Ray Fontenot isn't a name I'm familiar with. I'm curious to know if this is his inaugural puzzle.
The theme is an all-day film festival...the four theme answers are well-known movies whose last words capture the various "show" times.
20A: First showing at an all-day film festival? (1988) - Tequila Sunrise
25A: Second showing (1970) - Red Sky at Morning
44A: Third showing (1975) - Dog Day Afternoon
49A: Final showing (2004) - After the Sunset
I'm not much of a morning person...and definitely not a sunrise person...but I might have seen Tequila Sunrise--it looks somewhat familiar, and I like Michelle Pfeiffer. I saw the morning and afternoon shows. Liked one, really liked the other. Didn't see After the Sunset and couldn't tell you anything about it.
I always think themes are clever, in large part because I don't think I could come up with one. This was an easy theme, and once you got one theme answer, it was pretty easy to guess at least the endings. I was thinking Tuesday Afternoon at first. Likely confused because Tequila Sunrise was also a song.
[Digression following...At KC's request, I've posted some pictures of Dooley and Barnabas, along with our daughters. You can see them here. Thanks, KC.]
Esau makes another appearance at 53D, clued as Biblical twin. He's joined by Biblical liar (Ananias) at 43D.
Yesterday we had True/False Test. Today they reprise their roles--albeit separately--at 51D: Loyal (true) and 42A: Disloyal (false).
X is in the grid again today...at 57A Graph line (axis) and 49D: Pink-slipped (axed).
Favorite words in the grid:
35A: Crystal-lined rock (geode)
15D: Self-important sorts (tin gods). We all know one (or more) of those.
33D: Eco-friendly (green). I know someone who will be happy to see this answer. Be sure to check out his always-entertaining commentary on the New York Sun puzzle.
38D: San Francisco and environs (Bay area). I just looked at that as one word and wondered what in the world bayarea was...kind of like...well, never mind.
45D: Nissan, once (Datsun). I don't remember when that changed. I used to own a Datsun, I have never owned a Nissan...so it was some time between 1973 and now.
54D: Gallery-filled part of the Big Apple (SoHo). When we were in New York City a few years ago, I learned that Soho meant South of Houston Street...or the area south of Greenwich Village. It was a great place to meander...lots of shops, galleries, cafes, and other places to spend money.
Well, it's now ten of (29D: A little before the hour). Not so! (32D: "That's a lie!"). Okay, it's really ten after...but I wanted to use a couple of answers in a real sentence. I agree, that's pretty lame (2D: Poor, as excuses go). But no harm (52D: Damage) done!
Enough already! Good night...see you tomorrow.