Alamo Drafthouse Guide: This Week, the Drafthouse Warns You Not to Mess with The Bull, Cuz You Will Get The Horns.

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 August 18th
Grease Sing-Along
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm; 10:00pm
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.
Action Pack: Starship Troopers
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
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.
Pop Princess Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz 10:15pm
“The first time we built a Pop Princess party it was all about Britney, Christina, and some British girls named after random spices. Nowadays, when you think "Pop Princess" you think Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, or Rihanna... and you wouldn't be wrong. While we're still going to have those classic pop princesses represented (I know the '90s don't seem that long ago, right?!), we're gonna move closer to today's heroines of pop.”—Greg MacLennan via
Friday August 19th
Summer Kids Camp: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Alamo Lake Creek (thru 8/23) Check Daily Times
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.
Master Pancake: The Breakfast Club
Alamo Ritz (thru 8/20) 7:00pm; 10:00pm
“This August, as the world goes back to school, Master Pancake heads to the classroom to throw spitballs at The Breakfast Club. Starring puffy-lipped princess Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and most of the rest of the Brat Pack as a quintet of misfits stuck in detention one fateful afternoon. As always, the Master Pancakers will artfully ridicule the 80's fashion, sentimentality, and general preposterousness of the film, but nevertheless, many will still leave convinced that if we just talk to each other we can overcome all social barriers and that a Jock can fall in love with a Cure fan. Come out this August and laugh derisively on the outside while your spirit is uplifted on the inside as Master Pancake rips up The Breakfast Club.”—
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Master Pancake’s mock of The Breakfast Club is a returning show. It is one of their most popular mocks and is a phenomenal crowd-pleaser.
Saturday August 20th

 Bangkok Knockout
“The last time director Panna Rittikrai directed a film, two entire, actual villages were destroyed in the process and a man nearly had his head crushed by the wheel of a fast-moving transport truck. The last time Panna Rittikrai unveiled a new protégé to the world, Jija Yanin caused an international sensation with Chocolate. The time before that, it was Dan Chupong in Born to Fight. And before that? Oh, that would be Tony Jaa in Ong Bak. You see where we’re going here? For better than 30 years now, Panna Rittikrai has been The Man when it comes to Thai action films. In his own career as a stuntman he has defied death more times that one can count. His eye for talent is unparalleled. And his style of fight choreography is now recognized internationally as the most brutal, bone-crunching and ‘Oh my God, how did that guy not die?’-inducing of any fight specialist in the world. Well, Rittikrai has directed a new film. It’s called Bangkok Knockout, which we think you’ll agree is a nicely evocative title for a director of Rittikrai’s skills. And it features not just one new Rittikrai protégé but nine.”—
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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: If you are a fan of completely off-the-wall action movies, you cannot afford to miss Bangkok Knockout. It is one of the most insane martial arts movies I have ever seen…and I’ve seen more than I care to admit.
