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The Application for BNAT14: THE LUCKY NUMBER! Aka BUTT-NUMB-A-THON aka GEEK CHRISTMAS aka Best Thing Ever.


Hey folks, Harry here…  this time with the 14th Annual BUTT-NUMB-A-THON Application post.  This has been a wonderfully complex year.  I’m so incredibly happy with the show, but then AICN has had some of the hardest times it has ever had this year.  In the next couple of months we should be in the clear, but it’s been a very difficult time.   As a result, I find myself wanting to put together the best damn BUTT-NUMB-A-THON that I ever have.   With the end of the first season of the show marked after tomorrow’s taping, then a whole bunch of energy can focus upon nailing down some very real “HOLY SHITS!” 


Now – what is a “BUTT-NUMB-A-THON”?   It all began when Tim League asked me to put together a huge film geek event.  Originally it was going to be 100% films from Father Geek & Mine’s 16mm film library.   A chance screening of PITCH BLACK that Moriarty & I attended changed that forever.   Then when Paul Thomas Anderson messaged me about screening MAGNOLIA there…  well the concept of what a BUTT-NUMB-A-THON was going to be changed.  It’s still meant to be a film lover’s best 24 hours.   And for me, and many of the attendees, that’s precisely what it has become.   Film Geek Paradise.  Or as Massawyrm called it, GEEK CHRISTMAS.


Over at Wikipedia there’s a list of everything that has played in the last 13 years, as well as a history of the event.  It’s a great place to start.


Now, why the application?


Well, over the years I’ve fallen in love with this process.  You see, every year I have to put together a seating chart and it is especially cool if you know people’s interests and passions and you sit them in a close proximity and presto – a life long film friendship is formed.   By hand picking the audience based on this rather eclectic list of questions and tasks…  well, we all earn the right to own this 24 hour experience.   It also provides fodder for the YEARBOOK that everyone gets with their photo and some of their best tidbits from the application that makes an awesome keepsake.   Going through my yearbooks helps me to remember all the awesome attendees over the years.


What am I looking for?  People with a passion for cinema.  Not just the big splashy premieres, but the folks that hunger for a cinematic rarity that I pick that somehow creates an insane cinematic quilt like experience that by the end of the event…  you’ll feel a cinematic thread that can span a century of flickers!   People whose eyes yearn for Black & White, IB Tech, 70mm, IMAX, REAL D 3D.  And whose ears want musicians accompanying silent films, MONO, Optical STEREO and then the very  best fucking sound you can have in a theater.   This festival takes you through it all.


As always the cost of the event is split upon two considerations, the cost of the event, which is determined once all the film print shipping costs, tech, surprises, guests, etc…    And then, to pay for the year round film series, THE SATURDAY MORNING KIDS CLUB, which Butt-Numb-A-Thon has turned into the longest monthly film series in Austin.   It is a free show that allows kids to discover classic awesome cinema for free.  One of our early attendees grew up to become Emily Hagins, filmmaker.   It is based upon a series I attended as a boy. 




When?  Sometime upon the morning of SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2012 – The Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar will welcome the lucky chosen audience of the 14th BUTT-NUMB-A-THON.   Then Sometime, hopefully early in the afternoon process…  we will emerge from the theater into the stunning daylight of SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2012.  You will be disorientated.


Where?  Well, I already said it’s at the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE on South Lamar… but that’s sort of loose – and half of the audience is chosen from outside the local area, so let’s be clear.   The EVENT IS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.  Why? Cuz I live here.  And the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar is my favorite movie theater in the world.  As you’ll soon come to discover…  if you follow all the magical instructions better than I expect you to.  1120 South Lamar BLVD, Austin, Tx 78704, btw.


What?  Somewhere between 11 & 14 films, a mix between future cinema and vintage cinema.  Only Tim League & I & a couple of elves know what is playing.  But people become addicted to following my hints via Twiiter, Facebook and peppered in everything I write on  The show often has directors, writers, actors, actresses and shocking things that would make Johnny Knoxville blush.   Usually involving Jeff Mahler.


HOW?  You get in by filling out the following application, which is due upon midnight of HALLOWEEN, October 31st, 2012.   The next day on November 1st, 2012 – I will alert all the winners and post a list with further instructions upon


Now for the Application:



  1. List your full name, then a comma, then the name of your inner cinematic hero or heroine.
  2. List the number of seats you are requesting.  Followed by the names of the people that are applying with you.  (Note every attendee must fill out a separate application, be sure to coordinate with your co-attendees, if you have them)
  3. Your date of birth + what else happened on the day you were born?
  4. Your preferred T-Shirt Size
  5. Your Email Address (Yes, we do require those)
  6. Your Twitter ID (if you have one, we organize a BNAT Twitter Group with this)
  7. On the 14th Episode of Aint It Cool with Harry Knowles, what did Patrick Read Johnson see before anybody else? 
  8. The first thing that pops into my head when I think of the number 14 is the phrase, “The Lucky Number,” which of course is the theme of this year’s BUTT-NUMB-A-THON.  The Lucky Number, of course refers to Bilbo Baggins – our future cinematic hero – and when I was a kid, 6 years old to be precise, I watched the TV broadcast premiere of THE HOBBIT as a Rankin Bass production.  It became one of my favorite things ever.  I even played it at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 2 in the year 2000.   When I read THE HOBBIT I still hear JOHN HUSTON’s voice when I ‘hear’ Gandalf in my mind.  John Huston is also one of my all time favorite filmmakers.  So…  if you could watch ANY John Huston related film, what would it be and why? 
  9. In that HOBBIT, Richard Boone was the voice of Smaug The Magnificent.  Richard Boone was a noted badass opposite John Wayne in a wonderful group of flicks.  But perhaps he’s best known as Paladin on that awesome old show HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL.   I love that scene in STAND BY ME when they all sing that song.  Man I miss River Phoenix.  His brother was amazing in THE MASTER by Paul Thomas Anderson.   What’d you think about that film?
  10.  Scariest moment of your life?  Is there a scar?  Let’s see.
  11.  What do you do?  Your profession & your passion.  Two wildly different things, but sometimes the yin to one another’s yang.   Basically, what do you do for a living, and what do you live to do?
  12. Where do you live and what is the coolest thing that ever happened there?
  13.   Luck has always been a major factor in getting into Butt-Numb-A-Thon.  So tell me punk, do you feel lucky?   How so?  How do you know you’re coming to this BUTT-NUMB-A-THON?  This is also a Birthday celebration for me.  What makes you so damn lucky?
  14.  What movie have you watched most in your life and how does that somehow define you?
  15. Now, Act out your favorite scene from your favorite movie in some fashion?  Interpret it to your life.   Make it work.  Interpretive dance adaptations welcomed.  I’ve been performing for you all year long.  It’s your turn. Submit as a youtube link.  Special Bonus consideration for those that morph that scene into a favorite scene in your favorite terrible movie. (OPTIONAL: Pure Bonus Points - To clarify - Question 15 is not a requirement, but a bonus point situation. & something fun for you to do.  )
  16.   You have psychic powers.  You can see into the future.  What played at this BNAT and why did you just soil your seat?
  17.   Show me what sort of Film Geek you are.   Take a photo that explains the film geek in you.  Whatever that means.
  18.   Now make the face you’ll make on November 1st if you don’t get into BNAT14?  Break my heart, make me afraid.  Include that photo.  This will be your Yearbook photo.
  19.   How’s your year been?  Is this the last BUTT-NUMB-A-THON?  Are the Mayans right?
  20.  Calculate how far it is from your front door to the front door of the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar in Austin, tx – and how do you plan to make that journey & why?
  21. Watch BLUE SUNSHINE and explain what it did to you.



