We're heading to Butt-Numb-a-Thon 7 tomorrow night. Austin had an ice storm just in time for the big weekend! Hopefully they'll thaw out a bit before we get there. This will be my 6th year at BNaT. We always have a good time. No clue what we're seeing, as usual, though most of us figure King Kong is on the menu since Peter Jackson basically told us he'd send it when he visited BNaT 5.
There's a precedent of showing new musicals, as we had Chicago at BNaT 4 (awesome!) and The Phantom of the Opera last year (sucked!), so I suspect we'll see The Producers. There are rumors that we'll get a super-early cut of the new Superman, but I'm doubtful about that. It's still six months from release, and if it's awful or something I doubt they want to generate negative buzz (well, MORE negative buzz) this early in the game. Some folks think we'll get Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and it wouldn't surprise me, but I hope I can figure out what's going on since I didn't see Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.
Tim League usually gets the 4AM wake-up slot to show some effed-up exploitation goodness, so there's no telling what he'll pull out of his sleeve this year. I hope for an encore of the short Christmas on Monkey Island every year, but so far no dice. I'm sure we'll see the Stunt Rock trailer a few times, though.
Two of my favorites from last year were old movies, Blonde Venus (pre-Hayes Code Marlene Dietrich -- wow!) and Miss Sadie Thompson (Rita Hayworth in a sweaty tropical climate in the lushest, most perfect 3-D presentation you could ever hope to see. THAT'S what 3-D should be used for!). I hope we get another couple of gorgeous, glossy ones like that this year.
There's usually some gore flick that I have little interest in, though occasionally they turn out to be good. I hope we're light on those this year; a little of that goes a long way with me. Also, I hope against hope that we won't get stuck with a pirate movie. Yeah, you heard me. I hate pirate stories. I just don't get the appeal. I'm ocean-averse anyway.
The thing I'm looking forward to the most: the Alamo Drafthouse's Shroomwich. I going to have at least two during the fest. It's juicy, marinated portobello mushroom topped with sundried tomato pesto and gooey goat cheese on crusty bread. I just checked the online menu for the Drafthouse and I don't see it listed. Come on, they had it in September! Oh, I'm going to be so depressed if they don't have it. I hope the online menu is just old, because the Shroomwich is heaven in a basket.