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Nordling's BNAT13WOLF Review! "Best BNAT Since 2003!"

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Nordling here.

For me, Butt-Numb-A-Thon is a big part of my life every year.  I spend an obscene amount of time thinking about it.  BNAT is the pinnacle of my AICN life.  It was at this time last year that Harry gave me a job writing for Ain't It Cool News, and ever since then I've felt a bit like Walter in THE MUPPETS, trying to figure out my place in the scheme of things.  These guys are my idols, in a lot of ways.  Harry, Eric, Steven, Cargill, even Drew have inspired me to write more and to think more about film than anyone else.  BNAT has been such a huge part of my life for these past 13 years (even when I missed it a couple of times) that not to go feels like having an appendage removed.

This year may very well be the best year since 2003 for me, and that year was a damn fine year.  In 2003 we got RETURN OF THE KING, OLDBOY and an early screening of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (and although that film has fallen in my estimation in the years since, at the time it had a lot of power over those of us who saw it that first year).  This year I've seen some films that stunned me, made me laugh, or cry, or cheer.  Many of these you'll be seeing in the next few weeks and months.  Some of them are rare and difficult to find.  All of them are great pieces of art and they each have their own worth.  I'm overjoyed, as usual, to be a part of things here at AICN and I can't wait to see what next year has in store.

I'm working on very little sleep, so I'm feeling a little bit punchy.  Forgive me if I seem vague about some things - I'm not fully prepared to talk about some of the things I've seen this year, and some of them I really don't have a lot of liberty to talk about yet.  And honestly, some of them I'm going to be very short about because I frankly don't want to spoil anything - one movie in particular I will talk about very briefly only.

Yes, we saw THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY trailer thanks to Gandalf The Grey magically transporting Quint from the beautiful landscapes of Middle-Earth to the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas.  No, I can't talk about any specifics except to say that something I always treasured from the original book is in the trailer in a big way and I was very happy to hear it.  The trailer will play in front of THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and it's simply sublime.  It's more character-based than epic, but it's like slipping into a warm embrace from a very old friend that you haven't seen in many years.  Truly wonderful.

We saw 12 films this year - it was to be 13 but Harry decided to show that 13th film at a later time - and because of the extra space this year's BNAT was far more social than years past.  This one really did feel like a warm family reunion.  We visited and chatted and geeked out over the films we saw.  Honestly I love BNAT so much more when we have a bit of space between movies and this year it really worked out.  The day flowed so perfectly well, and I have to say this is one of the best line-ups Harry's ever had.  

Poor Jeff Mahler had to endure seeing his TEEN WOLF smashed into a thousand pieces throughout the event, and seeing those 2 second snapshots of the film always brought a laugh.  We saw some great vintage trailers - and STUNT ROCK, of course, couldn't be a BNAT without that - and this year Harry seemed to want to play more than punish.  It was his 40th, after all, and as I can attest, happiness, and giving happiness to others, becomes the main goal at that point in life.

So enough with the stalling - let's get to the movies we saw!

HUGO

Yeah, it's opened already.  So what?  As anyone who has ever attended BNAT already knows, HUGO is the quintessential BNAT film.  And it's a film that Harry struggled to include in the line-up, and he decided, "Why not?"  Why not, indeed.  Seeing HUGO with a BNAT audience was a special treat for me.  A BNAT audience isn't the normal movie audience.  To put it bluntly, when it comes to movies, we know our shit.  And HUGO, for us, is a confirmation for something we hold so dear and close to our hearts - that film is a transformative experience, and that a great film changes the lives of those who make it, and those who see it.  HUGO is a magical movie, a transcendent one, and seeing it there at BNAT was wonderous.  I was surprised by how many people hadn't seen it yet.  People's lives get busier and it becomes more difficult to just drop everything and go see everything that opens, so I was pleased that many in the BNAT audience were experiencing it for that first time.

LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE

After HUGO we got a special treat - a 35mm print of Georges Méliès' classic film, scored by Graham Reynolds on keyboards.  I'd only seen snippets, never the entire thing, and never in a movie theater.  So charming and wonderful, and beautifully projected onto the screen.  It was a real treat to see this with this particular audience, an audience who appreciates the magic of silent filmmaking and of this film in particular.  So happy Harry played this.

JUST IMAGINE

I had never heard of this film, but listening to Harry talk about it made me want to see it very badly.  Basically, imagine a film from 1930, that imagines what the world would be like in 1980, with all the ideas, prejudices, and suppositions that would entail.  What you get is JUST IMAGINE, a truly surreal look at the "future" world of 1980, where we are given numbers instead of names and the government decides who you can marry and who you can't. (Gee...)  One young man, who can't marry the girl of his dreams, decides to take a trip to explore Mars with his best friend and a straggler from 1930.  In between are some very strange musical numbers, including one where a young couple seem to be trying to mate two houseflies.  Insect porn.  This film got a big response from the BNAT audience - it's hidden treasures like this that make BNAT what it is, and if there was anything missing from this year's BNAT, it was that we didn't see more strange vintage films.  But I really can't complain because of how good this year turned out to be.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY

I have not read John LeCarre's novel, or seen any of the previous George Smiley films.  But I loved this quiet but intense thriller about a possible mole inside the upper echelons of British intelligence.  Gary Oldman and Tomas Alfredson filmed an introduction to the film beforehand, and I loved how Oldman pronounced Butt-Numb-A-Thon, accent on the Butt.  Oldman is exceptional in this film - all subtle nuance and behind-the-eyes acting.  A stellar supporting cast as well - Benedict Cumberbatch was my favorite of the supporting cast, but everyone does amazing work here and manages to turn a very long book into an efficient and riveting thriller.  I'm very glad I waited to see this here at BNAT.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

I'm not the biggest fan of Guy Ritchie's first SHERLOCK film, and while I think the second one's a better movie, it did suffer from seeing a film before it that has the actor playing the definitive modern interpretation of Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch.  But, that said, A GAME OF SHADOWS has a much improved story and benefits from two performances - Stephen Fry as Sherlock's older brother Mycroft, and Jared Harris as Professor James Moriarty, who is terrific.  I especially loved the climax where Sherlock and Moriarty basically have a "think-off" instead of a predictable final duel.  It's not to my taste as far as adaptations of Sherlock Holmes goes, but it's still a fun movie for people who just want to stick their toe into the stories.

