Bibere humanum est

    by nora inu

  • Oct. 15, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Next year

    by NerdHooligan

    I'll be all graduated and jobless, with nothing but free time to fill out that butt numbing application. I can't wait!

  • Oct. 15, 2007, 10:35 a.m. CST

    a guest

    by shatterglass

    If you get picked to come, do you get to bring a guest or do you have to do a group of 2?

  • Oct. 15, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Been on the site everyday since 1998 looking for LOTR info

    by Stormwatcher

    I could probably be quizzed on any review of any movie by Harry/Mori/Capone/Vern (the best truly) and hit the money. I know all the overplayed tag lines that have been used. I have had about 3 different handles, the best being SamuraiJackBauer which I can't use now because I lost the password about a year or two ago. I was banned once for accidentally expanding a coxial under Atribiance. It is a dream of mine to actually go to BUTT NUMB which may be sad to some but would rock for me. I live in Canada and have only ever been to Seattle. I own an HD-DVD player because Harry plugged them, oh and I love it. Basically I am the biggest fanboy of AICN I know, and since no one I know knows about it, I look like the movie guru to everyone around me. Which is actually pretty cool. I have about 400 DVD's which means I could have put a downpayment on a house if I had my priorities straight. Damn, now that I read what I just wrote I realize that I have spent 9 years as a Dark Passenger on this site with the showrunners not even realizing I am stalking them... its weird. Contributing in silence. My damn dog is named Jack Bauer and I learned to love and now hate that show on this site. AICN is the biggest influence outside of family, work, friends in my life. Surely the biggest impetus to spend. I'm 31 now and I started on this site in my early 20's, crazy.

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST


  • Oct. 16, 2007, 1:31 a.m. CST


    by Kingdaddy

    Do you boil the water and THEN add the bunny? Or do you just kill your prey's bunny and THEN decide to boil it? Just wondering...

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST


    by master bitchfist

    badass logo

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Fancy dress photo required

    by Buffalo500

    So let me get this straight, this is the first film festival I’ve heard of where the audience are more important than the films? What kind of snobbishness is this?

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST

    At The Ritz...

    by Wizejoker

    is it looking like there will be more or less seating than at the original location? I remember reading a blog earlier on in the year that mentioned it but it just slipped the mind.

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 2:29 p.m. CST

    BNAT-y goodness!

    by Grendy

    I am anxious. I have to finish my pics and get my brother's application and pics so's I can send them asap. I hope that the new Alamo Ritz is ready to be broken-in by a bunch of asses, 'cause it's about to be part of an awesome sit-in!

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Coolest News of The Year

    by Count3D

    I'd be a liar to say I wasn't excited about this. I wonder how many seats The Ritz has. Offhand, I remember the guest list being at less than 200 two years ago.

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by Durendal

    If I lived anywhere near Texas, I'd go ahead and apply. Since I live in Washington, it's really not an option for me. Oh well. Maybe next year. Have fun guys!

  • Oct. 16, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST

    i live in Kansas

    by Bloo

    and I remember the first BNAT when I was in college and I chickened out and didn't go, cuz i'm a wuss like that. and Every year I say "I'm going to go when of these years" and one of these years I will, I swear I will

  • Oct. 17, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Regarding the headshot

    by gadawg

    Is it OK if there's someone else in the pic and I just black out their face or does it have to be just me in the pic?

  • Oct. 17, 2007, 6:30 p.m. CST


    by TheGreatPumpkin

    Do what I did: move to Austin. I lived in Washington up until last May, and I think it's the best decision I may have ever made (don't tell my wife). Strange as it may sound, AICN was one of the main reasons I thought about moving to Austin for, especially with BNAT looming on the horizon every year. Plus, we have SXSW, ACL, the Drafthouses, and awesome food - what's not to like?

  • Oct. 17, 2007, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Regarding the photos:

    by Vi

    Hey assholes, read what Harry wrote in the article. Head Shot: CROPPED. If you don't know how to pirate and install PHOTOSHOP, then use MS PAINT! If you aren't computer geeky enough to be able to do that, then I don't think Harry wants you there anyway.

