Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.
I'm in the midst of putting together my Best & Worst of 2010 list, and while 2010 isn't quite finished, I'm already looking ahead to advanced screening events I can offer up to the Chicago readership of AICN. One things I'm really going to try and provide this year are more exclusive AICN events. I know in the last year, I've done a lot more giveaways where I only have 20, 50, 100 seats to a much bigger screening, and depending on the film, those can be really great, especially when there's a guest. But in 2011, I'm going to fight a little harder for AICN-only events. I've already booked two events for the first half of 2011, and they are both great films that I've already seen. Here's the first, and I'll have details on the second by the end of the week.
Harry was kind enough to give us a preview of THE GREEN HORNET at BNAT 12 earlier this month, and I think the consensus was that the thing was pretty damn fun. I know people have been concerned about various aspects to THE GREEN HORNET going in. Is it a comedy or did writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg take things seriously? Was bizarre touches was director Michel Gondry going to bring to the mix? Even though the print we saw in Austin was not in 3D, I can tell you that THE GREEN HORNET is actually a really nice blend of action-comedy, with enough of Gondry wizardry to keep things visually exciting. The film's real secret weapon is Jay Chou's Kato, who has a great dry wit to counter Rogen more in-you-face humor. And of course, we already know that Christoph Waltz makes a great villain, but even he gets off a few very funny lines.
As they did with PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, Rogen and Goldberg deftly combine two genres in a way I don't think it's really been done before. Rogen has a real gift for placing himself in a movie and sensing the mood of the piece before deciding on how dialed back or dialed up he should go, and I think with THE GREEN HORNET he nails it. Plus the action is stupendous, and I cannot wait to see Gondry's "Kato-vision" in 3D.
Which is exactly what we're going to do next week. I have about 200 seats to fill for an advanced screening of THE GREEN HORNET in 3D on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:00pm at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to the winners). Here's how to win:
Send me an email at GreenHornetChicago@aintitcoolmail.com (please note the new email address) with the subject line "FEEL THE STING". In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): "What superhero, who has yet to have a movie made about him/her, would you most like to see made into a film?" Keep your responses BRIEF--limit your answers to 75 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). People with the most interesting answers win, and will hear from me over the weekend.
Please keep in mind that although this is an exclusive AICN event, it is overbooked slightly to make sure there is a full house. So, if you cannot arrive at this screening early, please do not enter. If there's even the slightest chance you or your guest will have to back out of attending if you do win, don't enter. If you have a job that might make you late or unable to attend, or an ill/pregnant relative, or a temperamental significant other, or a scratchy throat, do not enter. Anyone not showing up without informing me ahead of time runs the risk of being ineligible for future screening contests.
Good luck, everyone! And thanks to Columbia Pictures for making this happen.
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