So, let’s talk about The Interview…

Over the last few days, a movie became the biggest news story in America. Thanks to hackers who held Sony hostage with embarrassing e-mails, confidential employee information, and eventually terrorist threats, The Interview has been pulled from distribution. As of the time of this writing, speculation from the FBI is …

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Lessons of Holly

I don’t remember when I first met Holly. She just always seemed to be part and parcel of the Butt-Numb-a-Thon experience. Every year, when I’d go down to Austin, TX, chances were pretty good that Holly was also there, having traveled from Atlanta. Holly was always a burst of energy. …

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Fantastic Fest Day #8

It took me a while to recover from Fantastic Fest, which is why my post about the final day comes to the Internet more than a week later. The final party was a lot of everything (including a booze luge, slap shots, a water balloon slingshot, real free tattoos, and a …

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Fantastic Fest Day #7

On the penultimate day of Fantastic Fest, I thankfully hit my second wind. I was still exhausted, but I’d gone past the zombie state into a sort of zen master peace. It is by movies alone that I set my mind in motion. One of my film slots yesterday was …

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Fantastic Fest Day #6

I was so exhausted yesterday that by the time I drove to the theater, I realized I just couldn’t handle another movie. So I skipped the first film and slept in my car for two hours. When I woke up, I checked Twitter and saw the buzz on the film …

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Fantastic Fest Day #5

I don’t really know what day it is anymore. The concept of time is foggy. My body shuffles forward, as if pulled by an external force. My eyes scan constantly, seeking any movie screen within their view, like junkies seeking their next fix. Three more days to go! Anyway, I …

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Fantastic Fest Day #4

The sleep deprivation is starting to get to me. I hallucinated that Marko Zaror gave me an energy drink. And then he spin-kicked a can off Brian Salisbury’s head. And then I got into a conversation with his mother. Oh, wait, there are photos of the spin-kick on my camera. So, …

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Fantastic Fest Day #3

These people just had a pie fight. #FantasticFest pic.twitter.com/OVvEtXcn69 — Doug Benson (@DougBenson) September 20, 2014 I learned a valuable lesson yesterday. If you’re going to have a pie fight in an alley, don’t just bring a change of clothes. Do the pie fight after all the other stuff you …

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Fantastic Fest Day #2

After only two days of Fantastic Fest, I feel like the event has eaten my face and left me in an exhausted heap. This, of course, is how it should be. This year, Fantastic Fest moved back to the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, which is within sight of the Austin …

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Fantastic Fest Day #1

The normal description: Fantastic Fest is a film festival in Austin, Texas, which focuses on genre films from around the world. My description: Fantastic Fest is the heavy metal mosh pit of film festivals. And I love it. Opening night was last night. I got to see my favorite Fantastic …

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