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Fandango Alamo Drafthouse Guide (5/19-5/24)

Time to take a look at what shakin' at the Alamo this coming week.

Thursday May 19

Office Space Quote-Along
Alamo Ritz Austin 7:00pm
Come see Mike Judge’s uncomfortably accurate, if slightly exaggerated, depiction of the corporate grind; staplers and TPS reports in tow. Your favorite lines will appear on the screen karaoke-style for your shouting pleasure. (Also playing Alamo Lakecreek 5/19 @7:00pm)
Alamo South Lamar Austin 7:05pm
Jason Eisner’s brilliant piece of neo exploitation began life as a fake trailer and has evolved into something that, while oddly familiar to movie geeks, is about as unique a viewing experience as anyone could ever ask for.
Now That’s What I Call a Sing-Along
Alamo Ritz Austin 9:45pm
Do you love karaoke, but wish your tone-deafness could be drowned out by a theater full of similarly afflicted music lovers? The Alamo has you covered! In this addition of this signature Alamo series, all things pop will be celebrated in loud, off-key glory.
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: While picked up for home video distribution by Magnolia and available in certain areas via Video-On-Demand, Hobo with a Shotgun is a film that begs to be seen in theaters and comes highly recommended to those who spent their childhoods sneaking VHS copies of films they weren’t allowed to see into their bedrooms.
Friday May 20
Master Pancake: Cage-A-Thon
Alamo Ritz Austin 7:00pm; 10:00pm
The Alamo’s resident comedy troupe, Master Pancake, provide an evening of laughs as they supply their own commentary track to some stinky Hollywood misfires. This week they offer a retrospective of some of Nicolas Cage’s most bizarre performances from across the span of his wildly uneven career. (Also playing Alamo Ritz 5/21, same times)
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: This may be the only way to stomach some of the titles of a Nic Cage retrospective, although I do highly recommend watching all of Vampire’s Kiss (1988) as it will no doubt be featured and no doubt leave you wanting more.
Saturday May 21
Alamo Village Austin 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. 
Sunday May 22
Reel Women Presents Lunafest
Alamo Village Austin 11:00am
A nationally touring festival of short films by, for and about women. This event represents a podium from which up-and-coming female filmmakers can make themselves known to a national audience.
Food & Film: Good Burger w/All-You-Can-Eat Good Burgers!
Alamo Ritz Austin 7:00pm
By now, I think mankind is starting to come to terms with the 1/4lb crap sandwich on a sesame seed bun that is Good Burger. But, in an effort to make even this turkey enjoyable, the Alamo is offering audience members the opportunity to stuff their faces full of all-you-can-eat burger goodness. See which gives you indigestion first: the film or gluttony.
Zzang!!!: Top Secret! (Ritz)(9:30pm)
This Alamo signature series is designed to pay homage to the greatest decade of this or any other century of human existence: the 80s. This week host, and former Danzig backup dancer, Zack Carlson showcases what is possibly Val Kilmer’s finest film. Directed by one third of the legendary Abrahams/Zucker comedy team, Top Secret kicks traditional spy films directly in the crotch.
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: If you are going to attend the Good Burger screening, and plan on getting your money’s worth of excellent burgers, I would highly suggest complementing them with a bucket of a lighter beer. While the Alamo Ritz does have an amazing beer selection, the more exotic beers tend to be heavier and thus limit your stomach capacity.
Monday May 22
Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story
Alamo Lake Creek Austin 7:00pm
Instead of spending another Monday night arguing over who gets to be the thimble and who gets to be the hat, sally forth to the Alamo Lake Creek for this insightful documentary about the history of one of America’s favorite board games. You could watch the film three times in the time it would normally take to finish one game of Monopoly.
Quote-Along: Big Lebowski
Alamo South Lamar Austin 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: Dogs in Space
Alamo Ritz Austin 10:30pm
“This loose, sometimes funny memoir of the Melbourne punk scene in the ‘70s is possibly most famous as the only starring role of doomed INXS front man Michael Hutchence. Here he plays the drug-addled front man of the band Dogs In Space who lives in a large communal house with his girlfriend and bandmates. The elliptical, cinema verite feel brings you right into their home as you see them fight, love, take drugs and play music under the constant threat of destruction from above by the falling Skylab satellite. With music by Hutchence, Brian Eno, Ollie Olsen, Iggy Pop, John Murphy and Marie Hoy.”—Synopsis courtesy of
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: While South Lamar may not have its liquor license, the next-door Highball Lounge is a fantastic pre-movie hangout and their phenomenal White Russians are just the ticket for getting into the Big Lebowski spirit.
Tuesday May 23
TV at The Alamo: Glee
Alamo Village Austin 9:45pm
