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The short version of BNAT1138 by Harry

Hey folks, Harry here... been up for 33 hours thus far, but before napping, I should fill y'all in - at least in brief. 1. F.W. Murnau's FAUST accompanied Graham Reynolds, from his original score! Introduced themes of child death, obsession over a woman and the every present LOCKET! 2. Peter Jackson's LOVELY BONES - caused a run on napkins for drying tears and blowing noses. Continued child death and Locket themes. Very strongly received. 3. The Pep master, Mickey Rooney in GIRL CRAZY with Judy Garland. Continued Locket theme, Girl Obsession, but added Dancing Cowgirls, which sadly was not a constant theme. Made everyone love life it seemed. 4. Powell & Pressburger's RED SHOES! It is playing at Chicago's MUSIC BOX THEATRE this weekend and in select theaters soon. Print is beyond stunning. Audience held in rapt attention, too many of them had never seen it. Continued Locket and Woman Obsession themes. 5. 1st screening of Martin Scorsese's very nearly completed SHUTTER ISLAND, which I wrote a terrible review for - due to being rushed in my craziest week to get it up. I personally didn't want to write one till after a second viewing. Brilliant movie - and thinks anyone that spoils anything of this film should be locked in a cell with Jackie Earle Haley. This film blew a lot of folks away! LOUD applause afterwards and great lobby buzz. Continued Child Death (multiple varieties) and Locket theme and Woman obsession. 6. LE MAGNIFIQUE with the brilliance of Jean Paul Belmondo and 1971 era DEEP girl - brain barely functioning, and trying to get to bed. Created many of the quotes of the fest. Been wanting to find a 35mm subtitled print since seeing clips in Z CHANNEL doc. Had Locket and Woman obsession theme 7. Jeunet's MIC MACS - was simply magical for me. Pinon as a Cannonballer, the contortionist girl - swoon, etc. Locket was seen and this time - obsession is the key, not having to do with a woman. Again - strongly received. 8. Adam Green's FROZEN - second best Audience reaction of BNAT. Easily. The horrors of being abandoned on a Ski Lift closed for a week as a blizzard blows in and many bad decisions are made... thoroughly produced some of the best ever vocal audience reactions. The Locket appears again. Woman obsession contained to a phone number. However, one lovely lady was so overwhelmed by the shock and graphic pain of this wondrous Survival film - that she fainted and was taken to the lobby to recover. She is fine. But take it as a warning, you could pass out and find yourself coming to elsewhere - but with both Kidneys in place. 9. Shaw Brothers' CENTIPEDE HORROR - fairly horrifying. I have a centipede fear, that I didn't know about till seeing this very slow, but suddenly amazing little film. Very freaky! Child death returns, with gifted neckware again being a main instigator of events. Probably least fave film of BNAT, but it did what it was supposed to. Freakish imagery and an excuse for naps for those with weak constitutions. 10. CANDY SNATCHERS - Wonderful Exploitation film about putting a live teenage girl in a dug out underground, middle of nowhere location. Deals with Child endangerment, woman obsession - but brings in the ever so important slightly mentally handicap 5-6 year old killer of bad people theme! Just in time for: 11. Matthew Vaughn's KICK ASS - Rough cut, that has received its R-rating somehow, BLEW THE AUDIENCE THE FUCK AWAY! To me, I haven't seen a film this badass since John Woo's HARD BOILED. This is far more entertaining than that though, creating many ICONIC and thoroughly mind blowing sequences. Possible contender for best advance screening in history of BNAT. Got audience, clapping in time to the beat as Hit Girl makes The Bride look like a pussy. With Matthew and Red Mist on hand! 12. James Cameron's AVATAR - completely different kind of mind blowing experience. AVATAR is stunning. This was originally suppose to be secret till Thursday, but many emails have come to me and others taking away all Embargoes on talking about AVATAR - so I'll just say it. Having seen it twice - I love the film. Most folks seemed to really love the film, but were struggling with phrases to describe how it blew them away. Except Devin of course. We also had a crazy awesome Bulgarian Dancer and singer and the 3 most handsome members of BROKEN LIZARD lit wicks inserted in the ends of their penisi' and sang happy birthday at an accelerated rate once lit. Yes, I had to blow the fire out before it melted... you know. I think that happened. I do. AICN lost to BROKEN LIZARD, due to the slow drinking ineptitude of CAPONE & MR BEAKS. People hung out chatting for 2 hours after BNAT ended excitedly thrilled by the line up and debating what was best. KICK ASS literally seems to be nearly everyone's favorite movie of the last lifetime or so. Deservedly so. Expect full write up shortly. IRON MAN II trailer was awesome. The Iron Man Bikin Girls... need to appear at the AICN Austin Special Screening of this movie - and we'll work out a Busby Berkeley dance number to complement the Flying Jet Pack IronMan thing! The last bit of footage though - Geek Ecstacy! The Harry Knowles Roast video including the following wonderful assholes: JJ Abrams, Orci & Kurtzman, Jon Favreau, Danny McBride, some guy named Dan or Dale something that apparently has something to do with TV, but frankly he lost me. And then the gentleman, Michael Bay. Much hilarity was had! And then there was the awesome WW1 German Zombie Soldier Bust from SUCKERPUNCH that Zack Snyder sent as a Birthday Present - which is all kinds of awesome, but kinda freaked me out in a good way. Will soon sit next to original Rorschach mask! Due out March 2011!

