I don't always drink "sponsors", but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis
By Don Simpson | October 22, 2010
It all started at the Steamboat for the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsored Opening Night Reception, which turned out to be a fun event to just be a wallflower and people-watch while knocking back a few free Dos Equis. Even the band was pretty good; they had a Modern Lovers/Television thing going on. An older white-maned British gentleman, let me know that he would have preferred if Perry Como was on stage (a statement I had a difficult time disputing, because in reality what wouldn’t be made better with some Perry Como action? So, I nodded in agreement). Several Dos Equis later and I was well on my way to the Convention Center for a Dark Matters screening of I Didn’t Come Here To Die by Bradley Scott Sullivan.
I’ll be posting my review of I Didn’t Come Here To Die soon, so I’ll refrain from saying too much here. I will say that I was satisfactorily entertained, but it really did not offer anything that would make it stand out from the 80s midnight grade B horror films it mimics in almost every sense. There are some eye popping and side [of face] splitting special effects and I loved the soundtrack. That’s all I’ll say for now…
My fearless editor-in-chief (Dave Campbell) and I took off during the I Didn’t Come Here To Die Q&A in order to get our asses over to the Paramount for Main Street. I like Colin Firth, Orlando Bloom, Amber Tamblyn, Patricia Clarkson and Ellen Burstyn so I expected to like Main Street…but, well, I didn’t. Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom’s accents drove me absolutely batty and I have no idea what Horton Foote’s screenplay (the last script he wrote before his death) was trying to say. I still need to collect my thoughts on this one before I can take a stab at reviewing it.
Needless to say, I needed several more free Dos Equis after sitting through Main Street, so it was off to WGA East & West sponsored Late Night Welcome Party at Buffalo Billiards to quench my thirst. The party was packed, and after about 30 minutes I decided to do one last walk around the room before calling it a night; but that’s when I bumped into Mark Potts and the S&M Lawn Care cast. I figured I had to stick around the party — you know, to do some research for my upcoming interview with the S&M guys. Soon Storme Wood, the director of Paradise Lost, was also in our circle but by then I was lost in a mind that was heavily clouded with free Dos Equis. I’m hoping to meet up with Storme later in the festival and redeem myself by having an intelligent interview with him.