  • Oct. 17, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    What's BUTT-NUMB-A-THON?

    by Orionsangels

    I've seen this BUTT-THON thing whatever it is for years on AICN. I just ignore it though. The title made it seem boring. I don't feel like reading about it either.

  • Oct. 17, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I live in Toronto

    by hippolyta

    Others have come from the UK or even farther. Totally worth it and Austin is a great town. And a headshot is a headshot people - read the fricken directions!

  • Oct. 17, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Screw you Vi

    by gadawg

    He said crop the license/ID info, nothing about non-license photos which are headshots but happen to have other people in them.

  • Oct. 17, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST

    bad timing

    by reckni

    whoever goes will have a blast. highly envious, literally.

  • Oct. 18, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    The Ritz

    by bobsullivan

    The already announced opening night for the Ritz is November 1st. BNAT is December 8th. Stop being overly dramatic, ya big baby, I think there's plenty of time.

  • Oct. 18, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Favorite Toy

    by konkrete590

    Hey Harry, I want to change my favorite toy to the Evil Knievel bike doll jumping thing! Though the sit-n-spin was cool too.

  • Oct. 19, 2007, 12:05 a.m. CST

    16. What would Jack Burton Say?

    by Bilblow

    So, this is probably stupid to ask, but...what exactly do you want for this...Is it something that Jack has said in BTILC that relates to question 15...or do you want us to make something up that Jack might have said about question 15, or is it just something Jack might say about anything in general?

  • Oct. 19, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    What is your quest?


    What is your favorite color?

  • Oct. 19, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by TheGreatPumpkin

    Dude - the questions are an invitation to personality and creativity, so just answer the question any way that you think reflects you. If you're literal, just quote from the movie; if you're meta-literal, quote from the movie as it relates to your Q15 answer; otherwise, put yourself in the character's wife-beater and live the dream... By the way, when are people going to start posting their answers to some of the questions? Seems like that always happens and they're fun to read. Maybe after the 22nd due date?

  • Oct. 19, 2007, 11:20 p.m. CST


    by smallerdemon

    "I've seen this BUTT-THON thing whatever it is for years on AICN. I just ignore it though." FAIL! Ah, BNAT. I love the challenge to get in. I love the heady feeling of desperation waiting for Halloween like its Christmas morning and you're finding out that you either get the Millennium Falcon or your mom thinks you shouldn't be stereotypical and you get a Cabbage Patch Kid instead. God, please, let it be the Millennium Falcon this year. Please, please, please, please.

  • Oct. 20, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Sent Ours In

    by rodnunley

    We sent our groups applications in this morning. I hope like hell I get in this year. Not going last year was a sad thing indeed. But I am ever the optimist, and excited about doing this at the old Ritz location. For the first time ever I've found a girlfriend who wants to go with me ... should be awesome.

  • Oct. 21, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Who's the guy that always wears the bear slippers?

    by hippolyta

    I totally forgot your name, but I hope you remember to submit this year!!

  • Oct. 21, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Bear Slippers

    by rodnunley

    That's me. I'm spending the week brushing them out and getting them ready in the hope that I'm selected.

  • Oct. 21, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CST

    All in!

    by sillymary

    App has been sent, meanie husband would not apply with me, so flying solo, though hoping for some local friends to get in as well! To those for whom the money is the issue, get to savin'! Honestly, it is so very worth every penny if you get in. Oh, and Smallerdemon, I can't bring ya the MF, but I'll certainly buy you a beer if I get in! ;)

  • Oct. 22, 2007, 12:27 a.m. CST

    1 More Days!

    by aint_it_cruel?

    oh noes!

  • Oct. 22, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Dear lord, please get me in!

    by ZeMightyJedd

    I went to BNAT 7. It was one of the most fun experiences ever. If you get in to BNAT 9, you should DEFINITELY go!!