You now have a couple of weeks to email all of the answers in a double spaced email with attachments to me right here.   Every attendee will have a complete application, or they will not be attending.  Lastly and most importantly…  HAVE FUN WITH THIS!  Make an application that makes you excited, that you share with family and friends…  one that you’re genuinely proud of.  BUTT-NUMB-A-THON application process should be something you throw yourself into.   Now get to it, time’s a wasting, but remember there’s no points for being FIRST.  It’s about getting it as right as ya can.


I’ve met some of the best people I have ever known through BUTT-NUMB-A-THON.  Some even feel that it changed their lives.   It’s corny, but it’s also true.  In addition to being a film festival.  It’s a family that grows and changes and never loses touch.  We love movies and people like you.

Watch for tweets marked #BNAT14, read the talkback below, ask questions...  BNATTERS will help you.  People travel from every corner of the world to sit and watch a screen filled with surprises and the very best times.   Come join us.  Give it a shot.  Surprise yourself.

By the way - at BNAT 14 I'll be 41 - isn't that a little weird?

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  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST


    by Nick

    My first first!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    The Hobbit

    by Ron Mexico

    So it's almost a no brainer that the Hobbit will be playing at this years BNAT? Lucky bastards.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Since i was first.

    by Nick

    Id love an invite to BNAT!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST

    End Of First Season?..when can we expect the BD Boxset?

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

    ...but otherwise..I would love to come to BNAT

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Absolutely my favorite time of the year!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    And now to brainstorm...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Holy cow!!!

    by Geekagriffis

    My heart is racing!!! I can't wait to fill this out.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    I'm definitely going to enter this!

    by Xenodistortion

    I love this contest. It reminds me of the awesome scavenger hunts & contests that Wizard Magazine did back in the 90's, but with movies & more awesomeness. BNAT is a fucking cream dream.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:26 a.m. CST

    so it begins... :)

    by brightgeist

    i love this :) that's a biiig list this year, let's get to work...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Very cool application this year harry.

    by SonicRiver

    It's getting at least 50 hours from me.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    This time of year again?!


    Already?! Good luck to everyone who applies. I still think they should hold a few of these at the same time in different countries. Good luck getting that application process past UK competition rules though.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Wow thanks harry, this is pretty crazy stuff..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    You have a new generation coming up harry, i was seven at the premier of Men in Black, And believe it or not i just watched, and proclaimed on an earlier talkback, the awesomeness of Chinatown...what are the odds of this????? May god be with us all.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    **or whatever pre-approved deity you defer to**

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    One day, I'm gonna apply for BNAT too.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Not this year though. I already had my travel to the other side of the planet this year and this shit is fucking expensive. Maybe next year. Or the year after next. Or...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    This year

    by Mastidon

    Sadly I will not be able to make this year. I know you guys will have an amazing time. Jealous as all hell especially since it is #14 and I can not imagine BNAT without it ending with An Unexpected Journey. Hope I can make it to #15 for Part 2!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:11 a.m. CST

    I got some seriously good answers to 8 & 12.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Too bad I won't apply. Fuck.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST

    favourite movie scene...

    by Talkbackschmucks

    My favourite scene in any movie is KEN PARK where the kid is masturbating while tied to his door handle with by a necktie. I'm not sure if youtube will let me upload it. What should I do?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    So you have time to organise this then, eh Harry?

    by Mike J

    Darn good job you don't have that pesky lil' DVD column to write so you can concentrate on sorting this event out. Cos after all, you have covered about 50% of the titles that came out in August.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Love question#9

    by John Brown

    Total stream of consciousness, like most of this site. :)

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Really... Banned_Dirty?

    by Grendy

    Damn man... if you know they're out, look 'em up yourself. Don't rag on Harry in the BNAT-app story about it. I for one am super excited about this process, though I don't have the skillset: Video editor. There's a BNAT FB group at if you want to talk about it, movies or other such stuff. Once apps are sent in, we often re-post them there so we can see what each other said. WOOOOOO for BNAT14 excitement!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Hooray for BNAT, BUT....

