So, What Was This About The Alamo Drafthouse Preshow?

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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.

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This Alamo Drafthouse Star Wars Menu Is Yet Another Reason Why The Drafthouse Is The Best Movie Theater Ever

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Seriously, just look at that.  If they don’t win your Star Wars heart with the double “e” in Cookiee then I don’t even want to talk to you anymore.

Exclusive: Go Behind The Scenes Of The Drafthouse’s Preshow!

This is the Alamo Drafthouse, the greatest movie theater in the world. Especially this exact one just a few miles from Ryan's house.
This is the Alamo Drafthouse, the greatest movie theater in the world. Especially this exact one just a few miles from Ryan’s house.

The Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country in large part because of their preshow entertainment.  The fact that you can order food and drinks from your reserved-ahead-of-time-seat is great, of course, and the special events they host from quote-a-longs to fan festivals are always outstanding.  But the clips and commercials and trailers and funny videos that entertain you before the movie starts is what proves the Drafthouse loves movies.  Other big theater chains cram commercials down your throats with songs about soda and the latest ABC Family show that will be cancelled in its first season–not the Drafthouse.

The Drafthouse preshow not only sets the stage for the upcoming film but also sets the theater apart from all others.  So I was thrilled recently to be electronically introduced to Laird Jimenez (follow him on Twitter!), the man responsible for putting together these amazing shows.  Laird agreed to take time from his busy schedule to answer a few Gabbing Geek questions so head after the jump to peek behind the scenes on how it’s all put together!

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Watson’s Top 145 Movies of 2014!

This week, I unveiled my Top 20 and bottom 20 movies.  What about the other 105 flicks that made up the crazy list?  For your browsing amusement, here is the ENTIRE list of 2014 movies viewed by Gabbing Geek film fan extraordinaire.  Enjoy!

The best films of the year deserve much greater examination.  For a full review of each film #1-10, check out my list.

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“Hello, Jenny. If you had been in the 1950s, I wouldn’t have been chemically castrated because you could have changed me!”

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