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Nordling takes on BNAT 12 - Drive Angry, Green Hornet, Welles, Sinatra, Tron and more!

Nordling here with my semi-annual (and it's only semi because I missed last year's, but more on that in a moment) Butt-Numb-A-Thon Review! Forgive any misspellings and misuses of grammar - I'm still pretty punchy but I wanted to get this out there regardless before I hit the sack and my rambling mind starts forgetting shit. Hell, that's likely happened already.

This year's write-up requires a little explanation. See, as some of you know about me, I'm a BNAT freak. I bend light around the stars to try to go every year. The camaraderie, the sense of family, the films, and the general love I have for everyone is what really gets me through the year. I don't have it rougher than most. But everyone has that "thing" that makes their life worth living. Mine's my wife, my daughter, films, Ain't It Cool News, and BNAT. Well, last year, the economy really sucked for a lot of people and that kept a few regulars away. As for myself, I got into a fairly devastating auto accident taking my wife and daughter to the dentists. We can't drive for shit on ice in Texas, I was going too fast on an overpass, and there you go. BNAT for 2009, gone, in less than a minute. I was devastated. By all accounts BNAT 11 was a rousing success, and I would have slammed puppies into the sides of trees to have seen THE RED SHOES on the big screen with that crowd. But it wasn't to be.

This year I started rearranging my life in frigging August to make sure that I had the space in my schedule to go. I never take BNAT for granted. Contrary to what many of you believe I apply to BNAT like everyone else. I love Harry, Eric, Cargill, Jeremy, Steven and the rest, and I hate to miss it, obviously, but I go through the entire application process like everyone else. I jump through all the hoops Harry wants all the applicants to jump through, and it's never work for me. Short of making me have my BNAT app picture taken on the Great Wall of China - and don't think it's not crossing his mind as he reads this - I'll bust my ass for the best application possible. It's not in me to do BNAT half-ass.

I wanted to do something special, so I decided to make an Unofficial BNAT Soundtrack to give to everyone that attended. This soundtrack would consist of songs from BNATs past, along with dialogue, trailers, and various other pieces that help make BNAT so wonderful. With the help of Simeon Peebler (@simonfloodfall on Twitter) who helped me with the supplies, and Meghan Murphy (@kawaiinot on Twitter) designing the fucking AMAZING cover art, I made up over a hundred CDs to give away. The set list can be found here: http://community.livejournal.com/bnatters/125577.html, for anyone interested. I worked pretty hard tracking down the various things I wanted for it. From the reactions of everyone, it seems to have went over well, and I really hope you enjoy hearing it as much as I did making it.

Now, I also have an issue that I feel I need to share with people reading this - I'm diabetic, and it's a constant struggle. Now, diabetes attacks people differently - some through their limbs, some through their kidneys. Mine attacks me through my eyes. I have what's called macular edema where my sight has issues because of buildup of fluid behind the retinas. I have to have injections periodically to make these swellings subside. I also have to have laser surgery to shoot the various thin vessels that pop up when you have diabetes. If these vessels happen to burst, well, the doctor told me I'd be begging for him to remove one of my eyes because of the pain and the pressure. This past week or so, I've had to endure both laser surgery and injections and I have to go back next week for more. At one point it was looking like I might not even be able to go again this year because of these issues. Fortunately for me, I got these issues fairly straightened out, and so we packed up and made the trek to Austin for the pre-party. Harry told me then, "You're going to like your seats this year, bud."

So we get to BNAT, and go through the swag - amazing swag as usual - and make our way to our seats. And they're smack dab in the middle, 5th row from the screen. They're literally the best seats in the Alamo Drafthouse, other than Harry's of course. I was tearing up as I thanked him, I don't mind saying. It meant and means a great deal to me. Harry, man... I on't know how to thank you for that. He sat me next to Drew McWeeny, formerly Moriarty of AICN and now of HitFix.com, and it was a genuine joy for me to share BNAT with him and his enthusiasm kept me going throughout the night. Of course we couldn't begin BNAT without our ritual hazing of Jeff Mahler, and this year Harry brought in the stand-up comic Gravy to heckle the shit out of the poor bastard. Jeff kinda got some of us back later that night, though, which I'll get into further down...

