The Alamo Drafthouse is my Mecca
As for the question Eliza posed in the last update: “Who inspires you?” There were a few clear winners that rose to the top. No surprise here—they’re vloggers. The top response was WheezyWaiter, otherwise known as Craig, who acts in our show. I understand that. Craig makes a ton of videos, all very creative, he also uses his vlogs to build a constantly evolving mythos around himself which is really awesome. Plus, he’s making a living producing his own content and he loves it. That’s clearly an enviable position to be in. The second highest rated was the Vlogbrothers. They are John and Hank Green. They hold the crown and scepter for one of the largest YouTube “communities” known as “Nerdfighters.” Counter-intuitively, nerdfighters don’t fight nerds, they proudly wear the mantel as they love all things that can be considered “nerdy.” The also have a pretty successful record label through YouTube, have created a YouTube day of charitable giving, and have several offshoot channels including the most recognized game show on Youtube. So the top 2 slots go to vloggers. The boards didn’t let me down though, because the third most inspiring was Joss Whedon. I’m going to go ahead and agree with that. Then I’m going to give my next vote to J.J. Abrams. Or maybe I’m just overcome with Super 8 anticipation. J.J. can fight it out with Edgar Wright, for my second most inspiring figure slot. That’d be a fight filled with a hell of a lot of lens flares and amazing transitions.
As for the summer movie rant portion of this, I did a little Googling to see what other people had to say on the topic. Miraculously, The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas released this on their blog this week. (Warning for the language sensitive, there’s more than enough cussing in this little gem)
They’re running that in front of all of their upcoming R-rated movies. Everything I hear about the Alamo Drafthouse just keeps solidifying it in my mind as the greatest place ever. The year my family lived in Austin, I was too young to go. I’ve seen it in the behind-the-scenes of a few different dvds, among them the likes of Hot Fuzz. I need to get back there and experience it in person.
But movie theater disruption can turn really dark too. I found two articles, one on either side of the spectrum that prove how strongly some people can feel about this. One man got mad enough at a family that wouldn’t stop talking during a screening of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button that he pulled a gun a shot the father in the arm. Fact. Conversely, at a screening of Shutter Island an irritated moviegoer asked a woman to get off of her cell phone. The cell phone woman and her boyfriend walked out of the theater. Cell phone woman’s boyfriend then returned to the theater and stabbed the moviegoer in the neck with a meat thermometer. A meat thermometer. Nope, typing it a second time didn’t make it easier to understand. The moviegoer lived, but was probably too distracted to enjoy the movie after that.
Thanks for reading, folks.