Alamo Drafthouse Guide: 'Clerks' Star Brian O'Halloran, A Triple Reverse Feature of 'Robocop - and Lots of PBR!

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!
Friday August 5th
Summer Kids Camp: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3D
Alamo Lake Creek (thru 8/9) 10:30am
Aspiring inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that turns water into food. This machine ends up accidentally launched into the atmosphere, which causes some very usual weather over his tiny island town of Swallow Falls. Quite simply one of the best animated films ever made. The artwork is gorgeous, the voicework is pitch-perfect and impressively varied, and both kids and adults alike will find themselves laughing heartily.
Justin Timberlake Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz (thru 8/6) 10:00pm
Don’t be so quick to walk away, this sing-along in particular promises to rock your body so please stay. With your help, and the utter pop majesty that is JT, we can once and for all bring sexy back. Get your tickets early or cry me a river because you were left out of all the fun.
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was ridiculously ignored when it was in theaters so most of us had to see the film for the first time in our living rooms. The Alamo is now giving us the chance to see the film in its original 3D presentation…for free! This is a Summer Kids Camp event not to be missed.
Saturday August 6th
Celebrity Guests: Clerks 2 w/Brian O’Halloran
Alamo Ritz 4:00pm
“Join us as we welcome Brian O'Halloran, star of Clerks as the legendary Dante Hicks, who is SUPPOSED to be here today, courtesy of Austin Books & Comics.  Special animated Clerks shorts from Powerhouse Animation.This unconventional sequel to the cult classic Clerks takes an awesome approach to the convention; it's twelve years later, and the film visits the characters with that real-time gap.  The two witty slackers from the original film are now older, fatter, and their somewhat temporary jobs as convenient store clerks has reached a pathetic level as they approach their mid-thirties.”—
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: Clerks 2 is a criminally underrated film. It’s Kevin Smith’s ultimate love/goodbye letter to New Jersey. Brian O’Halloran, alias Dante Hicks, is a hero to ambitionless minimum-wagers and the opportunity to gain his insights into the Clerks franchise is a rare treat.
Sunday August 7th
Zzang!!!: The Robocop Triple-Feature Reverse Marathon
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
THE CRAZIEST ZZANG EVENT IN HISTORY!!!The 1987 release of Robocop shook the foundations of Hollywood, forever reshaping our expectations of full-powered, conscience-free, bullet-riddled big screen excitement. Two violence-packed sequels followed…but we’ve decided to save the best for last!Yep, we’re going to kick off this triple-fisted backwards celluloid rampage with the universally maligned Robocop 3, where our hero jet-packs through the sky while battling a superninja! Then on to the hated-and-underrated Robocop 2, where Murphy takes on a multiple crazed megabots and a drug-spazzed crime empire! Then the grand finale: the unstoppable, unbeatable, unbelievable, un-remake-able ultimate action onslaught of Robocop!!
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime, ragingly stupid, impossibly entertaining mega-event!! “I’d buy that for a dollar!”—
TV at the Alamo: Breaking Bad
Alamo South Lamar & Lake Creek 10:00pm
“This six-time Emmy Award winning drama from AMC is probably the best show about meth cookers since I Love Lucy.  Bryan Cranston, who has won the Best Lead Actor award three years in a row, stars as Walter White, a science teacher turned crystal meth kingpin in Albuquerque, New MexicoEvery week, we will be watching last week's episode followed by the new episode, recorded on DVR so we can fastforward through commercials. For the premiere episode, we will watch the Season 3 finale first!”—  
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: The Robocop sequels are pretty terrible, of that there is no doubt. But the Alamo is THE place to properly appreciate their magical failures and the idea of watching the entire series in reverse is something so warped as could only have been created in the mind of one Zack Carlson. Bring it on!
Monday August 8th
Summer Kids Camp: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Alamo Village (thru 8/11) 11:00am
George Clooney lends his voice to the dashing, debonair Mr. Fox whose unflappable self-estimation is both his most charming attribute and potentially represents the downfall of he and all his forest friends. Wes Anderson directs this quirky, captivating, and exquisitely animated fairy tale to life.
