Fandango Alamo Drafthouse Guide (6/4-6/8): Drafthouse Hits The Road with John Wayne, Leatherface and Coen Bros.

This week, the Alamo Drafthouse is hitting the road with John Wayne, Leatherface and the Coen Bros. Let's take a look...

Friday June 3

Master Pancake: Braveheart
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm; 10:00pm
Come watch the Alamo Drafthouse’s signature comedy troupe launch arrows and axes at the previously invincible Mel Gibson and his astounding mullet. Just because it won the man an Oscar doesn’t mean it can’t be mocked torturously. Freeeeeedom!
Rolling Roadshow: The Searchers
Old Fort Parker, Groesbeck, TX 8:00pm
See one of the greatest westerns, nay, greatest films ever made at the historic site that inspired its inception. The Alamo Drafthouse brings back the celebrated Rolling Roadshow; making an adventure out of watching films.
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: The Rolling Roadshow is one of the most life-affirming events any movie geek can experience. This month, the Alamo is dedicating this roving film church to the great films of Texas. If you have the travel means, I highly suggest attending each and every one. Besides, admission to each of these amazing events is free!
Saturday June 4
Summer Kids Camp: Ponyo
Alamo Lake Creek (6/4-6/7) 10:30am
All throughout the summer, the Alamo is offering kids, and parents, the chance to catch quality family fare on the big screen just as they were intended. Based on The Little Mermaid, Ponyo is a wild, beautiful fantasy directed by the celebrated Hayao Miyazaki.
Master Pancake: Braveheart
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm; 10:00pm
Rolling Roadshow: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Junction House, Kingsland, TX 9:00pm
There are few things on this planet more terrifying than Leatherface and his propensity for dangerous hardware. That being said, the one thing more terrifying than watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the notorious house that served as the vessel of vivisection. Actors Edwin Neal and Marilyn Burns, along with writer Kim Henkel will be in attendance. Expect a road-weary, blood-spattered recap from the Fandango crew…should any of them make it back alive.
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: Of all the Texas-centric Rolling Roadshow events this month, the one that cannot be missed come hell, high water, or mass murder infestation is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Sunday June 5
Sex, Art, Life: The 2011 Films of Joe Swanberg: Uncle Kent w/ Joe Swanberg Live
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“The first of Swanberg’s films to premiere at Sundance, UNCLE KENT is an exploration of romance and lust, and the strange way it has been impacted by contemporary Internet technologies. Frequent Swanberg collaborator Kent Osborne (who, somehow, got his start writing Spongebob Squarepants) stars as an animator who languishes his life away in his workspace/apartment, smoking pot and sitting as his computer.  He spends his nights on Chatroulette, sketching strangers and their protuberances before they can “next” him.”—
Sex, Art, Life: The 2011 Films of Joe Swanberg: Art History w/ Joe Swanberg Live
Alamo Ritz: 9:45pm
“Recently premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, Art History is a backstage drama starring Swanberg, Kent Osborne, and Josephine Decker.  Swanberg plays a low-budget filmmaker making a sexually explicit film starring Osborne and Decker.  A sexually combustible triangle forms (and ultimately becomes a rectangle), and the dynamic expands with vitriol in this subtle play about jealousy.” – 
Blood SimpleRolling Roadshow: Blood Simple
Dessau Hall, Austin, TX 9:00pm
“Joel and Ethan Coen’s seamy redneck noir (and their directorial debut) was shot on location in this landmark Austin music venue, which doubles as Marty’s bar in the film. Over the years, Dessau Hall has hosted the likes of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and a young Elvis Presley.”—
Monday June 6
Summer Kids Camp: Iron Giant
Alamo South Lamar (6/6-6/7) 11:00am
The movie that proves that a boy’s best friend is an enormous extraterrestrial robot. The first feature film by Brad Bird, who would later hit home runs with The Incredibles and Ratatouille, directs a cast of voice actors that includes Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., and Vin Diesel as the voice of the gigantic, metallic pile of brawn; fitting.