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  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I'm the King

    by Chakraborty

    You're all queens.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by pepino

    sounds pretty cool

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    Harry was right!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:41 p.m. CST

    No Solomon Kane

    by antmanx68

    I can officially breath a sigh of relief. I was sad not to go, but at least now its tolerable. Sounds like an awesome time. I wasn't wowed by the trailer for Kickass but I'm glad the movie seems to rock.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:44 p.m. CST

    "except devin of course"

    by cousin.elvin

    lol - good one!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Right about what?

    by Chakraborty

    You guys been talking about me? Speak up!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Best Lineup Since '03

    by mrbeaks

    'Cuz "The Rape Killer" says so.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST

    anyone know where last year's fake review...

    by HaterofCrap

    .. is? the one talkback post where the guy said harry took a big hit of meth and started yelling at the audience at bnat? that was fuckin great. tried lookin for it, and failed.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by SkidMarkedUndies

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Let's try this again . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    That's a pretty solid lineup. Can't wait to see the Iron Man trailer.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    ...around and backwards for evil people?<P>A girl is raped and dismembered by a pedophile in an underground murderbunker... tragic. <P> A live teenage girl is kept in a dug-out underground in the middle of

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    I'm so jealous

    by SkinJob69

    What a kick-ass line up, Harry. Wish I could have been there. (At least I'll get to see Frozen at SFF next month.)

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Ah Beaks, you know you asked for it

    by YackBacker

    That list of yours demanded some ribbing. Chin up, Rape Killer. :)

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    It just isn't good enough to stab a mobster anymore...

    by CmdX

    Nowadays you need a tween girl to amputate their legs first...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:08 p.m. CST

    ...I've been rooting for KICK ASS since first hearing about it..

    by FlickaPoo

    ...if it works this kind of movie could tie the four corners of it's bed-sheet to it's wrists and ankles, take a running leap off the garage roof, glide spectacularly all the way to the power lines across the street, and light up like a fucking Christmas tree.<P>If it doesn't work, this kind of movie falls two stories straight down and lands half on, half off the neighbor's rototiller.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Kick Ass is awesome.

    by Gil Brooks

    Saw it a few months ago. Seeing Avatar tomorrow, and I'm sure it'll kick my ass. Glad everyone is loving both.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    KICK ASS may not kick as much ass later

    by CmdX

    Vaughn basically put his favorite comic-book-movie soundtracks as the temp soundtrack. I'm reserving judgment until the final soundtrack is done, since the near-perfect pacing of the action sequences relied very heavily on already super-popular soundtracks.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST



    Wasn't it a great BNAT!!!!<p>Okay, I wasn't there. But go team Kick Ass!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    fuck Devin Faraci

    by Browncoat_Jedi

    Please don't mention him on this site. I am here to get away from the asshole of Chud.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Must've been a great time.

    by natrlbornthrllr

    I went in 04 and line-ups but there was a disappointment or two in each. This line-up seems without a weak link. Wish I could've made it.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Jealous of Micmacs!

    by gnarwhal_evan


  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Oh, so BNAT was this weekend...