Okay, so you're interested in the films. Blah blah personal shit blah blah. Alright then.

Now, this year's theme was MANDOM. The sheer best things in life about being a Dude. So it was totally appropriate to start with the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, and TRUE GRIT. TRUE GRIT is amazing. One of the best Coen Brothers films yet. I honestly don't know how I would need to sell this to you. If I have to sell it, this isn't meant for you anyway. Hailee Steinfeld turns in a stellar performance, one that deserves to be rewarded. One of the best child performances ever. Shot by the glorious Roger Deakins (the BNAT audience is one of the few audiences that applauds when cinematographers show up on screen) and written with dialogue that melts like butter on the tongue, TRUE GRIT is sure to be remembered Oscar-time.

Next up was LE SAMOURAI, a film by the amazing Jean-Pierre Melville and starring Alain Delon in a performance that launched a thousand imitators from America to Hong Kong. Much of the film is a kind of tonal piece, but I really loved it. I had never seen it before on the big screen, so seeing it with this crowd was terrific.

Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen have made some of the greatest musicals of all time, and ON THE TOWN is no different. Shot in New York in mostly outdoor settings, it's a different aesthetic than some might be used to for musicals of this type. Starring Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and the lovely Ann Miller (I must say she was getting some serious ogling from myself and most of the other guys in the audience), it's the story of three sailors on a 24-hour furlough into New York City and the mischief they get themselves into trying to find dates and pursue a particular girl throughout the city. I was smiling throughout this entire film. I adored it. I don't get the distaste that some people have for musicals myself. I love when Harry plays them and getting a Gene Kelly musical was especially wonderful. Probably my favorite vintage film of the night.

Next up was Errol Flynn, Olivia De Havilland and a young Ronald Reagan in SANTA FE TRAIL, a really well-made Western about the fighting of abolitionists in Kansas (yeah, you read that right). As well made as this film is, and as much as I enjoyed it, the message of SANTA FE TRAIL seemed to be that the issue of slavery didn't deserve to have a war fought over it. Raymond Massey plays John Brown as an utter religious psychopath, killing people as he saw fit to get his way. I do like the idea that the film seemed to present that although slavery was morally wrong and that people who fought against slavery were fighting a good fight, there's a certain moral ambiguity to the characters that couldn't be painted over with broad strokes. For all of Flynn's charm, he was advocating for an abhorrent way of life, and Massey's insane character was a murdering villain who yet was morally right in a way.

See, my punchy mind can't be sure if we saw the first 40 minutes of COWBOYS AND ALIENS at this point or later in the program, but fuck it, I'm writing about it now. Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci, and Ron Howard brought this unfinished piece to BNAT and without going into spoilers I'll simply say that this movie is going to fucking ROCK. Favreau has done something that can simply not be repaid - he brought Harrison Ford back. And not just stuck him into the film, either. He's fucking BACK. He gives a rich, layered, complex performance - as complex as movies of this type can be, anyway - and he commands attention as soon as he takes the screen. Who knows, he may even get recognized for it by the Academy. I don't want to be hyperbolic, but holy shit, he's so engaged here and for those of us disappointed in CRYSTAL SKULL this was an ass-kicking that we've been looking for since MOSQUITO COAST. Hell, maybe since BLADE RUNNER.

Gore Verbinski's 8 minutes of RANGO were next, and this looks charming and fun as hell. It also has a Western aesthetic to it, and the scene they showed was strakingly beautiful visually. This one looks like a lot of fun for next year.

Next was David Russell's THE FIGHTER, starring Mark Wahlberg and the phenomenal Christian Bale as the Ward brothers, Mickey and Dicky. Dicky's claim to fame was that he knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard, but it's not clear whether he was knocked down or tripped. Either way, it's probably the greatest moment in Dicky's life, and so Dicky trains Mickey to be the next great fighter of the family. Dicky's problem is that he's a drug addict (being followed by an HBO camera crew doing a doc on addiction no less) and Mickey isn't winning the fights because Dicky keeps thumping out on him. When Mickey breaks from his family (Melissa Leo plays their mother, and she's amazingly great in it, but I adored the performance of Jack McGee as the dad) to train on his own and sees a new girlfriend (Amy Adams) it causes rifts in his family that may be beyond repair. This is a great film, with great performances everywhere in the thing. Wahlberg is a good fucking actor. There, I said it. Give him the right part, the right director, and he can do amazing things.