If you don’t mind admitting that high school kids doing plot-specific renditions of your favorite songs brings tears to your eyes, why not enjoy this supernova of a smash hit in a room full of like-mined TV maniacs? The Alamo Village affords this opportunity for this and so many other great shows.
Terror Tuesday: Human Experiments
Alamo Ritz Austin 10:30pm
Rolling Thunder star Linda Haynes is a struggling country singer making her way through the rural nightclub circuit. Her life is suddenly shattered when she runs over a pedestrian, fumbles across a vicious backwoods massacre and inexplicably finds herself committed to a home for criminally insane women. To top it off, the hospital staff are loopy themselves, having devised a method to erase society’s undesirables by reverting their minds to infancy and starting over from scratch. This somehow involves removing our heroine’s clothes and covering her with giant insects.”—Synopsis courtesy of Terror Tuesday emcee Zack Carlson.
Wednesday May 24
Hecklevision: The Wicker Man
Alamo Village Austin 7:00pm
If you enjoy cracking wise with your friends in the comfort of your livingroom while watching a truly terrible film, Hecklevision is the signature Alamo series for you. Prove your wiseass proficiency by texting your own jokes that will then appear on the screen much to the delight of a gaggle of cackling patrons.
Food & Film: Pirates of the Caribbean Feast
Alamo South Lamar Austin 7:00pm
The Alamo Drafthouse hosts many feasts throughout the year catered toward a specific film or film series. This week, master chef Chris Kincaid prepares a swashbuckling selection of absolutely exquisite edibles. If your appetite for adventure is equaled only by your actual appetite, you must attend this event.
Celluloid Handbag: Boom!
Alamo Ritz Austin 8:00pm
Hosted by Austin’s preeminent drag queen, Rebecca Haveymeyer, Celluloid Handbag is a signature series probably best described by its own fabulous host…“Showcasing films ranging from low end trash to high dollar dandies, Celluloid Handbag is here to crack the mold of queer cinema. Inside the handbag is an arsenal of entertainment designed to break down your boundaries and shake off your sensibilities...with the help of full drink service, of course.”—Haveymeyer.
Class of Nuke Em High w/Lloyd Kaufman
Alamo Lake Creek Austin 9:25pm
If this was merely a retro screening of one of Troma Entertainment’s tent pole films, that would amazing enough. But that simply wouldn’t cut it for the Alamo Drafthouse. On hand for the festivities will be the godfather of Troma himself Lloyd Kaufman. There is no way this night will be anything less than disgustingly interesting.
Tough Guy Cinema: True Lies
Alamo Village Austin 9:45pm
Existing as the exact antithesis of Girly Night, Tough Guy cinema brings us the beefiest, sweatiest, most ass-kickin-est action movies. This week, we will be enjoying James Cameron’s action comedy of double lives and mistaken identity starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. If the antics of pre-Avatar Cameron aren’t enough to hold your attention, there will be plenty of live pyrotechnics and cap gun firing to make you fee like a real tough guy.
VHS Doc Fundraiser: Ninja Annihilation War
Alamo South Lamar Austin 10:00pm
The Drafthouse is an establishment that not only fondly recalls long-forgotten films, but embraces long-dead viewing formats as well. A group of VHS enthusiasts here in town are working hard to a complete a documentary about the glory that once was the leader in home video entertainment. In an effort to help out, the Alamo is screening, possibly for the very first time, this incredibly obscure piece of ninja cinema.
Weird Wednesday: Trader Hornee
Alamo Ritz Austin Midnight
Haven’t gotten your fill of bizarre films yet? If the title of this film alone doesn’t entice your attendance, here’s what Weird Wednesday maestro Lars Nilsen has to say on the subject,
Trader Hornee (the E’s are silent, by the way), is a skin-flick, of course, but it’s also a very funny, juvenile comedy in the mold of classic Mad Magazine. It’s a parody of jungle films, the once-popular sub-genre of adventure films that brought us the likes of Tarzan and Jungle Jim.” 
Alamo Surivor’s Tip: I am fortunate enough to be friends with the makers of the VHS documentary and can tell you firsthand that their passion and artistic vision will make for an exceptional piece of filmmaking once it is completed. Plus, Ninja Annihilation War has never been released in theaters or on home video! The Alamo proves itself once again to be a temple to the most outstandingly esoteric.
Don’t live in Austin? Check out these events featured at the outlying Alamo locations…
- West Oaks
May 21st – Quote-Alongs: Office Space, 7:30pm
May 24th – Only at the Alamo: ANIME, 7:30pm
- Mason Park
May 22nd – Big Screen Classics: Breakfast at Tiffanys, 12:30pm
San Antonio
- Westlakes
Big Screen Classics: Taxi Driver
May 19th 7:30pm
Repo! The Genetic Opera
May 22nd 10:30pm
Tough Guy Cinema: True Lies
May 23rd 7:00 pm & 10:30 pm
Only at the Alamo: Anime
- Park North
Tough Guy Cinema: True Lies
May 24th 7:00 pm & 10:30 pm
- Stone Oak
Now That's What I Call a Sing-Along
May 24th 7:00 pm
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