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BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 14 Fake List & other last minute necessities!

Hey folks, Harry here...   The Austin Film scene changes over the course of BNAT every year.  This jovial gang of BNATTERS descend upon my beloved city & the feeling of love & friendship & joy.  I know, sounds like some Hippie stuff...  and it kind of is.   But mainly, there's a noted decline in cynicism.  Optimism takes to the air.   It's the hope.   BNAT is constructed from the dear friends in my life - and then folks I don't know at all...  but through the application process I read and discover...  I'd love to meet this person, this couple or this small little group of geeks from this place and that.  

The BNAT vets though...  these are my favorite people on the planet.   I only ever see most of these people once a year.   This time of the year...  for the past 14 years.   For me, I can't imagine life without these people.   Many of them I met at BNAT 1.   They got it.  I found it miraculous that by just creating this silly bit of fun...   BUTT-NUMB-A-THON, that I managed to find people that LOVE film.  They don't like it.   It is something they can't quite.   It is something that helps them to define their reality, their dreams and their hopes.   Films created their fear, their fixations - and some have made it their manifest destiny.   I love motivated self-empowered geeks that just know how to have fun.   

The coolest news that's happened in the last 24 regarding BNAT - is that Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, the RAIDERS! guys, the kids that made the brilliant shot for shot kid film, that just continues to win its audiences.   Tonight, I hosted their BOOK SIGNING & RAIDERS Adaptation screening...  And it's on the 10th Anniversary of the BNAT that introduced the world to this madness.   They have a new book out, but Tim League gave the guys 2 seats from his block...  AND I AM ECSTATIC!  

Perhaps more than any attendee of BNAT, BNAT changed their lives...  and now they get to attend one.   They really don't know what they're in for.   

First off - let me just state this right now. 

I can't wait to wake at 9am and get going.   This year's fest is closer to what I have wanted BUTT-NUMB-A-THON to be.   A select group of early films that my excitement is palpable for.   A series of hijinks and peeks at the future (that the Mayan Apocalypse will ruin for us all).   But I'm in love with the vintage side of the program.

Right now, there's a very real Cinematic Holocaust occuring that will end in the death of 35mm.   At the very least as film programmers around the country know it.   Studios are making the change.  It's becoming a Digital film world.   I wonder if the word FILM itself may eventually disappear.  But already, Film Libraries are starting to close their doors and the practices that have been in place for, the history of film.

BNAT has always been my baby.  I can choose whatever we can get to play...   And as I started planning this year's BNAT - and I started looking at the possibilities for early screenings and premieres - I realized there's a whole lot of really cool movies being released through the end of the year, but also in the first 4-6 months it gets crazy.   The level of excitement that I have for film right now is probably a bit crazy.   But from my vantage point, there's a crazy level of excitement for the film possibilities of the immediate future...

So why 3 new features?  4 if you count the WTF title.   But for all intents and purposes, it's 3 new films.  

Because, if we only have a few years left of this format which birthed my love of cinema...  It'd be a damn irresponsible thing to not take advantage of the position I have to see films I've always dreamt of seeing on the big screen.   SO...  it's kinda what I've done.   I'm very pleased with the line up.

As usual, I will do the FAKE LIST.   That's what you're seeing below.   It is there to invite you to try to unlock my brain.   To figure out how my brain makes connections and just to test yourself to see if you can figure it out.   So without further rambling, here's the FAKE LIST:


1.   LIGHT OF DAY (1987)

2.  SERGEANT YORK (1941)

3.  THE ROCKETEER (1991)

4.  SCHLOCK (1973)



7.  EL TOPO (1970)


9.  KEY LARGO (1948)

10.  XANADU (1980)

11.  FULL CONTACT (1992)

Again, none of those are playing BNAT 14 WOLF.   And in most cases they in no way really resemble the film that is playing.   There's just something about these films that make me think about them when I think of the films I'm thinking of.   Should be a lot of fun.

NOW - STAND BY people...

There should be a few seats available.   Ultimately we'll find out tomorrow when people show up to buy their tickets.

I've had a couple of people drop out today, one due to actual physical pain & another that is just trapped by work.   

I also have a sneaking suspicion that this year's STAND BY could possibly have the largest amount of STAND BYs we've had.  I've nothing to base that on, but I have had a lot of folks writing about the state of it.

I'm anticipating that it could be as low as 5 seats, and as high as possibly 13.   

