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A title like that can only mean that this week's News from Slackerwood entry is now available on Cinematical. The entry includes a charming still from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie that I included just to make my husband happy. Never let it be said that I am not a devoted wife. (Yipes. Did I just type that?)

The movie I'm most interested in next week is Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, which I've never seen because I used to be chicken about watching Sam Peckinpah films. The movie is playing Monday through Wednesday at Alamo Downtown. However, I'm not sure I can go: I've got a meeting Monday night, a screening Tuesday night for a movie to review, and Nueva Onda Movie Night on Wednesday.

Nueva Onda doesn't start until 8 pm or so, so I could see the Peckinpah film and arrive there late ... but I would hate to miss seeing/hearing local filmmaker Steve Collins, who will be there to discuss his two short films included in the lineup. One of the shorts, Gretchen and the Night Danger, was the basis for Collins' feature Gretchen, which played at SXSW and then won Collins the big award at LAFF. (I'm on the Nueva Onda programming committee and I suggested we consider showing Collins' movies and asking him to attend, so I'm especially invested in this month's event.)

I should be happy to live in a town where I have so many film choices and such tough viewing decisions, I know.

I should be happy ...

"I should be happy to live in a town where I have so many film choices and such tough viewing decisions, I know."

You certainly should. :-)

Before Katrina forced my wife and I to move from New Orleans to Austin, I would constantly bemoan the horrible state of movie-going affairs in the Crescent City. Austin may not be NYC or L.A. or Chicago, but it's been a BIG improvement for me. I can actually *walk* to two theatres from my apartment and there are a half-dozen multiplexes within easy driving distance. I love it.