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Title:   V for Vendetta
Director:   James McTeigue
Year:   2005
Genre:   Comic Book
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   12.11.05

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Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
12.11.05Alamo DowntownThis Screening is part of event: Butt-Numb-A-Thon 7
V for Vendetta
Fake: Sword of Gideon

I've never read the comic. Basically all I know about this is Natalie Portman shaved her head for it and the Wachowski brothers wrote and produced it. I guess it's supposed to be pro-terrorism too or something like that.

The lights went down for the last time of the event and Donald Duck in Der Fuehrer's Face flickered on the screen. It was great. There's a song that follows through most of the cartoon and the entire audience honked along with their duck bills. Afterward Harry got back on the mic and said "and now is the time to put the duck bills AWAY" to laughter from the audience. A vintage '80s commercial for the Atari game Starmaster played next, followed lastly by Eric's print of the hilarious Return of Captain Invincible trailer. Next up came the new X-Men 3 and brand spankin new Mission: Impossible 3 trailers which made a good ending to the night's trailer festivities. The guy next to me leaned over and warned me that he would probably be crying through the entire thing because this was his favorite story and he was looking forward to this movie more than anything else. He said there would just be streams of tears running down his face by the time it was over. I said I wouldn't judge him and it would be ok.

Then the movie started with something about remembering the 5th of November.

Now, here's what I remember thinking: The whole movie is set up in the first five minutes and the main guy wears a mask the whole time so all his dialogue is just staring at a mask. I remember thinking that I pretty much got everything I needed to then I started dozing. it really sucked because I know how much of a treat it was to see this so early I really thought Natalie Portman's English accent was hot and I wanted to be awake to fully appreciate what I was getting to see, but you know how that nodding head, heavy eyelid thing goes... I got up and downed a redbull which didn't really help. I chewed the rest of my gum which didn't really help. I threw off my jacket-cum-seat cushion and nothing seemed to help. It was a constant battle to stay awake for the entire thing so subsequently I never payed all that much attention to the actual movie. I was never surprised or anything like that, the whole thing had a certain sense of predestination like, whether real or imagined, I had a picture of the whole film laid out in the first five minutes. Everyone around me seemed to really enjoy it and I may well revise my stance on this considerably when I get to see it again but right then at that moment it didn't do anything for me and my hazy conscioussness.

Afterward I asked the guy next to me what he thought and he said he loved it. I apologized if I distracted him at all for all my nodding head and jerking awake action but he said his eyes were glued on the screen and he didn't notice at all, which made me feel a little better. People started to get up to leave but Harry said there was some stuff to give away and that Drew and Eric were in charge of it. They decided to just call out seat numbers and Harry said one through twelve" and I had to remind them that us standby people on the sides sat in impromptu rows 13 and 14 as well. Drew called out several random seat numbers before finally asking how many people spent the entire time in a folding chair. We all raised our hands and he said everyone who did deserved something and everyone clapped for us which was nice. I had a choice between a Buffy toy and something else I was equally disinterested in or a Death, Jr. thing so I opted for the Death, Jr. I have no clue what Death, Jr. is but at least it has something to do with Death so that's fine with me.

Downstairs, boxes had been placed with bundles of rolled posters for people to grab on the way out. The Rolling Roadshow van had also backed up to the front door and Alamo staff handed out Atari Flashbacks to everyone. The word is that they're releasing a BNAT version of Pitfall where Pitfall Harry is replaced by a pixelly Harry Knowles but I haven't checked it out yet. They also had Hostel mini-DVDs in the lobby to grab as well. While everyone swarmed out, I went down and dropped all my crap in my car. On the way down I spotted Blake and Micah putting their crap in Blake's trunk so I figured I had enough time to get to my car and back before they took off. Alas I didn't and they were gone by the time I returned. Oh well, I'm sure they had a good time and I'm glad they got in.

Back at the Alamo, the crowd was thinning considerably. I caught up with a few friends and an offer for IHOP came out which I accepted. It gave me another really cool little Eli Roth moment where he was signing posters for fans and talking to people I knew. He was really funny much like his small part in Cabin Fever, and took it well when Aaron's wife said her school class was looking forward to Hostel and really loved Cabin Fever. "Oh yeah, they are perfect kids movies... kids love torture." I thought it was really cool for Eli to stick it out for the whole thing. Apparently this is his fourth one, which pretty much puts him in my cool book for good.

At the IHOP we talked over what films we liked, when we fell asleep, and your basic geek-out movie chat. Someone brought up that Richard Pryor had died and Drew told a pretty hilarious story about a time he recently went to see him do comedy in a club. The fatigue started to set in and not even a bacon and jalepeno omlet could hold it back. Soon everyone parted ways and thus ended my first Butt-Numb-A-Thon experience.


The Most Dangerous Game
King Kong
Footlight Parade
Masters of Horror: Sick Girl
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
The Professionals
District 13
Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns
The Descent
Stunt Rock
V For Vendetta

Argoman: The Fantastic Superman
The Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
Stunt Rock
The Pit and the Pendulum (stop-motion short film)
War Eagles
Betty Boop in Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (short)
Lucky Seven
The Soul of Bruce Lee
El Desperado
Once Upon A Time in the West There Was A Man Called Invincible
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Scorpions and Miniskirts
Danger Girls
Seven Golden Women Against Two 07 (Treasure Hunt)
2gether 4ever
Hostel (Eyegasm clip)
Eunuch of the Western palace
Thunder Cops
Donald Duck in Der Fuerher's Face (short)
Starmaster (Atari COmmercial)
The Return of Captain Invincible
X-Men 3
Mission: Impossible 3

1 grilled chicken club w/ fries
1 chips & queso
1 Raging Bull pizza
.5 pack of gum

2 sugarfree redbull
6 ice water

BNAT7 Yearbook
BNAT7 Poster (awesome)
Atari Flashback2
Matrix: Path of Neo PlayStation2 game
Death Jr. Action Figure
deck of Italian exploitation movie poster playing cards from NoShame Films

King Kong t-shirt (XL)
The Producers t-shirt (XL)
BNAT7 t-shirt (L)
Aeon FLux t-shirt (M)
Shark Tale Rain Parka
M:I III hat
Aeon Flux hat

Hostel nail clippers
Hostel mini-DVD
Hostel temporary tattoo
Domino temporary tattoo
Domino shotglass (chipped)
Monsters HD microwave popcorn (2 bags)
Transformers Comic Book (Issue #0)
Wedding Crashers Do Not Disturb Door sign
Madagascar postcards (set of 5)
The Pit and the Pendulum stop-motion short film Postcard
Wallace & Gromit pencil
Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso & Cream (1 can)

Hostel 8x10 Poster
Monsters HD 8x10 Poster
Domino Mini-Poster
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Mini-Poster
Nightwatch Mini-Poster
King Kong Mini-Poster
Walk The Line Mini-Poster
Munich Mini-Poster
The Producers Mini-Poster
The Matador Mini-Poster
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Poster
War of the Worlds Poster
Aeon Flux Poster
The New World Poster
Hostel Poster (German)
Superman Returns Poster
V For Vendetta Poster (ripped)