Now, I want every person in their seat by 11:30am tomorrow.   That means we'll really need BNATTERS to check in, get your Badge, Goodie Bag, Shirt, Poster, and get in your seat.   Not doing so puts the whole show behind - and means Stand By folks are left out in the cold missing the introductions, which isn't cool.   SO BNATTERS - Please, I know chatting up BNATTERS is a great thing, but try to get to your seat and start getting to know the people around you... IN THE THEATER.

Standbys - there's 0 reason to show up hours and hours and hours early - Standby won't be on a first come, first served basis.   The drafthouse will most likely use the TICKET phenomenon, where they give standbys a number or a ticket and your number is drawn at random.  Everyone there having an equal shot at getting in.

SO I would suggest getting there no later than 10:30am Standby folks.   Wake up, take a shower, get a breakfast - then check with the Drafthouse Folks regarding STANDBY, do this politely, bad manners do not get rewarded.   Just perhaps...  this might be your LUCKY NUMBER!

And for an end time, BNATTERS?   Closer to 1pm now.   BTW.   I know.   I know, I said 8 minutes after noon, but you know how it is.   Cool stuff happened.

Now I'm off to bed.   To dream of Olivia Newton John & Gene Kelly singing and dancing.   Night night sweet film lovers!

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  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    I will be there...

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    One year! Long way from Sydney though.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST



    I've had a BNATTER or two from Australia before... including the FAR SIDE of Australia. Just commit to the attempt my friend and I'll greet you warmly!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by Loosejerk

    Will be that recent Jeff Lynne documentery, "Mr. Blue Sky"...or "The Hobbit"....I'm not good at this.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    DAMN! You'd be a bawse if you actually DID show The Rocketeer!

    by zillabeast

    Party at Pinballz this year?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST

    El Topo = Django Unchained

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    or The Hobbit

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Sergeant York = Jack Reacher

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    The Greatest Show on Earth = Cirque de Soleil: World's Away

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Full Contact = Bullet to the HEad

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Sherlock = The Hobbit

    by TheDoctor73

    Sergeant York = Jack Reacher The Rocketeer = Gangster Squad Sherlock = the Hobbit (considering the two main actors of the BBC show are in it) El Topo = Django The Greatest Show on Earth = Raiders! - the fan made one (Heston lookin' like Indy in that movie) Xanado = Oz the Great and Powerful preview

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:47 a.m. CST



    look again.... there is no Sherlock on that list.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:49 a.m. CST

    The Rocketeer=Iron Man 3 presentation

    by jeremy

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Wishing, wishing

    by psychedelic

    My heart and spirit hovers over Austin wishing the best to the greatest movie audience in the world. Plunging in celluloid, swimming in imagery, and yes, even drinking those digital bits. What does our cinematic Santa Claus have in store? Eagerly awaiting reports Sunday night and Monday. DON'T TWEET OR FACEBOOK! Live the experience. Kiss reality goodbye. Kick time in the ass and suspend it for a little while! Have an awesome time!!!!!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 2 a.m. CST

    Thanks Harry!

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    It's all part of the plan. Sure tis far, but you bet I know it'll be worth it. The ms and I will wish you happy birthday in person!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 2:15 a.m. CST

    I’ve seen BUTT-NUMB-A-THON 14 for about a month now.

    by thefreshestthing

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Excerpt? I hate that word :)

    by Nichole

  • We have the most luxurious public independent theater I have even heard of in the US where I live (between Seattle and Vancouver). The first movie I watched when it opened was Cave of Forgotten Dreams (which was itself a transcendent experience) and I was in heaven. But the only problem is that the people around here, even thought they clearly love film and put their money where their love is, it's just too goddamn polite in the theater. It's like fine dining in the mother fucker. Which is great for Moonrise Kingdom, but sometimes I miss the old down and dirty half run down cheap ass art house theaters. Where you buy a beer and slice of pizza and watch Pulp Fiction and you don't have to imagine the smell in the scene where Uma gets a needle to the heart. Cause half the room showed up high as a fucking kite. The same crowd that was there on friday nights for singing along with Rocky Horror. Great times. We do have an older theater here, owned by the same people who own the new theater, and I did really love watching the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series there. And Werner's previous film Port of Call New Orleans. Great movies in great physical atmosphere, but still, with way too polite an audience. I want to see a shitload of films with a rowdy bunch of film lovers.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    BNAT 14

    by boyalien

    This film fest is called BNAT 14 and after you see it, you’ll know the name and what it stands for.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 2:42 a.m. CST

    harry, can you just toss the Jack Reacher trolls already?

    by AntonStark

    it's like having to listen to the same joke over and over again. it's funny the first couple times. tolerable the first hundred times (cause everyone wants their chance to be a douche), but it's already overkill after a couple days.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST


    by boyalien

    suck a proverbial dick, friendo.