  • Oct. 22, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    can't wait... but I made error...

    by Grendy

    I sent the ap yesterday, so happy to get the pics problems all fixed, and forogt to attach the damn things. I had to re-send when I realized my error this morning. D'oh! I had trouble finding just the right mustache. I was dressed as Burt Reynolds, in the Firebird Trans Am that my team and I (Team BANDIT) won in the Rolling Roadshow scavenger hunt hosted by Tim and Karrie and all the rest 'o those fine folks. So, my costume was me, wearing The Alamo (we named the car that) and dressed in cowboy hat, red shirt and mustache. And lipstick. 'Cause I am a girl. So, here's hoping that Harold likes a cross-dressing Burt Reynolds wannabe. Wish me luck! ...and, is Smallerdemon not applying? I called him last week, and didn't get a call back yet.

  • Oct. 22, 2007, 9:54 p.m. CST

    totally applied

    by smallerdemon

    I'm just a bad person when it comes to returning calls. :)

  • Oct. 23, 2007, 12:55 a.m. CST

    oh, the wait...

    by GAH

    The next eight days will be torture.

  • Oct. 23, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by TheGreatPumpkin

    My guess is you answered "no" to the Male or Female question. Do I win something? :)

  • Oct. 23, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Brother's Answers

    by thecrazyarmenian

    1. Full Name? Seth XXXXXXXXX 2. Online Aliases? thecrazyarmenian 3. Age? 30-I hate typing that 4. Sex? Male 5. City, State, Country? Boston, MA, United States of America 6. Number of people submitting in your group, counting yourself? 2 (my brother's is below) 7. Have you ever attended a BNAT before, if so, which one(s)? No, But in my mind I've been going since LOTR:FOTR played. 8. Occupation? Director of 2 Residence Halls at XXXXXX University in Boston. I have great stories and pictures of me doing the same job at UC-Santa Barbara. I'll trade for tickets. 9. Hobbies? Part time PhD student, Part time college instructor, wishing I were surfing 3 days a week like I used to, lowering my GPA with my Wii, being a good husband and sampling interesting craft beer, usually at the same time. 10. Celebrity Sexual Fantasy? I'm a married man so something simple like Melissa Joan Hart (5 years ago) would be just fine thank you. Please see by brother below for more deviance, he’s pretty dead on about Portman. 11. Favorite Childhood Toy & Why? My brother. He was very life-like and my mom fixed him when I broke him. 12. Favorite Film Experience & Why? Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. I had gotten 1 semester behind in my master's program, and thought about dropping out. A friend motivated me to get all my papers from the Spring semester done, as I was writing all of my papers for Fall 2002. I finished my last paper around 9AM and went straight to the FOTR showing, having accomplished one of the greatest tasks I had ever accomplished, and not having slept the night before, or much at all that month. Every time I put that DVD on, (and here comes the geek gush) I honestly feel a warming in my heart and a longing for a time in my life that is gone. The haunting words of Blanchette's Galadriel, those first notes of Shore's score, the amazing mini-movie at the beginning, and (now with the extended DVD) spending time in the pastoral and innocent world of hobbits, it does something for me that no other film can. I love it like no other. 13. Top 3 Future Films You Hope To See This Year At BNAT? Watchmen- I’ll be wearing diapers in case this gets played. John Rambo- Vegas odds are 80-20 in favor of at least some version of this playing and I can't wait to see some badasskickery! The Dark Knight- I know it's too early, but a girl can dream. 14. Top 3 Vintage Films You Hope To See This Year At BNAT? The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzi Across the 8th Dimension (I'm assuming that we're being treated to Big Trouble in Little China, so this should play just before) Coonskin (Bakshi)-I think the audience is smart enough to understand it’s satire. Meet the Feebles-seeing this in an Austin theatre with a BNAT crowd at around 6AM… 15. Biggest Trouble You've Been In Personally? I can't commit an honest answer to this email, but it does involve me running a dormitory of 18-19 year olds in California...please use your imagination. 16. What would Jack Burton Say? Sit tight, keep the home fires burning, and if we're not back by dawn, call the vice-president. He also might ask youtube to delete The Coupe De Ville's music video, Carpenter can direct, but keep him away from the guitar. 