Fandango Alamo Drafthouse Guide (5/26-6/1)

Here's a look at what's going on at The Alamo Drafthouse this week.

Office SpaceThursday May 26th
 
Office Space Quote-Along
Alamo Ritz 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.
 
Chart Toppers Sing-Along
Alamo Lake Creek 7:00pm & Alamo Ritz 9:40pm
 
If it has been played on the radio enough times to make you want to jerk the wheel and take a merciful header off an overpass, it will surely be featured at this week’s Sing-Along event. Glow sticks and streamers will be provided in what will surely the greatest, most popiest evening Katy Perry never sang about…or at least hasn’t yet but probably will.
 
Alamo Survivor’s Guide: The Chart Toppers Sing-Along is probably the only place where you can openly admit your undying love for both Eminem and Brittney Spears. Bear in mind that the Alamo Ritz has a liquor license, which will come in handy when it’s time to belt out that blasted Rhianna song “Umbrella”…ella…ella.
 
Friday May 27th
 
True Legend
Alamo South Lamar 10:00pm
 
Director Yuen Woo-ping could very well be the inspiration for the title of his latest film. Woo-ping has become a name synonymous with incredible martial arts choreography (The Matrix, Kill Bill) and True Legend is no exception.
 
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: True Legend was featured at last year’s Fantastic Fest wherein Yuen Woo-ping received a lifetime achievement award. It is definitely a must-see on the big screen and fortunately will be playing all week at South Lamar.
 
Saturday 28th
 
Free Kids Club: Time Bandits
Alamo South Lamar 11:00am
 
The Alamo’s monthly showcase of the best in family-friendly cinema features Terry Gilliam’s twisted fairy tale. Kids can enjoy the whimsical storylines, the giants, the ogres, and the cowboys while adults can marvel at the fantastic performances from John Cleese, Sean Connery, Ian Holm, and David Waner.
 
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 Guide: If you are a parent who also happens to be a movie geek, the Alamo Kids Club is not to be missed. Not only is admission absolutely free, but also the films selected serve as insurmountable evidence that not all family films are a chore to sit through if you are over the age of ten.
 
Sunday May 29th
 
Day of the Apes: Planet of the Apes Marathon
Alamo Ritz 10:00am
 
When our ape overlords decide to finally rise up and take over the planet, it would behoove us to be well versed in their culture. To that end, the Alamo Drafthouse is offering the opportunity to spend a whole day with these damn dirty simians as each of the five original Planet of the Apes films are shown back-to-back in 35mm glory. It promises to be a madhouse. A MADHOUSE!!!
 
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: If, as with most marathons, the Alamo offers a special unlimited refill deal on soda and/or coffee, I highly suggest you take advantage. No matter how exciting the content, sitting through this many films in succession in a theater can put a serious strain on the eyelids.
 
Monday May 30th
 
Music Monday: The Cure in Orange
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
 
“Recorded August 9 and 10, 1986, at the Theatre Antique d’Orange in the French countryside, THE CURE IN ORANGE features a 23-song, Head on the Door-era set that includes inspired renditions of "A Hundered Years" and "A Forest" — plus intro and outro, the former of which captures guitarist Simon Gallup’s famous de-wigging of the newly shorn Robert Smith. Following a short theatrical run, THE CURE IN ORANGE was released only on VHS and laser disc -- and it's been out of print in both formats for years now. Smith announced sometime last year that, at long last, the film will be released on DVD in 2010. Well, it's 2011 and still no DVD. But mope not, Cure fans, now you can see it in glorious 35mm up on the big screen again!”—OriginalAlamo.com
 
Quote-Alongs: The Big Lebowski
Alamo South Lamar 10:20pm
 
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.
 
Tuesday May 31st
 
Terror Tuesday: Near Dark
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
 
Before Kathryn Bigelow got that gold statue everybody seems to care so much about, she made one of the best vampire movies of the 1980s; no small feat in retrospect. Near Dark is a gothic love story, a dark cautionary tale about desire, and a film that preemptively blows those awful Twilight movies right the hell out of the water.
 
