July 31, 2013

The Cornetto Trilogy

This past Saturday, the Mister and I spent more than seven hours in a theater, enjoying the Cornetto (or Blood and Ice Cream, depending on which you prefer) Trilogy: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End (which releases nationwide Aug. 23). All three movies were directed by Edgar Wright, and star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (two of my favorite people).

The screening was free, and part of a celebration of the opening of the newest Alamo Drafthouse theater. Colt got one of only a few hundred RSVP tickets a couple of weeks ago, and we got to the theater at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning to pick up our actual tickets.

The "illegal" line | Our tickets

Side note: There have been a lot of grumbles on the Internet (per usual) about the fact that people didn't follow the rules when it came to lining up in the morning before the ticket release. I completely admit that we took part in the rule breaking—but it was a clear case of if we didn't, we wouldn't have gotten in. And to the people who didn't think that people would break the rules and line up early: You have obviously never been to an event like this. (See also: Hall H lines.) I feel bad that there weren't more tickets available, but there are some situations in which you just do what you have to in order to get what you want. (I hope that doesn't make me sound like too much of a jerk ...)

The showing actually began at 3 p.m., so Colt and I took a nap before heading to the theater for the evening. We headed back down around 2 and settled in for a long evening of fun. Thankfully, the Drafthouse is awesome and serves food and drink in the theaters, so we didn't have to go thirsty (bottomless iced tea!) or eat multitudes of super expensive soggy popcorn (we had green chile french fries for a snack and then a calzone/salad for dinner). (If you have a Drafthouse in your area and have never been—GO! It's the Murtis' absolute favorite theater chain.)

Surprise "Cornettos"

The coolest part of the night, aside from watching all three films, was after the end of TWE: a Q&A with Tim League (founder and owner of the Drafthouse chain), Edgar, Simon and Nick. The guys are all super cool and honestly funny, so it was great to be able to hear their thoughts on the films, acting and being friends.

 Crappy iPhone photo from the very back row

Much better photos via the Drafthouse. Simon's jeans were SO TIGHT.

I really wanted to ask a question, but was super nervous to do so. I raised my hand anyway, but then put it down when Tim mentioned they wanted a "showstopper" question. The guys saw me do it, and of course called me on it, asking to hear my question. I asked about the people who were in all three movies—making an idiot of myself in the process; I didn't realize Bill Nighy voices a character in TWE—but they made fun of me in a sweet teasing manner and answered my question. It was pretty dang awesome to get talked "at" buy the four gents.

At the end of the Q&A, we got the chance to purchase a special Shaun of the Dead Mondo poster designed by Tyler Stout and signed by Edgar, Simon and Nick. We have more art than walls at the moment, but it was way too cool to pass up.

A non-signed and a variant version of the Shaun of the Dead poster will go on sale via Mondo Aug. 22.




Free TWE poster from the studio. Gotta have the swag.

At the end of it all, we headed home, high on excitement. To be totally honest, however, three movies in a row is about .5 movies too many for my head ... and my butt.

P.S.—I'm the featured lady perspective on UnderScoopFire's new MANTHINK series, which starts with a look at the top five girls toy lines of the 80s. Check it out!

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