17. Favorite John Carpenter Film? The Thing-I watched it on video with my best friend when I was 13 and it scared the jebezus outta us. 18. Favorite Kurt Russell Film? Big Trouble in Little China- I know I'm not making myself stand out of the crowd here, but I used to love watching it with my brother, he likes it even more than me. 19. Favorite Genre Bending Film That Blew Your Mind? Brazil. It’s more potent, thought-provoking and difficult now than upon its release. Sci-fi? Political Satire? Love story? Comedy? Noir? All. 20. Why do you wish to attend Butt-Numb-A-Thon? To have the memory of a lifetime with my brother...and something to get into an argument with my wife about "the rationality of buying a plane ticket to Austin for a couple of movies." 21. what is your email address? XXXXXXXX Entry # 2 1. Full Name? Adam XXXXXXXX 2. Online Aliases? spin zero 3. Age? 25 4. Sex? Male 5. City, State, Country? Allston, MA, USA 6. Number of people submitting in your group, counting yourself? 2 7. Have you ever attended a BNAT before, if so, which one(s)? No 8. Occupation? Physics Grad Student 9. Hobbies? Other than watching movies and reading Red Sox, Magic: the Gathering, eating cheese, drinking maple syrup 10. Celebrity Sexual Fantasy? Did you see those pictures of Michelle Trachtenberg as Snow White on Halloween last year? Yeah. Then there's Kate Beckinsale in Underworld, Emmanuelle Beart as a French maid in 8 femmes, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Natalie Portman as anything. It's a tough call. As dirty as it is though, I'm gonna have to go with both Gilmore Girls at the same time. Yeah, that's right. 11. Favorite Childhood Toy & Why? Mr. Machine - It annoyed my older brother (who I'm submitting with) to no end. 12. Favorite Film Experience & Why? Cha No Aji (The Taste of Tea). When I lived in San Francisco I would go to the SF Indie Film Festival (which rocks) and I saw this film without any expectation and without having seen anything else by Katsuhito Ishii. It was one of the greatest surprises I've ever experienced. It's maybe the sweetest (in the cute not awesome sense, though it is awesome) film I've ever seen, but without being cloying. The mixture of ridiculous over-the-top characters with super-reserved and laid-back characters is something that I've rarely seen handled so smoothly. I ended up going to the second screening as well and brought some friends. They all loved it as well. 13. Top 3 Future Films You Hope To See This Year At BNAT? Midnight Meat Train (or is this coming out sooner?) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Where the Wild Things Are or Coraline (Watchmen if an early cut is ready by then!) 14. Top 3 Vintage Films You Hope To See This Year At BNAT? The Beaver Trilogy Naisu No Mori: The First Contact (The Funky Forest) (not really vintage, but I just want to see it again) Seven Samurai 15. Biggest Trouble You've Been In Personally? Being attacked by a wild peregrine falcon. It clawed my head with its talons. It was not a nice falcon. 16. What would Jack Burton Say? You just listen to the ol' Pork-Chop Express and take his advice on a dark and stormy night. When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the Drafthouse wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya sent Adam and Seth's tickets, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya sent their tickets, Harry?" "Yessir, the tickets are in the mail." 17. Favorite John Carpenter Film? Big Trouble in Little China, though I love me some The Thing and Halloween 18. Favorite Kurt Russell Film? Big Trouble in Little China (is this a test?), though I love me some The Thing and Backdraft 19. Favorite Genre Bending Film That Blew Your Mind? Naisu No Mori. This movie is absolutely insane. It's more completely without genre than genre bending though. Katsuhito Ishii is a genius. 20. Why do you wish to attend Butt-Numb-A-Thon? There is far too much sensation in my butt right now. If only there were some way... Seriously, though, I want to spend some quality time with my brother without actually having to talk to him. Please send us to Butt-Numb-A-Thon!!! 21. what is your email address? XXXXXXX

  • Oct. 23, 2007, 8:14 p.m. CST

    October 31

    by Johnny Law

    HARRY!!!! Do you know that the Texas Bar exam results come out the same day that results of BNAT app's???? Do you have any idea how stressful this is going to be for me!?!?!?! Please!!! I don't know how much rejection I can take!?!!!

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by SamAsh76082

    You do know that bar results come in on November 2nd, right? That's not exactly October 31st, so no need for the waterworks. I wonder just how many law students/lawyers applied for this? I graduate in May.

