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BUTT-NUMB-A-THON: THE DIRTY DOZENTH - pre-submission post! All the details!

Hey folks, Harry here… with a little thing called BUTT-NUMB-A-THON: THE DIRTY DOZENTH… Right up front – the application page is not yet active. That won’t happen for a couple of days – as the brilliant folks at the Drafthouse read this page and set up all the fields. And prep the server. Heh. However – I’m getting ahead of myself. For you noobs, you’re probably wondering, what silly thing Harry is talking about. What is this… BUTT-NUMB-A-THON? First off, for brevity’s sake – we refer to it as BNAT – and people who attend are known as BNATTERS – and mostly this isn’t a Jewish cult. It is pronounced BEE-GNAT, however people in Minnesota refer to it as “buh-GNAT” – but they're wonderfully silly folks that voted for “The Body” & Mr Franken… god bless em. No, BNAT is this event I created 12 years ago. It was created to support THE SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CLUB that has provided the young burgeoning kiddies of Austin with a window into cool film that otherwise, they may never of had. Seeing films that are not always necessarily KIDS movies, but movies that KIDS will love if you just expose them to it. Films like ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES, FORBIDDEN PLANET, The Harryhausen & George Pal flicks and well – ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and tons more. BNAT sponsors exclusively this series – and the money that BNAT makes pays for the cost of BNAT + THE SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CLUB’s budget for the year. This is something that every BNATTER can be proud of. It started when Tim League goaded me into coming up with my own insane 24 hour crazed party around the time of my birthday – AND for only the 3rd time in BNAT history – BNAT gets started on my birthday, DECEMBER 11th and ends on Tom Joad’s birthday, DECEMBER 12th. The specific times will be decided once programming tightens up – last year it was a bit more than 24 hours – but I didn’t hear a complaint. Giggle. What is the BNAT event itself? Well, that is an individual evaluation… it means different things to different people. I know people that have literally had their lives changed forever from BNAT. On purely surface level, it is a 24 Hour Telluride-esque event where all the titles are kept in strict confidence between Tim League and Myself. Now here’s the rub with BNAT – the programming is pretty much aligned with my own fetishistic love of all genres, all kinds of film. But I want to warn you. If you do not love classic cinema. If that’s just what the old farts love, fine. Don’t apply. We will have some Black & White films – and they will most likely be the best films you’ll see on a screen this year. But, You’ll also see some spectacular new wonders. Last year we were proud to unveil the highest grossing films of Martin Scorsese and James Cameron in advance of release… With Scorsese’s SHUTTER ISLAND it was months early – a true honor. We also had what is likely to go down as the most amazing screening of a work print we’ve ever had – with KICK ASS which sent the audience to Valhalla. Just one of the most awesome energetic screenings ever. But compare that with the live music presentation of Murnau’s FAUST with Graham Reynolds blowing the audience’s minds as Murnau destroyed their souls. So amazing. Or that pristine digital presentation of THE RED SHOES complements of Scorsese. It was such a great year. Now it is my job to live up to it, to disappoint or to just flat out destroy! I am the destroyer. Now, the reason you are all here. HOW DO I GET INTO BUTT-NUMB-A-THON: THE DIRTY DOZENTH? There is an application process to be granted permission to purchase your ticket. Why? It began initially due to folks camping multiple days out front of the Alamo Drafthouse for tickets – and with the online tickets disappearing in moments. I wanted to create a ticketing process that would allow a fair process to create what I feel is the perfect audience for 24 hours of film. The audience is made up of people that submit their answers to a series of questions. In recent years I’ve begun having the questions play with the Promotional Theme of BNAT – This year – being #12, I decided should be themed to THE DIRTY DOZEN – since there’s more fun to be had doing that – than say… 12 ANGRY MEN or my other options. In the next couple of days – the submission page will be going LIVE. Now this isn’t a first come first served sort of affair. THINK about your answers. BUTT-NUMB-A-THON is a celebration of film fandom and I need to sense that from you. But if you’re not hardcore – sensing an openness to an experience is always good. Half of the audience will be chosen from Austinites & the surrounding vicinity. The other half will be from all over the planet. The top & most hardcore aspiring film worshippers. This is their Mecca – and I endeavor to have it live up to that. SO first… I posted on my Twitter feed that if I was evil, I would claim that I hid a link somewhere on my site to BNAT ADMISSIONS. This was true, but it was extremely difficult. It linked to a special BNAT email address