Summer Kids Camp: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Alamo Village (6/6-6/7) 11:00am
One of the best cartoon-to-live-action adaptations ever conceived. Thrill as the four heroes on the half shell struggle to fight the forces of evil and especially their well-sharpened nemesis Shredder. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo, along with their rodent sensei Splinter, practice the art of ninjutsu and eating as much pizza as possible.
Sex, Art, Life: The 2011 Films of Joe Swanberg: Silver Bullets w/ Joe Swanberg Live
Alamo Ritz 7:00pm
“A film that took two-and-a-half years to complete, Silver Bullets is an epic meditation on Swanberg’s career and the “mumblecore” filmmaking movement he has been so strongly associated; at 72 minutes, it miraculously manages to be grand in scale and encompasses a breadth of criticisms and self-doubts in its slight running time. Swanberg again plays an indie filmmaker, this time one who is in an existential crisis over his films’ artistic relevance.  When his girlfriend and muse, played by the gorgeous newcomer Kate Lyn Sheil, gets a role in a horror-meister’s (played by Fantastic Fest alum Ti West) werewolf flick, his spiral into aesthetic and commercial despair hastens.  As a twisted kind of revenge, he casts his girlfriend’s best friend (Amy Seimetz) to play in his new film, an autobiography in which she plays his girlfriend.” –
Music Monday: The Cure in Orange
Alamo Ritz 9:30pm
“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!”—
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: The Summer Kids Camp is the premier cinematic family event this summer. Not only will these films provide a welcome distraction for the sugared-up, recently paroled little ones, but the caliber of films selected by the Alamo is sure to please the parents in the audience as well. And it’s free!
Tuesday June 7
Outside In: Gary Kent w/ The Pyramid
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! For our inaugural event, exploitation film legend/top notch stuntman/special effects artist/beloved Austinite Gary Kent joins us in person (on his birthday!!) for an extremely rare screening of his paranormal cosmic maelstrom masterpiece.”—Zack Carlson, via
AFS: White Material
Alamo South Lamar 7:00pm
“In an unnamed African country in the throes of a volatile regime change, Maria Vial is trying to sustain the coffee plantation she runs with her ex-husband André, but unknown to her, he has other plans. The country is tenuously under the control of a rebel militia whose leader is on the run. With the regular army preparing to regain control, French forces have moved out, warning the remaining white residents that they’re on their own if they stay behind. However, Maria refuses to be driven off the land, continuing to run the farm as the specter of impending tragedy looms. –Synopsys courtesy of IFC Films via
Terror Tuesday: The Thrill Killers w/ Gary Kent Live
Alamo Ritz 10:00pm
Though Terror Tuesday rarely strays beyond the comfortable confines of ‘70s & ‘80s horror, this special 1964 tribute screening to actor/author/stuntman/director/living legend Gary Kent contains all the sleaze, rage and murder that would characterize drive-in movies for the next three decades. The Thrill Killers was impossibly ahead of its time in telling the heartless, blades-n’-bullets tale of three criminal scumtanks who take a rural community hostage. Slashed throats, severed heads and hate-soaked dialogue transform the seemingly safe post-war America into a hope-free survival zone.”—Zack Carlson via
Alamo Survivor’s Tip: Any time Terror Tuesday or Weird Wednesday features a guest filmmaker or film personality, it is an evening not to be missed. Whether the guest proves insightful, hilarious, or just batshit insane, it always makes for a memorable evening.
Wednesday June 8
Open Screen Night
Alamo Ritz 10:45pm
“Open Screen Night is one of our favorite, and most bizarre, Alamo traditions. At this event, we give YOU control over our screen. For this night only, you choose the programming, and we will project absolutely anything you bring. Want to show off the new short film you just made? Perfect, bring it in. Wanna make everyone watch a particularly uncomfortable clip on YouTube? Just give us the URL and we’ll put it up. Have a favorite home movie or super embarrassing clip of your college roommate? Bring that in, too!”—
Weird Wednesday: Cat Murkil & The Silks
Alamo Ritz Midnight
“A really gritty, nasty juvenile delinquency docudrama that cuts like a switchblade. A jarring film in a lot of ways, it’s also one of the most entertaining movies in the genre. It takes place in and around one of those southern California high schools that are so familiar from a million T&A comedies, and the soundtrack is reminiscent of yacht rock, but when the violence and brutality start - school’s out!”—Lars Nilsen via
Don’t live in Austin? Have a Drafthouse near you? Thank your lucky stars and check out what the outlying Drafthouses are up to this week!