  • Would you write like that? Have fun at the movies, fine sir, but something is up. In other words, as a knighted talkbacker... Do what you want to :) Have fun. Please respond, I really want to know if you, would ever, ever in your life publish the shit spewing out of Harrys' Numbbutt? It's getting embarassing, and fun as hell!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 2:53 a.m. CST

    So excited... must sleep!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Cannot wait for all the fun. Thanks, Harry.

  • but making the same goddamn joke over and over again is just annoying other people around here. give reviewers shit, but leave out the unrelenting repetition. it's like listening to a kid say 'mom' over and over until their mom finally loses it and yells 'what?!' at them. in fact, it's exactly that same situation. this jack reacher trolling is just to get harry to respond. news flash: he's never going to respond. i swear to god... my state just legalized pot and even we still have limits to how many times a joke is funny.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Every year

    by SuperXY

    I think it's gonna be the year I can go. I have a buddy in Austin and we always want to check it out. But every year by the time the date is announced I've already got something going on. Then it's just jealousy and resentment. One day I'll make it happen. But, damn, If Django and The Hobbit are played... then all the old film stuff... the Raiders flick... You guys are assholes for getting to go. But you're my kind of assholes.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:21 a.m. CST

    The reason the Jack Reacher review has reached meme status

    by boyalien

    Is not because a kid is saying "Mom!" over and over again, trying to get attention. It's because it's actually fucking hilarious. I've seen how hilarious it is for about a month now.

  • Looks like Django and The hobbit as 2 of the 3 new movies he's showing which are out this month and i dont mind waiting a week till the hobbit and 2 wks till django. The rest of whatever junk he's playing i can watch on blu-ray without wasting my time on a trip to austin texas

  • meh to the rest

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:25 a.m. CST

    or ironman 3

    by Brodie Watson

    otherwise meh

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:37 a.m. CST

    I've been in Stand By for about a month now.

    by death metal batman

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Greatest Show on Earth = Pacific Rim

    by AudaAbuTayi

    Apparently, some people have seen chunks (all?) of it. You know how much Guillermo is geek-friendly... You know how much Harry (and all of us) would like to see Jaegers vs Kaiju mayhem ASAP. Review embargo will ensue. Actually, Invaders From Mars sounds like a closer match... Rocketeer sounds so much like Iron Man 3 that it can't be that. Me? I would hope Harry got his hands on the restored Dracula / Bride of Frankenstein and popped it in at some point. Red-Headed Woman would fit the bill. Full Contact should really be Only God Forgives, a film that's done by now. However, given the sketchy copy of Drive Harry reviewed... Then again, Refn is a good man, so perhaps even he can forgive.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST

    You should show Sergeant York for real.

    by F-18

    Because it's a damn good movie.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Sergent Yorke

    by AudaAbuTayi

    Could be Zero Dark Thirty, which seems to be a masterpiece, by all accounts. Though with its running-time, it would be a tough act to follow and quasi-kick off the 24 hours.

  • I thought this country was based upon freedom of speech. Ahhhh, well. I love this site, but damn you guys get butthurt quick. Put the Banhammer in the corner, you are even using it on yourselves.

  • I love you :) Does that help?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Red Headed Woman = Zero Dark 30

    by theBigE

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    Sergeant York = The Last Stand

    by theBigE

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    Xanadu = Les Miz

    by theBigE

    Both wonderful musicals, to be sure!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5:01 a.m. CST

    El Topo = Django Unchained

    by theBigE

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Light of Day = The Guilt Trip

    by theBigE

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5:03 a.m. CST

    These are fun!