that I hid in my last DVD column of 2005 - those lucky and doggedly Sherlockian Six still must fill out an application, FOR YEARBOOK PURPOSES – but they don’t have to wait till Nov 1st to see if they got in. SO CONGRATS those who have been emailed. And here’s what everyone must do: Your Photo: Every year we will have a YEARBOOK – where every attendee and some of their answers will be included – as a keepsake – so you can remember your BNAT12 Class of 2010. Some people get every face signed. SO…. The Photo… Since the theme is THE DIRTY DOZEN… and to become a member of the DIRTY DOZEN you had to essentially be someone that has committed some manner of a crime, that’s punishment was The Death Penalty. SO… What I am asking you folks to do is to create a photograph – that shows YOU (CLEARLY) reenacting a Crime that you feel should be punishable by death, in a playful manner. We all have those pet peeves that when we see people do them, in some dark corner of our brain, we feel should be punishable by death. -- Bonus if you do so in some manner of military look. Special Bonus if it is Vintage Military. BUT – if your CRIME is awesome, the military aspect is sheer bonus points, but if the crime is lame, a uniform won’t help. You must submit a photo. It is required for multiple reasons – mainly because it could have something to do with your Badge (if that’s what we do this year) and the YEARBOOK. Now – here are the twenty questions you must answer to get in. Some are themed to the DIRTY DOZEN – others are basic get to know you questions. And just to be clear – the theme film has never once played at BNAT – though we do do hijinks from time to time. Every person coming must submit their application. 1. Your Full Name (middle names too) 2. The Full Names of those you’re submitting with. (This is so I know who they are so they get in, and for seating purposes. If this is blank, I assume you are alone. Remember - Large numbers are difficult to get in because seating is so limited, but 2-3 are not frowned upon generally) 3. Why did your parents name you what they named you? 4. Where do you live the majority of the year? And where will you be traveling from to attend BNAT this year? 5. Craziest Mission You’ve Ever Been On? 6. Why do you have a crush on GEORGE KENNEDY? (Note: Everyone has a crush on him whether you know it or not.) 7. Who would you rather be punched in the face by: Lee Marvin, Clint Walker, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Robert Ryan, John Cassavetes, Jim Brown, Charles Bronson or Ernest Borgnine – and why? 8. Special Bonus Video Question: Submit the YouTube url to you singing the jingle to the old Charles Bronson MANDOM commercial. (These may appear at BNAT) (Special Bonus means it isn't a REQUIRED component) (Also - if you answered #2 with having friends come - y'all can all sing together if that makes you comfortable) 9. Now Dick Miller is one of this nation’s greatest character actors of all time, though – like his lack of credit in THE DIRTY DOZEN – he goes unrecognized. How do you feel Dick Miller should be honored? What is a fitting tribute to such a god? 10. Director Robert Aldrich teamed up with Ralph Meeker in 1955’s KISS ME DEADLY – if you have seen this movie, tell me your favorite moment in the film & why. (A blank answer here will be frowned upon, so do what you can to see it. I promise – you’ll soon see why it is one of Robert Rodriguez & mine’s favorite films to chat about. 11. THE DIRTY DOZEN get treated to a night of whoring it up before going on their Kobayashi Maru. If sent on a certain death mission, what is the one thing you would have to do, before dying heroically? 12. Obviously LEE MARVIN is a deity. What is your favorite Lee Marvin film & why should it play BUTT-NUMB-A-THON some year? 13. Tell my your Jim Brown fantasy? 14. WHY DO YOU DESERVE ADMISSION TO BUTT-NUMB-A-THON: THE DIRTY DOZENTH? 15. Name your top 3 hopes for a vintage film at BNAT & your top 3 hopes for yet unreleased films you are dreaming of seeing at this year’s BNAT? 16. Your Email Address & Twitter handle 17. Your preferred Shirt Size 18. How many times have you submitted to BNAT, How many times have you attended? 19. Why is SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD the most rewatchably awesome film in the history of 2010? 20. Last Question… How would you humiliate Jeff “the Jew” Mahler this year? Once the submission page goes live – I’ll post – and notify folks via Twitter & Facebook & Myspace – along with a new fresh story on AICN to it going live. But I wanted y’all to have a head start thinking about your answers for a couple days before submitting. They will be due by Halloween – with THE LIST – being announced by me at some point after I recover from my Halloween Party on November 1st. If you’re planning a trip – know that on Friday, December 10th – we’ll most likely be having a great shindig at the fabulous HIGH BALL – and that we have been known to sometimes have screenings around the time of BNAT sometimes on a Sunday night or Monday night. Can’t say for sure yet, that that will be the case, but sometimes… it happens. Just saying. SO – that’s the BNAT process this year. HAVE FUN WITH IT FIRST AND FOREMOST!

