At the end of the 24-hour marathon of films at his annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon (BNAT), AICN web master Harry Knowles asked the 200 or so folks at the Alamo Drafthouse to declare their best film of the fest. Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass got a bigger response than Avatar, though both had their fans and it was hardly a scientific survey. (The comics action spoof Kick-Ass comes out April 16.) It should be pointed out that Avatar closed the fest. (James Cameron made sure the BNAT attendees had the right 3D glasses.)
Knowles was thrilled that Martin Scorsese delivered 2010 release Shutter Island, which one attendee described as an homage to Val Lewton. "It's a version of Angel Heart without The Devil," he said. "I figured it out a third of the way through." He didn't sound overly impressed. "I was not knocked out, but it worked well enough."
Ahead of the fest, Scorsese looked at Knowles' list of classics and told him to replace Shock Corridor with The Red Shoes. Knowles started to argue with him and then said, "Why am I arguing with Martin Scorsese?" Apparently the Michael Powell classic--the only film not programmed by Knowles-- played fine. Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs also played the Austin fest.