West Oaks
Only at the Alamo: To Serve Man
6/3 10:00pm
“‘To Serve Man! Dubstep meets Sci-fi' is a 90 minute montage of clips from classic 50's - '60's sci-fi films and television shows ('It Came From Outer Space', 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', 'This Island Earth' and the Twilight Zone) set to the latest cutting edge dubstep tracks. Austin based DJ/ProducerLord Pyro will be performing TSM as a live DJ set, spinning a dazzling array of dubstep tracks ranging from "intelligent" dubstep (Burial, Synchro,etc) to hard hitting tear-your-face-off bass heavy beats!”—
Only at the Alamo: Anime
6/7 7:30pm
The Alamo Drafthouse provides a welcome haven for fans of Japanese animation. Samurai swords must unfortunately be checked at the door.
HeckleVision: Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus
6/8 7:30pm
If you see only one movie about a giant prehistoric shark battling an enormous prehistoric cephalopod with the world’s worst special effects, see Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus. Hopefully the texted jokes from the audience appearing on the screen will make bearable this convergence of schlock monster titans.
Mason Park
Dumb & Dumber Quote-Along
6/2 10:00pm
Free Family Fund: Iron Giant
6/6-6/8 11:00am
San Antonio
Free Family Fun: The Goonies
6/5 11:30am
Bring the whole family out to enjoy a true classic. Mikey and his brother Brand are being forced to move when a greedy land developer begins snatching up property with the intent of building a golf course. Their only hope is an old treasure map and the swells of pirate riches it promises. Written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus and directed by Richard Donner, few “kids” movies retain their ability to resonate even within their now-grown fanbase as does The Goonies.
Only at the Alamo: Anime
6/6 7:30pm
Girlie Night: The Cutting Edge
6/7 7:00pm 9:45pm
“It's high time for the world to embrace the magic of The Cutting Edge, and Girlie Night is here to prove it. This film takes the classic romantic formula of opposites attract, throws in some 90stastic casting (this is definitely the climax of D.B. and Moira Kelly's careers) and then puts it all...ON ICE! And not just any ice, nay, but potential Olympic ice! The stakes are incredibly high, which only increases the tension between our skating hero and heroine, resulting in enough fiery chemistry to generate about a hundred bad "melting ice" jokes. I'll spare you those, but I won't spare you the awesomeness of the film's tagline: ‘The Ultimate Love/Skate Relationship.’”—Sarah Pitre via
Park North
Big Screen Classics: Roman Holiday
6/6 7:00pm 10:00pm
“What a perfect title for our Big Screen Classics series! Audrey Hepburn delivers a performance that secured her a place in the pantheon of silver screen icons (alongside the wonderful Gregory Peck no less) in this warmly remembered classic romance. Both performances are standouts of not only their careers, but of film history overall. Come enjoy this delicious romantic comedy that is impossible to not be delighted by. It is also impossible to not look up flight information for Rome after the screening and seriously consider taking a quick trip overseas to ride a scooter around the coliseum!”—
Only at the Alamo: Cute Night
6/8 7:00pm 9:30pm
Besides a cornucopia of videos that would make your mother very disappointed if she caught you watching, the internet provides a non-stop parade of the most disgustingly cute images known to man. Come celebrate adorability as the Alamo subjects you relentlessly to the most nauseatingly heart-warming fare from all over the interwebs. Play ‘em off Keyboard Cat.
Stone Oak
Free Family Fun: Fantastic Mr. Fox
6/4 11:30am
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.
Dumb & Dumber Quote-Along
6/7 7:00pm 9:45pm
Winchester, VA
Dumb & Dumber Quote-Along
6/8 8:30pm
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