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  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8 p.m. CST


    by Nordling

    Can't wait!

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Of course...

    by drew mcweeny

    ... Nordling is first. As it should be.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:09 p.m. CST


    by lessthanmensa

    Harry's clarification of BNAT's pronunciation ("Bee-Gnat") made me laugh.<p>Bee Guh-Nat. I know, I'm an asshole.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by lessthanmensa

    Even better!

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I sat next to Moriarty for 24 hours once.

    by Hercules

    He smells like lilacs.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    The Wallace


    So is there a way to apply for 2 tickets or can you only apply for one? What if I got a ticket, and my roommate doesn't? Making the trip to Texas alone would kind of suck...

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    It's true

    by drew mcweeny

    And Hercules smells like comic book backing boards and fresh-baked cookies.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by Count3D

    I'm going to have fun filling this out! Thanks, Harry! :D

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    The Wallace


    I pay attention to Question #2 - no individual will be admitted without the names included in question #2. I am very careful about that. Remember to try to keep your numbers low

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I cannot wait to take this picture...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Although, driving to the coast so that I could take photos of my wife and I as Moses and the Pharaoh while perched on a large piece of driftwood was pretty fun too. <p> And... here we go. <p> BTW... I started a Wikipedia page a couple years ago with all the films that have played BNAT in the past for reference. Those of us in the live journal group have fought tooth and nail to keep it up from pesky Wiki editors... it's great to get a look at some of the stuff we've seen. The vintage films are some of my most favorie (seeing Jacqueline Bisset in a University of Oregon t-shirt -- my alma mater! -- last year during "Le Magnifique" almost made me piss my pants... and I will never, ever get those final images from "Farewell Uncle Tom" out of my head... BECAUSE YOU ARE WHITE!!). <p> Good luck to all who apply... here is the link to the list of previous BNAT films on Wikipedia:

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    coming all the way from Italy ...

    by caipirina

    maybe for the dirty thirteenth :) .. this year I took out my 'travel without family for a goofy event' allowance on that Jon Stewart rally :)

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Instead of goofy ...

    by caipirina

    I should have said 'event my wife does not understand' (Hey Harry, mine is Japanese, too :)

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:44 p.m. CST

    BNAT 11

    by realJWade

    was so awesome, we moved to Austin. Hope to see you all again at BNAT 12.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by J Skell


  • Oct. 14, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST


    by Ben_Fucking_Affleck

    That is all!

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 9:15 p.m. CST

    can't wait

    by CooGuy


  • Oct. 14, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I'll show a little leg

    by NippleEffect

    nothin above the knee though<p> That's as far as i go

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I can't go this year, but let me tell you...

    by John Maddening

    ...I will hunt down each and every one of you losers that sleeps through a film and I will blow your damn house up. Same goes for you jerks who goes out to the lobby because one of the movies is offensive to you, or you find it gross, or boring, or whatever. Shut up and take it. <br><br> There are thousands of people that apply for a few hundred seats. If you make it in, don't squander this chance.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Do you have to pay for tickets?

    by The Dum Guy

    If not, are homeless people welcome?

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    The Dum Guy

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Yes...everybody who gets in buys tickets. The proceeds fund Harry's awesome kids film series in Austin. A very worthy cause!

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    ** Harry: have you ever considered taking suggestions? **

    by Monroville

    Not too much; just maybe one title per person, and if something catches your eye or you haven't seen in awhile (and just wonder how the audience would react in a fun way). Like THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN or LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH. RITUALS would be another good one.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    And it would still be worth it...

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    We're within three BNATS of having to fight each other for tickets, retiarius vs. secutor, as Harry drinks unicorn blood from a horned skull goblet.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by hippolyta

    I think you have your crime punishable by death right there.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    bnat! gnat!

    by hippolyta

    it's like that episode of the smurfs when the one imposter smurf could only say "gnat! gnat!" now all I can say is bnat! bnat!!!!