    by Logan_1973

    I get the feeling BNAT will be the new excuse to be two months behind on the DVD column.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Blue Sunshine

    by Parallax

    I just Netflixed it. Doesn't look like I can go this year but thanks Harry for the heads up on that flick. It had me from the moment Brion James was doing that weird crow imitation. I loved the guy admiring his cookie in the truck, and the old jewelry lady in the mall towards the end. "How can I get over him with his handsome puss plastered all over the city?" --> "HONK CUT" TO DEFACED ELECTION POSTER (city scene with car honking in background). So much random fun shit in that movie. Well paced, too. I was sad that Major West didn't get a bit more come-uppance though, LOL. Did you ever play this at a BNAT? Hopefully at 3AM?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    I was just citing the DVD column (or lack of it) as an example about how Harry really doesn't care about the site as much as he does BNAT, his silly little video shows and other things he can endulge his ego in. He was roundly taken to task by Talkbackers for the constant delays with the DVD column and his eventual response was to say that AICN had major business difficulties and he was so busy saving the day that he had no time to do the column. I suggested that, if Harry was really that busy, he should simply put this year's BNAT on hold pro temps. Harry's reply was silence. Of course I never really expected Knowles to postpone or put back BNAT in deference to the web site's needs, because he loves it too much - he loves the chance to bask in the limelight that BNAT affords him way more than AICN does these days. I'm honestly not trying to be a kill-joy here and I do appreciate that a number of people enjoy this annual event. But it is a very small number of people and my view is that Knowles' priority should be getting the site fixed. And I am not just talking about the woefullyout of date DVD column. Incidentally, according to Harry's latest excuse, the site had severe financial difficulties which were so serious the entire future of AICN was in doubt. Now, we all know the DVD column generates revenue for the site. And it is hard to see that BNAT generates anything of benefit to AICN itself except pwesents for Harry. So I ask you, which one should he be concentrating on? Surely saving the site should be more important than Harry's glorified birthday party? I'm pretty sure that, even the most ardent fan of BNAT would be willing to see the event put on hold for a few months if it meant AICN itself was going to end up in better shape.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    banned_dirty_ape is right

    by Logan_1973

    If AICN is having money woes then the DVD column should be given a priority since it generates income. How much money has been lost with the column absent for weeks upon weeks? And yes, I've actually clicked through and purchased from Amazon, so I've done my part.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    This "application" is stupid

    by shawn_h

    Its not an application. It just a bunch of random questions so that you can always pretend to be a "head geek" which apparently makes you better than everybody. But it doesn't You never went to college, and you live with your dad when your on the eve of your 41st

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    When was the last time you reviewed a movie, Harry?

    by YourMomsBox3D

    I guess as long as proper arrangements are made for your birthday party, the thing that is supposed to be your livelihood can take a backseat. How is this perpetual state of arrested development working out? I can't imagine why Aint it Cool News struggled over the past year. It's not as if the owner is lazy and has the priorities of a 12-year old or anything.

  • Herc, Quint & The Kidd are gonna turn this site into a hardcore pay porn site so quick its gonna make our heads spin

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    If you care more about AICN than Harry does...

    by Fico

    that should tell you something. I mean seriously.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Harry's Excuse-o-Matic says.....

    by Mike J

    Hey folks, Harry here.... OMG you won't believe what just happened!! Somali pirates have kidnapped Yoko and they say they will kill her unless I host BNAT!!!!! As proof they have her they've already sent me her penis in a box! God knows what they will do next if I don't organise BNAT!!!! So even though I've been working on the DVD column flat out for at least 3 minutes throughout October, I have to put it on hold now cos obviously BNAT is now much more important.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Harry looks like he smells like shit

    by shawn_h


  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    What Many Do Not Understand (Ape)...

    by Monty Cristo

    ...are the infinite intricacies of how the site and BNAT itself, a yearly project, actually operate. Ape knows I like Ape and understand where Ape and Ape's Ape Army of Well-Intentioned Trolls are coming from. Sincerely. The good folks at the Alamo Drafthouse shoulder a great deal of work when it comes to BNAT, and in fact, a great deal of the work moves on auto-pilot after a series of emails go out, with little bits of upkeep here and there. Harry does not spend 24 hours a day working on it, nor the lion's share of all of his time. Eliminating BNAT, a well-oiled machine that has run for many years now, would be the equivalent of removing PBS funding (.012%) from the US budget to solve the enormous multi-trillion US deficit. Cue politically-driven vitriol. Without delving into details that I can't and shouldn't go into for liability reasons, the issues facing the site have been grave indeed. They are so grave that had a great deal of action not been taken, you would all not be reading these words right now because the site would cease to exist. Harry has a contractual obligation to complete the term on the YouTube show. Had he not that obligation, he certainly could have looked at putting it on hiatus, but that line of "what if" can't even be entertained, since it wasn't an option. When it comes to the DVD column, understand that as a fellow reader, I am just as furious as the rest of you guys when it's nowhere to be found. The thing is, were the site to go up in a puff of smoke, there'd never be a goddamn DVD column ever again. Is it disappointing that Harry doesn't have 72 hours a day, 8 arms, and four additional brains? Yes...scratch that. Harry should never have that amount of power. He'd take over the world and enslave us all. By the Vishanti, I wish there were all sorts of things already fixed, but many of the issues are neither easy nor quick to fix, plain and simple. Things are getting better, but not remotely as quickly as any of us would like.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by Mike J

    Thanks for the reply - as always from you it is sincere and heartfelt and, from this particular Talkbacker at least, much appreciated. The only thing I'd say in response is that it was Harry who used BNAT as a partial excuse for not delivering the DVD column in time. I just wish Knowles would take a leaf out of your book. Your humility, your ability to accept when AICN fucks up, your frankness (insofar as you are able to disclose) about the problems AICN has elicits sympathy from even the crusty critics of this site like me. But Harry just doesn't. Its almost as if every time he posts it is an excuse for something, and a flimsy one at that. This was - and still could be - a wonderful site to hang out on and we all owe Harry Knowles for that. I just wish he would be as open as you are Monty, and that way he would I am certain, have 100% support (in every possible way he and the site require it). But as it is, every time he opens his gob, it just seems as if he is lying. Either that or acting in a selfish way (his refusal to delegate the DVD column being a good case in point). Have a word will you? I'd be delighted to give Harry the same high level of respect I give you and I'm sure others would too. abut he has to earn it. And to do that he has to... well, to put it bluntly, stop being such an egotistical prick and pretending he is infalible.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    the parrot says "braaack blue sunshine"

    by jfmcginnis

    and that harry, is why i have followed you since you started. only you would bring up an obscure 70's "reefer madness" like movie that was on a continuous loop on showtime in 1980. kudos my friend, absoulute kudos.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by VibroCount

