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Alamo Drafthouse Guide (1/12-1/18): This Week, The Drafthouse Features an Appearance by Michael Bein

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!

Thursday January 12th
The Anchorman Quote-Along
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“Ron Burgundy loves scotch. Brick Tamland loves lamp. Champ Kind loves fun. Brian Fantana thought he was in love with a Brazilian girl once...or a Chinese any rate, it was this girl, and he made out with her. These are the men of the Channel 4 News Team and they’re here to deliver... the news. If you’ve never been to an Anchorman Quote-Along, you’ve missed out on one of the most quote-able, drink-able, enjoyable nights of your life. As always we will have all of your favorite lines subtitled karaoke style for you to belt out as well as mustaches for all and a yazz flute for you to play along with Ron during his melodically intense seduction of Veronica Corningstone. Also we will have a harmonizing sing-along of Afternoon Delight and a drinking competition before the show.”—Greg MacLennan via
Sing-Along: Under Pressure
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm; Alamo Ritz 9:45pm
“Everyone has their favorite singers, but chances are you can name at least 5 other artists that sound just like them. We live in a cursed world where there will always be the empty catsuit of the 4 octave wonder that was Freddie Merucry. Thank God we still have David Bowie but there will be a giant pair of sparkled platformed boots that will lay vacant whenever he passes. No man will ever walk in their shoes again and it wasn't until our one-night only Queen Sing-Along this past December that we realized one-night wasn't enough and so we're reaching back into our Action Pack vaults, but this time we're pulling out all of our best David Bowie with our best Queen. So dress on up in whatever gender you feel you most identify with... or as the androgynous David Bowie and get ready to party like a rockstar. As always we'll have props galore as well as all the lyrics to your favorite glam rockers up on the screen for your singing pleasure.”—Greg MacLennan via
Friday January 13th
The Anchorman Quote-Along
Alamo Ritz (thru 1/14) 7:15pm
Over the Top
Alamo Ritz (thru 1/14) 9:30pm
“Estranged father, Lincoln Hawks has just lost his wife and now it's time to make amends with his prep-school noodle-armed son. And how do you do that? By driving across the country in a big rig and arm wrestling every stranger on your way to the national competition in Las Vegas. Sound familiar? That's because this is the movie Real Steel wanted to be, but could never hope to get within a breath of. If Sylvester Stallone's arm wrestling epic isn't enough, come and feast your ears upon the operatic stylings of Asia, Kenny Loggins and Sammy Hagar. You may walk into the theater feeling like your five-foot nothin', but I guaran-goddamn-tee you, you'll walk out feeling ten feet tall. Plus we'll be having an arm wrestling competition in the theater before the show so start practicing your hat turn, fist slams today. The world meets no one halfway, now is the time to do for yourself! Grab your tickets NOW!”—Greg MacLennan via
The Late Show: Repo Man
Alamo Ritz (thru 1/14) Midnight
Repo Man is considered to be The Ultimate Punk Film. But in fact, Repo Man should be called The Ultimate ‘80s Film, with its shipwrecked characters living low beneath the shadows of the crummy Reagan era. Otto (Emilio Estevez) is a go-nowhere L.A. punk whose life takes a turn for the crazy when he’s enlisted by a crew of self-destructive, nihilistic repo men (including HARRY DEAN STANTON delivering some of the BEST monologues ever committed to celluloid). Meanwhile, a mysterious cop-evaporating force threatens to change the laws of science as we know it. Featuring a hilarious script and a soundtrack from Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Iggy Pop and Fear, plus enough zoned out new wave maniacs to fill a mental ward. There is no movie experience like this one, and Cox is considered one of the reigning kings of cult film for a thousand reasons, all of which are on fearless display in this blue-collar masterpiece.”—
Saturday January 14th
Celebrity Guests: Aliens w/Michael Biehn in Person
“With Cpl. Dwayne Hicks, MR. MICHEAL BIEHN, in attendance; to entertain your questions and show you what a real man looks like. That's right! The genre legend, star of some of the best sci-fi and action films of all time—The TerminatorAliensTombstoneThe AbyssGrindhouse and many more--will be screening THE DIVIDE and Aliens at the Alamo Drafthouse with an audience Q&A!”—
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Alamo Village 11:55pm
Thrill to all the cheap laughs, cheap women, and cheap production values of one of the world’s premier bad movies. Watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show in-and-of-itself is an event, but it takes on a whole new life when witnessed within the walls of The Alamo Village with loads of audience participation, dressed-up patrons, and general wickedness that has become a vital component to the film’s meteoritic rise to cult film legend.
