Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Rock-afire Explosion & Second Sunday Sock Hop

The purpose of this post is not to inform, but rather to whine. You see, The Rock-afire Explosion will be having its nationwide premiere tonight - in Austin! - and I was so excited that I went and wrote a story about it.

But alas, I won't be seeing it this evening, and chances aren't you won't either since it sold out in a matter of hours. Here is what we're missing:



Best line: "It was like being in rock n' roll. Exactly like being in rock n' roll."

You know the southern-talkin' guy at the beginning of the film? That would be 31-year-old Alabamian Chris Thrash, who bought The Rock-afire Explosion and reprogrammed the, eh, "band" to sing songs like this.



He then posted this video, and several other gems - including Usher's "Love in this Club" - to YouTube. Texas filmmakers Brett Whitcomb and Brad Thompson caught those, contacted Thrash, and lo and behold....an underground, cult-like Rock-afire Explosion fan base slowly emerged, from the plastic colored ball pit depths. Wild, huh?

Anyway, while Whitcomb and Thompson introduce the film tonight - amidst an all-you-can-eat pizza party, no less! - fear not Austinites. There's crazy fun just across the highway.

Enjoy your Sabbath Day!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought the movie was horrible. Chris Thrash is a genius for the reverse-engineering work he has done, yet the filmmakers chose to portray him as a creepy, simple-minded southerner. His work is more impressive than what the 2 filmmakers have done in their entire life.

Austin Eavesdropper said...

Anonymous, that is REALLY interesting feedback. I'm so glad you added your two cents. How did other people feel after the show? Similarly, you think?

Bill said...

Completely disagree with "anonymous". The film really gave the viewers an idea of Chris' undying childhood love of having a Rock-Afire Explosion. He was a very easy character to relate with. He didn't come across as creepy at all.

The large round of applause after the film and the fact that nearly all of the packed house stayed for the entire Q&A suggests that your experience with the film was in the minority.

Anonymous said...

As a fellow nerd, I just get tired of how self-righteous filmmakers portray us. It was apparent to me that when they saw his YouTube videos, they were thinking, "This guy is the biggest NERD!" and weren't really into making a film about his accomplishments.

My friends were ambivalent towards the film, but I heard the girl next to me saying "aww" alot when they'd make fun of Chris.

Yes, the film got applause but it's easy to make fun of people.

Anonymous said...

excellent movie, I almost didn't get it but I got lucky...

Anonymous said...

I cried...

Megalithic Rick said...

Chris from AL doesnt look 31...this movie looks so awesome...Im 31 and I can't remember if I ever ate at Showbiz. I remember those robot bears though...maybe its repressed cause there kinda freaky looking. can't wait to see it and have all you can eat pizza too(!kickass!).