    by theBigE

    Did I get any right?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST

    I just read the Jack Reacher review for a month now

    by James

    Harry's probably higher than Katt Williams right now. Forget Butt-Numb-A-Thon, Harry's got the Face-Numb-A-Thon going on, and the Head-Numb-A-Thon. Harry, how about a Share-Some-Of-Those-Pain-Meds-With-Me-A-Thon?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5:54 a.m. CST


    by tammy

    I can't believe I got banned, no, it says blacklisted. Like I'm some 50's Communist trying to make it in Hollywood. Aaah well. I want to go to......... Share-Some-Of-Those-Pain-Meds-With-Me- A-Thon?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST


    by James

    Harry found problems. You got blacklisted just like in The Outlaw Josey Wales. Chief Dan George was awesome in The Outlaw Josey Wales.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 6:38 a.m. CST

    What got you blacklisted, specifically?

    by lox4444

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    antonstark is a well-known whiny wet blanket...

    by milla jovovich

    but he's got the right to bitch, as much as anyone has the right to have a beer and cheet on his wife, be a sexy beanpole tomboy, see Jack Reacher for a month now, fall asleep during Inception, choose HD-DVD, beg for pwesents, call out plants, give Yoko a job, gotta eat, over share, make gross sexual comparisons, live in their mom's basement, post FACTS, fellate Moriarty, etc.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST


    by mick vance

    it's one of those things i'd like to experience, but I just have this suspicion that it's just a cramped, dark room filled with people who smell like cheese watching movies i couldn't care less about. instead, i take it as a good time to break open a bottle of jim and watch a lot of the movies i've been meaning to watch again but haven't for whatever reason

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by ArcherNX01

    Yeah, remember that lack of cynicism Harry was talking about? I think you may be lingering on a few slivers of that. I've been to one BNAT a couple of years ago and today marks my second. Given how much BNAT has literally (and I *do* mean literally) changed my life, both in terms of how I watch movies & through the deep friends made from it, I hope you find a similar transformative moment... though methinks it won't be found in the bottom of a bottle of Jim while you watch movies you've certainly already seen. Get out in the world, make new connections and expose yourself to some new out-of-your-wheelhouse pictures. All of the best, Jamie P.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8 a.m. CST


    by ArcherNX01

    ... ANNIE. Don't forget, John Huston was part of the BNAT Application this year... plus, there's the added bonus of singing "The (BLUE) SUN(SHINE)'ll come out, tomorrow!"

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Milla Jovovich is a sexy tomboy beanpole... Here's Why...

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Because she's Milla fucking Jovovich. I wish Milla would make an album with a real heavy post-rock band. I'd love to hear her voice over something epic sounding, like "In Fiction" by Isis. Damn, that would be awesome.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    by NubtheSquirrel

    The Rocketeer = either Kick Ass 2 or Iron Man 3 El Topo = Definitely Django Unchained Going to do a wild guess and say that Xanadu is The Hobbit Sergeant York = Bullitt That's all I have. Wish I could be there. Hopefully next year!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by mick vance

    your story has touched me heart...

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by ArcherNX01

    Damn... was aiming for the spleen.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:40 a.m. CST

    That was awesome, Milla Jovovich

    by D.Vader

    I like to imagine its the real one making those jokes.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock1

    kick ass 2 literally just wrapped.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    here's where to look :-)

    by billyhitchcock1 usually gets updated throughout the day doesn't it?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    These lists are utter insanity

    by Robert Evans

    But god i love them. It's a chance to peer into Harry's soul and psyche. Better than any review or rambling could hope. Happy birthday ya nutty ginger. One day we will meet.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I've seen phantomcreepsreturns was blacklisted for about a month now.

    by Deceased Fan

    I saw that post last night. I knew you were flirting with disaster, but damn I figured Big Red had gone to bed. Await your rise/return.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 9:05 a.m. CST

    *It is something they can't quite.*

    by DrMorbius

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Zero Dark Thirty is only 160 minutes

    by mr.underwater

    Remember BNAT was capped by all 270 minutes of Che a few years ago. That is just fucking inhumanly brutal. Harry should have just punched all attendees in the kidneys after 20 hours. Probably would have been less painful. At the very least, shorter.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by goatherdingclownhunter

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Scherlock... Schlock... Same difference

    by TheDoctor73

    Schlock is a low budget film by John Landis that mentions King Kong on the poster. I still say it's the Hobbit

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    it is the greatest night of your life

    by yabory

    hope y'all have a great time and no one passes out from fear.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    how does one get tickets to this?

    by Robert Hand

    is there money involved?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    will you presenting the new director for Star Wars?

    by yabory

    huh? that would be teh shit.