    by SoylentMean

    son of a bitch. Could we get a heads up next time Harry? Fer fuck's sake! <P> I wish we lived in a culture where movie festivals were a monthly occurence, in every town.<P> I also wish we still had a drive in culture, that popcorn was still freshly popped at theaters, that every movie had new studio cartoon shorts, and that a matinee was actually significantly cheaper than an evening show.<P> Oh, and I also wish that Godzilla was real.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    So thoroughly depressed.

    by Nordling

    RED SHOES. Motherfuck.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST



  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I've already seen FROZEN


    Madonna was a fucking creepy old hag in that. The music was *alright*.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    um, anyone want to clarify the Broken Lizard stuff

    by BadMrWonka

    since I didn't hear about arrests being made, I'm assuming the penis thing was fake. and Harry says AICN lost something? beer chugging of some sort?<p>fill a brother in!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST this the same CENTIPEDE we saw on TWITCH...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...that involved a lovely young woman waking up and discovering that her mouth had been surgically attached to someone's anus...and that her anus in turn was surgically attached to someone's mouth...and so on and so forth...and starting to cry because she found herself emotionally unprepared to face life under these new and unexpected circumstances? <P>Lovely young women can be so emotional.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by CmdX

    Broken Lizard was doing Q&As/presentations at a screening across the hall and stopped in. They decided to challenge the AICN editors in attendance to a beer chugging contest.<p>If you are going to have a beer chugging contest, put Capone on the other team. He evidently didn't get the concept of chugging.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by Aftermath1349

    No that film is called THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. It looks incredible.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:48 p.m. CST

    ...ah, yes. Too bad, it would have been appropriate...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...for butt numbathon, since I assume the butts in question would be numbed before having the mouths attached and all.<P>I wonder how they decide who gets to be the head of the HUMAN CENTIPEDE? I assume that's the choice segment to be...<P>Unless, of course, the head of the CENTIPEDE is Monica Bellucci...then the #2 spot is the way to go for sure...

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    RE: Devin

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Uh, lemmee guess...he didn't like AVATAR. Shocker. If you read his "tweets", it's kind of amusing to watch him barely mask his contempt. But ultimately, it's sad because he telegraphed his reaction months ago.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Centipede kinda sounds like..

    by craaayz

    what they talk about in Naked Lunch

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I'm surprised there was no...

    by MaxTheSilent

    ...preview footage from SCOTT PILGRIM.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Shutter Island (Possible Spoilers)

    by Bodhizefa1313

    I haven't seen the flick, but if Leonardo Dicaprio isn't an inmate of the insane asylum, I would be very very surprised. The whole act of people spouting that the flick has a surprise/twist in it smacks of Leo being one of the crazies.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    So, should I read Shutter Island before seeing the flick??

    by SoylentMean

    Should I put my pants on first and then my shoes? <P> I need answers.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    ...a choose your own adventure movie!<P>Coming soon to a theater near you!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Devin Fuckaraci

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Who gives a shit what this retard thinks? He gave Terminator Shitation 4 stars!!! Cameron should put a hit out on the dick.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Sure, my one time getting in was last year

    by Garbageman33

    When we got a crappy Tom Cruise flick, Forest Gump II and five hours of Benicio Del Toro walking around in a forest. I feel cheated.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by Dr.Ducks

    Your question about reading "Shutter Island" may have been rhetorical, but I'm going to answer it anyway. I read the book about a month ago, knew all the "twists" ahead of time, and still absolutely adored the movie (and actually may have liked it more). I could barely contain myself because I was so excited to see how it played out onscreen and how the audience would react. Unlike some (most) movies, and definitely unlike past Lehane novels ("Mystic River", "Gone Baby Gone"), I felt like having read the book only enhanced my enjoyment of the movie. <BR> <BR> That being said, the storyline is pretty mind-blowing even if you are one of those a-holes who sees thrillers and afterward claim you "saw it coming" the whole time. Leonardo DiCaprio and Michelle Williams completely shine. It took my breath away, even when I saw it coming.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:35 p.m. CST

    ...^one of the weirder names I've seen in a while.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Wow, great lineup!

