The Alamo Drafthouse has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the greatest movie theaters in the history of mankind…or at least the history of movie theaters. With their signature events, ample food and drink selection, and strict no-talking policy, they make obsolete all tawdry multiplexes and completely redefine the movie-going experience. Here’s what they’re up to this week!
Alamo South Lamar, Austin, 10/5, 8:00pm & 10:45pm
Bangarang! TMNT II: The Secret of the Ooze Pizza Party w/Ernie Reyes Jr. Live
If you were a child of the late 80s/early 90s, then you’re already aware of the dire importance of the Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles. The toys, the cartoon, and eventually the films were such a huge part of our collective youth. One man whose incredible talents made at least the movies possible was Ernie Reyes, Jr. Ernie’s first gig within the franchise was donning the Donatello suit and doing all the fighting in the first movie while Corey Feldman supplied the voice. But in the sequel, Ernie got to show his talents, and his face, as the ass-kicking sidekick Keno. Come on down to the Alamo for this rare screening of the film, a chance to meet Ernie in person, and eat all the pizza you possibly can. Cowabunga!
Alamo Village, Austin, 10/7, 6:00pm
So I Married An Axe Murderer Quote-Along
One of the best and most underrated comedies of the 1990s is So I Married an Axe Murderer. Mike Meyers plays a love-sick schlub who falls in love with a woman who, wouldn’t you know it, just might be a psychotic serial killer; comedy obviously ensues. Featuring exceptional performances from its leads and staggering roster of supporting actors (including Meyers himself as his own father), what’s brilliant about So I Married an Axe Murderer is its biting satire of the decade. “I believe I ordered the large cappuccino…hello!” The Drafthouse is offering you the perfect opportunity to revisit the movie, and all its impossibly quotable lines, on the big screen. We are smitten with this movie, come be in deep smit with us.
Alamo Ritz Austin, 10/8 7:20, 10/10 6:45pm
Fun Fun Fun Fest Presents Man Crush: Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling is pretty; a great actor, a charismatic movie star sure, but damned pretty. We are secure enough with ourselves to admit that we have a bit of a man crush on this real human being, who’s also a real hero. If you find yourself similarly crushing, Fun Fun Fun Fest has exactly what you need to get your Gosling fix. They’ve put together an evening of clips from all that it is Ryan. From his earliest TV appearances to Lars and the Real Girl, the Alamo and FFFF will have you spouting “Hey Girl” on your way out of the theater.
Alamo Westlakes, San Antonio, 10/9 7:00pm; 10:15pm
Bangarang!: Dead Alive
Who says horror movies are too gory? Not Peter Jackson, that’s for damn sure. In 1992, long before he ever ventured into Middle-earth, Jackson did his best Sam Raimi impression and the result was the deliciously disgusting Dead Alive. Jackson had the bold foresight to suppose that the big zombie apocalypse would be incited by Sumatran rat-monkeys. The dark comedy with which Jackson tells his visceral story is what makes it so memorable…well, that, and the greatest alternate use for gardening equipment ever caught on film. If you have the stomach, come on down to the Alamo and help celebrate this cult classic.
Alamo Winchester, Virginia, 10/10 7:00pm
Big Screen Classics: An American Werewolf in London
It is officially October, and that can mean only one thing: horror movies. This is the time of year in which everyone becomes a rabid consumer of scary cinema. If ever there were a horror classic worthy of revisit every single year, it’s John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London. Again, we have a horror film with a marked measure of humor, but when the laughs give way to screams, there’s no questioning where the film’s bread is buttered. Featuring great performances, a devilishly clever soundtrack, and Rick Baker’s spell-binding practical effects, An American Werewolf in London is a film that demands to be seen on the big screen; full moon or not.