Next up - the great Charles Laughton in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, in a beautiful print. A fucking certified classic, what can I say about this movie that hasn't been said before? If you haven't seen it yet, do so. One of the great film classics of all time.

This next print was extraordinarily hard to get. Apparently only one print exists right now (I think? Not sure) and it's not on DVD anywhere. It's Orson Welles' CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, his Falstaff Shakespearean mash-up with himself and John Gielgud. I can't claim to be a Shakespearean scholar or anything, but I do enjoy his plays. This one felt long to me, and I'd probably put this in the slot of "interesting failure." Maybe it was the time of night or just my caffeine-addled mind, but this wasn't clicking for me. Like I said, it's an interesting film, and I'm glad i had the opportunity to see it.

Our next film was a film genre that had never played BNAT before, stand-up comedy. We got RICHARD PRYOR'S LIVE AND IN CONCERT fro 1979, and seeing it like this was like hearing it for the first time. Drew and I were rolling on this one. C'mon, it's Richard Pryor, dude could make separating socks funny. Seeing this film with the company I had was easily one of the highlights of BNAT for me.

Now, I can't review GREEN HORNET in any real detail. I'd like to. In fact, if I were to write it up with any real specificity this would be the longest of these reviews. But I feel i must say this. Although this is being released in January, traditionally a dump-month for the studios, I must insist that this isn't a dump kind of film. I have no idea what kind of box office this will make. But this was for me the most pleasant surprise of all the premieres at BNAT. I really, really loved THE GREEN HORNET, and all I can say to you is that I urge you to see it with an open mind and and prepare to have a metric fuck-ton of fun with it. I'm not bullshitting saying this, not trying to get into anyone's good graces. An honest assessment of THE GREEN HORNET - it's really fucking good.

Can't tell you the next film I saw. I won't even hint at it with a mock title. It's likely been spoiled online anyway but it won't be by me. I'll just say this - it gave me exactly what I expected it would, and gave me what I wanted it to, and I laughed my ass off through most of it, which had to be the filmmakers' intention. That's it.

Next was DRIVE ANGRY in 3D. I can't really review this with any real detail either, but that's because I was starting to hit the wall physically at this time and kept having to go to the bathroom. I will say that these guys - who did MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D - do nudity and gore in spectacular 3D fashion, and that William Fichtner was the fucking shit in it, my favorite performance in the film.

After DRIVE ANGRY was finished (and Jeff Mahler threw a bunch of rubber penises at us, one of which hit me in the head - I like you too Jeff, hehehe) we were hauled out of the theater and put onto buses to the IMAX theater to see - you guessed it, TRON: LEGACY. I hate to end my BNAT review on a down note, I really do. I love the original TRON. Fucking ADORE it. I think the ony person that supersedes my enthusiasm for it is Harry and maybe the Tron Guy. As a sequel to one of my favorite childhood films, this is not the film I wanted to see, and you can take my negative review of it in that light. I loved the Daft Punk score, I loved much of the visuals, and up until Sam finally catches up with his dad I was really with the film. But once the explanations start coming the film lost me in a way that never got me back. See, my problem with TRON: LEGACY is the same problem THE PHANTOM MENACE has - the story just isn't very good. What story there is of it, anyway. Even the character of Tron is used in a pretty crappy way. Visually, it's amazing - although I prefer the look of the original film, retro though it may be - but that's not enough. I was really disappointed in TRON: LEGACY, but I'm glad I saw it and don't let my negative viewpoint keep you from seeing it.