THE BEAST WITH FIVE FINGERS

I have to be honest.  This is the film that knocked me out at BNAT.  You have to understand, the night before BNAT for me is like the night for a 7-year-old boy on Christmas Eve, eating Cocoa Pebbles cereal and bouncing off the walls unable to sleep.  I woke up at 3:30 in the morning the night before BNAT, and tossed and turned for 3 more hours until I couldn't take it anymore and woke up the wife for the day's festivities.  It seems early in the roster for me to get knocked out by a movie, but there you have it.  I enjoyed what I did see of it, with Peter Lorre as the world's most obsessive astronomer, and the look of the film is terrific.  When it comes to BNAT, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, and this is the movie that crashed me, at least for about an hour or so.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

I love Steven Spielberg's film.  I had already seen it before BNAT, at a press screening, but seeing it with this audience was what I was hoping for the most this year.  And it does not disappoint - TINTIN is Spielberg playing with a new set of toy trains, and you can tell as the film progresses just how much fun he is having. I think the 6 minute editless chase scene is one of Steven Spielberg's finest moments as a director, and the audience applauded once that scene ended.  It is bravura filmmaking and I'd love to see Spielberg play with this technology again.  It also helps that TINTIN is just a damn good movie - a true old-fashioned adventure tale, and it's one I think audiences will embrace when it opens.  And, if you need another reason to see it - HOBBIT trailer.  In front of TINTIN.  So you get that trailer, and a great movie as well.

PORCO ROSSO

This isn't my favorite Studio Ghibli film (that would be PRINCESS MONONOKE) but it would definitely come a close second.  It's just so damn charming, and sweet, and innocent.  If you haven't seen it, I urge you to seek it out, and next year Ain't It Cool and the Alamo Drafthouse will be screening them with 35mm subtitled prints.  This was one of those prints, and as it's Harry's favorite Miyazaki, he had to show it.  It looked gorgeous, especially the aerial flight scenes.  Hayao Miyazaki always had a wonderful skill in animating flying things, and PORCO ROSSO has a sky filled with them, all different shapes and colors, and it looked especially beautiful on the big screen in 35mm.  So happy this played - it was BNAT's first anime and a very great title to pop that particular cherry.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

I'm not going to review this movie with any length, at least, not yet.  But I will say this.  Read nothing.  See nothing, including the trailer.  Go in blind.  There are movies that it's okay to be spoiled a little bit on.  This is not one of those movies.  THE CABIN IN THE WOODS won BNAT this year, hands down.  There are audience experiences at BNAT that I cherish more than any other.  Seeing THE LORD OF THE RINGS films for the first time.  Seeing Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL with a live band.  To that, I'll simply add the last 30 minutes of THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.  It's going to be a BNAT experience that I'll treasure forever, and simply put, this is a must-see film when it opens in April.  Because it's probably going to be one of the most talked about genre films of the year.  Believe it.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE

Neveldine/Taylor is an acquired tate, I think, for some movie fans.  I think their frenetic shooting style puts a lot of people off, and I understand that.  I'm very big on spatial geography in action sequences, and these guys like to put themselves in the middle of everything in their shooting.  This movie followed a mind-blowing movie experience at BNAT, so I think it was due to suffer in comparison; that said, I had a hell of a lot of fun with it.  It's pulpy, fairly predictable, but Nicolas Cage amps up his Cageness level - maybe to VAMPIRE'S KISS levels, but not BAD LIEUTENANT or "Not the bees!" WICKER MAN levels.  He seems to be having a lot of fun with the character, and I enjoyed it for what it was - B-movie pulp, and just all-around goofy.  I will say that I wasn't terribly impressed with the 3D, but it's still early.

THE GREY

My favorite film of BNAT13WOLF.  I didn't expect what I got with this movie.  The trailers sell it (and I've called it such) as Liam Neeson punching wolves for two hours.  It's not that.  What Joe Carnahan has made here is, first off, his best film by far, and second, a meditation on the mind of man when faced with an extraordinary situation, and how man faces their fears and doubts to overcome it.  I cried a lot at THE GREY.  It is, in my opinion, Liam Neeson's best performance - sad, heroic, afraid, but stalwart, and he is tremendous in it.  The supporting cast does great work too, especially Dermot Mulroney, as a father facing the possibility of not seeing his daughter again, and then there are the terrifying wolves, which are truly scary.  There's the plane crash, which is incredibly intense, and then there's how Liam Neeson's character's past is so slowly revealed.  I think the trailers do the film a disservice in selling it as an action piece - although there's action in it, I registered so much more with the emotion of the piece.  Considering his recent loss in real life, Neeson brings that great sadness to his role in THE GREY and in one particular scene, as Neeson rages against God for what has happened, I could feel his own personal anger in that moment.  I think THE GREY is an exceptional film, and it's unfortunate that it opens in January because by the end of next year I think it is a film that should be recognized come awards season.  THE GREY was the film that I loved the most at BNAT - although CABIN IN THE WOODS kicked the audience's ass, I think THE GREY resonates so very much.  Do not miss THE GREY.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL

Brad Bird's first live-action film already grants him entry to that rare category of directors who know how to shoot modern day action.  Working animation has sharpened those skills to a razor's edge - Bird knows how to intercut several sequences into a cohesive whole, and he's mastered spatial action geography with this film in a way that Michael Bay, with all his movies, has never and will never master.  Seeing it in IMAX is the only way to go here - the Dubai sequence is stunning in how well it works - and Tom Cruise, frankly, has never been better in an action film than in this.  Easily the best film of that franchise, GHOST PROTOCOL has Cruise's Ethan Hunt trying to stop a nuclear attack, and what I loved the most about it is that it's a team movie, and not just the Ethan Hunt Show.  Everyone turns in great work, including Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, and Jeremy Renner.  There's no fat in the movie - GHOST PROTOCOL moves with confidence and speed, and it's probably the best action film of the holiday season.  A great way to end BNAT.