    by Zarles

    Happy birthday again, Harry!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Nice going Harry

    by Upside Down Johnson

    Happy Birthday indeed. I wish I could have been there. Maybe one of these years the funds will allow me to even enter. Poor Devin. The Avatar love must be killing the guy. The only straw he has to grasp is that Kick-Ass was the hit of the thon. I kind of feel bad for the guy, because he probably couldn't even enjoy a great movie because of the corner he's painted himself into.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Devin tweets about Avatar

    by Gwai Lo

    Should I even bother writing my middling AVATAR review and getting a ton of hate mail? <p> RT @Aaron_Morgan: Also, according to most people I spoke to at the end, and my own personal opinion... KICK-ASS won the BNAT, hands down. <p> I love that the 400 million dollar movie at BNAT got way upstaged by the scrappy, low budget indie crazy movie.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST


    by Gwai Lo

    It would be a lot easier to give his reviews some credence if he wasn't shot-calling his opinions months and/or years before the movies are even made.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST

    sounds crazy awesome

    by turnbullAC

    I would have really loved to see kick ass lovely bones and shutter island one day ill make it to bnat

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    why do people give devin so much "cred"

    by slappy jones

    seriously. he likes some of the shittiest movies and his rants are always filled with this sad sense of self loathing. I mean he did some story about nostalgia being bullshit and people who like things for nostalgic reasons pretty much being morons yet collects vintage star trek and planet of the apes merchandise. apparently only other peoples nostalgia is stupid. his is perfectly fine. the guy is a complete douche bag. anyone who gave that fucking friday the 13th "remake" a pass has zero taste as far as I am concerned. I used to actually really like his stuff but once he did that piece on nostalgia I really turned off him. he is a pathetic self hating axe grinding acts like he hates hipsters yet desperately would love to be one idiot.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a great way to close

    by kikuchiyoboy

    out the decade. <br> <br> Awesome job Harry!!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    FROZEN sounds great.

    by LoneGun

    Hadn't heard of it before. Definitely interested.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9 p.m. CST

    No surprise about Devin

    by Retlaw Kciuq

    So let's see.. it's Devin vs. Harry on not just The Lovely Bones but now Avatar. Looks like I'm going to be siding with Harry this holiday/Oscar season. And Devin, DISTRICT 9 > Inglourious Basterds.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST

    frozen sounds great

    by slappy jones

    really excited to see it. Kick Ass sounds like the kind of film I would have loved when I was 12 but doesn't interest me in the slightest now.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Any surgery footage this year?

    by Some Dude

    Sounds like a great line-up.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I hate to sound so skeptical BUT I highly doubt

    by TheWaqman

    that Kick Ass is the most badass film since Hard Boiled. I am almost 100 percent sure that's not the case at all.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Nostalgia is pretty shitty and destructive,

    by gotilk

    culturally, in many cases. But ol' Dev is still a rectachunk.

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Faraci's fan club

    by drturing

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Early running for annoying phrase of 2010

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Kick Ass, Kicks Ass. <p>

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    looks like a really good one

    by birdy birdman

    especially the adam green addition. happy birthday master geek

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Devin?

    by JackLucas

    And why the fuck should I care?

  • Dec. 13, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I'm a first class member

    by Thrillhouse77

    of the Devin Faraci hate club. <p> His Tweets either consist of acting like a dick towards someone or something, or bragging about awesome things that he gets to do because of CHUD. He seems like a sad, petty, small human being that wouldn't have any friends if he wasn't in the industry. <p> He's a grade A asshole. <p> He had the nerve to call all the blogs out for doing a "best of the 2000s" list, if they were very young when the decade started. <p> He posted an article the next day, and I shit you not, one of the movies included was something that he quote - "enjoyed when I was a child" - unquote. <p> so apparently Devin is in the clear, commenting on movies that he was very young for, but no one else is. What an awful little pin prick he is.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Millar is going to be raking in cash

    by detectivesoap

    When they "Moore" him to the hollywood machine after the success of this movie. Expect more Millar adaptations.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 12:46 a.m. CST

    for vintage faraci

    by birdy birdman

    track down his masturbatory Crash review which features a hilariously seething utterance of "fucking white people"

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST

    birdy birdman - wow...

