risking a numb butt at Alamo

“The lining up will take place at 10 am stretching towards the parking lot – south of the Drafthouse. There’s no need to arrive earlier than that. You’ll need your sleep and your rest. … Each person in the line will be given a raffle ticket. They will then be drawn beginning (estimation) around 11:30-11:40 am – giving you plenty of time to purchase your ticket, go through security and get your goodies and seat. You folks may want to bring an ass cushion as the folks drawn later in the process will most likely end up in folding chairs. Which can get a bit brutal on da buttocks.”
—Ain’t It Cool News article on standby procedures for the seventh annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon, Dec. 10-11, 2005
The Butt-Numb-A-Thon (aka BNAT) is an annual Austin 24-hour film festival run by Harry Knowles. I remember hearing about the first one and considered going. Back then, anyone could sign up online, although it sold out quickly. It was billed as the ultimate filmgoer test of stamina, and in fact you had to pay to leave the theater if you left before the 24 hours were over. I wasn’t sure I could make it through all 24 hours, wasn’t sure I’d like the films (they all appeared to be B-movies or even Z-movies), and didn’t think I could afford to leave early. Also, I knew it would screw up my sleeping schedule and my Christmas shopping-and-stress schedule, which is important when you are working a full-time-plus office job.

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the news, not buried

I have been accused of burying the lede when I have news to share. “Burying the lede” is a newspaper term for hiding the most newsworthy facts of a story deep within the body, instead of in the first paragraph (which is called a lede). For example, in this entry, I chat about all kinds of stuff before noting in the second-to-last sentence that The Beau and I are now engaged.
Tonight I am not hiding the good news. One of my essays is being published in a book, early next year.
Did everyone see that? Good.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: 2005, dir. Shane Black. Seen at Regal Gateway (Dec. 4).
Arrrrgh. How do you write a clear, coherent review of a movie when all you want to say is, “Go see this! You liked Ocean’s Eleven? You get a kick out of riffs on noir with references to Raymond Chandler? You appreciate the rare film with clever dialogue? Well, find this movie and watch it before it leaves theaters, even though it mostly already has and you’ll have to dig it up in a discount theater or something.”
If you haven’t heard of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, that’s a real shame. I would gripe that its marketing/release campaign was poor, but how the hell do you convince people to see a weird-ass movie like this? The narrator stops the film at times and rewinds it a bit or jumps it to a different scene, fully aware he’s narrating a movie. I think the last movie where I saw this conceit was Elmo in Grouchland, which I cannot believe I am even mentioning in this review, and which is about 180 degrees different from — well, actually, if you think about the storyline …
Look, I had no idea I was going to like this movie. I skipped it at Austin Film Festival because it was showing only once, late at night, and I figured if the movie was any good I would catch it in theaters later. I thought it would have a wider release than it did, which proves that I didn’t know much of anything about the actual film. I heard that Harry Knowles was running a “Save This Movie” campaign, urging everyone to see it, but he is so happily exuberant about so many movies that I didn’t pay much attention.

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Holidailies: it’s live

Holidailies is live and kicking and you should check out all the wonderful posts if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to find new stuff to read.
Meanwhile, lots of Holidailies participants will soon wander over to this site for the first time, possibly not knowing what to expect. I like the idea of a little introduction, which I notice other participants have done.
Hi. I’m Jette. This is my movie blog. I write about movie-related stuff most of the time, except when major hurricanes wipe out portions of my hometown and I feel compelled to write about that. I live in Austin so I write about a lot of Austin movie events. Austin is a wonderful town if you like movies.

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happy DVD! happy Jette! part two

Fan site MarsDust has published excerpts from an interview with Bruce Campbell in which he asserts that The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. will finally, finally be available on DVD in the spring of 2006. (Thanks to Twitch for the news.)
I have most if not all the episodes of the single season of Brisco County on videotape; years ago, when I lived in a house with roomies who could not exist without cable, I taped the show off TNT. I am sure my boyfriend will be pleased to hear that we can throw out the stack of videotapes sometime next year and replace them with a tidy little boxed set.
I hope this news is true and not just smoke and mirrors … news about Bruce Campbell-related projects often appears to be dubious, and even Campbell’s own interviews should sometimes be taken with a grain of salt. However, he’s surely had to do some sort of work related to the Brisco County DVD release (commentaries or featurettes or whatnot … even a bare-bones release might necessitate something), so I tend to think he’s right this time.
I liked Brisco County a lot, and not simply because it had Bruce Campbell in it. It’s funny and odd and has a really cool horse. The supporting cast was good—I particularly liked Julius Carry—and while I normally find guest-star cameos annoying, I liked seeing R. Lee Ermey and Tracey Walter and John Astin.
But I know some of you are thinking, “Yeah, you’re not excited about this because you get to see Comet the horse in clear, crisp DVD glory with no commercials. You still have that little thing for Bruce, don’t you?” Of course not. I have outgrown childish infatuations. If I were a drooling Bruce Campbell fan I’d be complaining that Jack of All Trades isn’t out on DVD, and let me tell you, that is one TV show we can afford to live without.
And I don’t have Xena or Hercules episodes on DVD either, but that’s more of a budget thing: those boxed sets are rather expensive. I can get maybe three Simpsons seasons for the price of one Xena season. Someday maybe I’ll get cable and record the few episodes I liked. Yes, most of the episodes happened to have Bruce Campbell or Ted Raimi in them. That’s incidental; I feel the shows were at their best when they were funny. Honestly.
Woo hoo, Cary Grant and Bruce Campbell for Christmas!