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST


    by SamoX19

    does it have to be one that is actually illegal now or just something that we think should be illegal and incur the death penalty?

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    So much amazing in this annoucement Harry

    by smallerdemon

    :) Thank you. Such great questions. Looking forward to fantastic vintage films on the big screen... uh, you know, if I get in and all.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Going for it

    by Aphex Twin

    I have yet to attend a BNAT, for the past few years the timing was horrendous for me to attend though. This year I intend to shoot for a spot on the list. I want just one BNAT before I shuffle off this mortal coil.

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST

    I really like the Scott Pilgrim question

    by ConfusedPanda

    As someone who has never applied to go, I have still recognize every year how much Harry emphasizes the need to be open to films of different eras and genres. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World is a great example of a quality movie that many people were not open to this year. We had literally hundreds of talkbackers at even this site dismissing it months ahead of time. Even after many people saw the movie and tried to spread word of its quality, the closed minded continued to dismiss it. Although I remember seeing a few, there were very few talkbackers that actually said, "So, I did give the movie a chance and..." So, I praise you on your question design, and I simply hope you're prepared for being heckled about sleeping through Inception when you supposedly are able to stay awake for 24 hours of film. If I were you, I probably would have mocked myself about that incident either in an application question or the theme of the event.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 12:48 a.m. CST


    by KCMOSHer

    So...about how much are the tickets? I'm poor as a church mouse, don't want to apply and maybe win if I just win up having to drop out because the tickets are like $150 or something.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST

    tickets cost

    by JohnGaltShrugged

    somewhere in the 60-80$ range if I remember correctly

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    It was about $73 each last year...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    and some change. Beyond worth it.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    A BNAT vetern speaks out...

    by fathergeek

    I've been to all eleven and had a blast at all of them... Harry loosely based these these on his childhood B-day parties from age 3-11 that had 16mm films shown combined with my Austin Fantasy Film Fest presentations back in the mid 1970s where we showed vintage and contempory flicks in 16mm back to back 24 hours a day for up to 3 days in a row at Austin hotel grand ballrooms including the Stephen F. Austin @ Congress & 7th street... remember that was before video tape or laser disc or DVD, it was a big deal, our audiences were between 1000 & 1500 film fan-addicts. Harry was promoted as honorary chairman at the third of these. AICN's Roland DeNoie's dad attended two and Merrick (Glen Oliver) attended one with his father sci-fi author Chad Oliver, a guest of honor @ one in July of 76.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    One important question! Seriously!

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    I'm planning to apply this year and IF I become a chosen one, it's possible that I'm just passing through. Don't get me wrong, I will be there from the beginning to (I hope) the end (at least I will be in Austin a full day), but when I arrive, I'm coming straight from the airport and afterwards I might have to catch another plane. Because this is gonna be a longer trip, BNAT will be "just" a stopover. I won't even pick a hotel for my stay in Austin. Why should I? I spend 24 hours in a movie theatre! Anyway, my question is, is there a place where I could put my luggage? I heard people bring backpacks to BNAT anyway, but I also might have to bring a suitcase or two, which might be a little bit too much for a movie theatre. Is there a wardrobe-ish, safe place to keep them there?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    You raised Harry well, FatherGeek...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    I think it's awesome that you brought him up immersed with your love of film, comics, memorabilia, etc. Just very, very cool.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    hope hope hope

    by mcavity

    this will be my third or 4th attempt to get in! havent managed it yet and even done the stand by line three times! I'm going to need some luck!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3 a.m. CST


    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    You most definitely want to get there for check-in, or else someone on standby would get your seat. <p> Apart from that, you can bring a bag into BNAT, but no electronics. I wouldn't count on there being any place to store your stuff. <p> However... BNATters are a cool bunch. If you did get in, you could always ask around on the Facebook/Twitter/LiveJournal groups and someone would help you figure out a place to put your stuff during BNAT. We take care of our own. <p> Focus on your application now... worry about the logistics if you get in. Best of luck.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST

    A GEEK thrill from one of those old AFFF shows...

