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When the levee breaks

Posted by Mick on February 24, 2010 – 10:12 pm

Some of you may remember this.  A few days ago, a week, I don’t know, I mentioned that my movie watching had been decreasing.  I’m not watching much at home, and I’m missing my trips to the Alamo Draft House.  Well, that’s about to change.  I spent 20 minutes buying tickets tonight.  The next two weeks are going to be busy… with fun.

Busy with fun.  That sounds horrible.  I’m really hoping that in about 20 minutes I will come back here and think of a much better way to say that.  But I’m not counting on it.  If you’re reading this, one of two things has happened.  I got tired and went to bed, or I gave up.  Which is kinda the same thing, except I tried harder on the second one.

We’re starting off with an opening night screening of Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival.  I look forward to this every year.  It was actually one of my first events at the Alamo when I moved to Austin.  The overall quality of Spike and Mike isn’t what it used to be, but damn it, I want to see Dr Tran on the big screen again!

How much do I love Spike and Mike?  This much, I’m waiting until Saturday to see Cop Out.  I’m interested to see how Kevin Smith handles a movie he didn’t write, but even without the Kevin Smith angle, this is a must see for me.  I love Bruce Willis.  I love Tracy Morgan.  I have to see it.  If it’s awful, I can’t say I’ll be surprised.  I’m not expecting greatness, I just want to have fun.

Sunday, I write.

Monday night, the Alamo Draft House is showing a 35mm print of Rust Never Sleeps, possibly the greatest concert film ever made.  I’m giddy just thinking about seeing this on the big screen.  That’s right, I said giddy.  I’m man enough to admit it.

Tuesday, oh Tuesday, Tuesday will be a night to remember.  We are attending a rare screening of Birdemic: Shock and Terror.  I’ve been told this is even worse than The Room.  That’s a bold statement.  I love The Room.  It’s craptacular.  And then I saw the trailer.

How awesome is that?  Here’s an idea of how awesome it is.  The movie has its premiere in LA on February 27th, hosted by none other than Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.  If anyone knows the meaning of “Awesome Show”, it’s Tim & Eric.  We are not getting Tim & Eric, but we are getting the writer/director, James Nguyen.  Things like this make me happy.

Wednesday I work late.  Thursday, my friend Matt and I will go see Kevin Smith doing a live Q&A.  I’m guessing there will be mention of his recent troubles with Southwest Airlines.

Friday is technically open, but that’s only because tickets are not on sale yet for Alice in Wonderland.  I should be more worried after Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (I wasn’t pleased), but I’m still hopeful.

And then we have Saturday.  Saturday is Tara day.  We have a brunch screening of one of her favorite musicals, Singin In The Rain, at the Drafthouse.  That evening, we have a live performance of her other favorite musical, Fiddler on the Roof, starring Harvey Fierstein.  If you think I’m not looking forward to this, you’re wrong.  Are these things I would have done on my own?  No, they are not.  But I’m going to have fun watching Tara have fun.

There’s a lesson there for those of you who care to look for it.

Be good to each other.

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