And did I mention the kickassocity of the G.I. JOE: RETALIATION trailer?  Or how scary the new trailer of THE DEVIL INSIDE is?  No?  Well, you'll see in the next few days, I'm sure.  For me, this was a singular great BNAT, and I can't wait to be back next year.  On a personal note, thank you, Harry, for what seriously has been one of the greatest years of my life.  I've had an amazing time, met amazing people, and seen things you people wouldn't believe - wait, that's a movie line.  But it has been a tremendous experience writing for Ain't It Cool and I hope to be bringing more things to the site as much as I can.  Happy 40th birthday, Harry.  And thanks for my life these days.  It's the best gift I've ever received.

Nordling, out. 

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  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    First

    by UTexLex

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    So did Tom Cruise drive the bus?

    by UTexLex

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I cried a lot at THE GREY

    by Bobo_Vision

    Maybe they should give testosterone shots before these festivals.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    The only one I would care to see is....

    by Clio

    THE GREY, with Liam Neeson. I'm only mildly interested in the others, not even with the new Sherlock Holmes movie....particularly since watching the first series of "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch. Now that is top rate.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Bob (can I call you Bob?)...

    by AssyMuffJizz

    I'm beginning to enjoy your posts very much indeed in spite of our past conflicts. Carry on the fine work, dear fellow.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Da fuck... really?

    by Cartagia

    For that?

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Anyone get a recording of Oldman's pronunciation of "butt"?

    by Retlaw Kciuq

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    Crap...

    by Khan_Noonien_Zing

    It killed me when I didn't get picked for BNAT. And now it's killing me all over again reading about the awesomeness that was #13. Voyage to the Moon, Hobbit trailer, The Grey, super secret stuff... Shit... Gonna have to really step it up for my BNAT 14 application. I don't want to miss out on this again. Congrats to those of you who made it in. Hope to see you next year...

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    After reading through all of that...

    by xavier masterson

    ...it's the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer that I 'm most excited about seeing. I have no idea why. I fell asleep during the first film.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    If bobo_vision has been banned, why is there still a bobo_vision TB post in this TB? I've seen people get banned before and all their posts disappear when it happens. So, what gives?

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Bobo has been restored, but the offending post is gone

    by Cartagia

    I saw it, thought it was a cute joke. Not anything ground shaking or even all that offensive really, just observational. But, welcome back Bobo!

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I've never even heard of The Grey or Cabin In The Woods.

    by Quake II

    And they were the highlights of the festival? Ok. I assume Cabin is a horror film? The Grey is a survival tale about a plane crash? I like how Nordling obviously HATED Ghost Rider but made it seem like the film before it was to blame. MI IV actually has me interested and I didn't even bother seeing part III. Tin Tin looks great also!

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    "fuck this site" -faulkner

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    but fuck faulkner more... wasnt he the main aicn backer during DVade Day? ps: bobo is faulkner right?

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:36 p.m. CST

    That is one kickass list of movies..

    by cool

    Seriously guys..Congrats to Harry for getting such an amazing list of movies for this years BNAT. Cabin in the woods, Ghost Rider, The Grey and the Hobbit & G.I Joe trailer. I dont know how a real movie buff cannot be excited about seeing these.. Did you see Hugo and Tintin in 3D nordling?

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    pps: i never cared bout bnat

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    but they actually showed movies i wanna see... shucks. maybe bnat in la next year (that is if aicn did anythin for la...)

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Really, still banned? Ugh. Sad days.

    by Cartagia

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Damn - I wish I would have applied

    by Xen11

    I'm in a neighboring state. These movies all sound great. What's this stuff I'm reading in talkbacks about Tom Cruise driving a bus? Sounds like a turning point in a 'Speed' type movie. If Tom Cruise was there and drove you to an IMAX theater and presented MI IV, I am jealous. I'm jealous anyway with these awesome movies. Dammit , my reservations.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the tidbits, Nordling.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Looks like we've got some cool previews and stuff coming our way. Although, it's a shame about the ban.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    YourStepDaddy

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Yeah, Billy_F was the big AICN backer and talker during the DVader debacle. Interesting 180' here.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Soo...the 13th film.....The Darkest Hour?

    by zillabeast

    If so, will there be a kickass event in Austin for it?

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Believe me when I say that...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ... NO ONE misses Braindrain. And to give that ponderous cellar-dweller even a dram's worth of respect (for anything), is to waste the very essence that your life depends upon. There has never been a more useless Talkbacker in the history of this site.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    i miss ryan pom

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    i dont frequent here a lot anymore but BD was my retarded homie. rip you cockeyed bastard

  • ...helps to put his obsession with this site and social media in perspective.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Kevin Pollak probably got a chuckle out of that tweet.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    If only he knew...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

  • I mean I know the festival's often been famous for having a handful of very special titles where you guys get to see a heavily anticipated film maybe a couple weeks before it's officially released, but I thought I always remembered there still being at least half of the menu being older, classic films.

  • They really don't, unless there's some other trailer out there.