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: If you see this film is beautiful 35mm and decide to purchase the Blu-ray, please do not be dissuaded by the rancid re-release’s cover. It is nothing, NOTHING, like Twilight. Also, watch for one of the best performances of Bill Paxton’s career.
 
Wednesday June 1st
 
Dionysium
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
 
“The Dionysium offers a unique, innovative program of debate, lecture, declamation, theatrical presentation and music in a salon-like atmosphere on the first Wednesday of every month at the Alamo South Lamar. Audiences enjoy offerings not to be found elsewhere in Austin, including the recitation of famous speeches, participatory discussion in a formal, moderated context, and the opportunity to participate in the recreation of Ancient rituals.”—From OriginalAlamo.com
 
Dumb & Dumber Quote-Along
Alamo Village 9:45pm
 
There are silly comedies, there are stupid comedies, and then there is Dumb & Dumber. I’m fairly certain the script for this Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels vehicle was written on a drunken dare and the success of the subsequent film still a complete shock to everyone involved. But whether you love this mid-90s romp or find it incredibly insipid, the one thing that cannot be denied is its quote-ability. Enter the Drafthouse to provide a forum for celebrating the best, possibly only, redeeming quality of Dumb & Dumber.
 
Weird Wednesday: Shoot
Alamo Ritz Midnight
 
“In the golden days of the ‘70s there was a whole film industry in Canada based around government incentives and tax shelters; we know it now as the Canucksploitation era. Through some difficult to understand financial mechanism, outside investors put funds into Canadian productions that were sure to lose money and they benefited from it somehow. I didn’t say I understood it, but there’s no doubt that some extremely obtuse and unmarketable films were made around that time, and this is one of the best.”—Weird Wednesday emcee Lars Nilsen sums it up better than I ever could.
 
Check out what the out-of-town Drafthouses are up to…
 
Houston
 
            West Oaks
           
            Girlie Night: Can’t Hardly Wait
5/26 7:30pm
 
Several teens gather to celebrate their high school graduation. Popular kids deal with moving forward with their lives, long-term relationships end, and losers try desperately to get laid. The Alamo’s Girly Night series pays tribute to its female patronage with a film that is as romantic and heart-warming as it is…full of Seth Green and his terrible wardrobe. Bring your yearbooks for some preshow fun!
 
            Only at the Alamo: Anime
5/31 7:30pm
 
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
 
Sing-Alongs: Totally 80s New Wave
06/01 7:30pm
 
Can we all finally agree that the 80s trumps every other decade past, present, or future? Among its many, many accomplishments, the 80s gave us some of the best music in the history of human existence. Time to dust off the keyboard and come Depeche your Mode, Flock your Seagulls, and Talk to your…Heads.
 
Mason Park
 
            Office Space Quote-Along
05/26 7:30pm
           
            Food & Film: The Hangover Part II Feast
06/01 7:00pm
 
In the most inappropriately amazing marriage of food and film of all time, the Alamo chefs have prepared a four-course, Thai-inspired feast that is far classier than a single moment of Todd Phillips’ highly-anticipated comedy sequel.
 
San Antonio
 
            Westlakes
 
            The Rocky Horror Picture Show
05/26 10:30pm
 
            Sing-Alongs: Chart Toppers
05/29 7:00pm & 10:00pm
 
           
Park North
 
            Office Space Quote-Along
05/31 7:00pm & 9:45pm
           
           
Stone Oak
           
            Tough Guy Cinema: True Lies
5/31 7:15
 
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.
 
           
Winchester, VA
           
            Sci-Fi Summer Party (06/01 6:40pm)
 
In honor of the plethora of sci-fi/fantasy/superhero films on the docket for the summer of 2011, the Alamo Winchester has programmed a phenomenal one-two punch of retro screenings. James Cameron will be well represented as Terminator 2 and Aliens will serve as a prelude for a season of cinematic awesomeness. Trivia competitions and costume contests will cap the evening and one lucky patron will win tickets to ten blockbuster films this summer.
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