The Relativity guys are taking Machine Gun Preacher on the road before the Toronto Film Festival, showing it to journos in various burghs & arranging interviews with talent. Me: “Can I see it early too? I’ll hold the review until the festival, of course. It would just help to be able to bag this one early.” Them: “But seeing it at the festival will be so much more exciting! With a big crowd and all!”

Me: “Yeah, but all the publicists say that, and it’s impossible to see all the films I want to see once the festival starts. The upshot is that I wind up missing 10 or 15 films, which is why seeing anything early is great.” Same tug-of-war conversation every year.