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    ryan has more followers than me...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    which makesmy new twitter account that much more embarrassin

  • Dec. 11, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a great time.

    by Atragon

    Sounds like a good time, Nordling. I think there's a misconception that BNAT is for anything other than for the people attending it to have a good time. Like there's some kind of entitlement to the people at home, hence the bitching about HUGO since it's already out. And I don't think there's any intentional quid pro quo going on, though I do think there's a genuine politeness that occurs from those involved with he site since they're grateful for the experience. And there's no harm in that since, again, BNAT is for the people attending, not the people at home. It is just kind of funny to read Nordling's comments on Ghost Rider, which every else is tweetin is terrible. It really comes across like just looking for something positive to say, even if we can read between the lines. What's fascinating is why the studio would send GR if it's so bad. Did they think it would "play well to the nerds"? That the overall experience would carry out some reviews and it was the best place to show a lousy movie early? Do they genuinely think it's good? Or maybe the directors convinced them. Has releasing a movie at BNAT ever really hurt a movie before? Because Ghost Rider is taking a serious left hook now.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    I always say never...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and I will never love this site like I used to... unless Harry hires me... you need LA contributors (which is like the planets number one spot for movies...or is it Austin? i forget) also I will never shiver when watching the Faculty when a certain somebody is on the screen... eww

  • ....and btw, every single BNAT playlist since 2003 has absolutely sucked. I don't even know why people bother to apply for this anymore...

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:07 a.m. CST

    wow

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    crazy lineup. I want to see most of those.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:45 a.m. CST

    this place has been a nice playground in preparation for our future career

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Being irritating on a movie geek website is a career now?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    That had quotes around it originally..I'm definitely not bobo or faulkner

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Harry, please fix the site. Oh, and BNAT sounds like fun.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    thanks for my life these days?

    by Windowlicker74

    what the hell?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Christ, you people suck ass.

    by Zarles

    Jealous much?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    BNAT used to be Great

    by tailhook

    Back when it was actually about Harry hunting down and obtaining obscure gems for people to see. Originally modelled after Tarantino's Q-fests, all it has become now is simply a place where studios dump their Christmas or Q1(or apparently allready long since out and bombing in the case of Hugo) releases to try to generate some advance buzz and free PR. Pretty much 90% of that stuff you'll see at your local cinema in the next couple weeks and you didn't have to travel thousands of miles to do it and be surrounded by people who really don't know much about the craft, but get off on the 'communal experience' of it. The only one that even remotely premieres farther out is Cabin, which arrives in April.

  • I am envious though that people got to see the trailer for The Hobbit, and I did enjoy Tinker Tailor, best film of the year for me after being bombarded with 3D robots and men in tights. Surprised you never saw the TDKR trailer b4 MI though.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Great poster

    by Gelatinousman

    Hilarious french poster. Pretty good french except one thing that might or might not be a mistake. In think the last phrase was meant to say 'Aim at the censor's ass' but sounds like 'Screw the censors in the ass' instead. Made my day.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Wait, what?

    by Dollar Bird

    "And thanks for my life these days." Did Harry donate a kidney? Or give a warm embrace?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:39 a.m. CST

    I like how the only movie I've seen from this list is PORCO ROSSO

    by The_Crimson_King

    and how the fuck can Harry afford to do this every year? who organizes this?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    What did Bobo say that deserved a banning?

    by D.Vader

    And Billy Faulkner: Welcome to the club.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Holy shit, YourStepDaddy!

    by D.Vader

    Where the fuck have you been all this time?! And with your old name??

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Interesting 180 indeed, Mr. Nice Gaius

    by D.Vader

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    thats almost only mainstream crap!!

    by Tim Reuschling

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:37 a.m. CST

    5 Movie that are already in theaters...?

    by Jon

    These BNAT events used to include looks at movies that wont be out for months, now they just include releases from the last few weeks, I'm almost surprised the Muppets wasn't a part of this. sheesh.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    I'd say something here but I am scared of the banhammer

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    It violated me last time, telling me it was my fault and that I needed it. It also said that next time it would kill me.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Great summary!

    by Mastidon

    It was a pleasure to see you all. Thanks again for a wonderful year! My favorite of what I haven't seen already was easily CABIN IN THE WOODS. It is a must see fun night out.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Hey Nordling!

    by gotilk

    I know it was asked already, but how many films were actually show in 3d? And... the big question... Was the Hobbit trailer in 3d AND 48fps? This we have to know.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Long time, no see Step D! And, yeah, Faulkner and Bobo are one.

    by AssyMuffJizz

    Ironically, I hope "they" are not really gone for good. I was JUST starting to enjoy "their" schtick for the very first time. The banter between Bobo and Moosemalloy recently has been outrageous and just funny enough to keep my attention. Had no idea that Bobo/Faulkner had posted so many AICN articles in the past. I guess that explains why he defended AICN mods during the D.Vader Lives days and why it seemed like he could almost be an AICN mod in disguise himself. Ah, well -- RIP, Faulkner/Bobo. You were taken away from us too soon. P.S. See you shortly!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Beast with Five Fingers

    by brucewaynewayne

    Read your column each day. Am thrilled you showed the younger audience this great thriller. Saw it when I was about 9 years old. I remember hiding behind the theater seats each time the hand started crawling. ha. Still have fond memories @ 72. Wish you could get the studios interested in bringing it out on DVD. Know there must be a lot of old movie buffs that would snatch it up. Thanks again brucewaynewayne

  • Now he is defending Bobo. Your the whiny fuck now billy boy....shut the fuck up and deal with it, like you were so fond of telling everyone about the D Vader banning. You and your "FUCK AICN" bullshit....no, actually its fuck YOU....stupid fuck....two faced whiny little prick.....karma is a bitch isn't it? I have no great love for this site anymore, but you have some nerve to protest a banning. Go fuck yourself.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Glad to see more current films!

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    This sounds like a year I would LOVE to have gone. But it won't get me excited enough to try next year, because last time they had a great year, they followed it up with one of the worst years, with too many old films, and the current ones included stuff like Dreamgirls"

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Capone - you need to do a BNAT Chicago!!!!