Summer Kids Camp: Corpse Bride
Alamo South Lamar (thru 8/11) 11:30am
“When an arranged marriage between Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot reaches the rehearsals, Victor starts to worry. Spending time alone in the forest, Victor decides to practice on his own. Everything seems to go well, until he accidentally puts the ring upon the hand of a corpse. Before he knows it, Victor is in the land of dead and now has a corpse bride. Whilst everyone worries about who Victoria will marry in the land of the living, Victor desperately finds a way to get back.”—
Big Screen Classics: Blue Velvet 25th Anniversary w/PBR
Alamo Ritz (thru 8/9) 7:00pm
“Frank Booth, the coolest person ever to grace a movie screen, had a lot of things going for him.  He was a criminal.  He was played by legendary madman Dennis Hopper.  He really knew how to make love (here’s a tip: it involves gas masks and violent dry-humping).  And he didn’t drink Heineken; the only thing that touched his lips (aside from poorly applied lipstick) was PABST BLUE RIBBON. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Blue Velvet, we’re bringing back one of our favorite film and drink pairings, where we show the classic David Lynch film and let the PBR flow freely. The film is one of the greatest bizarre, seedy-under-the-surface stories ever told, directed masterfully by Lynch at his absolute peak.  Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, and Laura Dern.”—
The Big Lebowski Quote-Along
Alamo South Lamar 10:00pm
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.
Music Monday: Soul Power
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
“In 1974, the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Africa for a 12-hour, three-night long concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The dream-child of Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine, this music festival became a reality when they convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with "The Rumble in the Jungle," the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, previously chronicled in the Academy Award-winning documentary When We Were Kings. Soul Power is a verité documentary about this legendary music festival (dubbed "Zaire '74"), and it depicts the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, among a host of others.”—
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: If you do not drink a bucket of PBR during the Alamo’s 35mm screening of Blue Velvet, you’re doing it wrong. And by “it,” I mean life.
Tuesday August 9th
Terror Tuesday: The Visitor
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
“An inexplicably all-star cast steers a blackhearted blowout of interplanetary possession, telekinetic avian assault, exploding basketballs and ecclesiastical laserstorms. Young Katy Collins is gifted with cosmic powers and begins a downward spiral through the forces of heaven and hell that rains darkness and insanity to all around her. With Lance Henriksen, a mutilated Glenn Ford, Shelley Winters, a 200-proof-drunk Sam Peckinpah and even John Huston as the Messenger of God. I don’t know what writer/director Michael J. Paradise (actually Giulio Paradisi) was attempting, but no human mind could have deliberately created this.”—Zack Carlson via
Wednesday August 10th
Grease Sing-Along
Alamo Village 7:00pm
If you love the 50s, if the idea of poodle skirts and jukeboxes really revs your engine, then why not come together like rama lama lama and ding a de dinga a dong and sing along with your favorite moments from this musical smash hit? Complimentary combs and candy cigarettes will complete the illusion that you’ve traveled back in time to the 50’s…as represented in the 70s.
Only at the Alamo: Slacker
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“By now, you’ve probably heard about this huge SLACKER 2011 project we’ve concocted with our friends at Austin Film Society.  If not, here’s the idea in a nutshell: we’ve commissioned twenty-four of Austin’s best filmmakers to remake the scenes from the iconic film, and we’re combining it all together to create a remake that shows the changing face of Austin and celebrates its diverse filmmaking community.  The finished film premieres on August 31st at the Paramount, and all proceeds go towards the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund.  In anticipation of that, we’re showing the original film for anyone interested in revisiting that before they catch the remake.  At both of the screenings, we’ll be premiering new remade scenes, and the filmmakers will be live to present their work.  Part of the proceeds for this event will go toward TFPF.”—
Girlie Night: She’s All That
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
She’s All That is not something you would classify as visionary cinema. The plot, ugly duckling turns beautiful swan, has been used a billion times before, as has the storyline of guy pursues girl in order to win a bet and surprise, he falls in love with her. I don't love this movie because it's original. I love it because it takes all of my favorite teen movie cliches and flaunts the shizz out of them. She’s All That reads like a laundry list of why teen film is my favorite genre. It's got a girl who's ugly because she wears glasses, a "spontaneous" choreographed dance at the prom, a wise-cracking kid brother, a miraculous makeover, a beach volleyball montage, a tender father-daughter moment and a sappy pop song to tie it all together (Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me"). As if that wasn't enough, it's also full of late 90s teen royalty like Freddie Prinze Jr, Rachel Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Gabrielle Union, Clea DuVall and even Usher as the school DJ (that's right, the school has a DJ). It's the ultimate guilty pleasure movie, and we'll celebrate it, minus the guilt, at Girlie Night with themed cocktails and plenty of 90s nostalgia. Falafel hats are encouraged!”—