    by fathergeek

    I think you may get a kick out of... About 11:45 pm on a Saturday night during the 75 hour fest at the 1st of two S.F. Austin hotel shows we did I get a note calling me out of the main screening room of three we ran there. Upset at being called out of the middle of the great "Seventh Voyage of Sinbad" I suddenly find myself standing face to face with the lovely Kathrine Grant (Mrs. Bing Crosby) decked out in gold coctail attire in the hotel lobby. She had just finished a live show next door at Austin's 1916 built Paramont Threatre. We had no idea that it was happening. Someone told her when she came back to her room that Sinbad was showing in the hotel. She wanted my permission to stand in the rear of the room and watch the climax of her early film starring role. I lead her up to the main ballroom, our projectionist had her sign one of the film's metal reels... the attending geeks went crazy. A total suprise, totally unplanned, a triumph!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Bob Loblaw

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Thanks for the info. I was just asking, because like I said, Austin (and BNAT) would only be a stopover on a real two weeks trip to Toronto. I would come from Germany, grab a taxi to the Drafthouse, stay at BNAT and then back to the airport and to Toronto. (Although to be honest, it isn't really sure if the Toronto trip is save, so I would probably end up with BNAT only [if I end up with anything] and don't have that hassle.) No, I can't do anything un-complicated :D

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 3:58 a.m. CST



    If you get in - joining one of the BNAT communities would probably get you picked up from the Airport. I know a lot of locals help out as best they can. Really is a crazy community. People friggin adopt people. Seriously. Feels like the 1950's with crazy future movies.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    1950's with crazy future movies.

    by TheNorthlander

    That's a place and time and dimension I want to go when I die.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 4:45 a.m. CST


    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Last year, I met up with some people in line... after FIVE minutes of talking, they trusted me enough to ask me if they could leave some stuff in my car during BNAT. Of course, I said yes and made sure they got their stuff before I left. <p> You'll find, if you're so blessed to attend, that the BNAT crowd is a very giving, friendly bunch. I bet 1/4 of my Twitter friends are from BNAT... no joke.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:01 a.m. CST


    by TheNorthlander

    You REALLY wnat to be there for the before and after parties. Make the extra effort. BNAT is not just about watching movies, it's above all a social event.<br>You meet other cool and weird people and make friends for life. During the actual BNAT you have a few minutes waiting in line, then 5 minutes between every movie, then most people go home to nap before after partying. There won't be time to talk to anyone about the movies as they're showing and there's NO going out to talk during a film or skipping a film or leaving early. Empty seats are not cool when demand is so high and supply so low.<br>So you really wanna hang around and do the social bits before and after. Believe me it's worth it. Bnatters are the greatest. Austin is amazing and the food in Texas is worthy of Valhalla.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Being Scandinavian

    by TheNorthlander

    You can trust me on the Valhalla part.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Suck everyone has to lie on #19

    by DonaldKaufman

    its bullshit that harrys forcing his opinion on everyone. Just because its your birthday doesnt mean everyone needs to suck up.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    AKA: Pure Torture to see a couple of movies early

    by MelGibsonsRacialTirade

    That's what BNAT would be for me. It would be physically impossible for me to spend that kind of time in a theater. I have terrible ADD. I cant even watch a movie at home in one sitting. I almost always have to pause it and do something else and come back to it later. It's kind of annoying....well, it's really annoying. I just have to constantly change what I'm doing. I couldnt imaging 24 hours in a theater. I'd go crazy.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST


    by SonicRiver

    I had to spend 30 hours flying up and back to BNAT from Australia last year, and I can't tell you how much it was worth it. It's not just about the individual films, but also about how they work together. Like TheNorthlander said,(who btw is a seriously impressive dude), you meet really cool and amazing people that are super friendly and do awesome stuff. There were famous actors there, indie directors, and really hardcore fans. The cool thing is that there are no egos on show there. Harry is a damn effective judge of character. <p> So, believe me. You would enjoy yourself if you got the chance.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Bob Loblaw & Harry

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Sounds seriously awesome. I haven't booked any flight yet (like I said, it's not even 100% sure if my Toronto trip comes together), but if I do, I will now make sure to have a bigger time window for the stuff before and after BNAT. (Of course only if I'll be chosen.)