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Michael Biehn is a true geek icon, and a supremely cool guy in person. If you are at all a fan of Aliens, The Terminator, and/or The Abyss, this appearance, and the subsequent Q&A, is one for the ages. 
Sunday January 15th
 Texans Watch Party
Alamo South Lamar Noon
“The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the premiere spot for watching football in Austin. We feature the games on our movie screen with state of the art video projection. With the *possible* exception of live in the stadium, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the best spot for the serious football fan. All eyes in the auditorium are focused on the movie screen, where the action on the field will be larger than life!”—
The Best Damn Shorts Show
Alamo Ritz 4:00pm
“Austin is becoming a mecca for indie-?lmmaking.  Austin legends like Richard  Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, and Wes Anderson honed their craft by telling short  form stories.  But who will be the next generation of Austin ?lmmakers?  Cue....... The Best Damn Shorts Show! hosted at the  Alamo Drafthouse. The best short ?lms from Austin's brightest ?lmmakers will be shown alongside  trailers for upcoming Austin feature ?lms.  After the show join us for a Q&A with  local ?lmmakers, industry experts, and to create an open dialogue for what Austin  Film is becoming. All genres will be represented in an event full of laughs, sighs, and maybe even a  few cries.”—
The Golden Hornet Project Presents Amadeus
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“Golden Hornet Project (GHP) has launched a project to complete Mozart's unfinished Requiem, in collaboration with composers from the rock, hip-hop, video game and avant garde music scenes.  To support this monster project, which will be completed and presented to the public in 2014, we are hosting a series of screenings of the film Amadeus over the next two years. Each screening will include a live choral performance of The Requiem work in progress, with GHP co-artistic directors Peter Stopschinski and Graham Reynolds in attendance. Based on the stage play by Peter Shaffer, Amadeus tells the tale of Salieri, a famous composer who is tormented and ultimately goes mad because of his jealousy of the infinitely more talented Mozart. His utter mediocrity when compared to Mozart is too much to bear, and Salieri hatches a plan to kill the brilliant composer.”—
Cinema Club: Comanche Station w/the Zeller bros
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“At each installment of Cinema Club we invite a guest expert or enthusiast to introduce a classic film and join Alamo programmers and the audience in a group discussion after the film. For January’s Cinema Club we will be joined by David and Nathan Zellner, the film-making team responsible for the forthcoming Sundance selected film KID-THING, as well as many others. Comanche Station is one of the best films made by the maverick auteur Budd Boetticher. Boetticher, a rough, tough son of a bitch who started as a boxer and bullfighter, made westerns unlike any others that preceded them, though he would have a gigantic impact on the subsequent films of Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood and others.”— 
The Big Lebowski Quote-Along
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
If you love the Cohen Brothers’ tribute to shiftless losers with mad bowling skills and penchants for Creedence Clearwater Revival, this is the place to be. All your favorite one-liners from The Dude will flash across the screen to prompt your collective vocal worship of this masterful comedy.
Reel Change Film Frenzy
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“Lights. Camera. Help. and The Alamo Drafthouse present The 2012 Reel Change Film Frenzy!  At noon on Friday, January 13th, ten Austin nonprofits will be teamed up with ten filmmaking teams to make cause-driven short films in just 48 hours.  At 7 pm on Sunday, we'll see the results of their hard work.  The winning filmmakers walk away with cash prizes and bragging rights.  All the participating nonprofits walk away with a great short film about their work.  Join us as we see the results of this weekend film project on the big screen and help select the winners.”—
Hecklevision: Spice World
Alamo Ritz 10:15pm
“From the minds of the Spice Girls (seriously: they got a writing credit for the idea), developed and written for the screen by Kim Fuller (From Justin to Kelly) and directed with elegance and grace by Bob Spiers (That Darn Cat), Spice World had every excuse to be a bad movie--except it wasn't. No wait, it was just a terrible, awful film. But it’s so bad, it’s INSANELY ENJOYABLE! Which is why it creates the perfect recipe for The Action Pack’s Hecklevision.”—
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: With the Houston Texans having already advanced further in the playoffs than they have in franchise history, and now that they are knocking on the door of an AFC championship, the absolute best place to watch the game will be over a bucket of cold beer at the Alamo Drafthouse.