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    With the same kind of line-up - lots of pre-release current films!!!! Make it happen!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:47 a.m. CST

    NO TDKR proplogue because it wasnt a 70mm IMAX print

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    not all IMAX theaters are getting it - only 70mm film prints.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:56 a.m. CST

    @gotilk

    by brightgeist

    HUGO, TINTIN and GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE were in 3D. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY trailer was in 3D too, but i don't think it was 48p. i think if it had been, i probably would have seen the difference, and it looked like regular 3D cinema to me.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    @shiftyeyeddog

    by brightgeist

    i'm pretty sure M:I:4 was a 70mm print, don't you think?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Some of you guys crack me up

    by Blu Gilliand

    Yeah, many of these are already in the theater - but how many opportunities do you get to see them all back-to-back, surrounded by movie geeks in a kick-ass theater run by movie geeks? It's about the collective experience, not the individual lineup. If the people who attended left happy, that's all that really matters. Think you could do it better? Program your own damn film festival. Hold it at your house, invite your friends (if you have any), program your own favorites, and post about it on your blog. Instead of trashing the efforts of others, contribute something of your own.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:24 a.m. CST

    @brightgeist - NOPE

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Unless they went to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, there is no 70mm IMAX in Austin. The AMC one is a digital *cough*fake*cough* IMAX theater.

  • your expectations FAR exceed reality. Trailers? sure. Exclusive clips? Maybe. But the full films? You're out of your minds.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    @brightgeist - I AM WRONG

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    just found out you DID go to the Bullock museum. So it probably WAS 70mm. My bad. ..(I didnt expect it to play at a museum!)

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    shiftyeyeddog

    by brightgeist

    yes we did :) and yes it definitely was 70mm. so the reason for the missing TDKR preview must have been something else.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by brightgeist

    we didn't see the TDKR teaser material at BNAT.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I have to agree with remcycle

    by gruntybear

    The fact that you always hear that "family reunion" description of the event tells me that new applicants don't have a snowball's chance in hell of ever attending.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    sounds like it was a blast

    by Rob Jenson

    wish I'd been able to go. I no longer live in Texas and wouldn't have been able to make it even if I'd gotten in. Oh well. Maybe next year. The line-up sounds terrific. I'm most interested in Cabin in the Woods, TinTin and Ghost Rider.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Didn't see THE DARK KNIGHT RISES bit.

    by Nordling

    No secrets there - it never played. I'll see it this weekend.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 10:09 a.m. CST

    And we got a ton of newbies this year.

    by Nordling

    Quite a lot - I don't have a count offhand but a lot of hands went up when Harry asked about who's first BNAT it was.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    choppah

    by Rob Jenson

    I don't know if there's been an onscreen depiction of Holmes that really captures the character in the stories -- that A) resembles him physcially, B) captures both his ridiculous intellect but also his C) formiddable physical prowes. Robert Downey Jr does a good job at B and C, which is unusual, but he's far away from A. Not that this is a deal-killer for me, but it would be nice for the actor to at least vaguely resemble the character he's portraying. However, Downey has so much charisma in the part that that's easy to forgive. I'm just hoping the new movie will be less action-y and more atmospheric and detective-y. As for Michael Caine, he's great in everything.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Wait, *that's* what Bobo said to get banned???

    by D.Vader

    That Nordling needed a hug? That can't possibly be it! It makes no sense! Maybe he said something else in another thread? Or maybe the banning was an accident? He should email Nordling to find out. I was accidentally banned two months ago and Nordling or Merrick fixed it. Maybe thats it, bc suggesting someone needs or likes hugs is far from offensive or being a bannable offense, right?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I'm Betting Everything on Sebulba!

    by ImBettingEverythingOnSebulba

  • Seriously? The trailer makes me want the wolves to win.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Grow up, all of you

    by performingmonkey

    That is all.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    The Hobbit? Trailer? Already? Count me in!

    by Tank Williams

    Oh, thanks for the write up Nordling. Pumped for MI: GP and Tin Tin.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    @gruntybear

    by brightgeist

    wrong. i was a newbie last year, and this year i'm already part of the family. and there were many first-timers this year too. if you put some effort into your application, you have a very good chance of getting into BNAT.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Choppah - Without A Clue is a brilliant film!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Watched it again recently, and it still holds up. Funniest Holmes out there 'He was beaten to death with a blunt excrement' :)

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    The ladies doth protest too much, methinks

    by zteecher

    And by "ladies" I mean all the bitches that whine, criticize and profanely attack BNAT from afar without the actual supporting weekend experience. Let me preface by admitting I’m not privy to the drama you all have shared over the years, but, seriously, Psych 101 is all you need to explain the jealousy and deep-seated emptiness a few of you feel towards BNAT, Harry and AICN. And that's precisely the saddest part: there isn't even any depth to your attacks. At least have some critical analysis as a foundation to your charges, not just verbal assaults for the sake of verbal assaults. While some of my opinions diverge from Nordling (I enjoyed Game of Shadows much more and was thoroughly unimpressed by Ghostrider) he communicated the nuance of the experience with simplicity and beauty. I don't understand where the sense of entitlement comes from in terms of the lineup, as if Christopher Nolan should be delivering an inscribed film reel of Dark Knight Rises to your Alamo Drafthouse seat. Get over yourself. So many of you fail to grasp that BNAT is not just about 24 hours of movies. It’s about the film experience, which includes meeting other film fans, discussing what you hope to see and then having passionate debate over what you saw. It’s about Austin, such as eating the best barbecue imaginable at Franklin’s, enjoying the Texas-Sized donut at Round Rock Donuts, and dominating (or getting dominated by) the Kiss machine at Pinballz. Simply put, this is a democracy – if you don’t like BNAT, Harry or AICN, no one is forcing you to apply for the weekend, subscribe to Harry’s tweets or read his website.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    zteecher

    by mrbrotatohead

    Well said!