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Got in once and couldnt attend

    by CaseyMcCall

    That will probably mean I don't stand a chance to ever get in again... Shucks.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Hells Yes

    by Muldoon

    Scott Pilgrim better screen at bnat... why not? Bam can't wait to fill this one out.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 7:25 a.m. CST

    For all you out of staters..

    by Aaronthenia

    Just be sure to try local Mexican cuisine while in Texas. It is phenomenal and I urge you to give it a try, you won't be dissapointed. Hope to be there and good luck to all.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to finally take a crack at it this year

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Yay! Austin is fun.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST


    by smallerdemon

    Join the LiveJournal or Facebook BNAT groups and just arrange with someone ahead of time to leave your stuff in their car. BNATters are all about helping each other out. It's very much a community.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Muldoon - SPvTW

    by smallerdemon

    Ditto re Scott Pilgirm, sir. Infinitely re-watchable; on the big screen especially. "FIGHT!" Owning a system to playback SPvTW on Blu-Ray in HighDef has literally been one of the big things driving me to get up every morning and work on finding a new job in a more affordable place to live. I need to be able to see SPvTW on the big screen at any moment.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    You all know what this is ...

    by rodnunley

    This is the greatest time of the year. Not only do I love BNAT but god help me I love the anticipation before hand. I love talking to everyone about it. I love the speculation. Seriously it's the only time of the year that I feel like a kid again.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Harry forgot number 21!

    by coconutgroves

    Number 21 is telling Harry to EAT SHIT for making you answer and do all those stupid fucking questions.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Any chance that Elijah Wood won't be selected???

    by moorE12

    Or does anyone who is Hollywood automatically get in. And don't feed me some bullshit line about how even Wood has to fill out an application. On another topic I have never applied but I am going to try really hard this year. The main problem is that BNAT always falls during Finals, and this is certainly a problem.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Hmm, guess I can't apply...

    by UCB Agent1

    Because "Inception" was a more rewarding re watchable experience than Scott Pilgrim. Don't get we wrong, I liked Scott Pilgrim a lot, but I didn't find the second viewing as rewarding as the first. Second time through "Inception" I was sure it was the best movie of the year. I would love to go, but I don't have the time this year. Maybe BNAT 13.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Sonic River!! (and to lesser extent, coconutgroves)

    by Grendy

    Hello!I didn't know how to reach you after last year. Are you going to apply this year, too? Me= Holly {girl w/purple hair} from Atlanta. Coconutgroves... you're an asshat and you just need to not post on this TB. Don't be such a jerkface and maybe one day, if you apply, Harry will chose you. Last night I fell asleep trying to plan both outfit and crime, and wondering if I can get some police officers I know in Atlanta to be a part of it, for my application. This time of year is crazy exciting to me and literally hundreds of other film fans out there all over the world. I've made some great friends from BNAT and AICN's chatroom over the past 11 years, and I hope, if I'm fortunate enough, to make more this year at BNAT 12.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by BlaGyver

    Elijah Wood DOES. Harry basically posted his submission last year.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I saw Kiss Me Deadly in the theater this summer

    by mr.underwater

    Definitely a better time at the movies than Inception...<br><br>Just sayin...

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    MoorE12... it's true

    by Grendy

    Wood's gotta apply like everyone else. And, based on his mad Karaoke performance (w/ The Rza, Tim, Nacho Vilagando and others) at Fantastic Fest, I'd say he's just as big of a cinephile as the rest of us.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:13 a.m. CST

    thats WAY too much work

    by lostboytexas

    lets talk ca$h headgeek! name your price

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST

    And regardless of the quality of the application...

    by BlaGyver

    Can we just be fair about something? If Elijah Wood wanted to come to your birthday party, you'd probably let him come.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    E.Wood and Harry

    by Grendy

    ...they've been friends since Robert Rodriguez' film The Faculty. It was shot in Austin and they became pals. Are you going to complain that Moriarty (Drew) still wants to come to BNAT? He no longer works for the site, but as Harry's friend it's his choice who to allow. If you didn't know Elijah's works, you wouldn't care. Since he's famous it puts your panties in a bunch. That's silly.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry!!

    by loc420

    What if I haven't seen some of the movies that you've mention? Would it be ok if I rent them and watch them and come back and try to answer the question. I love films but sometimes BNAT sounds intimidating lol. But I would love to attend and discover different films that I would have never gotten the chance to watch. PLus, it sounds like Austin is a beautiful city to be.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by DavidDunn

    Does this year's picture need to be exclusive to the shoulders and up to keep it yearbook style? I was wondering about that so I can know how sick, sexy and big I can get with my crime scene...

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry!


