Over the seven-months I’ve been doing this column, there has only been one other time when I had to cut a column short. Like that dark day, this week I am also suffering from severe allergies and have been under the weather for several days now. If the weather would change completely and it would get really cold, I would feel much better. This week is also the week of the GEEK GALA and I have been doing a lot of extra work at my day job to ensure that I am off on Saturday and able to attend the Gala and I have also had the honor this week of judging some amazing short films for the short film competition happening the afternoon of the Gala as well.
This in no way excuses me from my duties here at the flagship site I understand, but I hope you will, in good geek fashion, please cut me a little slack and forgive me the brevity of the column this week. If you attend the GEEK GALA, and really…why WOULDN’T you? It is the banner day of the entire year for any Charlotte geek to gather together and enjoy wine, food and the joy of each others company and engage in the kinds of conversations that we wish we could have with everyone we meet. There is also an amazing comedy show, a geek-centric talent show as well as the comedy stylings of the always amazing Mikey Mason and too many other things to even talk about here, including the short film contest I mentioned.
If you are attending the GEEK GALA and have a bone to pick with me about cutting this weeks column short, then by all means, corner me at the Gala and let me hear all about it. Honest. Let me have it.
In the meantime, there are really only two films coming out this weekend. One is by the living legend, Sir Ridley Scott called The Counselor (R 117 Minutes) which is the first film written directly for the screen by living legend, Cormac McCarthy, the brilliant novelist behind No Country for Old Men, Terms of Endearment, The Road and just about countless other great novels that have been made into great films.
The Counselor stars Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz and Brad Pitt and concerns itself with the doings of the kinds of colorful lowlifes that Cormac McCarthy excels in.
This is a film I have been waiting for since it was announced last year and I have been getting more and more excited for since the first trailer hit several months ago. It also features a stunning sex scene involving Cameron Diaz and a car window that people will be talking about for years to come.
The second film is Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R 92 Minutes) and stars Johnny Knoxville as an 86-year-old grandfather (the worst ever) taking his small grandson across country. It is one of those films like Borat where the main characters are actors but the situations they get into involve real people having real reactions.
I always understood the Jackass show and the movies but I never enjoyed them. I never held that against the films though because they weren’t really for me, but I have to admit, I laughed like a crazy person at the trailer for this the first time I saw it and I have smiled every time I’ve seen it since. It looks ludicrous and absolutely hysterical.
I will also be the first to admit that mileage may vary on something like this, so know going in that if you are easily offended and have high morals and good taste, this may not be for you.
Well my friends, that just about does it for this abridged version of the column this week but join me next week when we see what happens when Harrison Ford says yes to a science-fiction film again and we check out what is supposed to be the funniest film to ever feature turkeys and try to rack our brains for another film to even actually feature a turkey.
Before I go though, let me throw in one last commercial for the 2013 GEEK GALA : Alien Invasion. It really is a great party and a great time. It is a time to laugh and hang out with like-minded people who are into the same crazy stuff. It’s a no judgement zone where we can just be ourselves and talk about the stuff that makes our Normie friends look at us sideways.
There is good food, great comedy and music and hundreds of great memories just waiting to be made. I really hope to see you there. If you don’t know where it is or just want more information, it is available all over this website or just go to www.geekgala.com. I’ll be there, so be sure to find me and say hello.
Until next time, Keep the Projector Threaded.