  • Oct. 24, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Law

    Well, yes, but there's a really good chance the division chief in my office will be able to get the results on Halloween. So - yes. Stress. No idea how many law related people are applying - but, for the amount of AICN reading I did during Property II - I'd assume it was a seizable number.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Johnny Law

    by TheGreatPumpkin

    "I'd assume it was a seizable number" - You lawyers, always trying to seize assets and other folks' property! Scum o' the earth, I tell ya! Kidding - wife's a lawyer who went to BNAT last year with me, so I feel for ya, waiting on the Bar results. Good luck.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Oh ... The Wait is Killing Me ...

    by rodnunley

    The suspense. The rush of hoping. The mind numbingly slow pace between the application submitted and the answers revealed. I might just go mad!

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by ZeMightyJedd

    I agree. I can't eat. I can't sleep. I can't enjoy the pre-Halloween festivities. All I can do is sit at my computer, log onto this site, and hit refresh every five minutes. It's freakin ridiculous.

  • Oct. 25, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    time keeps on ticking...

    by Grendy

    into the future... I wanna go so badly. I hope I get in. I hope my pic is good enough. I am trying to look like Burt Reynolds in it. and, i am a girl.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Sound off...

    by Grendy

    I have an anxious stomach about it every time I think of it. I want to go so badly. Sound off where you're coming from, if you get in. I am from Atlanta, and my brother lives in Dallas. Where are you from?

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Sound Off ...

    by rodnunley

    I'm from Austin (boring, I know) but I believe that in the past BNAT has had visitors (and not just the movie big wigs) from as far away as England and even New Zealand.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Sound off...

    by smallerdemon

    Oh yeah. I am starting to wonder a lot. San Francisco. BTW, Grendy, I finished the BNAT8 Retrospective. :) Just click on Harry's link to the LJ group above and it's linked in my most recent post on the LJ group.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Harry, I hoped you picked me and my guest...

    by Some Dude

    If you want to see her Halloween costume for this year, go to .

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Sound off...

    by konkrete590

    I am in Tampa. I drove down for Fantastic Fest, but would fly in for this if I got in.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    thanks smallerdemon

    by Grendy

    I just went and looked at it. Well done, sirrah, as always. Raw force was there, wasn't it? I thought I saw about .2 seconds of a poster or something. ha. As for time results are posted... sooner the better, I think. Also... those here might need to join the myspace group that Miyazaki set up. Find people there.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Sound off...

    by sillymary

    Santa Maria, California here. Is it Halloween yet?? :)

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST


    by TheGreatPumpkin

    Austin, Tejas (it means friendship)... last year the posting of names came mid-morning, I think. When I saw my wife and my names I woo-hoo'ed and then had to explain what it was I was going on about to my co-workers...funny looks from the people that can't understand why you have to apply for a 24-hour movie extravaganza. I love it.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Sorry if I already posted this (computer problems)...

    by ZeMightyJedd

    Marina Del Rey, CA here, and I applied with my dad, who lives in Frederick, MD. I went to BNAT 7 and had the time of my life. I didn't get accepted to BNAT 8, which really stung. Man, I really want to go this year.

  • Oct. 30, 2007, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Raw Force - The Informer - Cowardly Jackanapes

    by smallerdemon

    I felt I gave it the attention it deserved. I believe that my attention to The Informer more than makes up for any loss of attention that Raw Force received in the retrospective. *heh heh* In looking back on BNAT8 I realized that The Informer might very well have been in my top 3 films. Black Book, Black Snake Moan and The Informer ultimately were my favorites. Initially, I didn't care for The Informer, but Harry was spot on about the performance in it being spectacular. Even pulling the clips for it I felt real emotion in that performance of Gypo. It's not a feel good movie, either, so the placement of the clips with the music in the retrospective are there for a poignant irony. :::The Great Pumpkin - *heh* I've been explaining BNAT to co-workers and they always say the same thing, the cowards: "I don't think I could watch that many movies in a row." COWARDLY JACKANAPES!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:21 a.m. CST

    theeeeee list!!!!

    by master bitchfist

    where is theeeee list!!!!???