Monday January 16th
Action Pack: Aliens
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“Before Avatar, before Titanic, before The Abyss, James Cameron made the sequel of all sequels: Aliens. A decades-long war has raged between fans of the series, a holy battle with one unanswerable question: Alien or Aliens? The fact that there's even a question of any sequel improving on Ridley Scott's stunning original speaks to the immense entertainment value of Aliens. Aliens is loud where Alien is quiet; Aliens is fast-paced where Alien is deliberate.Aliens has aliens where Alien has just the one. Aliens has explosions, firepower, cryogenic pods, space marines, Newt, Bishop, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn at his Biehniest, an even more awesomely badass Ripley and a strangely iconic performance from Bill Paxton. Wait, did I mention the explosions? With an Action Pack joint, you know what that means! It means actual explosions in the theater. Game over, man. Game over.”—Meredith Borders via
Big Screen Classics: Vertigo
Alamo Village (thru 1/19) 7:00pm
“Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo is a true feat of cinema, a dizzying rebuttal of the traditional films made at the time of its release. Film scholar Robin Wood calls the film "Hitchcock's masterpiece to date and one of the four or five most profound and beautiful films the cinema has yet given us" and the adulation has grown more widely accepted by critics with each passing decade, as Hitchcock's mastery becomes more recognized. James Stewart gives an intense performance as Scottie Ferguson, a San Francisco detective debilitated by acrophobia who finds himself immersed in a twisted and sinister mystery involving the wife of his oldest friend--a beautiful and enigmatic woman (Kim Novak) with whom he grows strangely obsessed. Vertigo is a film meant to be seen on the big screen, with stunning visual tricks and beautifully framed shots, all serving a story that is absolutely thrilling.”—
Music Monday: James Brown Boston Garden ‘68
Alamo Ritz 10:35pm
“Less than 24 hours after Martin Luther King's assassination the city of Boston was in a state of turmoil. When James Brown arrived at the airport to play his already scheduled show he was warned that the mayor, fearing further unrest among the African American community, planned to cancel the show. Not only did the show go on at Brown's insistence, but public television station WGBH broadcast the whole thing. It's an incredible historical document and a fantastic performance by James Brown, who dedicated the show to Dr. King's memory and brought the raw emotions within himself and his community to a searing head.”—
The Big Lebowski Quote-Along
Alamo South Lamar 10:40pm
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: The story behind James Brown’s 1968 Boston Garden concert is absolutely fascinating and fraught with historical significance. If music history in any way interests you, this week’s Music Monday is not to be missed.
Tuesday January 17th
 Girlie Night: Sixteen Candles
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“I’m pretty sure that John Hughes is responsible for my survival of high school. Beneath the comic exaggerations and sweet romanticism, the ordinary geeks in his films all gave me the same life-changing advice: “Prepare for the worst, but don’t stop hoping for the best.” And no character exemplifies this wisdom better than Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles. Whenever I had a particularly rough day in school, or an extremely awkward encounter with my unrequited crush, I always reminded myself that Samantha had it worse. Like, did a freshman guy ever try to dance with me while spastically yelling, “Very hot! Very hot!” Um, no. Did my entire family ever forget my birthday? No way! Did my grandmother ever feel me up? HECK NO. Samantha, on the other hand, endured all of that crap (and more!) and she STILL got to kiss the hottest senior over a tasty birthday cake in a super posh house. In celebration of those tiny (yet monumental) teenage triumphs over adversity and awkwardness, I invite you to join me for Girlie Night, where we’ll pass sex test notes, stare obsessively at Jake Ryan and toast to the wonderful legacy of John Hughes.”—Sarah Pitre via
AFS: Fury
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“Joe Wilson, just a regular American everyman, is happily on the verge of matrimony. Fate has something else in mind. Because of an innocent love of peanuts and unwitting possession of a marked $5 bill, Joe is arrested as the prime suspect in a kidnap-murder case. A lynch mob quickly forms once word gets out that the sheriff has charged someone for the murder. No need for a trial – let’s take care of him now. Since they don’t succeed in storming the jail, they burn it down and Joe presumably dies. Because of his death, a prosecuting attorney decides to put 22 members of the mob on trial for murder. Armed with a newsreel full of damning close-ups of the perpetrators, the D.A. seems to be on the path to victory. But just to be sure that culpability is proven, a mystery man begins planting evidence in the homes of the 22. In his first American movie Fritz Lang wanted to show his new audience the dangers of mob mentality, whether in Germany or America. Spencer Tracy gives an outstanding performance in this thought-provoking, visceral film.”—