  • What the hell does that mean? Have a great birthday celebration, Harry. Screw the haters.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    These fake lists are dangerous!

    by NoQuarter

    Remember, when you stare into the abyss of Harry's unfathomably bizarre mind, the abyss stares back into you!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    But we all want to know...

    by Fart Magnus

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    by Fart Magnus

    Will the Investigatind Detective be there?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    I saw DJANGO Unchained last night

    by D.Vader

    I sent a review to AICN but I doubt the guys will post it.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    This site turns to rot but at least BNAT has been sorted

    by Mike J

    Way to go to get your priorities right, eh Harry? Mind you, it isnt suprising, eveyone knows that you are nowadays indifferent to this website and far more interested in your self egrandising ego projects. So there really never was any prospect of you postponing this year's BNAT and concentrating on fixing the web site or bringing your DVD colum up to date, not when you can have a captive audince who you can command to worship you. You will, i'm sure be screening Jack Reacher. You should follow it up with a live reading of your review to demonstrate what a class act you are.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Key Largo

    by James

    ...was the 4th film to star husband & wife Bogart & Becall. This is 40 is the 4th film directed by Apatow starring his wife Leslie Mann, so there's my 2 cents.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Has BNAT started yet? What was the first film?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I had my own Butt Numb-A-Thon earlier this morning. She was good, quite the trooper. I want to keep this new girl around for a while. She's WAYYY into comic books which can be very annoying since I'm more of a music and movies kind of a guy. She must be messed up in head if she's hangin' with me.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Awesome d.vader!

    by Deceased Fan

    I won't ask how it is in case they publish your review.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Confirmed: Dark Knight Rises....

    by DrFever

    ...with everyone in the room explaining to Harry that Bruce didn't quit being Batman for the loss of a women but rather to sell Dent's good deeds and take the fall for the bad.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The first "movie"....

    by Walker

    Is the first two acts of TEEN WOLF, around one hour or so...then Harry plans to have the film "burn up"... This will be followed by another film....

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Touché' milla kunich

    by AntonStark

  • And not the Nikki Minaj cartoon 'do's that we got served?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    captain america II

    by ChiefChirpa3000

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    What is this Bum Bum-a-thon?

    by ajit maholtra

    Bum bum and thongs.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    His Bum is Numb now

    by ajit maholtra

    Because everyone has been putting their pennis inside. Thats what he likes. Hes enjoying.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    They're live tweeting it, mostly

    by theBigE Sound likes 2/3 of Teen Wolf, New Star Trek Trailer, followed by The Hobbit and Q&A with Peter Jackson thus far. There will be a DVD release of Hobbit Part 1, the extended cut!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Yeah, That's Smart

    by aceldama

    Add a half hour to a film that is already an hour and a half too long. And to a trilogy that is 1 1/2 films too much. Way to wear out your welcome, even with your core group of fans.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Just a thought...

    by HansBubi someone that has a job that has always kept me busy on BNAT day/night, and as a result every year I frequently check the BNAT talkback and attendee-Twitter accounts to get the latest updates and mini-reviews, I just want to mention that this has been the least active BNAT talkback ever. I hope more posts happen throughout the night. I always find the Twitter updates to be very interesting because online film "journalists" seem to be the one that post the most during the event, yet non-attendees seem to live in fear that you'll get banned if you tweet during it. Twitter user Robogeek used to post after every movie shown, yet he hasn't had a single post about a movie yet....I'm not sure if he's even in attendance. I also find the roster of attendees interesting. Meghan McCain (yes, the family you're thinking of) seems to be there again base on her Twitter page. Brick and Looper director Rian Johnson seems to be there. I'm not surprised to see that Devin Faraci or Peter Sciretta (seems to be most frequently tweeting the movie titles so far) are there. I was kind of taken aback by how many online "journalists" seem to be there when I discovered that a pretty female writer from IGN that posts geeky tweets on her Twitter page (reminding me of an Olivia Munn type of person) is also there: I get the impression that the competition for "normal" people to get in is probably getting a little more fierce each year. However, it doesn't seem that Joseph Gordon Levitt is there this year (I wonder if one time was enough for him; I personally can't imagine sitting in a crowded theater for 24 hours...the novelty of it would turn into more of a test of patience and energy). I wonder if Elijah Wood is there this year.

