|Title:||The Good, The Bad and The Ugly|
|10.28.05||Alamo South Lamar|| Finally back at the Alamo... as part of the Texas Book Festival going on this weekend, they managed to get Eli Wallach to the theter to sign some stuff then do a Q&A before watching The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. How cool is that!? Harry mentioned that this may be the coolest special guest that the Alamo has had to date... they've had some cool ones but never with the history and mainstream legendary status as Eli... pretty much the only thing that could top it was getting ol' Clint himself down here... or maybe a reunion with Clint, Eli, and the dug-up corpse of Lee Van Cleef. As it was, there was only Eli tonight and tons of people stood in line to get stuff signed by him before the movie.|
Some asshat UT film professor condusted a short Q&A before the movie. He spent all this time talking about crap that ultimately didn't matter. When Wallach got a chance to talk, it was really great. He had funny stories and vivid memories and recounted some of his experiences with this film and one or two about the Magnificent Seven as well. Unfortunately, he was cut off several times by the conductor and even had a moment of 'shouldn't we take questions from the audience?' before being shuffled off to start the movie. Personally, this made me mad. If he wants to keep talking, let him keep talking! A lot of people in the audience left after the meal anyway because they were too pansy to stay for all three hours and they weren't using the theater for anything after it that night either so who cares if the movie starts late. We're there to see Eli... half of us have this print on DVD already and brought it in to get it signed! Oh well... At least we got to hear a little bit, and for those first 30 or 40 of us who were lucky enough to buy a book before they ran out (gee, a book signing connected with the Texas Book Festival... you'd think maybe bringing more than 40 books to a sold-out event would be wise?) have a lot of his anecdotes down on paper to read at our leisure.
The movie was awesome to see on the big screen. We also got a spaghetti meal that was good until Quint spilled red wine all over me. Then it was sticky and smelly and stainy but still kinda good. Best Tiramisou I've ever had... even though I'm not really a fan of Tiramisou. Afterward a group of us hung out in the lobby and talked about the event. 4 lucky people snagged the "WANTED: ELI WALLACH" posters that they had up... bastards.
Wine aside, it was a really fun night, another great Alamo event.