    A few weeks ago, Harry explained (in no detail) how he had to work so hard keeping AICN afloat and that was the only reason there had been no DVD column for six weeks. During that time he made a weekly YouTube episode. Then he said the upcoming saturday would be totally devoted to updating the DVD column. Then Sunday morning he claimed he had worked on it all night and was nearly finished but exhausted. The following Tuesday we got two weeks of "reviews" with oddball sized art. A week later, we got one more week of DVD releases, again with no real viewing on Harry's part. Now we are only five weeks behind, and like every year Harry's involvement (which you minimize) will be his excuse for his failure to catch up or keep up the DVD column. His heart isn't in it (his minimal writing abilities haven't ever been), and he hasn't actually watched and told us what was on any of those three weeks worth of releases. Anyone with fifth grade writing skills could produce the DVD columns Harry produced since mid August in less than an hour... perhaps far less. He needs to assign the column to someone who cares enough to do it, regularly, on time. Wouldn't that help the site more than making excuses? We await tomorrow's DVD column. Will it be one week's worth or two? Will it be there at all? I spent four years in Austin. I knew Harry's folks while they were expecting Harry. By the time I left Austin, Harry would chase my son around NE Mercantile as I looked over the golden age comics. I suspect I will not be able to return to Austin in my lifetime, even if I were to earn an invitation to BNAT and get to see Harry's dad again. But I have a fondness for the DVDs and Blu-rays I order from Amazon each week. It's difficult to click through and give a tiny amount of my purchases to AICN WHEN THERE IS NO CURRENT DVD COLUMN. You may now resume your annual reason for the lack of a timely column. Carry on.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Ape, others with concerns

    by Monty Cristo

    He's infinitely more pressed for time than I am. He isn't always as precise with language as he could be, being pulled in eleven different directions. One of the biggest reasons he's brought me into the fold is because he doesn't have the bandwidth to respond as often or as in detail as I can (at least, more often than he is able). The thing is that Being Harry is not something I'd ever wish on myself. I pity guys who've started sites with the express idea of building an analogous persona for themselves. As much as it's often painted as him basking in a pool of egotistical goo, he's constantly under assault in the Talkbacks and email and Twitter and Facebook and everywhere else. The sheer amount of hatred poured on him for more trivial things than your complaints is absolutely staggering. The site needs a better delegation structure. The site needs more consistent editorial voice and style. The site needs a real support structure on a solid foundation. The site needs to fully modernize. The site needs to have a Great Revival. There are myriad other needs, and he is intimately acquainted with them. He has the weight of all that on his shoulders on top of the aforementioned unrelenting shitstorm of bile. [comments about assumptions I made about Harry's cutting back on rehab removed, as they weren't accurate. wrote based on assumptions without any confirmation] Think about the enormous amount of pressure involved in Being Harry on an average day, and add the seventeen tons of additional work and phone calls and breakdowns and paralyzing anxiety and/or depression associated with taking all of it on at once. REALLY think about it. THAT is why Harry isn't piping in here every few minutes, or for any protracted amount of time. THAT is why he I can't promise anything on his behalf other than that he's talked with me extensively about everything he wants to make happen. He's turning 42 this year, and he's really, really tired. Tired of the site having massive issues periodically. He's tired of having to be Captain, Chief Engineer, Tactical, and Chief of Operations all at once for the same ship. He's tired of having unhappy readers. There is nothing Harry wants more desperately than for the legacy of AICN and the life of AICN to be insured against the things that should not ever be of concern. The whole ship needs a refit, and he's trying folks. He's trying so much goddamn harder than anyone sees on a regular basis. This is gonna be a hell of a book for him to write in 20 years...

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    It's more the over-arching reason that Harry's coverage in general has been inconsistent. His biggest failing, something that he freely admits, is that way too much of the site rests on his shoulders. In refusing to ever sell the site out to venture capital, he has maintained the site's independence, but in so doing, he has also limited his ability to afford the help he needs in various areas. He is, as we type, making the series of major changes and decisions that need to be done to hopefully get the whole thing on the right track. If you're desperate to get some sort of weekly summary of DVD/Blu releases, I do a segment on my podcast (Screen Time on the 5by5 network, findable in iTunes) that isn't as detailed, extensive, or wholly knowledgeable as Harry's column. That might tide you over. That's honestly the thing with that column. Part of it is the rundown of everything, but what makes it anger-inflaming to you guys is that it's the one that has Harry's voice and brain behind it, misspellings and all.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Can we get a little empathy in here?

    by tokoloshe

    Given the amount of vitriolic bullshit that gets flung at Harry every damn time he writes anything around here I find it amazing that he still has the energy to persevere with this site. Ape, I get your frustrations with the site, for they are mine too, but you can't throw shit at Harry with one hand while jerking off Monty with the other, all the while simply put it down to the honesty and humilty of Monty's discourse as opposed to Harry's... as opposed to Harry's what? Rudeness? Disingenuity? I have been visiting this site for damn near 15 years and I can't recall a single incident where I have seen Harry be personally rude to anyone, nor ever not speak from the heart. Given the volume of (uninformed) rudeness he is required to endure this has always impressed me. Yes, it comes with the territory, but it still has to be endured. This ethic of respect and sincerity for the visitors that sustain aintitcool runs throughout this site's staff, and it originates at the top. When talkbackers use weak arguments to personally criticize Harry they dont make a good argument - they just sound like meaningless static. I can tell by the decency in your response to Monty that this vitriol is not your nature, but if a late DVD column is all it takes for you to lose respect for Harry's efforts around here then you're not doing yourself any favours. We all know damn well that BNAT is probably one of the most important things in Harry's life, personal or professional, and if you have been reading the DVD columns for long then you know damn well that they are not. Not because they're late, though that is a sign, but because they've become boring. While there are times when he finds his groove writing that column, there have been many more times of late where he clearly has not, because they read like a chore and not like the Harry we're accustomed to. To come wading in whinging about late DVD columns in the BNAT invitation talkback, of all places, seems to be missing THE point. Before anything else, this is a site about film passion, and BNAT is that passion incarnate. BNAT trumps all - end of story. I get this and I have never even been to one, nor likely ever will. This is BNAT. This is church for film. Even if you hate church, don't piss on it just because you can.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Question #11

    by John Brown

    Something tells me when I reveal I'm a pastor, I'll be passed over pretty quickly for fear I'll try to convert everybody there.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by John Brown

