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Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Years and Movie Marathon

For New Years Eve, I made a trip back to Austin. Jennifer was throwing an epic party and it was Alex's 6th Annual Movie Marathon. It was better then I could have anticipated and I'm glad I went, just sorry I had to leave so fast.

I got in on Wednesday and stayed up late with Alex discussing road trip plans, there's just so much to do. For New Years eve we went downtown to 1st Night celebration they have every year. It's a family oriented affair, with neat art and fun people. Two amazing things: 1. Swings with LEDs that were awesome under trees, and the fire tornado. The swings are like the light up frisbees you can buy now and they would change color. I think I've seen the fire tornado featured at Burning Man before. They would change the gas mixture to change the flame color and was pretty spectacular.

From there we went and got dressed for Jennifer's party, "Ready to Offend." It was awesome. I saw so many friends and actually got to hang out and talk with them. Inside the party was really crowded, so we mostly had our "kitchen" outside. More and more people showed up, along with some crashers who kept setting off fireworks. Beer ran out but the party kept on.

Promptly at 8am, Alex comes in singing "Good Morning, Good Morning." And the movies began at 9. I'll quote Alex's invite for the description.

The 6th Annual Marathon will be a celebration of both Hollywood cinema and German culture. The "Wurst Movie of the Year" will involve all movies that have won the prestigious Academy Award undeservedly.

The lineup is as follows:

1. Shakespeare in Love (won 7 Oscars including Best Picture, 1999)

2. Harry and the Hendersons (Best Makeup, 1988)

3. Titanic (won 11 Oscars including Best Picture, 1998)
Disc 1 and Disc 2

4. Speed (Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing, 1995)

5. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Best Makeup, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, 1993)

6. Beetlejuice (Best Makeup, 1989)

(unphotographed)7. Gladiator (won 5 Oscars including Best Picture, 2001)

8. U-571 (Best Sound Editing, 2001)

There is a lot of gold to be had this year and I for one am looking forward to showing Russell where its at.

In all it was about 17 hours of movies, combined with a lot of eating drinking and laziness. There's no better way to ring in a new year.

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