Alright, thanks yous in order - Harry Knowles, Drew McWeeny, Christopher Cargill, the mighty Tim League, Eric Vespe, Aaron Morgan, Devin Faraci, Simeon Peebler, Meghan Murphy, Paul Gandersman, the glorious Alamo Drafthouse staff (we're really sorry for all the fleshlights and rubber dicks, really), and I'm sure I'm forgetting things in this 2ish A.M. write-up. Just know that this was easily in the top three BNATs for me. I thought it was terrifically great. All the world loves a lover, indeed. I'm so thankful for sharing this great past couple of days with everyone I met and hung out with this year, and hopefully I will see you all next year!

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  • Dec. 13, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Is this site defunct now?

    by thinboyslim.

    Is the real AICN at a new domain? Surely this isn't the real site, it looks like a pre-schooler knocked it up during his allocated computer hour.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Gotta go to one of those some day

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Yep, gotta go, sounds like a blast

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    perhaps next year

    by aabiohazard1972

    due to work (ARMY) I was unable to set the needed time aside to do this event properly; that being said I eargerly await next year where I will gladly jump thru whatever hoops Harry manages to create, and I am putting my leave request in now. see you hopefully next year.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Awesome Write Up

    by Oldmangomer

    I love the soundtrack. I was one of the lucky two that got in via standbye line this year. It's my third BNAT and it's also my favorite.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Nice Reviews...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...and for once I don't mind a little personal info. It's no wonder movies mean so much to you. Now, having said that - NEED TO SEE TRUE GRIT AND COWBOYS AND ALIENS NOW.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    "Blah Blah-

    by Ladonite

    -site's lame, blah blah." I've seen it before on other sites, some douchebags just can't help but complain about change. Get over it! I'm curious as to what film wasn't mentioned!

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Can this be true? Can GREEN HORNET be good?

    by AsimovLives

    If Green Hornet is as good as the reviewer claims to be, then i have to say that Martin Campbel must be some kind of alchimist. He can turn what might be potential disasters and turns them into damn good movies. Most case in point, he turned CASINO ROYALE, the James bond reboot where half the bond fans where claiming it wouldn't had a chance to end up good into one of the top best top bond movie ever. He made a damn good Zorro movie at a time people would consider Zorro to be too oldfashined to work (which was then fucked up beyond all possible recognition when Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote the script for the sequel). GOLDENEYE could also be considered an unespected triumph, a revival of the nearly dead Bond franchise. and now he made a good movie out of something that had all the indications to be a collosal failure? Truly, Campel is an alchimist.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    asimovlives-

    by notspock2

    You've mistaken Green Hornet for Green Lantern.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Just spill it...what was the mystery movie?

    by krod

    was it sucker punch?

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Just spill it...what was the mystery movie?

    by krod

    was it sucker punch?

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    As a Type 1 Diabetic

    by tonagan

    Thanks for perpetuating the stereotype that we all have major medical issues that will lead to blindness and amputation. Jesus.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Sweet jesus, can it be true?

    by reaper28

    The Green Hornet is good and Tron Legacy isn't? Christ, I hope I slipped into a parallel dimension while I slept.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Jesus, asimovlives, not only can you not write worth a shit...

    by Zarles

    ...but you also can't fucking spell either. ALCHEMIST. UNEXPECTED. COLOSSAL.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Goodbye Nordling

    by NoahTall

    You've just admitted in a public forum to pirating hundreds of songs. RIAA should be knocking at your door any time now with a fine of 10 grand per violation.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Asimovlives.

    by Mostholy

    Michel Gondry directed GREEN HORNET. Martin Campbell directed GREEN LANTERN. And, while you're being corrected, from the True Grit tb: Sam Raimi doesn't play a gangster in MILLER'S CROSSING. He plays a plainclothes cop.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    so Tron Legacy sucks?

    by Stifler's Mom

    no surprise. I've said it before, I'll say it again. This year's Speed Racer.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Speed Race was the fucking shit, stifler's mom

    by zillabeast

    Tron would be luck to be half the film Speed Racer was. If anything, Scott Pilgrim was this year's Speed Racer.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    People still use livejournal??

    by Alkohal

    I literally had a flash back to middle school when that was used by all the angry emo kids.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Mystery film was

