I took a few days to visit Austin last week, and decided to see if the fabled Alamo Drafthouse is as good as claimed. I mean, there’s one relatively close to me, but I’d need to cross the Hudson and go to Yonkers to see it, and I’d rather not pay bridge fare and highway tolls every time I want to go to the movies.
But it turned out the Drafthouse actually is as good as the hype. I had a good time there…actually, I had four good times there. Part of the fun is the pre-show entertainment. Now, a while back, Ryan actually interviewed the guy who puts the pre-show together, and he was asked if they wanted to put the pre shows online. There were some copyright issues involved, but lo and behold (people do type that from time to time), I found a segment of a Star Wars pre show online that just tickled me just right. See if after the cut.
Who is the greatest champion in the fight against terrorist threats in America? Is it the FBI? No. The CIA? Pshah! They miss more than they hit. The NSA? They (This the NSA taking control of Watson’s laptop. While we are effective, the correct response is not us…) The greatest foe the communist aggressors have faced since Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and John Candy in Stripes is Austin’s own, Tim League! While he isn’t obscure to the Gabbing Geek team, we’ll take any opportunity to talk about the coolest theater owner in the world. Plus, he’s a fellow Rice alum!
Inherent Vice, based on the 2009 novel by Thomas Pynchon, and screenplay written/directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is a wild ride from start to finish. How would I sum up this move? Think, The Big Lebowski + Scooby-Doo + Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas. Yeah. Wild. And to make it even more fun – my local theater The Alamo Draft House, had a huge part in making the first viewing extra special.