    ...I could be the official chaplain of BNAT. Take confession, perform last rites, marriages...whatever.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Well put Monty, but I gotta tell ya bro...

    by Logan_1973

    I was really shocked when I found out the AICN "staff" are actually paid to do what they do here. I understand there are expenses to travel to Cannes and New Zealand and Comic Cons...and I know and I don't know the details, but man half the guys here just repost shit from other websites and tell us how they feel about it; really nothing more then what I do on my damn blog. Structure problems indeed.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    To be fair, Ape is jerking Harry off by proxy, since I'm just communicating what Harry would were he paying attention to this thread plus had the time to respond in kind.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Not everyone is paid, don't assume that every single person posting to the site has a full-time salary or even part-time for doing so. The site is still one of the most-read entertainment sites on the web, and those ads are not simply window-dressing.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Fair enough Monty. Cheers.

    by Logan_1973

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Eternally grateful for last years BNAT

    by Superturd

    Harry deserves all the credit in the world for a. managing this site independently and b. doing this immaculate film festival bigger and badder year after year. The godfather is too busy running this site, hosting his web series, planning BNAT, and getting his fucking legs working again that he cant rundown home video releases?? Oh boo fucking hoo. I think about the dvd column the way I do his reviews: were lucky to get them at all. Trolls.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by HansBubi

    As a casual reader of this particular talkback (I am not applying for BNAT, though I have attended a couple AICN screenings in the past), I appreciate your thoughtful response to various concerns about the site. I've been visiting AICN for about 10 years. I still check the website on a daily basis, yet the number of articles I actually read has dwindled significantly. Most days I feel like I just look at the main page for 10 seconds and then go to another website. I hope in the future the website does experience, as you said, a Great Revival. This means having a number of writers that all contribute frequently and effectively. The quality of posts need to balance out better. Behind the scenes pictures and early screenings are fine and good, yet they kind of outweigh what most visitors truly want out of the site. I hope in the near-ish future the website does become what Harry wants it to be.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Can I ask a Question without getting flamed too badly ???

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    If Harry has trouble getting his legs to work since his accident does he have trouble getting other "things" below his waist to work too..possibly the reason we haven't seen the pitter patter of lil geek feet running around the Knowles Household inquiring minds want to know ???

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST


    by shawn_h

    Harry has a ton on his shoulders...? You guys are talking like running a fucking Movie Fandom website is like trying to cure cancer. Its a movie website that's it. Not to mention one that is barely written upon by its very own creator. Why even have a website you barely post on. And only post when you have a gushing, corrupt review to post?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Thank you Harry and Monty

    by DoblerMeyer12345

    About 14 or 15 years ago, I was a movie geek, growing up in a South Texas town, and didn't have much of an outlet for my passion. My mom handed me a Texas Monthly article about Harry and AICN. Later that night, I checked out the site, and I've been coming back almost on a daily basis ever since. While we obviously don't get a ton of the breaking news that made this website famous, I still enjoy the personal side of film reviews and articles that you usually don't get from other film sites. I used to be a pretty regular Talk Backer, but it's easily been 10 years since I paid much attention to the Comments on the site. I don't even remember my original User Name it's been so long. Unfortunately, the Talkbacks gave way to hordes of cowardly, knuckle dragging trolls, so I just stopped reading them. A lot of level headed, respectable film lovers like myself have completely abandoned commenting, and I actually feel bad about that. I hope Harry knows there's still a less vocal majority out here, and we all appreciate what he does. I hope whatever issues are going on with AICN get worked out, because I'd hate to see it go under. Oh, and let me just preemptively say, I know that Harry will not have sex with me because I decided to kiss his ass in this thread.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    The problem with the DVD column...

    by John Brown the problem with all the other "regular" columns on AICN--they follow the same pattern: 1. Writer introduces a new regular feature with an excited post about how thrilled they are to be offering it, and how they're looking forward to writing it, and how they "can't wait to see how it evolves." 2. Said writer offers a handful of installments, often mentioning how much fun they're having with it, and sketching out plans for what they'll do in future columns. 3. One day said column is delayed, but eventually the writer either a) posts a belated column or b) mentions the column in another article and how they have something in the works soon. 4. Column becomes sporadic in nature, each time alternating between excuses based on other projects in the pipeline and renewed pledges to return to a more regular schedule. 5. Which never happens. I don't offer this as a bitch and moan post. I totally believe that keeping a column is regular not just because of workload, but because the human mind can only keep so many things in it at once (see David Allen's GTD for more on this truth). Other stuff comes along and crowds it out of the way, not just in terms of schedule but also in terms of mental energy. The best thing Harry and the other writers can do is END THE FACADE and stop pretending any column is "regular." Just make it so that when a post in a certain series comes along, it's just that: a post. Not a regular post, not a late post, just another post in an ongoing series that follows no particular schedule. Stop apologizing and making excuses and just give us the column when you can...with no excuses, no lists of everything that has kept you from it, just "Hey, it's me [name] with another installment of [column] here...let's get right to it." But that's just me.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Slight disagreement with Monty

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    about the site needing a more consistent editorial voice. If everything starts reading the same, you'll end up like Pitchfork. Just a Borg Collective of "writers" all using the same set of buzzwords as set out by their leader. Please don't become that. I can't take it.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    thank you Harry, for keeping both the site and BNAT running

    by Stifler's Mom

    Yes, you are a ham, and yes, you are a shill, and yes, you are prone to wildly-misguided, grammatically-horrid bursts of pluggery, but day after day, week after week, you provide the geeks with a (free) forum to discuss our shared passion. So thank you for the site, all of its numerous imperfections included.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST

    ALSO, if I may offer up one single piece of advice:

    by Stifler's Mom

    Devote LESS time to the site, Harry. As others here have already said, hire an editor or hand off to somebody you trust. Take care of yourself. Get the legs working. The site will still be here when you get back. Throwing yourself a 24-hour movie marathon called BUTT NUMB A THON is probably the last thing a guy trying to walk again should be worried about.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    by KHjLL

    Can I send my Application typed out on Word?

