Pictured: Alan Cumming receives the 2007 Golden Apple Award and talks about Suffering Man's Charity at the film's New York premiere during the 4th Annual Big Apple Film Festival.

Last night I attended opening night of the Big Apple Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas here in New York City. It was a good time, the place was packed for both opening night films -- Owl and the Sparrow and Suffering Man's Charity -- and actor/director Alan Cumming was on hand to receive their annual Golden Apple award. Nice guy, and one who should be commended for coming out to support a homegrown fest like this, currently in its fourth year. You'd be surprised at how many celebs feel they're too good, too important, too awesome to come mingle with the locals or attend an event without any paparazzi. And Cumming, who was also attending the premiere of his new Sci-Fi show Tin Man uptown, went out of his way to leave that event and drive clear across the city to show up and speak to a bunch of moviegoers about his film, his career and his life. No press. No media red carpet. Just a filmmaker and his fans. Bravo. If only more folks were like that. But anyway ...

I have to give a shout out to two guys who came up to me in the theater lobby afterwards. I've been writing for Cinematical for over two and a half years now, and I've never actually met one of our many many readers in person. But this guy came up to me, all giddy and whatnot, because he had found out that I wrote for Cinematical. The smile on his face -- man, I felt like I was a celebrity. He was a huge fan, and when he walked out with two other people, another guy ran back in: "Hey, sorry, but he just told me who you were and I needed to shake your hand." I felt like saying, "Dude, I write a movie blog. But when I save the world, I'll be sure to let you know." Regardless, I was really blown away by their enthusiasm for the site, for my writing and for the hard work all of us put into bringing you tons of movie news each and every single day. A week does not go by without reading at least four comments from people who either a) want me dead or b) want me to stop writing and go shovel sh*t for a living. So, I just wanted to thank those two guys (who never told me their names) for reminding me why we do what we do. Cheers!

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