  • Any stingers? Or is it just credits.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    speaking for myself... I am in the industry

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    just last week I had a "role" on Southland Tales as a guy walking down the sidewalk, drinking and smoking coffee a block away from Sunset and Vine... Im not sure if theyll use that take, but if they do, boom, industry cred ps: i was not technically apart of the production, i was just walking to work and they was filming pps: irregardless of what i just wrote, i am still in the industry. boom.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    My favorite BNATs: 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006! All perfect!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Nordling says he thin.ks this year was the best BNAT since 2003. I missed it, but for me it looks like it would've been the best since 2006. Allow me to reminisce. In 2003, the vintage opening with "The Mask of Fu Manchu" kicked my classic horror loving ass. Seeing "The Crippled Avengers" on the big screen was amazing. "Night Warning" is the greatest Midnight movie I've ever seen and Bo Svenson ended up being my favorite BNAT guest of all time! "May" was a modern horror classic discovered and "The Two Towers" blew the roof off. "Tiptoes" remains the worst film I've ever squirmed way through and the scars remain. I'm a "Tiptoes" survivor. In 2003, I was in one of the first audiences in the world to see "Return of the King" and actually felt a little post depression because the greatest film trilogy of my adult life was complete. This year was a rough one, psychological, as I was assaulted by "Oldboy,"Haute Tension" and the mother of all torture porn movies, "The Passion of the Christ" with Mel Gibson's INCREDIBLY MOVING Q & A to follow. This was also the year of the giant Harry pinata! Not to mention the side-bustingly funniest bad movie of all time, "Teenage Mother," that includes the greatest dance scene ever put to film. In 2005, Harry set the perfect course with "The Most Dangerous Game," took me to dark, dark place with "Lady Vengeance" and kicked my ass with "District B13" and "The Descent." Then he shocked me with one of the most offensive films I've ever seen with "Drum." Then "V for Vendetta," six months early blew me away. Finally in 2006, one of the happiest years of my life and the best Geek Christmas ever, Harry departed with the usual format and opened with the amazing "Black Snake Moan" and lots of offensive animation before taking me to film school and showing me "Inherit the Wind" which I never likely would have watched on my own, but ended up loving. My personal favorite BNAT Christmas moment was cheering lifelong hero "Rocky Balboa" on in one last knock-down-drag-out match that ended a great American series and Icon on a postive note. All the feeting stamping and cheers of "Rocky! Rocky!" during the climatic scene made me as happy as I've ever been in a movie theater. Even though "300" wasn't really my cup of tea, it made for an upbeat conclusion to a nearly perfect BNAT. If I have to pick a least favorite BNAT, it would easily be 2008, which for my taste, just had too many advance presentations and 20, 30 & 40 minute pieces from upcoming films before draining my lifeforce with a climax of 4 and 1/2 hours of "Che." But hey, nobody's perfect, you can't win 'em all and I still enjoyed the experience as a whole and wouldn't have traded my seat for all the tea in China. Great lineup this year! Wish I was there with you!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Choppah

    by rogueleader66

    Notice, not only does billy boy post random shit, almost NO ONE responds to him..in fact, most of the time, no one responds to him. He may as well be invisible at this site. But he will cry and whine like a bitch in defense of Bobo. What goes around comes around ehhh billy boy? Pathetic loser.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Not quite sure why people are/were so excited.

    by phifty2

    Nordling couldn't sleep the night before because he was going to watch some movies the next day? Am I missing something? Is there something I don't know like Sasha Grey shows up and personally takes care of all the attendees?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    If this Ghost Rider reboot bombs, will the franchise stay dead?

    by Quake II

    From what I've heard so far, this new Ghost Rider is another fail. My question is, why did they bother taking a risk again unless they nailed it? This reminds me of the Punisher/War Zone issue. Punisher tried to go the blockbuster route with big name actors and top notch cinematography but it turned out average, bland and rather boring. Then with Punisher War Zone Marvel said "fuck it, let's make a Grindhouse movie that follows the comics" and it bombed (I liked it btw). Is Ghost Rider a repeat of that?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    @reluctant austinite - sucks that you get to go so often

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    when there are so many people who would love to go but can never get in. They should really not allow all the same people year after year. Let some new blood experience it!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Quake II ????

    by p0llk4t

    Do you play on Tastyspleen?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Here's the thing, BNAT naysayers...

    by Vegiterrorist

    I have been fortunate enough to attend BNAT four times in 13 years--including this year's show. That does not make me a regular, exactly (I've been to essentially 1/3 of the shows), but I've obviously experienced it more times than most other people. I read all the comments from people who say things like "Thank GOD I didn't go, look at those movies! I could see them all in a week!", and think you're missing the point. I don't go to BNAT to see exclusive world premieres and movies months in advance. I go because the Drafthouse is the best place in the world to see a movie, and I go to see old friends, and I go to watch movies, most of which I'm fairly sure I haven't seen (even if I could technically see them on my own in a week or more's time). There's a joy to the event that you can't really describe to those who haven't been to BNAT or other similar film marathons--it's not exclusive to BNAT, it can be found at many similar festivals throughout the world. It's about the communal experience: enjoying movies (both good and bad), laughing, eating, and drinking with friends old and new, and the anticipation & fun of guessing what *might* be coming next. Even when the films are stinkers (and I was there in 2008 for some real stinkers & suffered through all 4 plus hours of CHE at the end of the event), BNAT is still a good time. I think those who laugh about how people who attended are fools or got screwed over, or who say they are glad they didn't bother applying, are either covering for their own disappointment/frustration at not being there, or simply don't understand what the attraction is because they've never been to such a thing. It's a shame more people can't get to go, and I recognize that, but that doesn't mean the event itself is not worthwhile. PS: CABIN IN THE WOODS is fucking awesome, and I will be talking about every day until I can see it again in April.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Unkown film

    by Craig2574

    Is it more of an inside joke because last years film from what I read was nothing to special.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    the Alamo Drafthouse love seems on par with BNAT love

    by Ben Addiction

    In that they both seem like a good idea when you hear about them, but the actual experience is disappointing. I went to that same Drafthouse a couple weeks ago - I generally only go when they are playing something I really want to see and the Drafthouse is the only place it is playing, but have a hard time getting past the diminished experience the Drafthouse provides. They make a big deal out of not talking there, but the servers talk, often asking questions that distract you from the film. Not to mention all the noise from people trying to eat dinner (Chili's level quality at premium prices) and divide checks and collect payment in the dark. For someone who is into the film, this is a HUGE distraction. I really wanted to see Melancholia on a big screen, but in retrospect wish I had known it was streaming - it would have been $4 cheaper and I would have had a better experience at home. So if you haven't been, don't sweat it. It's not this paragon of movie going that everyone would have you believe.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Nordling! What About the SWAG BAGS?

    by Doc

    What was in the swag this year? Can someone give us a rundown?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Is it just me, or . . .

    by Doc

    didn't there used to be multiple recaps the day after BNAT? I remember different takes on the day, play by plays of the trailers and other shorts (not just the films), and swag bag reviews. It seems like this thing has lost the hype over the years, but I enjoyed living vicariously through the attendees.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Agreed, I want details on the gift bags

    by BlaGyver

    What'd they have this year?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Sounds like it was a great time..

    by Ryan

    I recently moved to San Antonio so I will definitely be applying for this next year. I want to see most of the films on this list.