    by Thrillhouse77

    Makes you wonder if it all isn't just some big act. Could one man really be so misguided and lacking in self-awareness?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Frozen sounds interesting....and Devin is a joke

    by MandrakeRoot

    And I was compelled to watch the Centipede Horror trailer. That shit is VILE! I could not watch more then 10 minutes of that shit, straight up. <p> Regarding Devin Faraci, does anyone actually care what that asshole thinks? Honestly if I hated Avatar (which I absolutely don't - the opposite in fact), I would act like I didn't - or at least not announce it - just so I could distance myself from sharing a similar opinion with the spineless hypocrite Devin is. Before he saw the film all he could do was rant and rave about how terrible it was, and he was more or less the main person who perpetuated the negative Avatar rumors. He even had the gall to post a faker then hell negative review about Avatars being vomit-inducing, and I'm pretty sure he was the one convincing everyone the embargo meant Avatar sucked. <p> After all that shit he spewed from his obnoxious mouth, there was absolutely NO way in hell he would concede that it was all for nothing, that Avatar was actually a good movie, or even that Cameron achieved what he set out to do. He would forever be known as the most spineless hack on the internet (well, moreso then he already is). Sad that he did it all for publicity, and because he thinks it makes him superior. Well news flash Devin, no one likes any more now, in fact most people like you less. Maybe if you weren't such a total disgrace you could be the one making revolutionary films like James Cameron and advancing cinema as we know it, not reviewing them.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry!

    by hippolyta

    Kick-ass was a great film and made even better by the experience of being part of the BNAT audience. But can BNAT have less woman obsession/rape/baby killing next year?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Devin on Watchmen

    by drturing

    "in many ways Watchmen reminds me of The Godfather" " Why, that sounds like a piece of art. A glorious, epic, exciting, mind blowing piece of art." AHAHAHAHAHAAH.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Seriously dude stuck on a chairlift?

    by drturing

    Fucking jump, it's snow down there. Seriously. How hard can it fucking be.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    so that means that I.....

    by VonThunderballs

    didn't miss shit. i don't feel so bad not making it out there now.

  • Devin did the same shit with Star Trek - Going so far as to make up rumors about the movie resetting itself at the end and Chekov dying. I still don't think Avatar is going to be a huge blockbuster but as sure as the sun rises you can bet when Feraci hates something, it's going to be great.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Dude, snow is like cement from a chairlift

    by Dr.Ducks

    Trust me... I work for a ski resort. You DO NOT want to jump 30+ feet from a chair lift onto recently tracked-out snow in frigid temperatures unless you want to break your legs.<p>I don't want to give any spoilers about FROZEN -- and trust me, it was a fantastic film -- but the subject of jumping out of the lift is definitely brought up.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST


    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    That "snow is like cement" comment was supposed to be from me. Sister Is The New Mother was using my laptop and hadn't logged out.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:11 a.m. CST

    But wasn't it a blizzard?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Wouldn't there be nice new fluffy snow? Can't wait to check out the movie, having skied, and thought about how fucked it would be to be stuck up there.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:26 a.m. CST

    caused a run on napkins

    by TheGraduate66

    Why, did Rachel Weisz look that hot?

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Well Quint, then get pissed at Harry re: Shutter Island

    by DVader

    Bc he spoiled quite a bit in his review. You know, the one without spoiler tags.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 4:45 a.m. CST

    FROZEN... Curb-Y-E did this a long time ago.

    by workshed

    Classic episode too.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Hahah, workshed....that's right

    by Chakraborty

    I forget if he jumped or not.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Whoops- This is Harry's post...

    by DVader

    Strange that he would get upset over Shutter Island spoilers after that "review"...

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Hell no Larry didn't jump the girl did.

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Larry's quote I think was "What,are you fucking nuts?"