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    The arrested development movie, right. they've secretly been working on it all year and it comes out next month, RIGHT.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Work in progress

    by Quint

    Just in case this hasn't been made clear (and from the talkback comments I assume it hasn't), this isn't the upgrade, this is a work in progress. Unfortunately, circumstances behind the scenes forced an early launch (and by early I'm talking months, not weeks) of the redesign, which is more dramatic on the admin side than it is on the reader side. In a perfect world the only people seeing this version of the site would be the editors and the tech guys and the launch wouldn't be plagued with glitches. I'm as frustrated as you are (if not more) that the formatting is all over the map, the text is crazy, the interface isn't as backwards compatible as it should be. I know the behind the scenes guys have been working around the clock to fix things up.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Missed you guys...

    by Mastidon

    We would have loved to make the journey across the pond but simply couldn't this year. Hope we can apply and attend next years! Too bad about Tron. I have my IMAX tickets for Friday already. Been looking forward to it for forever now. No Star Blazers huh? I thought Harry may have found a way to get a copy...

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Why can't he review Green Hornet?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Embargo, or just too tired?

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Asimov

    by Bass Ackwards

    I think you're getting Green Hornet confused with Green Lantern.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    thinboyslim, i lol'd

    by dr sauch

    Pretty funny comment. Also, this review confirms my suspicions about Tron; looks pretty, tastes bad.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    thinboyslim, i lol'd

    by dr sauch

    Pretty funny comment. Also, this review confirms my suspicions about Tron; looks pretty, tastes bad.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:16 p.m. CST

    the green hornet commercial at the drive-in is pretty lame

    by Meadowe

    reminds me of the relation ship of Tim the ToolMan Taylor and his "sidekick" Al....as in Tim may be the star, but he's the dumb a$$, and Al is the one everybody trusts. But I am willing to looq at it with an open mind, though.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I hope next year I can apply for BNAT.

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    I really, really wanted to this year, but like Nordling said, life sometimes won't let you. (Let's just assume that I would have gotten a seat, okay?)

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    I met Nordling a few years back...

    by Garbageman33

    At the BNAT widely regarded as the worst one ever (Che 1 and 2, Valkyrie, Benjamin Button). But I still had a really good time thanks to people like him, who were incredibly welcoming and helpful. So it sucks to hear about all his health difficulties. And I'll show up on the doorstep (Jay and Silent Bob-style) of anyone who has any snarky comments about his opening paragraphs.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    It was Rango

    by krod

    so was it great movie then? ILM just finished last week

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I think the mystery movie is True Grit

    by Garbageman33

    Not sure why they can't talk about it. Damn thing comes out in two weeks.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Asi

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Hey hey, brother! How are you these days?

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Disney must be SOOO pissed

    by zacdilone

    I'm sure they footed the bill for the buses and all that to get this crowd to the IMAX theater. And I'm sure they thought they had their perfect audience for TRON: Legacy. And I'm sure they saw all sorts of awesome tweets and reviews and other verbal orgasms coming from the geeks who where there. And what reaction am I encountering from BNAT folks (for the most part)? Meh. Disney must be pissed.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I stopped reading

    by pushthebuttonmax

    when he said that he indirectly knocked his family's teeth out.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    le vicious fishus

    by AsimovLives

    Not tol bad, thanks for asking. And how have you been, friend? Long time no chat. So, you have seen any new movies lately? Me, i rewatched a damn good one, INCEPTION. bought the special editional already. I love that movie!

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    bass ackwards

    by AsimovLives

    "I think you're getting Green Hornet confused with Green Lantern." Indeed I am. So, who's directing The Green Hornet and the Greek Lantern, anyway? Which of the Green movies is Campbel directing? I guess the reason why i'm mistaking the two Greens is because i barely know anything about them and i never found much interest to them.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    mostholy

    by AsimovLives

    I wouldn't be lying if i said to you that i haven't rewatched MILLER'S CROSSING for more then 10 years now. So, i was pulling from memory. Faulty memory at that, going by what you said. Still, you have to admit, it's still pretty funny to see Sam Raimi getting gunned down.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST

    zarles

    by AsimovLives

    I can spell those words just fine in my own NATIVE PORTUGUESE. I wonder how many words you can spell right in some foreign language that is completly different from your own. And i write much better then so many native americans in here. I never mistake too for two and their for they're, for instance.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Devin at Badass says Ford is in it for 6 minutes

    by Lyghthouse

    I think this Ford and Academy statement goes a little beyond hyperbole.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    RE: Website issues . . .