  • I agree with you on CHE, but I especially loved the early preview, even if some of them were pretty incomplete. It was great to see work in progress and it made me want to see the finished product even more, not even to mention the fact that I felt extremely privileged to be part of a crowd that got to see these movies so far in advance! And that was the one thing I missed with this one; I would have liked to see more advanced previews than we did get to see. But overall I loved the experience and had a great time - would not have given up my seat for anything!

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    WE, those of us on the West Coast...should do something out here...

    by conspiracy

    I've mentioned it before to some of the "Professionals"...might be fun to have a West Coast Fest...a little something of our own...away from the Austin Cabal. Quite a few single screen Theaters in the L.A. area that could be rented for a day...we just need a few actual industry people to shuck their online persona and help with the booking. Maybe charge admission and donate it to Charity or something...that should get Hwood on board.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    The "secret" movie this year (BioDome 2) was awesome!

    by Quake II

    I'm sure I'll get banned for spilling the beans, but I can't resist. I fucking LOVED the secret movie! Pauley Shore proves that he still has it after all these years. The interaction between Shore and Stephen Baldwin was great. It's like they really have stayed friends all of these years since the first "lock in" incident. The way they get stuck in the new BioDome is hilarious and makes perfect sense when you see the film. SPOILER: The new scientists they irritate do not play nice this time! Thanks Harry for bringing this movie in (I had no idea they were even making it!) and I hope to see many more BioDome films in the future (trust me, after this one makes a billion, we will). Funniest movie since Dumb & Dumber. HINT: We find out when you flush a toilet where the plumbing actually GOES in these BioDomes. Lol Good times.

  • Doesn't even feel long either.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    QUAKE II TASTYSPLEEN??!??!

    by p0llk4t

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Not a big fan of Carnahan

    by DougMcKenzie

    Which is why it really surprises me that you have The Grey as the best film of the run. Weird, that the highlight of Tintin, was the Hobbit Trailer. Oh Stevie how times have changed for you... Too bad you couldn't get Gravity which is my most anticipated upcoming movie after Prometheus.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    p0llk4t. Nope, sorry. Not me. I was Doom II on here for years.

    by Quake II

    Then one day back in 2001 or so this site decided my username was invalid so I became Quake II. I'm not the Quake II you're looking for. :-/

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    merricat

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I love getting peeks at upcoming exciting films as much as anyone, but in the context of BNAT, too many hour long advance presentations can cut into the number of feature films we can watch. That year frustated me a bit seeing 40 minutes of "Watchmen," 30 minutes of early work on "Up" and 15 minutes of "Monsters VS Aliens," etc. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED seeing that stuff! But when it cut off suddenly it was jarring and I found myself just wanting to watch the rest of the film instead of mentally resetting myself for another presentation. It was a great time, but my best BNAT memories appart from just hanging out with the great people there. are of the films I saw. The advance clips kind of fade from memory. I agree with some of you here, however, that I also want to hear about the vinatge, crazy and new trailers shown between films. And I want to hear about the cool stuff found in the swag bags! That's why these companies give away stuff for the swag bags, right? So people will talk about them? Damn right it is! I also want to hear about Tim and the crew's annual shenanigans and how "Teen Wolf" was mangled this year. I want to hear it all! How about you guys?

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    So Tired Of The...

    by Rebeck2

    Sherlock Holmes "experts" (snobs) who repeat the same tired line about the movie versus the series. Get the fuck over it! They're two competely different things and it's not a zero sum game, you can enjoy both. And by the way, the TV show USES FUCKING CELL PHONES! How is that more faithful somehow?? Don't get me wrong. I think the TV series is great...or at least, the pilot was, the second sucked and the third one was pretty good. (Yeah, that's right, it's called definitive and there's been three fucking episodes) Jesus... I'm reading the new Sherlock Holmes novel right now and I'm not saying "Oh well, it's not Arthur Conan Doyle, I can't read this". It's like people who like Daniel Craig cuz he's "Fleming's Bond" and they have never read a fucking word of Fleming. Just shut the fuck up. The first SHERLOCK HOLMES was a vastly entertaining and very intelligent popcorn movie and this one is getting even better reviews. I can't wait.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    BNAT sounds like a ton of fun

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    but Christ, they better have some top-of-the-line air conditioning. 24 hours among the geek hordes? I think the lineup is great. The highly anticipated advance releases are decided by the studios as part of a marketing strategy, as a directorial favor, or because Harry pulled the right strings. Fanboy entitlement does not figure in anywhere.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    soma_with_the_paintbox ...You bring up an important point...

    by conspiracy

    Several hundred mostly male film/game/comic geeks packed into a theater for 24 hours? I bet they need to air that bitch out for a week to get rid of the smell of buttery sweaty ass.

  • Dec. 12, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    And PS...

    by Rebeck2

    Although I am excited to see GHOST PROTOCOL, I have my doubts that it will best the original film by Brian DePalma. It may be a better ACTION film, but nothing has ever really compared with the bravura cleverness of the first film. What a BNAT line-up of films though - wish I had been there, sounds like Geek Heaven.

  • I wonder how long the longest single take in an animated movie is. Oh wait, it doesn't matter.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Where are all the BNAT write-ups?

    by Splinter

    What gives? Nordling's is it? (Thanks, Nordling, by the way).