    Totally missed that. got over excited and just read the questions to get accepted.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 12:43 p.m. CST

    D.VADER should get 2 free tickets, no application

    by Squalidae


  • Oct. 15, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    73 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Hey Moriarty...

    by Grendy

    I would have been second, but my ipod touch wouldn't let me log in for some reason. stupid wi-fi I didn't pay for. I know it's a minor issue... but I wanted to say 'second' in a less loud and clear voice. Classic film love expressed today. Saw METROPOLIS (w/ extra footage) last night in ATL, bought MONDO's poster for same today! Seeing it at BNAT a few years ago was awesome w/ the Moroder soundtrack which my brother had on cassette in the '80's...and I got a copy of the cd of it for Xmas that year from an attentive boyfriend. It's like he knows me or something.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    oh sweet baby jesus!

    by yabory

    i like it when it's dirty!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST


    by Bobba Phat

    Should I get excited, put effort into trying to get tickets, rearrange my schedule to show up and have fun? Or should I be a bitter troll, insult Harry, criticize the event (and selection process), and then sit at home the weekend of Bee Gnat and wait for the updates detailing what movies played? Tough choice... In all seriousness, though, sounds like a blast, Harry!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    12 Angry Men

    by SmokieGeezer

    Just watched this great flick, You should play this picture. How about that? EG Marshall who knelt before Zod was in this too.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    So what if you genuinely didn't enjoy Scott Pilgrim?

    by savagedave

    Automatic disqualification?

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    This would be incredible

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    I live in a pretty lame town in central British Columbia that is not friendly to film or people that love film, I am in a very small minority. Never been to Austin but have always wanted to check out the Alamo Drafthouse followed by some BBQ at The Salt Lick which I hear is phenomenal. It would so suck balls if I requested vacation days off from work to attend and didn't make the cut so it seems like too much of a risk to apply... arg... dilemma!!

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 11:38 p.m. CST

    I'll be there Harry!

    by HornyForHarry

    I got a seat right next to yours.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by Dr.Ducks

    I'm watching The Dirty Dozen right now. I don't think Harry is policing your dvd player. I'm just saying...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    BNAT vs Nuke The Fridge Con

    by daveli91

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by SonicRiver

    After sheer awesomeness of Bnat1138, nothing in the universe will stop me from trying to get in again. If you want to contact me, my twitter is at

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST


    by benlinus

    While this sounds like a blast, why the fuck would I have a "Jim Brown fantasy" or a "crush on George Kennedy" what the fuck are you talking about?

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by TheNorthlander

    He wrote that to make everyone think you're gay.<br>It's a conspiracy.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Grendy - I don't care to go

    by coconutgroves

    It just amuses me what Lord of the Nerds puts you geeks through. He is an elitist nerd and what is asked for to join proves it. $20 says you approach Harry on the street and he'd ignore you. He thinks he Geek Royalty.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    What if I don't have a twitter handle?

    by Squalidae

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST



    Really - only time I ignore geeks, is when I'm on an emergency run to the bathroom. Otherwise, I love talking with fellow geeks.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Sounds like fun...

    by Batguy

    ...but I can't afford to go. Would it be possible for Capone and me to start a Chicago BNAT??? I'm gonna try to save up for 13...

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    The picture will keep me out! That sucks!

    by Hookman

    In real life I am a criminal court judge...something tells me taking a picture of me reenacting a crime punishable by death isn't going to sit well with the voters....

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Hope this is the year

    by lookingatanace

    I am posting to say that Harry is a great person, loves kitties, snazzy dresser and can throw one hell of a party. I hope that you invite me this year with all my film geek heart.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 5:28 p.m. CST

    "noobs"? wait, this site still gets new readers?

    by WickedJacob

    i kid, i kid. sort of.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Super impressed with those who foundthe link

    by Bass Ackwards

    I didn't even know there was a hidden link, that had to take some digging.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST



    It doesn't have to be a crime that is punishable by death, but in a JOKEY PLAYFUL MANNER. Like buying up all of a certain toy to make it more valuable in a region, then quadrupling the price... Ticket Scalping in general. Or people driving a car while texting. Or something more evil.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST



    not that many seats.

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Thanks but...

    by Hookman

    while I understand that, it is still a thin line I will be walking...I will have to think on it...I will come up with something....

  • Oct. 16, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by SonicRiver

    You could do wonders with an ill fitting glove. I hope you get in!

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    @headgeek think I'll get in?

    by daftbot

    I've been working on my form since yesterday, getting answers done and I'm working on my MANDOM commercial cover... but what chances do I have of getting in really? I'm willing to fly from San Francisco for this... do I really have a shot?