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Stressful times

    by Johnny Law

    Bar results either today or tomorrow - BNAT results, today...SOMETHINGS GOTTA GIVE!!!! Comin from Houston by the way.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Johnny Law

    by GuyGardner

    I hear you, I waited too long for my bar results, and honestly, the wait for this is more stressful! I wish there had a been a 3 day test for BNAT, that you had to go to school for 3 years to get to go to, I would feel much better about my odds!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    guy, johnny...

    by Grendy

    I am just refreshing like a bastard here, waiting for news. I want to go! and Johnny...what time do you hear your bar exam results?

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    let's all wish Johnny good luck

    by GuyGardner

    Johnny, good luck on the bar, as we all await word on BNAT, we can at least all be here for you.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Sound Off...

    by keekthesneek

    from ohio here. with plenty of time too take off work I hope the results come in soon.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    re: sults! I know... waiting is hard...

    by Grendy

    I have been scoping out plane ticket prices, and it will cost me (if I get in) about $250 for tix alone. I have taken another 2nd job (have one at a non-profit theatre already) to help with expenses. If anyone's coming from Atlanta, please let me know, maybe we can book flights together!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Refresh, Check, Repeat.

    by rodnunley

    I keep checking about every 5 minutes or so. I'll keep doing it until I head out tonight to downtown Austin for the parade of half naked women in costume. I just hope it's not to much longer ... the suspense is killing me. :)

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Is this thing on?

    by snax

    It's been awfully quiet around here. Unless someone's busy updating the node with the list!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    A Lot To Do

    by rodnunley

    Well there's no telling when it'll be updated. It all depends on the number of entries they got this year. In the past it's been a huge amount of submissions and they only have so many people to sift through it all. I don't envy that task.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Thanks Guy - means alot

    by Johnny Law

    Bar results are supposed to be posted today or tomorrow. If I pass, I become a Houston DA (I'm interning there right now) if I fail, I'm fired, and can't reapply until results from the next bar exam.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Well good luck!

    by GuyGardner

    Hopefully, it is a big worry for nothing, and I will be able to toast your passing in Austin, in a month. Sound good?

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    That sounds fantastic!!

    by Johnny Law

    Here's hoping!!! Now, back to puking up my lunch...

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Good Luck J-Law and all future DA's

    by JimmyandtheTermites

    Here's to the DA job, J-Law! I'll drink one for you as well. Hopefully, we can grab one together at the Alamo Draft House this December!

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by LordVoldemoo

    J-Law, I remember waiting for the bar results (seems like a long time ago now, heh. Actually it's only been 4 years). Longest wait EVAR, BNAT pales. Hang in there and good luck.

  • Oct. 31, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Johnny Law

    by sillymary

    Certainly hope you are going to be updating us when you know about the bar!! Ahh...the wait. It hurts. The burning.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Did You Pass?

    by keekthesneek

    Good luck keep us posted

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Johnny, any word?

    by GuyGardner

    I am still pulling for you man, do you get to be sworn in yet?

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    The anticipation is killing me.

    by MtnGeeks

    Up late last night refreshing every two minutes. Up early this morning refreshing every minute. Please Harry, the torture is becoming unbearable. Or maybe that is his intention. The type of growing tension someone might find in say...........A John Carpenter Film.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Grades not out yet...Should be today at about 10-11 in the morni

    by Johnny Law

    Sick...But thanks to you all for caring!! I really appreciate it!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST


    by Grendy

    I came into work this AM and this is the first place I went. Harold, please let us know....

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 11:40 a.m. CST

    J-Law keeping us in suspense

    by JimmyandtheTermites

    Its bad enough waiting on the BNAT list, but not you too Johnny Law! How'd you do, man?

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Nuthin yet

    by Johnny Law

    Between the Texas Board of Legal Examiners, and Harry - I'm losing hair over here!!!!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I feel for ya Johnny

    by GuyGardner

    The bar will go fine, I am sure of it. Once its posted, let us know.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST


    by keekthesneek

    One of lifes greatest pleasures.. I was really nervous waiting on my boards also. Harrys wait is pure torture compared to that....