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Glad to know

    by RefutetheHype

    I didn't miss anything.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST


    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    There isn't really a big blizzard in the movie, though they talk about a coming storm. It definitely snows, but not enough to produce a bunch of light, fluffy powder. When they're in the lift, the snow below them is tracked-out and hard.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Daily News knocked Avatar's "eye-rollingly corny" dialogue

    by JackRabbitSlim

    "The mystical-tribal cliches ... suggest every Netflix queue on Pandora includes 'Dances with Wolves' and 'The Last of the Mohicans'. Some may call this classic structure, others will call it lazy." <p> Every mainstream review is the same - multi-million dollar graphics, ten-cent dialogue.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by unclebusu

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Frozen nearly made me hurl

    by theayatollah

    The most disturbing scene in the movie coincided with the delivery of my food. It was brutal, and will be etched in my mind when I embark on a ski trip in two weeks time. Red Shoes was absolutely captivating, and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I couldn't believe it wasn't part of the original lineup. I loved the hell out of Le Magnifique, nearly cried over the beauty of MicMacs, and was absolutely energized by Kick-Ass. I don't think I would have gotten through Avatar, despite its beauty, without the preceding punch of the film.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Maybe I'll get in next year...

    by GenPion

    I'm crossing my fingers. Great write up Harry. It sounds like you all had fun watching The Lovely Bones, KICK ASS, Avatar, a new print of Red Shoes, and so much more...

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    You know the Dutch and their damn cartels!

    by SgtEdRock

    Random comments about just a few elements from what I thought was an extremely solid BNAT line up... KICK-ASS: The most disappointing thing about Kick-Ass was that seeing it at BNAT means I have already experienced the best screening I will ever see, since BNAT is the perfect venue and perfect audience with which to share a badass and hilarious film of that kind. I have learned from painful experience that the best I can wish for from the slack jawed yokels at the local cineplex is to keep their goddamn mouths shut and phones turned off for the duration of any movie. FROZEN - I too felt the involuntary coil of the retching belly as theayatollah, and in the same spot. As for the "why not jump to the powdery snow" idea, it was never clear just how high up they were, but it was higher than the tops of the adjacent trees. AVATAR - Eye-poppingly beautiful AND exciting, but it was cotton candy for me - lacking in emotional weight or any real suspense about how the story would go. I think the early creative design process must have included a visit to Spencer Gifts to buy the most trippy black light posters available. And that's a good thing. RED SHOES and LOVELY BONES: Both beautiful and tragic. Do you know how hard it is to shovel Alamo nachos into your mouth while also crying like a baby? PS: Given the recurring themes, I am surprised there has been no mention of the break footage of small Japanese men being raped by giant dogs. Haven't seen anything like that since the Special Edition "Three's Company" credits from a few years ago that taught me its far better to be the shitter than the eater if you ever get stuck up in Pervert Meadow! Oh, BNAT - how I love thee... Thanks again Harry and Tim!!!

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:25 p.m. CST

    All the great Cameron films have had shite dialogue....

    by TheWaqman

    "I know why you cry"<p> "Game over man! Game over!<p> If you're expecting anything but Pulp-SciFi action, you'll be disappointed. I'm hoping for a fun action film here. And yes, there is a difference between fun and absolutely moronic. Sommers, Bay and McG crossed that line long ago.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Kick Ass is getting tons of hype from audiences...

    by TheWaqman

    but I can't help but get the feeling that it's overblown. Better than Hard Boiled? I have a very hard time trusting that.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST


    by JohnGaltShrugged

    what do you mean from "audiences" plural? BNAT 1138 was the ONLY audience to have seen it.

  • Dec. 14, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Frozen and snow, bullshit...

    by drturing

    I tried to find a trailer and found a clip of the director on a location scout and he's under the actual chairlift they use in the film and he sinks four feet into soft snow laughing. I mean seriously if things are happening on a chairlift so fucked up you're hurling your food, you can easily survive a 30 foot drop onto cement, a bad hit and you'll break your legs sure, but at least you won't have to eat your friend's face or whatever ridiculous thing. I mean seriously, how can something happen on a chairlift that's so fucked up you can't eat. Also I don't trust anyone's opinion of Avatar who sat through all this stuff before seeing a 3 hr 3d movie that's designed to be visual overkill. It's like too much food on thanksgiving. And last of all, Kick Ass looks like juvenile horseshit that only the least laid, trenchcoat wearing mouth breathers with mullets and backyards baseball caps who worship Kevin Smith would enjoy. Why is it awesome to see a child in a sexually fetishized outfit and hooker wig slaughter people with a smile? I don't care how well that's shot, that's just fucking juvenile and reeks of the most puerile, idiotic fantasies there are. And better than Hard Boiled, fuck right off.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST

    I don't trust any of the "geek" clique any longer

    by drturing

    ever since Watchmen. All these guys care about is having access to stuff and visiting the sets of stuff that they think is dark and edgy and intellectual but is just pretentious, adolescent garbage. Such as Watchmen, Eli Roth movies, Richard Kelly movies, The Lovely Bones, Kevin Smith movies, etc. No matter how much you guys push this shit, the only kids who could give a shit are playing Modern Warfare 2.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by drturing

    if frozen works i'll eat some snow, cause fair play to anyone who can make that work, but it sounds RIDICULOUS. And I really shouldn't have included lovely bones there. Even if the film's a failure, at least Jackson tried to do something different, which I gotta respect a lot.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 1:49 a.m. CST

    DrTuring's Strong Opinions!

    by SgtEdRock

    Pretty harsh words there buddy, given that it doesn't seem like you have actually SEEN any of the movies you are trashing. Also, your metaphor on Avatar starts strong but then the logic at the end is backwards... I agree - on Thanksgiving its usually the first bites of food that make you say "WOW", not the last when you have been eating for 26 hours straight. But if the very last thing you eat after everything else makes you amazed all over again, that's probably some pretty good dessert!

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I wouldn't have wanted to watch Avatar...

    by Chakraborty

    ...after watching a day's worth of movies. Watching a day's worth of movies doesn't sound all that appealing to me, either. It must be fun, kind of like having a grand movie sleepover, without the sleep, but I'd definitely be looking to catch some Z's during the crappy films, or the old films I'd already seen. I prefer to be fresh when I watch films...your mood definitely affects your perception...and some films (like Avatar) deserve a fresh visual palate.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    "More entertaining than Hard Boiled"?

    by masteryoda007

    That is a very bold statement indeed Mr Knowles. Hard Boiled is in my top 3 movies of all time so you better not be fucking with us.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Red Shoes is the most homo-erotic movie besides Borat

    by LaneMyersClassic

    I've ever seen. Which makes it terrible because you don't buy any of the romance or desperation between the characters as a result. Seriously, there's not one straight male character in the movie. I would have maybe liked it if they just said what the hell and had openly gay relationships. Best part about the film was the ballet sequence, otherwise OVERRATED BORE!!

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 2:54 p.m. CST

    On "Frozen"

    by footnotegirl

    I liked it as a movie, well acted, interesting concept, but I think the success/believability of the plot depends a lot on whether the viewer has ever lived in a cold climate. If you have, the lack of survival instincts on the part of the main characters and the way the biggest threat behaves makes it frankly unbelievable. Zip. Up. Your. Hoods. and maybe you wouldn't get frostbite! But in its defense, I didn't care about that stuff until talking about it afterwards.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    The next great film from the makers of Frozen: TARMAC!!

    by LaneMyersClassic

    8 hours on the runway without food or water - you will be horrified by what a human will do to survive!!

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST

    If I was the producers of frozen and kick ass

    by slappy jones

    I would be worried devin was throwing so much support behind my film.

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST


    by TheWaqman

    I read on /film from the comments after the giant Comic-con screening (granted it wasn't the full film obviously) and everybody was going nuts.....

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by RefutetheHype

    You NAILED it. Remember when Harry wrote about how the ZOOOOOOOOP sound accompanying Nite Owl's drop into the prison was THE ULTIMATE COOL THING EVER?

  • Dec. 15, 2009, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by RefutetheHype

    is going to be a juvenile manspray. It's going to be nothing but the most infantile babyfap that there has ever been.

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  • Dec. 15, 2009, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Remember when

    by RefutetheHype

    Harry gave out tons of gifts? Were there any this year? And he had actors from the movies show up? And people cared? Hmmmmm.

  • Dec. 16, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    On Drinking

    by OurLadyWar

    If Capone (or was it Mr. Beaks?) wants a rematch on the drinking, I'd be happy to take either to school again. :) Glug glug! Great BNAT, great people, great films, great everything. Have a Merry Christmas, gang.

  • Dec. 17, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Sincerely, Happy Birthday Harry!

    by Boborci

  • Dec. 20, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Micmacs trailer looks even better than expected

    by L. Ron Bumquist

  • Dec. 23, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Kick Ass..a modern Mystery Men?

    by Texbear2000

    only rated R ...yawn,,,,