  • I guess that means they reshot a ton. No way the BS about 3D conversion can be true if they can't even show a 2D version 8 months after it was supposed to be out.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    One more Twitter user that is updating...

    by HansBubi

    Doug Benson (isn't he a stand up comic?) seems to be posting BNAT updates like it's his job (which I appreciate):

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Is. It? Better THAN. Jack, Reacher!

    by dylan alvord

  • I mean, I've long considered myself a huge movie geek, but so many of the people on this site (and apparently those that attend and are involved with BNAT's in some way) are so friggin hardcore and obscure, they make me look like a casual Lifetime channel viewer.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Looks like a Jethro Tull album

    by DocOpticus

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Red headed woman is

    by BeeRock

    Zero dark thirty. Fact!

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 10:24 p.m. CST


    by NubtheSquirrel

    I had no idea it literally just wrapped. Just wishful thinking on my part. Especially since Kick Ass premiered at a BNAT. Thanks for the heads up on it though.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    List of movies played so far:

    by Bobba Phat

    1) most of TEEN WOLF Star Trek into the Darkness full trailer 2) THE HOBBIT w/Q&A with Peter Jackson GI Joe: Retaliation trailer and clip 3) BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 4) THE GANG'S ALL HERE 5) MAMA. Q & A with producer Guillermo del Toro (No, I'm not there, just hearing from others who are)

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Now showing the 1936 film The Libeled Lady

    by HansBubi

    IMDB's brief summary for it: A newspaper man, his jilted fiancée, and his lawyer hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news-story into the truth, before a high-society woman can sue for libel. I know showing older movies has always been a part of BNAT, yet I imagine I would be insanely tired by now if I had watched The Hobbit, a horror movie, and multiple movies that are very, very old. I think it would be neat to see any of these movies individually, yet I always feel like the inconsistent rhythm/flow of BNAT's movies would be a huge challenge (for me at least). Still, I doubt this year's BNAT will have a loooooong stretch like when Che parts 1 and 2 were shown. That must have put many people to sleep that year. As someone that has never attended, I am actually curious to learn how many attendees sleep, and if it's common for people to choose a movie that they're not interested in and take a nap during all of it, telling their seat neighbors to wake them when it's over. I'm impressed if most attendees are able to stay awake the entire time.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST


    by Mastidon

    Last year I was getting over a bad cold and even though I enjoyed myself, I dozed in and out during several films thanks to heavy medication. I would not say anybody chooses to sleep through a specific movie, you just kind of fade away. I was there for CHE, It was rough. Both parts shown at the end and having to try to read subtitles, very painful. But that is part of the marathon challenge of BNAT, how does your mind react when under certain strains of of exhaustion knowing you must continue on. I never want nor need to see CHE again but I am certain that if I did, I would look at it completely differently due to the fact I would not start watching it after 23 hours of no sleep.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    hansbubi and masitdon

    by Ozy

    I've been to three BNAT and except for the occasional brief nodding off I've been able to stay awake the whole time. It's rough, especially the year that CHE played at the end which though I was awake through it all I can honestly only recall the second half of The Guerrilla. Coffee can be a good friend for you, or energy drinks if that's your preferred drink though I've never had a taste for them. I still laugh at that year the company that makes Cocaine energy drink donated a few cases to BNAT so that everyone attending could have one. Thankfully my dislike for energy drinks kept me from sampling since some of the comments proceeding people drinking them were less than glowing. A few of the more amusing comments were "Is this supposed to burn?" or "When did Robitussin start making energy drinks?". The breaks between films affords you the time to get up and stretch your legs, visit the bathroom or step outside to smoke if your so inclined. The best thing for anyone attending BNAT is to get a good nights sleep the night before and minimal or no indulgence in the Drafthouse alcoholic beverage selection. As for the movies playing at BNAT the mix of old and new films always worked for me. For many of the old films it was my first time seeing them or even if I had seen them it was never on a movie screen.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    thanks boba phat..any updates on whats playing?

    by threetoesoffury

    blargh! some day i shall attend. in the mean time its back to living vicariously thru talkback....someone make with an updated list....stat!!!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Latest, from what I can tell

    by theBigE

    They played a pretty gory clip from the new Evil Dead, and if I'm interpreting Twitter hints correctly, did they play some awful no-budget film called "Fateful Findings" by Neil Breen? See a trailer at

