Another two special movie nights here in Austin this past week.
The Austin Film Society premiered Fast Food Nation at the glorious Paramount with Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser in person for a Q&A afterwards. It was packed, with a farmer's market outside just before. It was a great way to see this courageous and provocative film. It's filled with some great actors, some great stories, and an amazing behind the scenes look at where fast food comes from. There are repercussions up and down the line. The immigrant and meat packing plant stories are particularly compelling. Yes, this isn't the most audience friendly easy entertainment but I urge everyone to go anyway because you just have to support what Schlosser and Rick set out to do. They took on one of the most powerful industries in the world today. They're on the side of humanity.
On the contrary, last night's film went down super easy with hoots and hollers and lots of spontaneous clapping. It's the epitome of audience pleasing! No surprise here, of course I'm talking about Dreamgirls. Eye catching, toe tapping, some astounding performances in this quality film top to bottom. I loved it all. I went crazy for Eddie Murphy. He's always been a super talent. He's breath stopping in this.