    by ONeillSG1

    I don't know what web publishing tools you guys are implementing but you could have used wordpress, created a theme from scratch that looked just like the AICN presentation and put it up in a day. Someone is snowing you guys royally.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Ford wasn't problem with Crystal Skull

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    I 'm just happy he's cool with doing more scifi fantasy.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    asimov

    by Zarles

    Then take your shitty writing somewhere that speaks Portugese. Alchemist? Fuck off.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Mystery movie must be Hobo...

    by HansBubi

    ...with a Shotgun. It's the only movie that attendees listed on Twitter that this reviewer didn't discuss. I'm not sure why that is a secret. Am I missing something and he DID discuss Hobo with a Shotgun? Too lazy to scroll up at the moment. Anyway, I do enjoy reading the post-BNAT write ups by the various attendees, from the BNAT first-timers to the regular BNATers to the AICN writers. I don't want to rain on the parade, but these post-write ups usually celebrate the experience of watching these movies more than the actual lasting quality of the films. I totally understand the excitement for the "experience." However, it must be noted that all of the reviews "try" to be positive except for the comments on Tron Legacy. Nearly every review ends with "I am (still) glad I got the chance to see it," despite the review's thoughts on the film. Anyway, I'm going to switch topics just a little. I consider myself the type of person that wouldn't ask a celebrity for an autograph if I ran into one at a restaurant or other public place. Sure, I might be a huge fan, but I don't need to take up their time for some sort of evidence of meeting them. However, I would love the opportunity to say hi and/or "Just want to let you know that I appreciate your work." Something simple and undemanding. However, I have to admit that I get a little giddy by the knowledge of both Elijah Wood and (as of this year) Joseph Gordon-Levitt attending the event. I'm a huge fan of the latter. I just ordered the new book at his website HitRecord simply because he's a likable actor/artist. I have no idea if I'll even like the book. I bet all the movie blog writers fought over the chance to sit by him on the bus to see Tron Legacy, but (to entertain the thought just for a moment) the thought of being a random attendee and getting the opportunity to sit by either actor at BNAT and/or on the bus. That would be really something for a movie fan. I think it's great that those guys show up to the event because they like film, and not to push any kind of agenda or product.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    BNAT 2010

    by durikaj

    OK, so who won the Man Cave True Man Package that was being given away?

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    rubber penis correction

    by TheHumanBurrito

    As an employee of Fleshlight who provided various toys in the gift bags, I feel it is important to point out that they are not made of rubber-people could have allergic reactions to that, you know! ;)

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    rubber penis correction

    by TheHumanBurrito

    As an employee of Fleshlight who provided various toys in the gift bags, I feel it is important to point out that they are not made of rubber-people could have allergic reactions to that, you know! ;)

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Crystal Skull was the only movie Ford was awake in 10 years

    by Tall_Boy66

    If people wanna complain about Crystal Skull, the least about that movie is Ford. I honestly think geeks are so inbred to believe "Harrison Ford sleepwalks through everything" and it's a knee-jerk response to anything that even in a movie where Ford is clearly engaged, like Crystal Skull, they still say he's sleepwalking because they're typical geek sheep. I thought being a film genre nerd was supposed to be unique, not another cliche.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Mystery Movie

    by Altered_DNA

    The mystery movie was Hobo With A Shotgun...not sure exactly why it had to be a mystery. Would like to go to one of these things though. Maye next year I'll get my shit together...

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Mystery Movie

    by Altered_DNA

    The mystery movie was Hobo With A Shotgun...not sure exactly why it had to be a mystery. Would like to go to one of these things though. Maye next year I'll get my shit together...

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Mystery Movie

    by Altered_DNA

    The mystery movie was Hobo With A Shotgun...not sure exactly why it had to be a mystery. Would like to go to one of these things though. Maye next year I'll get my shit together...

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Mystery Movie

    by Altered_DNA

    The mystery movie was Hobo With A Shotgun...not sure exactly why it had to be a mystery. Would like to go to one of these things though. Maye next year I'll get my shit together...