Talladega Nights Quote-Along
Alamo Village 10:00pm
Weird Wednesday: The Frightened Woman
Alamo Ritz 10:15pm
“It's movies like this that make me want to pack up my belongings, grow a little bitty mustache, put on a white linen suit and move to Europe. I can pretty much guarantee that you'll never see an S&M soap opera like this rolling out of Hollywood anytime between now and the first extreme snowboarding championship in Hell. Bodacious Dagmar Lassander stars as an ingenue learning the ropes (literally) from satanic Phillipe Leroy, whose whole crib is like Six Flags for perverts. The door into and out of the sex gym is in the shape of a giant vulva between two giant sculpted legs! Now that our whole country seems to be slipping into some kind of Puritan Dark Age, those of us with sex drives need to pick up the slack for the rest of America. Won't you join us in our crusade?”—Lars Nilsen via
            West Oaks
            Big Screen Classics: Blue Velvet 25th Anniversary w/PBR
            8/7 6:30pm
Only at the Alamo: Anime
            8/9 7:30pm
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
Talladega Nights Quote-Along
            8/10 7:30pm
            Free Family Fun: The Last Starfighter
            8/4-8/5 11:00am
What sweaty-browed video game aficionado hasn’t pretended, while feverishly pounding away on their Playstation control, that they were actually saving the universe? That’s the conceit employed in 1984’s The Last Starfighter, a lightweight yet wholly entertaining sci-fi adventure that’s come to command a special place in the heart of my disaffected generation. Our hero is the mild-mannered and anxious trailer-park denizen Alex Rogan. After mastering the local Starfighter video game, Alex is visited by an interstellar messenger who delivers a curious message: The game Alex has been dominating is much more than a simple plaything; a planet desperately in need of savvy star pilots has planted these games on Earth in an effort to find new recruits. Imagine that! Excel at a video game and you’re drafted to save a distant planet! How very cool.”—Scott Weinberg via
Grease Sing-Along
            8/4 7:30pm
Girlie Night: Some Kind of Wonderful
            8/9 7:30pm
“Forget Samantha Baker! Who cares about Andie Walsh? If I could be one John Hughes heroine, it would without a doubt be Watts. Watts, who plays the shizz out of the drums and totally rocks her red leather fringed fingerless gloves! Watts, who isn't afraid to be herself! Watts, who is totally and completely in love with her best friend, Keith Nelson, a.k.a. Eric Stoltz back when he was amazingly, incredibly, mind-blowingly beautiful. If you're a fan of 80s teen films, then you already know that Some Kind of Wonderful aces pretty much all of the important categories. Excruciating love triangle? Check. Cheesy villain with huge hair? Check. Excellent soundtrack? Check. Epic kissing scene? CH-CH-CHECK. Throw in Lea Thompson, Elias Koteas (I never knew I could love a skinhead so much) and a little Candace Cameron, and you've got yourself a gem of a film that is, indeed, some kind of wonderful.”—
San Antonio
            Rolling Road Show: The Getaway
            Pearl Brewery 8/5 8:30pm
“In Sam Peckinpah's version of Walter Hill's script, from Jim Thompson's novel, an ex-con and his wife go on the lam after a Texas bank heist. Denied parole after four well-behaved years, Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) sends his wife Carol (Ali MacGraw) to dirty politician Jack Benyon (Ben Johnson) to get him out of prison. Carol secures Doc's freedom, on the condition that he does one more bank job for Benyon. This Rolling Roadshow event is the second in our four-week series of films themed ‘On The Riverwalk’ that pay tribute to San Antonio.  Each film will feature interactive elements such as sing-alongs, quote-alongs, scavenger hunts and more that go beyond the traditional movie watching experience. “—
Only at the Alamo: Anime
            8/8 7:30pm
            Park North
            Action Pack: Starship Troopers
            8/9 7:00pm; 10:00pm
You know what’s great about Starship Troopers? Everything is great about Starship Troopers. It’s got giant bugs, it’s got amazing effects, it’s got Paul Verhoeven’s witty social satire, and it’s got a cast of “what-ever-happened-to-them” all stars. The action pack’s signature cap guns and live explosions will be on hand to help ensure that you kill bugs good.
            Stone Oak
            Talladega Nights Quote-Along
            8/7 7:00pm; 10:00pm
            Grease Sing-Along
            8/4 7:00pm
Fright Night
            8/9 9:00pm
“Remember when horror movies had fun, excitement, and Roddy McDowall?  On August 2nd, the Austin Film Festival and Alamo Drafthouse will be taking a trip back to the mid-80s with the original Fright Night.  You'll see McDowall as the most cowardly vampire hunter in syndication.  You'll see Chris Sarandon as Jerry Dandridge, the most WASP-ily named vampire in the history of cinema.  And you'll see what happens when our hero Charley Brewster has to stand between his girlfriend and a considerably more appealing older man, a teenager's worst nightmare.”—
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