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Application on WORD

    by KHjLL

    Can I submit my Apllication attached to the email in word?

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    Book a flight to Austin or pay the mortgage and feed the kids? That's a tough one.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by John Brown

    The mortgage and kids will be waiting for you when you get back, dude...this is BNAT!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    well said doblermeyer12345

    by konkrete590

    I have been coming here for a long time, and this site is still one of my daily sites I visit. The talkbacks were a lot better 5 years ago, but now have degenerated into who can put Harry down the most. There are definitely things I miss about the site from the past, Massaworm and Quint reviews. I know Quint still does them, but not as often. But I have found Nordling, Capone, and B. Kidd have all been doing good work. And even though I don't agree with them on everything, I am happy to see more movies getting reviewed. Thanks for all the time and effort and know that there are still people who love this site and want it to succeed!

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    More like consistent policy and regularity, both of which are being worked on. The diversity of individual voice shouldn't change, that's what makes the site what it is. Without that often internally-contentious back and forth, the site is no longer AICN.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by adeceasedfan

    That's all the push I needed. Sorry kids.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by YourMomsBox3D

    With all due respect, Monty, I gotta call bullshit. I understand that you know the guy personally, that you consider him a friend, and that you contribute to his site. Kudos for taking the time out of your life to answer people's questions and concerns, and for doing so with a frankness that never came off as condescending or disrespectful. Having said that, you cannot convince me for a nanosecond that Harry, in the past few months even, has not GONE to the theater. That he has not watched ONE of the myriad of free Blu Rays sent to him. That he has not sat for HOURS on end tinkering with the toys he owns, or reading the comics he just bought. Harry has had AMPLE time to indulge himself, and to immerse himself in that world that keeps him from facing reality. And guess what? If you run a website built around "news" and "reviews", you should SHARE your thoughts and opinions with your readers. If you have the time to play, you have the time to work. And furthermore -- know what? If this site is so important, and Harry wants nothing more than to return it to its former glory (using the phrase loosely), but it is in dire financial trouble, then maybe -- and pardon my language -- it's time to grow the fuck up. 42-year-old -- start selling off some of those toys and collectibles to help finance the site you adore so much. Get out of the basement, and into the light. Put the action figure down, or, more literally, into a Fed Ex Box and ship it to someone who will give you the CASH YOU NEED. But wait, this is the same guy who freaked out when a Pixar character selflessly gave up his toys to a little girl who needed them more, so I guess that suggestion is moot.

  • Oct. 16, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by pkn

    I worked at a church (in children's ministry) for six years, put that on my application every year, and got in all of those years. If you're a good sport and have a sense of humor, your religion and/or religious occupation should be no obstacle to your getting in. Of course, then you still have to compete with a bunch of other people for a seat. :-)

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Always thought it would be cool to apply, but...

    by BlueSkittle

    ...then realized even if you get in you still have to pay a few hundred dollars for a ticket. Right?

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Hey AICN Talkbacks you want my bnat application well here it is

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    The first time i ever saw Harry & heard of AICN it was from a broadcast interview of Harry on 60 minutes..(way back in 1998-1999) shortly after his accident here i saw a man who was living his dream & fighting the odds despite the circumstances life handed him, may how times have changed ...from that point on i scraped up some change from part time jobs to buy myself a Gateway Laptop & a 256k modem...just to be able to log on to this site & commiserate with the lifeblood of the geek community in the new medium that was labeled "the world wide web". But as time has gone on, weve grown up & gone to college, & raised families & tucked away the "toys, comic books & other trappings of geekhood" and become adults. The point im making is we as a geek community have grown up & changed yet the main problem is that AICN & harry still want to remain in the metaphysical geek basement of our younger less mature days, playing with toys & being afraid of the mediums we loved as a child moving in newer & more interesting directions, this sets a dangerous precedent for the future thats coming In short If Harry can't run this site like it should be run maybe its time to grow the fuck up & hand the site over to someone else with the creaitve foresight & idealisim to make it a haven of mature geek culture again, someone who isnt a corporate shill like harry has become giving out good reviews for "pwesents" like a $5 hooker gives out blowjobs

  • Oct. 17, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Greatest Application

    by Kyle H

    Haha that is the greatest application form I have ever read. If only every application was like this one. I'm thinking next year I need to go to Austin!!

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    people telling Harry to grow up..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    Need to grow up. If you have gotten older and your imagination has gotten smaller its because all of this was just a phase for you, and you were never passionate about the art at the core of it all in the first place. Needless to say to bash the guy who runs the site for not selling out, yet shouting from the rooftops that you were part of the 80's COUNTER CULTURE is a bit of an oxymoron.

  • Oct. 18, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Y'all need to calm down

    by IrishJoe

    The days of this site being a leader in movie news, reviews or scoops are long gone. This is now a little niche website that people come on solely to find out about fantastic fest, butt numbathon or read one of harry's reviews and flame him. Quint and Capone occasionally throw up something worthwhile, but the rest are stories that are a day late and copied from the bigger sites backed by big companies. Chud, dark horizons and AICN have gone the way of the Dodo. Sure they are still fumbling on, but when geek culture became mainstream and sites like this became revenue generators of course the big boys were going to come along and approximate their own. Enjoy the site for what it is, it is never going to be as good as we remember and all you people will always be jealous of Harry for making a good career and a good life out of being in the right place at the right time with a smart idea.

