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!
Susan Tyrrell Tribute: Fat City
Alamo South Lamar 6/28 7:00pm
This week, the world lost one of its greatest, must untamed spirits. Susan Tyrrell wasn’t merely an actress; she was a devastating cinematic force of nature. Her turns in films like Angel, Cry-Baby, and especially Night Warning silences the issue of the mutual exclusivity between exploitation and quality. To honor her memory, the Alamo Drafthouse is showing Fat City, an amazing John Huston drama co-starring Stacy Keach and Jeff Bridges. For Susan, for all she’s done for the art of film in all its various forms, come out to the Alamo this Thursday.
Rolling Roadshow: The Ultimate Klown Experience
Guadalupe Canoe Livery 6/30 6:00pm
When the Alamo Drafthouse wanders outside the confines of their various buildings, the potential for mayhem is significantly elevated. In honor of Norwegian sex comedy, and upcoming Drafthouse Films release, Klown, why not take a canoe trip down the Guadalupe River to mirror that of the characters in the film. We must stress however, this really needs to be where the similarities between your canoe trip and their canoe trip end. Once you reach your destination, an outdoor screening of Klown will cap a perfect day of shenanigans.
Video Hate Squad: David “The Rock” Nelson vs Austin
Alamo Ritz 7/1 10:00pm
The Drafthouse lovingly celebrates some of the greatest films from some of the most accomplished filmmakers in the world. However, filmmaking has never been a venture reserved for a privileged few. Sometimes those who shouldn’t…do. One such artist, who gleefully stretches the definition of the word, is David “The Rock” Nelson. His films are experiments in misguided self-reliance as he outstandingly fails to recreate his beloved monster movies with a camcorder in Illinois. He is a schlock jockey of highest (lowest?) degree and watching selected scenes from his catalogue is an unparalleled and wonderfully uncomfortable opportunity in and of itself, but to have the man himself in person? Do not miss it, you will punch yourself dead.
Weird Wednesday: Rolling Thunder
Alamo Ritz 7/4 10:00pm
If you only catch one or two Weird Wednesday features per year, you might develop the misconception that only cheesy b-movies populate the theater each week. Every once in a while, however, an overlooked gem flashes across the screen and surprises everyone fortunate enough to see it. Such, I can assure you, will be the case with John Flynn’s Rolling Thunder. Just in time for Independence Day, Rolling Thunder tells the story of a Vietnam veteran wronged by a group of thieves who seeks his gritty, bloody revenge. William Devane, a hook replacing one arm, and a very young Tommy Lee Jones wreak the most intense, captivating havoc on their enemies in this stellar revenge actioner written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).
Best of Houston
Weird Wednesday: Kingdom of the Spiders
Mason Park 7/4 10:00pm
There are cult movies, there are movies with killer spiders, and then there are cult movies about killer spiders starring William Shatner. Guess which of these describes 1977’s Kingdom of the Spiders. Possibly the ultimate migrating tarantulas attack Captain Kirk movie of the 1970s; if it’s possible to lend any more dubious praise, I haven’t figured out how. Grab some friends, order some beers from the Alamo, and enjoy an eight-legged cult classic.
Best of San Antonio
Stir Fry Cinema: Heavy Metal
Park North 6/28 7:30
If you’re like me, and I humbly apologize, you convinced your parents that Heavy Metal was a kid’s movie. Turns out, it’s an animated spelunk into a dark, seedy cave of sexual hangups, impotent rage, and cheesetastic music. The R-rating may suggest the film is aimed at adults, but it’s very much the visual expression of every thirteen-year-old boy’s fantasy. So yeah, bring the family.
Best of Virginia
Alamo Kid’s Camp: Despicable Me
Winchester 7/2-7/5 11:00am
The Alamo’s Summer Kid’s camp is one of the best aspects of the season. Not only does this series feature some fantastic family fare to which you can feel comfortable bringing your kids, but also admission is completely free. This week, enjoy the story of a not-so-super villain as he tries to steal the moon. Starring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, and Russell Brand.