  • It depends. I got a 30-day ban (by Merrick?) for daring to say that the latest series of Doctor Who was unmitigated shite. All of my posts remained, barring the "THIS SERIES FUCKING SUCKS" post. Merrick, you're a floppy dick. Forty years of Who fandom and I can't say the latest series sucks balls because it's your latest 'thing'? Fuck you, man.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    What *is* the ratio of men to women at BNAT...

    by Der Aggravated Piscine

    Approximately speaking?

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    BNAT is now, 90% early films studio want to promote

    by Ricardo

    And they use the damned birthday of this horrible fat fuck to do it. Hey Harry, has Angela Badalamenti called yet, asking her to give back the pirate DVD you borrowed?

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Ben Kingsley to play Mazer Rackham in ENDER'S GAME.

    by DrMorbius

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    What "personal loss" has Liam Neeson had recently?

    by Jaster Mareel

    Did his wife die or something? Also that BNAT poster is awesome, even with Harry on it.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    wrath_of_fett

    by zacdilone

    Yes, she died a couple of years ago.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Good point conspiracy and soma...

    by tylernol

    Can you imagine spending 24 hours in an enclosed area with hundreds of 300 pound middle-aged virgins? Reminds me of that Family Guy episode with the fat guy convention *shudders* And speaking of which, what kind of people would even apply for this? What dude would want to pay travel expenses just to spend 24 hours in the dark with other dudes? I highly doubt many women would be in attendance, at least not women who don't resemble livestock. Why would guys even want to attend this when they could be pounding pussy? Oh right, it is a nerd event after all...

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    24 hours in a movie theater has to suck...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    when do you get to go blaze up? is there a "go get high" intermission? and what about when you want to yank yourself pleasurably? surely those attending BNAT cant go 7 hours without using their fleshlight

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Who the hell hates on the Alamo Drafthouse?

    by OliverOnions

    Seriously...if someone eating a burger or a server whispering for 2.5 is so distracting, stay the fuck home and up your meds. You've got to be a miserable, glum cunt if you hate on the Drafthouse.

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    canned dirty ape

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    obviously Harry lost weight (as proven by the picture at the top of the page). his dieting was so successful, he is now no longer wheelchair bound! the only side effect is that he is now a werewolf rapist...

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Er, why do you care about Harry's weight...

    by OliverOnions

    the times I've seen him around town the past few years he looked kinda janked and felt a little bad for him. but feel free to make your totally shallow and baseless character judgements. i'm sure you're awesome

  • Dec. 13, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    oliveronions, I had to look up "janked" on Urban Dictionary--

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    to be brutally raped by a 400 lbs. wild gorilla; To be owned in general

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 9:52 a.m. CST

    So I am just trying to establish of Harry has been a liar

    by Splinter

    ....so far he is not in thhe kind of shape that the sort of effort he says he has been putting in would result it.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Canned_Dirty_Ape

    by Splinter

    Wow. Way to bend the English Language over and bury yourself in it up to your ballsbag. Truly, you are a linguistic titan. Gentleman, Scholar, Lackwit.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    This is hardly a review

    by TheReluctantLurker

    I have been coming to this site for years but until now have resisted the urge to join the talkbacks. The reasons for this are probably the same as most that stay away, namely that the average talkbacker is a rude, twisted little man-child who hides behind the guise of a generally disgusting user name which they think is funny, when really it is little more than sad. What has brought me into the mix is the lack of an actual BNAT13 review. Nordling, while I enjoy your writing, the above "review" is lazy and selfish. You did not review BNAT, you provided a list of descriptions of the films that were seen there. Where is the review of the overall experience? We want to hear about the little quirks, appearances, special moments and most of all THE SWAG!! And please don't fall back on that "BNAT is for the attendees and is a private 24 hours for BNATers to keep to themselves". Harry, in his yearly column requesting donations to fill the swag bags, even states that companies should send items in so that they can be DISCUSSED. Loosely quoted to "put cool items into the hands of geeks that will TALK about them". Yet I cannot find ONE review online detailing more than a general rundown of the films shown. I want a review of the entire experience, and I don't think that is asking too much. I also don't think it is asking too much to expect a response from you (Nordling) on why your "review" is fairly incomplete. I hardly expect a response but it would be nice. Oh and Canned_Dirty_Ape - you are the kind of talkbacker I am referring to at the beginning of my post. Who gives a shit how much Harry weighs. Will you feel some kind of accomplishment if you can somehow determine that Harry has been dishonest about his weight loss? Who gives a shit. Get a life.

  • Dec. 14, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    A couple of thoughts:

    by david starling

    -So Neveldine and Taylor have done the Ghost Rider sequel? I guess it'll be unpredictable, with a minimum of plot, it'll be crass, gross, and will run at 3 million frames per second, and will probably run for 40 minutes - and it will be utterly fucking brilliant!! It'll upset the purists, but they probably love the cosy boring original. I am pumped for this!! -Tintin and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - brilliant brilliant films, would've killed to see them on the same roster!! -I love the fact that the first anime on a BTHON was Porco Rosso, a superb movie. I would've said it should've been Princess Mononoke (my favourite Ghibli movie), and Arrietty would've been a cracking choice - but I'm being pretentious, and Porco Rosso is a much-overlooked classic!! -The Grey had me in thrall since the trailer. It looks awesome!! -Haven't seen the first Sherlock Holmes, and I don't when I'll see the sequel. Jeremy Brett is the quintessential Sherlock Holmes for me!! Damn good blimming line-up, I would so love to have been there!!

  • Dec. 15, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Neeson is the tits!

    by Stabby

    And the arse and the hoonannynanny!!!

  • Dec. 17, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    I just can't imagine...

    by 2LeggedFreak

    ...the smell at a BNAT..that many geeks in one place defies belief. The sweat and the smell of rancid cock cheese... I bet it would be hard for a normal person not to retch their lungs out.