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Deleted post?

    by Atticus Finch

    Why was my post about the mystery movie being "Hobo With a Shotgun" deleted? Everyone knows that is what it was. Why is it such a big fucking deal?

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    BNAT

    by Juggernaut125

    I too would LOVE to attend one of these. I've been wanting to for years. Too much real world living always seems to get in the way. I think next year I shall make a concerted effort to apply and attend.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Fleshlight?

    by Bass Ackwards

    Was it the Avatar version of the fleshlight? Cause that would be extra hilarious.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 7:10 p.m. CST

    BNAT

    by Juggernaut125

    I too would LOVE to attend one of these. I've been wanting to for years. Too much real world living always seems to get in the way. I think next year I shall make a concerted effort to apply and attend.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Mystery Movie

    by Bass Ackwards

    I remember when Fellowship premiered all the reviewers claimed it was some skiing documentary and praised the tracking shot. It was cheeky fun. I'm guessing they're trying or something similar this time around, but just saying they had a "mystery film" is less fun. Plus it doesn't make sense, I hadn't even heard of Hobo until I saw it in this talkback and then went and looked it up. Unlike Fellowship, which the whole world was waiting for, thisis probably a film that could use some early buzz.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    William Fichtner

    by Series7

    Gave the best performance Christopher Walken has done since The Rundown, in Date Night.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Also after Paul Blart: Mall Cop

    by Series7

    Will people realize that January is no longer a dumping ground? PB MC proved that you can get hits in January so now all the studios are trying to get the next hit. Eli was it last year, also the mild hits of Daybreakers and Legion which will be The Rite and either The Mechanic or Season of the Witch this year. Just lazy writing now pretending that studios still think Jan is a dumping ground. So I don't know why everyone is acting like its a major deal for The Green Hornet to come out in Jan? It'll be fine.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Also after Paul Blart: Mall Cop

    by Series7

    Will people realize that January is no longer a dumping ground? PB MC proved that you can get hits in January so now all the studios are trying to get the next hit. Eli was it last year, also the mild hits of Daybreakers and Legion which will be The Rite and either The Mechanic or Season of the Witch this year. Just lazy writing now pretending that studios still think Jan is a dumping ground. So I don't know why everyone is acting like its a major deal for The Green Hornet to come out in Jan? It'll be fine.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Fucking

    by Series7

    New talkback format.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Also what 3D

    by Series7

    Was Green Hornet and Drive Angry in? Now knowing that there are different types of 3D and that Real D blows I wonder what they should at the Alamo? I'm used to Dolby 3D, which I think is only matched with Imax goggles.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    February is the new January dumping ground

    by Tall_Boy66

    March is sometimes movies that can't quite hack it in Nov/Dec. or summer (but this Dec. has been uber weak), but March ain't all that great. January is sometimes weird movies and I think studios realized everyone else realized that January movies were generally shit so we're getting better movies in January now. Also that's usually when the Oscar nom flicks expand wider. February? Total craphole with every other week trying to cash in on Valentines Day romantic comedy blah blah. February. That's the real cinematic hell hole now, people.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    The Dec

    by Series7

    All the studios are hoping to catch the next biggest weekend in history. Avatar/Holmes/Chipmucks/Its Complicated. There are actually a butt ton of films coming out last week and the next two weeks. But then nothing the first and last weekend of the month.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Gordon-Levitt tweeted BNAT thoughts tonight

    by HansBubi

    A couple hours ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt posted several tweets about the movies shown at BNAT. I still think it's great that he attended. His tweet about The Fighter pretty much guaranteed that I'll go see it in the theater rather than wait for it on blu-ray. If you read the talkbacks, JGL, we support you. Actually, it would be kind of interesting/surreal if he checked the talkbacks. There are some fairly regular talkbackers with names inspired by him.

  • Dec. 13, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Solid article

    by ConfusedPanda

    I couldn't go this year, but I liked reading about it.

  • Feb. 23, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    shesheshe???

    by mrpoizun

    Exactly how stupid do you have to be not to know how to spell, "hee hee hee"?