Rainbolt Report – Super Secret Cool Screening!

Super secret cool!

The super secret Austin, Texas screening turned out to be a super secret screening of Jason Reitman’s and Diablo Cody’s collaboration Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Patton Oswalt. The movie has been popping up in theaters in small numbers, but begins a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on December 9th, 2011 with a wide release date on December 16th, 2011.

There have been surprise screenings in Toronto, Minneapolis, Chicago, and now Austin. Jason Reitman and Patton Oswalt took the stage to give a brief synopsis of the movie. They decided to just show the movie and do an audience Q&A afterwards.

In my opinion, the real hidden gem was the Paramount ad campaign that worked with Los Angeles’ Gallery1988. The art gallery hand-picked artists to work on a different screen print for each secret screening. For tonight’s Austin, Texas showing the artist was Tara Mcpherson.

Mcpherson comes from Los Angeles, California, lives in New York City, is a painter, poster artist, comic artist, freelance Illustrator, toy designer, book author and more. The artist also plays bass in a band and loves tattoos and creating art about people and their odd ways. Tara’s work has been featured in Esquire, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Sony Magazine, Elle, Marie Claire, and some of her clients include DC Comics, Warner Brothers, Dark Horse Comics, Kidrobot, Strangeco, and of course, Paramount.

Tara’s work was actually featured in Jason’s award-winning movie Juno, so this one should come as no surprise. The unique piece of limited edition artwork was only available to attendees of the sneak preview at the Alamo Drafthouse on October 24, 2011.

Movie Synopsis: Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either.

Young Adult reunites Jason Reitman, Academy Award© nominated director of Juno, and Academy Award© winning screenwriter, Diablo Cody.

I’ll be honest, I thoroughly enjoyed the poster we received for this special screening. The movie however, was a tad dark and had bitch written all over it. I watched the train waiting for derailment, and as expected, it finally happened near the end. A really bright spot is Patton Oswalt. He completely owns his character. The story itself was dark, yet amusing. But I really did expect more from the director of Up In The Air and Juno. All in all, the movie kept my interest and like I said, the poster was fantastic, so I’ll give the experience 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

I grew up on Kung Fu theater movie weekends, a lot of Top Ramen Noodles, G.I. Joe's, Evil Knivels Stunt Cycle and Stretch Armstrong. My Movie reviews and Artist Interviews have been a regular around Follow me on Twitter @arainbolt. or email me

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