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Beerock, 6 hours late on the joke

    by theBigE

    Unless Red Headed woman DID turn out to be Zero Dark Thirty. Then I'm a prophet!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Red-Headed Woman was Libeled Lady

    by aceldama

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:57 a.m. CST

    This must be the slowest BNAT talkback ever. Probably as slow as watching The Hobbit.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    List So Far

    by aceldama

    According to Doug Benson, the things that he is allowed to name: - Most of Teen Wolf - Star Trek trailer - The Hobbit (w/ Jackson Q&A) - GI Joe 2 clip - Broadway Melody of 1940 - The Gangs All Here - Mama (w/ Del Toro Q&A) - World War Z clip - The Libeled Lady - secret film (pretty much assumed to be Fateful Findings) - Evil Dead clip - Nightmare Alley - White Heat

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    What a shitty list of films so far

    by Atticus Finch

    And why the hell would you play 2/3 of Teen Wolf and not just finish it? What's the sense in that?

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST


    by M

    Very underwhelming list so far.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    The original Rollerball...

    by HansBubi

    ...was supposedly shown. That is a pretty great, entertaining movie for what it is. I imagine the last film will be Django Unchained. I think everyone there will be very happy if that's the case, yet it will probably be like when Tron Legacy was shown (everyone was worn out and half-awake at that point).

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Bullet to the Head

    by theBigE

    Stallone's latest is the finale, so it would seem. No Django? Only 4 new films? Seems underwhelming compared to past years.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    BNAT has seen its day.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    I think, at this point, it has gone back to what it should have been in the first place. Just a party. No more big premieres, because frankly, AICN just isn't the power broker it once was. Sure, you will see one or two big releases, but when I went to BNAT 4, there were more than a couple new releases, and some films that truly deserved a look see. For me, the best part of that experience was not seeing The Two Towers, because that was expected. Rather it was being surprised by Chicago, and then Lucky McKee's May. After that, they went for almost a 50/50 mix of premieres, and they were bringing in Mel Gibson (who I honestly believed was absolutely curious to see how his movie would play, having no idea that fundies would spend half a billion seeing it) and giving away HD DVD players. Those days are gone, and I think if you get one good release, you're lucky. The only reason that Bullet in the Head is showing is because somehow Stallone believes Harry is still a tastemaker. He's not anymore. AICN is a hub for the talkbacks. That is the value of this site, and even they know it for the most part.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by Andrew

    The original Rollerball is pretty good. The remake was garbage. I'm curious about Bullet in the Head, but if I had to choose between that and Django, Tarantino wins out.

  • and yet I was just over on twitter scrolling down comedian Doug Benson's tweets and seeing that sure enough, they showed it, and with a Jackson Q&A, no less.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by Andrew

    All three LOTR movies screened at BNAT. I would have been surprised if they didn't show The Hobbit.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Surely there are more important things to do...

    by satansteve

    in the days leading up to this than compiling a list of films that will not be showing at BNAT.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    If that list is correct

    by I am_NOTREAL

    it'll be the first time I've ever looked at a BNAT list and not felt even the smallest pang of jealousy. Oh, I'm sure it was fun for those there...and I can admit, there were BNATs in the past where I would've liked to have been there...but this list makes me feel nothing.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    That is a horrible list of films

    by brad negrotto

    Mind you, BNAT sounds terrible no matter what is playing. It seems like the worst possible way to experience films.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Yeah, not too great of a line-up

    by mr.underwater

    I mean, Libeled Lady plays on TCM at least once every couple of months (same with Broadway Melody), and while it's a cute flick, not really something I'd want to watch smack-dab in the middle of a 24 hour marathon. No Django or Zero Dark, both of which have already had plenty of critics screenings. And while I'm looking forward to Bullet to the Head (Walter Hill!!), I can't say that I'm really excited about it.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Tarantino would ever let his films debut in BNAT

    by Bass Ackwards

    Like palefire says, its not the greatest way to experience a film, not sure Tarantino's ego/pretension would let him have his film screened on the back of hours and hours of other films. I'm surprised there's no Jack Reacher though, given how well the MI4 screening went over I thought Cruise might become a BNAT regular, like Jackson or del Toro.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    They got to see The Hobbit like 3 days early and two pretty much DTV movies before they got released! <p></p> WOW this makes my viewing of Warm Bodies next week look fucking amazing in comparison.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    95% of Teen Wolf? What the heck is that about?

    by D.Vader

    Doesn't sound like a great list to me this year.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry.....