  • Oct. 19, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Monty.. ahem...


    I'm turning 41 this year. Not 42. There is no need to rush towards the greatest number of them all.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, midnight CST



    Actually I am an ordained minister too.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    UK Talkbackers

    by King_Knut

    True, BNAT is simply not a feasible proposal for most of us, what with the cost of flights, the amount of time we would have to take off work to attend, etc. etc. But there are cinematic treats we can be happy for in the UK. 1) Secret/Future Cinema: If you haven't done one, you seriously need to. Go with a group of friends, invest in the costumes, play along as though you were cast in the thing. I've done 4 (Battle for Algiers, Top Gun, The Third Man and Prometheus), and although the quality of the films they choose to show varies, the experience is unfailingly brilliant. 2) The Prince Charles Cinema: Today alone they have a John Carpenter all-nighter and a Rockython. Need I say more? 3) Soho: Just have a wander around Soho for a few hours and you're bound to see famous film faces. Just last weekend, I bumped into Edgar Wright on Wardour Street, for example. Also, a ridiculous concentration of some of the best post-production houses in the world, some of which you can walk into the foyer and see some quite remarkable filmic mementos. 4) The Wittertainment Podcast, with Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo: a consistently entertaining (and very long-running) weekly broadcast for casual and dedicated cineastes alike, which has drawn a real family of film fans around it. 5) City Screen/Picturehouse: Dotted all over the country, a chain of discerning arthouse cinemas which are not afraid to go against mainstream programming, but will also screen the biggies if they're good enough. 6) Nomad Cinema: Every summer, these guys break out their touring pop-up cinemas in fantastic outdoor spaces. A brilliant experience over a picnic, as long as you don't forget to bring warm clothes, a brolly and waterproofs just in case! 7) The Cinema Store: Poke your nose around obscure/foreign DVD's, pick up some niche film books and magazines (Cinefex being a particular favourite of mine), or just have a play around with their selection of Weta collectibles, merchandise and other film replicas. And much, much more besides. Admittedly, most of what I above is within walking distance of Leicester Square, but it's still a heck of a lot more accessible than Austin. BNAT? Don't need it!

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Site Problems

    by Chris Crocker

    I'm a web designer/developer and wonder what the main glitch here is. If the site is run on WordPress architecture (and for its simplicity should be, or something similar) then the problems aren't that hard to fix, unless Harry is trying his own possibly unsure hand at tinkering with the code himself. If the site is run another way then why not just start with a fresh database/setup and worry about porting over old articles later? I doubt very many people comb through month old posts that aren't displayed on the home page anyway. This would be an easy quick fix and reinstalling articles into a new database would most likely require very little time or effort. I'd be willing to give the code a look (without compensation) if Harry's interested, as I'm still a fan of the site.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I visit this site at least 2-3 times a day...

    by Mr Soze

    Sure it has flaws. But its a great site and some of you fuckers who are on the talk backs should be writing comedy full time.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by zteecher

    This much vitriol in such an adolescent manner is amusing. It's like when my three-year-old calls her pre-school classmate a "poopie butt"... it makes me laugh. Thanks for the entertainment, even if malice was your intent. With that said, I would love for you to try those words with a grown man face-to-face, rather than hiding being the internet. You are the personification of cowardice.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    We love ya, Harry!

    by Steve Lamarre

    I've been coming to this site for sooo long. It's always been there for me.

  • Oct. 20, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Oh thank goodness there's no shaved head requirement this year!

    by D.Vader

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Is Anybody Surprised?

    by tailhook

    When you trash your credibility in favor of sucking up to studios, this is what happens. The site has devolved into articles culled from other sites, advance screenings, and gimmick-of-the-day articles. There is really no difference between this and a myriad of other sites out there. Heck, I don't even really read the articles anymore and instead just use it as an adhoc forum :P. BNAT used to be a festival for screening old gems that weren't on video or were hard to find... now all it is is a dumping ground for Q1 advance screenings. Most of the popular reviewers have moved on to higher paying jobs and i'm sure even more are contemplating it(my money is on Capone being the next to move on).

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by WerePlatypus

    Somewhat in agreement. .. I remember applying for BNAT's 6-7 years ago, back when I saw 4-5 movies a week at the theatre and rented old VHS tapes to see classic B-movies. I wasn't married with kids. But unfortunately, as of today, I haven't even been to a single movie in maybe six weeks? (the last movie I saw AT ALL was a couple of weeks ago. . a Redbox rental of "Chronicle"). Half of the questions in my application would be Bullshit. I come to this site to read a few articles about movies, but I honestly don't have much time to see them anymore. Mostly, I feel like I'm trying to live vicariously through the eyes of others who are still plugged in, the way I USED to be. It's that feeling that Mr. Vernon had in the Breakfast Club when the janitor tells him that "the kids haven't changed, you've changed." So yeah . . . for me, trying to make it to BNAT 14 would be less like a pilgrimage and more like a midlife crisis.

  • Oct. 21, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Some day....

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    Bucket list and whatnot...

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    Apologies for thinking that this was the year of you answering the meaning of "life, the universe, and everything"... ...Old Man.