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    its like a bad dream

    by theheavy

    or a joke I just dont get,..."Please God ,..make me a bird and let me fly fa fa away",... The waiting is starting to get to me

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 1:09 p.m. CST

    or like waitings for the 20 questions,..

    by theheavy

    to be answered by Peter Jackson

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Law

    So far - 3:45 - no bar results - no BNAT results....I'!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Still working on the Ritz

    by JimmyandtheTermites

    I read on the Live Journal site that the delay on the BNAT list is because the number of seats in the theater is still in flux. It could be a 2-3 day delay according to HK. I only keep checking today to make sure J-Law passes the bar exam.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Going insane

    by Nordling


  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Waiting on the Ritz? Yer putting me on...

    by TheGreatPumpkin

    Yeah, the LJ site mentions the MySpace blog posting where Harry says the posting might be delayed 2-3 days, but that was on Oct. 30, so today would be 2 days later... anyways, I'm not so sure the # of seats could fluctuate that much, since Tim has pics up on flikr of theater 1 with seats/tables all bolted in. My guess is it's not the seat count, but the unannounced guest count. If certain people can/cannot attend, it would affect how many of us luckysonofabitches are accepted... someone's agent needs to call Harry back with the final answer and end all this suffering! It's leading me to the Dark Side!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Johnny Law


  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    way to go

    by keekthesneek

    good job

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Way to Go Jonny Law!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by konkrete590

    Hopefully the news from Harry will be just as good for you!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    now dont do anything crazy!!! :)

    by keekthesneek

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    CONGRATS johnny!!

    by Grendy

    I hope to buy you a beer at BNAT!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST


    by lacythegreat

    Way to go Johnny Law!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:39 p.m. CST

    i love how we're here scoping out for any news

    by Grendy

    and waiting, of course to say "Good Job" to Johnny! Your job, now that you've chosen to accept it is to get them there bad guys! Keep the streets safe for decent folks everywheres.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by TheGreatPumpkin

    That's awesome! Now you don't have to sweat going through the whole thing again in 6 months! If any/all of us make it in this year, we should kick things off with a celebratory drink (or ten)!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Not that you are a DA...

    by JimmyandtheTermites

    ...can you take care of a little incident that happened last time I was in Austin. As a preface, I'm totally innocent. Just kiddin'. Congrats J-Law!

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    That should have been "Now" not "Not"

    by JimmyandtheTermites

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    congrats johnny

    by GuyGardner

    gosh, I leave work early one day, and look what I miss.... great job, glad your long wait is over, and I look forward to our "hopeful" beers in Austin.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Yeah J-LAW!!

    by LordVoldemoo

    Congrats man!!!!!!!! Feels great to see your name on that list, doesn't it?? Hopefully we both make another list coming out soon...

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    JLaw ...

    by rodnunley

    Congrats man. That is awesome news. Now you have the awesome ability to actually say, "as your lawyer I advise you ..."

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Johnny DA

    by sillymary

    Congratulations!!! :)

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Johnny Law

    by SebastianHaff

    Congrats! I'll cross my fingers that you get a bar exam / BNAT double whammy. Of course, I'm crossing the fingers on my other hand for a "don't flunk out of college" / BNAT double whammy. Oh lord how I need BNAT in my life.

  • Nov. 1, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Oh my gosh you guys

    by Johnny Law

    Thank you so, so much for all the fine posts of congratulations! I'll remember this day, and all your kind words, for the rest of my life - Now..I'm not going to lie to you...I've been drinkin - But here's hoping that all of us make the BNAT cut and get to toast all of our successes in Austin!!! Thanks again fellow movie fanatics!!! I love you all and good luck to everybody! Now - Back to my glorious scotch and soda!

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    This post needs to be bumped

    by TheGreatPumpkin

    Damn AICN search never turns anything up for me and I end up going through my history or other links (like from LiveJournal) just to end up back here... ...I'm seriously jonesing for an update on this... In other news! I got my nice new LCD. I've chosen HD-DVD and here's why...

  • Nov. 2, 2007, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by smallerdemon

    We have a link to it in the LJ Bnatters community in one of the posts and they scroll back pretty far on the main page I will go ahead and add it as one of the main links so folks can easily get back to it from there.