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 Ritz, Austin
Action Pack: Zoolander Quote-Along, 8/2 7:45pm
Many people dismiss Zoolander as just another mindless studio comedy…to their own detriment! Zoolander is a beautiful comedy, a handsome comedy that dazzles and hypnotizes; overshadowing any supposed dumbness. No, truth be told it is quite silly, ridiculous even…really really ridiculously silly. However it is also charming despite itself and features one of Will Ferrell’s greatest cinematic creations, Mugatu, It also boasts a parade of amazing one-liners that makes the film the perfect subject for a quote-along. Start practicing your Blue Steel as well as your Le Tigre, and head on down to the Alamo Drafthouse. Hopefully you won’t ever have to turn left.
Alamo Village, Austin
Summer of 1982: Kids’ Club: The Dark Crystal, 8/4 10:55am
As the incredible Summer of 1982 series winds down, the Alamo is making the remaining titles from that historically cinematically prolific year a part of their regular feature series. This week, Jim Henson’s bizarre and wonderful The Dark Crystal is showcased during Kids’ Club. The scope and detail of Henson and Frank Oz’s mythic story is as tremendous as the various puppets they create are spellbinding. If this were just a chance to see The Dark Crystal on the big screen, that would be one thing, but the Alamo is giving you the opportunity to see a 35mm screening of The Dark Crystal absolutely free. Try getting that generosity from a Skeksis.
Alamo Mason Park, Houston
Mechcorps Presents: Robot Jox, 8/5 6:30pm
If you haven’t seen Robot Jox, I honestly don’t know how you have managed to function as long as you have in decent society. There are few things as gloriously goofy, and as triumphantly terrible as 1989’s Robot Jox. It is the cinematic realization of the collective fantasies of every male child of the 1980s. Actually getting to pilot your own robot? Sign me up! The great thing about this Alamo Drafthouse screening of Stuart Gordon’s strange gem, is that it’s sponsored by Mechcorps. This company can grant you the virtual power to be a mech pilot yourself!
Alamo Slaughter Lane, Austin
Big Screen Classics: The Manchurian Candidate, 8/7 6:50pm
One of the great things about classic cinema is how often it artfully expresses the zeitgeist and prevailing cultural mores of the era in which it was produced. The Manchurian Candidate is one of the vital benchmarks of Cold War era cinema. On the surface, it’s a gripping thriller with staggering performances and impossible to forget visuals. Beneath the façade of simple entertainment value, The Manchurian Candidate illustrates the fear, the simmering panic gripping many Americans at the thought of a Communist-controlled planet. The film suggests a world in which the Communist threat is so insidious that it can ensnare even our greatest war heroes and manipulate our minds! A fascinating commentary on 1960s society.
Alamo Westlakes, San Antonio
Zzang!!!: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 8/7, 7:00pm
Here again, we have the lingering, but still wholly phenomenal, titles of the Summer of 1982 series injected into the established signature programming of the Drafthouse. This time around, Zzang!!!, the bastion of all things 80s, brings us one of the most celebrated sex comedies of all time. High schools of the 1980s seem like they exist on their own planet. Few movies highlight this otherworldly oddness like the Cameron Crowe scripted Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Aliens roam the halls as if they were regular teens. The most exceptionally whacked extraterrestrial is unquestionably Sean Penn’s Spicoli.