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST


    by hippolyta

    I live in Toronto, so if it works that we both get into BNAT we can chat about your trip up to the Great White North. Also, you are a brave soul to sit through BNAT jet-lagged from a trans-atlantic flight. And I wouldn't want to be sitting next to you if you haven't showered. Just sayin'

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    This Years Theme

    by NippleEffect

    Bowel Movement

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Harry Rips His Shirt Off

    by NippleEffect

    Screams *This Is Sparta*<br> (lots of spittal)<p> Children it therapy for decades<p> The Free JuJu Beads promotion deemed a success

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    So what did D.Vader do to get banned?

    by KeepFuckingThatChicken

    He was a part of every talkback. Don't ban me for asking! I am just curious.

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    He Ate The Last Piece Of Pizza

    by NippleEffect

    and didn't ask if anyone else wanted it

  • Oct. 17, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Screw Vader. Mourn Melvin_Pelvis

    by NippleEffect

    To Know Him Was To Love Him and To Love Him Was To Know Him<p> A Far Far Greater Man Than I Was Banned That Day

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Who Watches The Watchmen

    by NippleEffect

    Melvin_Pelvis Did

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST


    by NippleEffect

    you mess with Harry<br> You mess with me

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    That's funny you say that Harry

    by coconutgroves

    Because I've ran into you before and had the opposite experience. Plus, I have a friend that's waited on you a few times at a place in Austin. So you might want to double check what you said.

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by Toulon

    Seriously, the current flash cartoon just makes me happy!<p>I'll be applying to BNAT yet again this year, a twinkle in my eye and a hope in my heart!!... or something like that.

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  • Oct. 18, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    This seems like a safe place

    by NippleEffect

    to leave this:

  • Oct. 18, 2010, 8:07 p.m. CST

    70 Days

    by Countdown_to_Vader

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by quentintarantado

    Any chance of exporting this...say to the Philippines?

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Can't chance it man

    by NippleEffect

    I just know that one or both of the centipede movies will be shown<br> Or that fucking serbian flick<p> I can't chance it<br> My parole officer absolutely insists that I stop strangling fat guys in wheel chairs

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 4:55 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry that was awful insensitive of me

    by NippleEffect

    chalorically challenged guys<p> (spell checker went kablooey)

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 5:23 a.m. CST


    by savagedave

    Apologies for omissions.<p>Jehovahs Witness<p>D.Vader<p>RPLocke<p>Six Demon Bag<p>TakingScorpioCalls<p>ChocolateJesusMan<p>Daniel2010<p>Turd_rises_from_the_grave<p>Gabriel_Gr@y<p>nomoredirtyjokespleasewereyanks<p>yourSTEPdaddy<p>MacReady452<p>James_Joyce<p>Scarlett_Johansans_Breast_Milk<p>Cheeses_of_Nazareth<p>PRESIDENT BALTAR<p>paburrows<p>CTM<p>Double_DWhite<p>RJCoolJ<p>Dog_Eat_your_mom<p>Biff85<p>mushroom_borg<p>Stereotypical Evil Archer<p>Virginia_Woolf<p>40VirginsAnd_aMule<p>Melvin_Pelvis

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Like every year

    by NippleEffect

    I expect on of you to give harry a big ol wet kiss<p> You can linger if you want<p> But i expect som smackin

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Why the ban stick am bad

    by NippleEffect

    it's one thing to ban someone<p> it's another to erase history<p> Never been able to reconcile with that<p> It seems totally out of character

  • Oct. 19, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    I dream to attend this, one day

    by Kammich

    Unfortunately, right now I'm just an extremely broke 21-year-old struggling through college and a part time job... no shot at financing or having the time to travel to Austin. So I'm shooting for BNAT 15, when I'll hopefully be out of school and no longer poorer than a blind gypsy. To everyone else involved... from those who set it up, to those who attend: I commend you; you're true film fans and cool mofo's that deserve to have a hell of a time.

  • Oct. 20, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry...

    by HordePrime

    for the bonus video, do we have to be IN the video singing, or can we sing over a bunch of cool Charles Bronson-esque images?

  • Oct. 21, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    By the Fists of Bale

    by Faust_8

    The Fighter damn well better play at BNAT and you mother fuckers had better appreciate the greatness of Lord Bale.