  • Oct. 22, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    The site runs a custom install of Ruby on Rails. Wordpress is not as secure or stable enough for the enormous size of database used. Send me your CV if still interested in offering some free consulting:

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Off topic...

    by mrbrotatohead

    As usual, the conversation has flown off the rails and is nowhere near where it began. So... Who else is excited about their BNAT 14 application?! Any links to videos, pics, etc... ? I cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    when is BNAT moving to NYC (Ziegfeld Theater?)

    by Titus05

  • Oct. 23, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Diepste korting online --- 22% KORTING!

    by Ariel

    Tot 22% korting op Nu. Mis het niet! Gewoon online te kopen.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Ziegfeld is too big

    by pkn

    Part of what makes BNAT what it is is the relative intimacy of the setting. The Ziegfeld seats, what, over 1,000? That would be a difficult theater to be in for 24 hours (as would most theaters, actually) and that kind of crowd would be hard to contain. A huge part of the appeal of the Alamo Drafthouse is the convenience of having a kitchen and wait staff on site (not to mention a table in front of your seat). I can't think of a theater in New York that would provide the kind of setting the Drafthouse provides, except the Nitehawk (whose theaters are much smaller). Perhaps when the NYC Drafthouse opens in 2014. I still love going to Austin, though.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    If AICN is having money problems..

    by CountOrlok

    It's your own damn fault for not understanding how to properly monetize content provided to such a (presumably) large audience. Hell, just add a friggin' DONATE button for cryin' out loud if you don't want to implement anything else such as AdWords, merchandise, or premium content.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Chocolate covered McNuggets? LMAO! Come on! Who says that!?

    by Darth_Kong

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Test post

    by DrGogol

    Testing a post

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Aw, man!

    by DrGogol

    Harry has the Talkbacks for the latest DVD column closed! Lame!

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST


    by The_Cellarrat

    That's a shame. It would have been a perfect place for Monty to explain why we should forgive Harry for promising columns he cannot deliver. I was believing it too; anyone want to wager what harry's excuse will be? -BNAT too time consuming -Website redesign taking too much of his time -mysterious monetary issues only he can secretly and valiantly overcome -negotiations with Nerdist going overlong The sad thing is - all of those are valid excuses, if taken at face value. What Harry keeps missing is that all he has to do is NOT PROMISE the columns - either make them irregular (officially) or pass them on to someone else. I don't know how he expects us to view his efforts behind the scenes as noble if it results in no in-front-of-the scenes content. Here's an idea Harry: make AICN a totally blank page that has no content other than you little cartoon at the top left; then you can spend all the time you like off-line maintaining it. Second, realistic idea: respect your viewers and pass off some of these columns to someone you pay.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    DVD column

    by JOHNPOT

    I'm very interested to see the latest excuse.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 6 a.m. CST

    If one is chosen, does the Quickening involve money ?

    by Xen11

    Is there an entry fee? How much is food? What food is there? How much money should I bring?

  • Oct. 26, 2012, 6:18 a.m. CST

    BNAT cost

    by pkn

    In answer to your questions, xen11... I would direct you to this post ( if you want an overall idea of what to bring, including money. Spending money is obviously going to vary from person to person, but that should give you enough of an idea to judge what you're likely to need for yourself.

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Thank you very much, pkn .

    by Xen11

  • Oct. 28, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    My BNAT 14 scene

    by johnyaztec

    Here is a BNAT 14 scene, be sure to Like and share it. This is my 9th time trying to get in

  • Oct. 29, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by hippolyta

    Every year he asks the audience who has been to all of them, more than 6, less than 6, and who are the first timers. There is generally a good mix of experience. There are always a lot of people there for the first time. Not everyone can apply every year, and then there's people who get invited but screw it up by sleeping out in the lobby and tweeting all night about things they aren't supposed to.

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 5:39 a.m. CST

    If BNAT is an autopilot thing

    by DrGogol

    Then how come Harry uses it as an excuse not to write the DVD column around this time every year? 1. What is AICN? 2. Get me AICN! 3. Get me an AICN-type! 4. Get me a young AICN! 5. What is AICN>

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Just 2 days left!

    by mrbrotatohead

    48 more hours to put in a bid for one golden ticket! I do not envy the man in charge for having to make the final decisions! Best of luck to everyone!

  • Oct. 30, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Star Wars 7 Announced Today

    by bass Coverage?

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    So midnight Texas time, right?

    by Xen11

  • Oct. 31, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Join the Facebook group for moral support!

    by hippolyta!/groups/TheBNAT/

  • If he did, it would have happened five, six, eight, ten years ago.

  • Harry quit lookin at asian she-male nun porn get off your fat ass & update this website

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    thanks montycristo

    by smallerdemon

    Rational words in a talkback are like shining beacons in the darkness.

  • Nov. 1, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    to quote Tom Petty....

    by Grendy

    ...the waaaaaiiiiiiting's the hardest part.... Sent mine about 9:30 pm last night. Oh Harry...please don't be too hungover today (small chance of that).... I hope to see friends old and new next month!

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I GOT IN!! :D

    by brightgeist

    thank you, Harry, for inviting me to BNAT again! here's the finalized version of my application video:

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    still waiting for news -- hope hope hope

    by Grendy

    -- what the subject said. anxiety-tummy today for sure.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    brightgeist- how do you know you got in?

    by Dmitri Stoyanoff

    Did you get an email? Do you know anything else?

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Is there were I go to beg?

    by Bryan Burke

    Please sweet Jesus! Make me a winner! Any of the judges take bribes? I'll suck your dick! (Ok, I won't, but I'll see if the wife will do it for me. Or maybe just a handjob... Ok, here's the deal, a handjob for two seats so I can take my son. Let me just check with the wife...)

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST


    by Bryan Burke

    I meant "where." Duh.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by Bryan Burke

    I meant "Is this where I go to beg?" Tiring...

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Littlefoot, Harry posted it a day ago on his twitter feed.

    by schatze

    So, look back to his tweets posted for that time. There are currently 17 spots left that will be revealed later on.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by WerePlatypus

    Hey, who wouldn't prostitute their wife to go to a grown man's 41st birthday party?

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    See this is why the rest of the world hates America....

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    While other countries & their citizens are going to war,, fighting & dying for something they belive in, while children sit starving in a burned out mud hut...were waiting in line to get in to Harry Knowles 41st annual ego-fest where we shower his fat ass with adulation for being a petulant man-child (and probably a pedophile)...its shit like this that makes me ashamed to be an American at this time

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    To Wilfred Brimley blah blah

    by Bryan Burke

    That's hilarious! But yeah, I hope to get in. I've never been-only read about them. I wouldly gladly murder a young Phillipino male prostitute if it meant a pair of passes for my son and I.