Sunday August 21st
Austin Food Bloggers Alliance: Waitress
Alamo South Lamar 1:00pm
“Austin Food Blogger Alliance and Alamo Drafthouse are teaming up to present a special screening of the movie Waitress as a fundraiser for SafePlace, a local non-profit that helps end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. Starring Keri Russell, Waitress tells the inspiring story of Jenna, a diner waitress and pie aficionado who overcomes adversity and escapes an abusive marriage. Chef John Bullington and one lucky AFBA member will prepare that blogger's winning pie recipe as part of the menu for the event. After the film, Austin Food Blogger Alliance will sell whole pies donated by local chefs and bakers in the theater lobby. All ticket and pie sales will benefit SafePlace.”—
Short Films by Barry Jenkins
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
Barry Jenkins is an award-winning writer and director based in San Francisco, CA. His feature film debut, Medicine For Melancholy, was released in theaters by IFC Films and hailed as one of the best films of 2009 by A.O. Scott of The New York Times. Other projects include the shorts Tall Enough, A Young Couple, and Remigration.”—
Cinema Club: Shadow of a Doubt
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“Every month at Cinema Club we watch a different classic film and discuss it with a guest expert. It's sort of an ongoing class in the study and enjoyment of film. At times Hitchcock referred to Shadow of a Doubt as his favorite of his own films. If you only know the Hitchcock of Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, etc. you may be surprised by the lightness of touch Hitch displays in Shadow of a Doubt. It's the story of a girl's fascination with her sainted Uncle Charlie, and the gradual realization that he may not be what he appears when he pays the family a visit.”—
Video Hate Squad!: Nasty Hero
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
“ATTENTION ALL HATERS AND/OR DECAPITATORS! On August 21, a feast of wildassedness will be visited upon us when the Ritz VCR projectile vomits forth the bounty of holy manna known as Nasty Hero! Chock full of villains out of 90210, a parade of outrageously hideous cars, and aneurysm-inducing pop, this is pretty much what it would have been like if Nagel had made an action movie! It shakes the hell out of you like a babysitter with no credentials! Scott Feraco stars as Chase, a man sent to prison for a crime that he didn’t commit. But now he’s back, and – more importantly – he’s NASTY!!! Also stars the consummate Mike Starr and Robert Sedgwick. If you have yet to see this masterpiece, we’re offering you the opportunity to atone! So DO IT or DIIIIIIIE!”—
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!”—  
Monday August 22nd
Summer Kids Camp: Corpse Bride
Alamo Village (thru 8/25) 11:00am
“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.”—
Celebrity Guests: Daddy Longlegs w/Safdie Brothers
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“This Sundance film from last year by brothers/writers/directors Josh and Benny Safdie (The Pleasure of Being Robbed) is an unflinching portrait of a well-meaning but destructive father who is enjoying and spoiling his two-week visitation time.  Played by filmmaker Ronald Bronstein (whose underground masterpiece Frownland is probably the greatest film you haven't seen), this father is one of the most true and brutal characters in recent celluloid memory. Filmed on a low-budget and in a Cassavetes camera style, Daddy Longlegs is a new kind of a film with a sense of urgency and realism reminiscent of the impulses of the French New Wave.  The Safdie brothers are able to capture a dream-like portrait of New York, endlessly nostalgic and yet somehow also of our time.  The writers/directors Josh and Benny Safdie will be with us to present the film.”—
A Horrible Way to Die
Alamo Village (thru 8/25) 9:30pm
Everyone carries emotional baggage from bad relationships, but Sarah’s situation is a little different. Her last boyfriend was notorious serial killer Garrick Turrell, and it was she who led the authorities to him. But now he’s escaped from prison and is making his way back to her, leaving a trail of bloody corpses in his wake. This cold-blooded thriller is dark and suspenseful and builds up to an incredibly explosive finale.
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: Repo Man
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
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 Sy Richardson and Harry Dean Stanton). 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. ‘Let’s go do some crimes…’”—
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: A Horrible Way to Die may not be a movie you’ve heard of, but it is definitely a movie you’re going to want to see. It took home a number of awards at last year’s Fantastic Fest including a Best Actor award for outstanding leading man A.J. Bowen. Do whatever you can to make time for this film.
Tuesday August 23rd
Girlie Night: She’s All That
Alamo Ritz 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!”—
Terror Tuesday: Don’t Panic
Alamo Ritz 9:45pm
“In the late ‘80s, Mexican movie studios assaulted the teen terror genre, blending traditional cultural legends of witchery and religious occultism with reliable peso-makers like the Friday the 13th franchise. The resulting output was a cross-eyed slasher buffet of shrieking youths, Latino superstition and semi-identifiable ‘Miguel Meyers’ maniacs. But no sub-border horror-war scored like Don’t Panic, an English-language Freddy-friendly murder epic that faithfully follows familiar formulas, yet somehow – in its subtly disabled grace – manages to run completely off the rails of human logic.”—Zack Carlson via
Wednesday August 24th
Celebrity Guests: Outside In: Safdie Brothers Shorts w/Safdie Brothers Live
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“OUTSIDE IN is our newest screening series, showcasing underappreciated geniuses, cinematic wingnuts, anti-art visionaries and the secret heroes of the big (and small) screen! Since their startling feature debut with The Pleasure of Being Robbed (SXSW 2008) and last year’s transcendent Daddy Longlegs, the Safdie Brothers have been on the must-watch list for any serious enthusiast for new cinema. Their new short film, John’s Gone, premiered at this year’s SXSW and it became quickly apparent that these brothers are doing something very, very right. 