    by Mike J

    .... ever heard the expression "fiddling while Rome burns". Have any resonance with you about hosting FatTwatAThon while your website crashes and burns? Probably not. Reality was never your strong point was it. Just out of interest, what IS your strong point? Cos from I sit I really can't see you have one apart from being a guy who got lucky with starting a website, but even that you managed to fuck up due to be a lazy sell out. Hope you enjoyed BNAT this year jerkweed. Make the most of it, in a few years your minus-Zero celebrity status won't be enough to get you a grantis bucket of popcorn at your beloved Alamo Drafthouse.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Teen Wolf

    by Bass Ackwards

    It's always been a running gag that they're going to play teen wolf, but then at some point the reel burns. They try to really convey that THIS year is the year they actually play it, so I guess this year playing most of the movie was the best way to really sell the *trick*.


  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by BeingHere

    What a sad little man you must be. Shout upstairs to your Mom and tell her your diaper needs changing. That is so harsh. I'm not sure why I am bothering to post a response, but people like you make me sad. If the website is crashing and burning why would you take the time to roll around in someone else's misfortune? I have been enjoying this site for several years. It is a wonderful source of movie discussion and information...for free. It sounds like Harry has been trying to save/prolong this website with his own money. I hope it keeps on rocking. Please seek counseling. The list this year is not as great as in year's past, but I still bet it was a hell of a great time. What a cool idea it is.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Looks like a good list but nothing to earth shattering NT

    by Craig2574

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:50 p.m. CST


    by Craig2574

    The real one it is on wikipedia

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    "The Gang's All Here", a 1984 episode of the animated TV series Alvin and the Chipmunks

  • was as a favor to Harry, so that the extra Hobbit movies can carry BNAT over for a couple of more years. Seriously, other than the Hobbit movies because other than the Hobbit what else is there? At least you know what to expect next year.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    White Heat is another TCM favorite

    by mr.underwater

    They actually just played it last week

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Before LotR

    by Bass Ackwards

    BNAT was really just a movie marathon, it wasn't so much about premiering new movies. Fellowship kind of changed that, but if it ends up being a more low key even after the Hobbit finishes its run, I'm sure it'll continue to be a sold-out and fun event for anyone who cares to go.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4 a.m. CST

    Before LOTR?

    by aceldama

    There were 2 BNATs before the one with Fellowship. That really isn't much of a history to base upon to say "BNAT was really just a movie marathon, it wasn't so much about premiering new movies." And Mangolia premiered at BNAT1. Also, I am pretty sure that at the time, Pitch Black and Six-String Samurai weren't out yet either. BNAT has always played 3 or 4 films before their release. Unless you mean their first-in-the-world premieres.

  • I value my time. And, honestly? The only reason I'd love to be in the same room as Jackson would be to call him out in public and shame the living hell out of him by asking him a series of questions I'd like for him to answer. 1) You honestly felt not ONE moment of the released edition of KING KONG could have been cut? 2) Ringwraiths in your movie have wobbly heads that move in a way inconsistent with the physics of their shape as they appear in other scenes. I point toward the moment when a ringwraith is on fire and wobbles along -screaming-. Are you proud of that moment of cinema? 3) Can you elaborate on why the faces on the hobbits in THE HOBBIT look like plastic costume pieces with broad paint-jobs and little-to-no articulation? 4) You ended one of your breakout horror films with a man buzz-sawing his way out of a woman's uterus and murdering her. Is this representative of your personal point of view regarding gender relations? Are you proud of that image? 5) Are you proud of BAD TASTE? MEET THE FEEBLES? Does a puppet fly eating feces stand the test of time as something you enjoy seeing immortalized forever? 6) of the near infinite series of endings for RETUNR OF THE KING, which is your favorite? 7) do you support the imposition of Sharia law, given your outspoken support of Iran against Israel? So, yeah, I'd LOVE to meet the guy and call him out on those things. And many, many more points regarding his shoddy excuses for cinema. The man's a talentless hack with a cut-rate special effects shop and he knows it. How he stumbled into the money-pit of LORD and HOBBIT I've no idea. But I daresay his movies will be forgotten long after others are still being discussed; at best, they are purely disposable entertainment without meaning.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Can we get confirmation of ZERO freebies as I suspect?

    by Nintendarth

    That era - and ship - sailed. Nobody cares at the money-making end of things.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Remember when people got HD-DVD players?

    by Nintendarth

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Who thought THAT was a good idea? Who greenlit that toss?