TV at the Alamo: Glee
Alamo Village 9:45pm
“We’ll be showing every new episode of the season where you can get giddy with your fellow Gleeks weekly.  So start practicing your Schuester dance moves, warm up your vocal chords to out-sing Rachel, and get fabulous like Kurt, ‘cause we’re bringing the Glee.”—
Terror Tuesday: Goke: Bodysnatcher from Hell
Alamo Ritz 9:45pm
“As far as I'm concerned, if Japan never made another movie before or after this senses-melting Technicolor annihilator, they'd still be the most entertaining nation in the third dimension. Every sound, hue, special effect and performance here is like nothing ever seen on film. Survivors of a mysterious plane crash are stalked by mucus-based interplanetary silver blobs bent on destroying mankind by reanimating human corpses. Obscenely underrated creator-director Sato had previously sharpened his teeth on gonzo Sonny Chiba monster epics like The Golden Bat and Terror Beneath the Sea -- as well as a live action children's TV series called Little Satan (!!) -- but Goke is far and away the pinnacle of his psychotically deranged genius. This is truly one the flat-out best movies to ever hit the Terror Tuesday screen. Do! Not!! Missss!!!!”—Zack Carlson via
Wednesday January 18th
AFS Doc Night: Nostalgia for the Light
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“This inspiringly filmed documentary, set in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, observes three groups of people, all focused on the past: astronomers, peering into the skies to see the light from stars billions of light-years away; archaeologists looking at the pre-Columbian arts and remains of early inhabitants of the desert; and the most tragic, women looking for the remains of their relatives tortured, killed, and discarded by the Pinochet dictatorship. The past: cosmic, pre-historic, and recent – all interwoven into an arid, barren land slowly giving up moments of awe, knowledge, and tragedy. The Chilean filmmaker has made nineteen documentaries, nearly all of which examine aspects of his country’s complex and only recently tortured history in the late 20th century. “—
Hook Mini-Feast
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
“This past December we missed the opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the best children's films ever....and now we're here to make up for it in a really big way. We all know the classic J.M. Barrie tale of Peter Pan. But when Steven Spielberg stepped in with his unique retelling by questioning the unquestionable by asking: ‘what if Peter Pan grew up?’ we had no idea what we were in for. ‘Have to fly, have to fight, have to crow, have to save Maggie, have to save Jack, Hook is back.’ Captain James T. Hook is back and badder than ever and this time he's kidnapped Peter's kids. Thankfully you don't have to be an expert of make believe to enjoy this event, because Chef John Bullington is pulling out all the stops to create a feast beyond the imagination of any lost boy. Remember that huge imaginary feast the lost boys are chowing down on? Well remember no more because that feast is becoming a reality! By dessert time we will be chowing down on some unnaturally colored fluffy looking custard-like deliciousness. So go ahead and close your eyes and think of what you want more than anything else in the whole world, because anything is possible...all you gotta do is ...believe.”—Greg MacLennan via
Fanboys w/Screenwriter Ernie Cline
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“Join screenwriter Ernie Cline and the 501st Legion (costumed Star Wars bad guys) for a special screening of Fanboys to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Help us cheer on the onscreen fanboys as they attempt to break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and answer the ultimate question: ‘What if the movie sucks?’ We're going full geek on this one. Expect a theater full of costumed Storm Troopers, droids, and all the Star Wars nerdiness you can handle.  And yes, you can wear your Yoda ears.”—Amy Averett via
Lloyd Kaufman Live! Featuring Father’s Day and Mr. Bricks
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
“We are incredibly lucky to have the legendary Lloyd Kaufman, president and co-founder of Troma Films, dropping by to screen two of his latest films, Father’s Day and Mr. Bricks: A Heavy Metal Murder Musical! Kaufman will intro the films and stick around afterward for a Q&A!”—
Over the Top
Alamo Ritz 7:30pm
Weird Wednesday: The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio
Alamo Ritz 9:50pm
“’It's not his nose that grows.’ Unbelievably silly high concept adult fairy tale about a wooden man created by the horny Gepetta (the amazing Monica Gayle, Patch from Switchblade Sisters) to help satisfy her insatiable desires.  As you could probably figure out for yourself, he becomes a real warm-blooded man and pretty soon he's knee deep in the naughty free-love sex hijinks of feudal Europe. But he's faced with one difficult and embarrassing technical problem: everytime he's unfaithful to Gepetta, his love-kabob doubles in size.  And since he's starring in one of the village's many profitable live sex shows (presided over by a guy who looks and acts exactly like Super Mario), he soon finds his indiscretions impossible to conceal.  A stupid yet fun film that will appeal to your baser instincts. With Dyanne (Ilsa, She Wolf of the S.S.) Thorne as the Fairy Godmother and an all-star cast of sixties and seventies skin-flick performers.”—Lars Nilsen via