After we sent them a gushing fan letter, we discovered they have an entire shorts program that just ran in Argentina and has never played in the US.  We’ll be hosting the North American Premiere of this new shorts program, which will include John’s Gone and a handful of other never-before-seen-in-America shorts.”—  
Hecklevision: Cyber Seduction
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm
“On its surface, HeckleVision is simply another way we can all interact with the screen by having any and all texts we send in appear on the screen along with the movie. But that technology with this Lifetime movie about a mother struggling with her son’s “addiction to Internet porn” will be Horrible Movie Heaven.—Henri Mazza via
Action Pack: Starship Troopers
Alamo Village 10:00pm
Weird Wednesday: Julie Darling
Alamo Ritz 10:30pm
“I’ve never had kids and I never will. I’ve watched enough movies to know they’re bad news. Even if they aren’t possessed by the devil, they still learn to hate you and all you stand for - even as they eat all your food and wreck your sex life! If I ever waver in my determination to remain child-free, I’ll just thread this movie up and feel my testes retract. An otherwise unknown actress named Isabelle Mejias gives a performance to remember as a daughter with a serious daddy hang up. There’s not a huge volume of physical violence in the film but the spriritual violence wrought by the cunning and manipulative teenager is hellishly intense.”—Lars Nilsen via
Only at the Alamo: Anime
            8/23 7:30pm
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
            Grease Sing-Along
            8/24 7:30pm
Hecklevision: Cyber Seduction
            8/18 7:30pm
Action Pack: Starship Troopers
            8/20 7:30pm
Big Screen Classics: Blue Velvet 25th Anniversary w/PBR
            8/21 6:30pm
“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.”—
San Antonio
The Original Fright Night
            8/18 8:00pm; 10:45pm
Rolling Roadshow: Selena
            8/19 Pearl Brewery 8:30pm
“Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was murdered on March 31, 1995 by the president of her fan club. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, this biopic concentrates on Selena's relationship with her family and her rise to fame, dealing only briefly with her tragic death. This Rolling Roadshow event is the last 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
            8/22 7:30pm
Pop Princess Sing-Along
            8/18 7:00pm
Big Screen Classics: Repo Man
            8/22 7:00pm; 9:45pm
Big Screen Classics: Repo Man
            8/23 7:00pm
Talladega Nights Quote-Along
            8/18 8:30pm
“If you're only going to watch one movie this should probably be The Highlander. It's just a great movie... it won the Academy Award for ‘Best Movie Ever Made’ if I'm not mistaken. But if you're going to watch two movies this year, you should probably race on down to your local Alamo Drafthouse and catch a screening of The Action Pack's Talladega Nights Quote-Along. Why you ask? Because if you don't I'm going to come at you like a spider-monkey and scissor kick you to the back of that head, that's why! This movie is pure excellence and it's got three of my most favoritest things in it: Nascar, sexy lady parts, and American Pride. So grab a checkered flag and some other celebratory materials on your way in as we Shake N' Bake our way to one of the best nights ever. Buy tickets fast because, "If you're not first, you're last" and you will not want to miss out on this.”—
            Only at the Alamo: African Queen
            8/22 (thru 8/24) 11:00am; 5:00pm on 8/23
“After religious spinster's (Katharine Hepburn) missionary brother is killed in WWI Africa, dissolute steamer captain (Humphrey Bogart) offers her safe passage. She's not satisfied so she persuades him to destroy a German gunboat. The two spend most of their time fighting with each other rather than the Germans. Time alone on the river leads to love.”—
Pop Princess Sing-Along
            8/24 8:30pm
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