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, 9/28-9/29 11:30pm
Will Ferrell had appeared in plenty of movies prior to 2004, but it was his first team up with director Adam McKay for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy that made him a cinematic comedy mainstay. Whether you’ve since grown to love, or grown weary of, his signature developmentally-arrested man-child shtick, the one thing that remains impressive about Anchorman is its snappy comedic dialogue. Anchorman is enormously quotable from start to finish, and the Alamo makes it even easier to belt your favorite lines, as they appear karaoke style on the screen. You’ll also get a fake mustache and miniature jazz flute at the door. 50% of the time, you’ll have fun every time.
The Old School Hip Hop Sing-Along
This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest may give cause to adding a few more appearances of the word “fun” in the title. For this year, ladies and suckas, will feature the reunion of Run DMC. In honor of this celebrated reunion, the Alamo is bringing bringing back back the hip hop hip hop. Everyone from Grandmaster Flash to LL Cool J will be featured in this phenomenal mix tape. Few genres of music are more well-suited to the sing-along format than hip hop; even fans sometimes have trouble hitting all the right lyrics as fast as their favorite rhyme-busters. So strip the laces out of your Adidas, choose your allegiance in the East Coast/West Coast feud, and get ready to show some love to hip hop. What you’ve heard was not a test.
Alamo Westlakes San Antonio 10/2 7:00pm
Tough Guy Cinema: Robocop
The selections so far for Tough Guy Cinema, one of the Alamo’s latest signature series, have been outstanding. With obviously no intention of slowing down, this week Alamo Westlakes offers patrons the chance to see one of the greatest cyborg police officer movies of all time on the big screen. Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop was summarily dismissed by critics in 1987 as an ugly, violent, silly piece of exploitation. However, Robocop features some of the most biting cultural commentary of the 1980s. Not to mention the fact that surviving an almost comically savage shooting and being turned into a hybrid of humanity and technology is one of the manliest things captured on screen since the death of Clark Gable. Prime directive number one should be getting down to the Alamo for this event.
Alamo Lake Creek Austin 10/3 7:00pm
Girlie Night: Amelie
To counterbalance this week’s Tough Guy Cinema, Girlie Night offers an opportunity to see Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie on the silver screen, in all its adorable glory. Now, I know that Girlie Night is traditionally an event reserved for the female cinephiles, but I’m glad it’s not strictly girls only because there is no way I’m missing this one. Audrey Tautou’s portrayal of the sweetly quirky, endlessly cute contemporary pixie is completely captivating. She floats across the screen and dances through Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant’s whimsically romantic script. I only hope that crème brulee is still on the Drafthouse menu, as it tends to be from time to time, or else I will have to use my spoon to crack the top of the garden gnome I will inevitably bring with me to the theater.