            West Oaks
            Only at the Alamo: East Meets West: Oldboy
            1/15 6:30pm
“Introducing EAST MEETS WEST OAKS, a new monthly series where we'll spotlight some of the best Asian action films to hit the silver screen in the last decade - in 35mm! From the classics to the newer hits, you'll get a taste of some of the best Asian action films ever imported to our shores and you'll get them the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen. Before Spike Lee and Josh Brolin team-up for their upcoming American remake, you MUST watch the original Park Chan-wook classic on the big screen. Based on the Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, this South Korean thriller is the second part of Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy.”—
            Sentai Anime
            1/16 7:30pm
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
            Only at the Alamo
            1/17 7:30pm
            The Anchorman Quote-Along
            1/18 7:30pm
            Mason Park
            Hecklevision: Spice World
            1/12 7:00pm
            The Big Lebowski Quote-Along        
            1/13 7:00pm
            Action Pack: Aliens
            1/14 7:00pm
San Antonio
            Blood Thirsty Thursday: Poltergeist
            1/12 8:00pm; 10:45pm
“Blood Thirsty Thursday brings you the best in Slasher and Horror movies and this month we are proud to present Poltergeist!  Join us for a new installment of Blood Thirsty Thursday, where we explore the very best in slasher and horror films that can scare the holy bejesus out of you! We are proud to present the Craig T Nelson battling the spooky TV People on the big screen for this month's screening and if that is not enough- we have giveaways from FANGORIA and RUE MORGUE.”—  
            The Anchorman Quote-Along
            1/15 4:30pm; 7:30pm
            Only at the Alamo: Anime
            1/16 7:30pm
            Spurs Game
            1/17 6:30pm
“Come see the San Antonio Spurs on the biggest Sony HD screen in town! Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Enjoy $3 domestic draft special and full at your seat service throughout the game!”—
            Spurs Game
            1/18 6:00pm
            TV at the Alamo: Doctor Who
            1/18 7:30pm
“Join us for the mid season finale: ‘A Good Man Goes to War.’ The Doctor and Rory will race through the galaxy to find Amy Pond.  This is the episode where much is revealed and you may need a kleenex for the final scenes. We will conclude the evening with ‘Let's Kill Hitler.’ Free admission but you need to get a ticket from the box office to secure your seat.”—
            Park North
            The Elvis Sing-Along
            1/15 7:00pm
“The Action Pack is bringing you one of the most iconic musicians of all time in a show filled with the bluesy, rockabilly riffs of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Sing and shake your hips along to the uptempo backbeats of Elvis' greatest songs, a repertoire that will rock your socks as you howl along to ‘Houndog,’ ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and all your other faves. We dug through concerts, music videos, archival footage and his best films to deliver the greatest sing-along to grace the Alamo screen. Don't be cruel, fool.”—Meredith Borders via
            Hook Mini-Feast
            1/17 7:00pm
            Stone Oak
            Girlie Night: Sixteen Candles
            1/15 4:30pm; 7:15pm
            The Anchorman Quote-Along
            1/17 7:00pm; 9:45pm
            Girlie Night: Sixteen Candles
            1/12 7:20pm
            Big Screen Classics: Vertigo
            1/14 -1/18 (check daily times)
            Big Trouble in Little China
            1/15 1:00pm
“John Carpenter has made so many great films, including Halloween, The Fog, They Live, The Thing, Christine, Escape from New York…the list goes on.  We wanted to celebrate one of our favorite directors by screening one of his many movies on his birthday.  Choosing one movie to screen for Carpenter’s birthday was just too hard, so we took votes on Facebook.  The winner, as selected by YOU, is Big Trouble in Little China! One of a string of amazing Carpenter films starring Kurt Russell, the film tells the story of All American trucker Jack Burton (Russell) who gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle below San Francisco's Chinatown.  Not convinced?  Did we mention that the movie co-stars a 30-year-old, pre-Sex and the City Kim Cattrall? This is the film that brings out the best and manliest in Kurt Russell; it's a silly blast that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat!”—
Big Trouble in Little China
1/16 7:00pm
            TV at the Alamo: Glee
            1/17 8:00pm


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