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Austin! See Ernie Reyes Jr. In Person For TMNT II And SURF NINJAS!

Get the scoop from the programmer, Greg MacLennan. 

Alamo Drafthouse programmer Greg MacLennan has some bangin' news to share with you: 


Some days my job is better than others, and today I get to share a very special moment I have courtesy of my employment at the Alamo Drafthouse. If '90s me met the me of today, he would totally freak out. The '90s were a weird time to be a kid, but there are a couple of truths that will never die. Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles are awesome, and martial arts are amazing to children.

I once had a concussion and watched TMNT 1 and 2 back to back to back to back in an effort to stay conscious for my mother. I'm alive today because that woman let me wear out my two favorite VHS tapes, and I'm a TMNT mega enthusiast because my sister thought it would be funny to whip me in the face with a jump rope while I was riding a skateboard.

I don't know why, but young me loved Secret of the Ooze just as much as the original—maybe it's because redheaded, teenage Danny totally sucked, or maybe it was because Ernie Reyes Jr. was far more relatable and got to hold his own alongside my ultimate heroes. So, when a contact for Ernie Reyes Jr. fell in my lap, I HAD to act. Not only was Ernie Reyes Jr. a total bad ass in movies like The Last Dragon, The Rundown, TMNT 1 & 2 and Surf Ninjas, but he was also the nicest guy in the world AND completely willing to fly out to Austin for a special two-night only event featuring two of my favorite movies.

Some of you know him as Keno...some of you know him as Johnny...but all of you should know ERNIE REYES Jr. He's a 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae-Kwon Do and has been kicking ass on the screen since he was just 13 years old. Ernie Reyes Jr. has always been the real deal. The Alamo Drafthouse sure does appreciate a good badass...which is why BANGARANG! is having a very special two-nights-only engagement to celebrate him in all his glory!

Now I know most of you love TMNT, but another forgotten gem that seems to be a favorite of mine (and only mine apparently) is Surf Ninjas. This was a joke we would make in the programming office, and Tim League once said I could program this movie over his "dead body." I'm happy to report Tim League is alive and well AND The Alamo gave me the green light to celebrate the ALMOST 20-year anniversary of Surf Ninjas as a result of Ernie coming to town.

So, if you love Ninja Turtles, come out and enjoy ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT pizza with us as we screen a 35mm print with Ernie in attendance. And if you've never seen Surf Ninjas, then do yourself a favor and check it out because this is one RARE 35mm print that I fear may never be screened in a theater least as long as Tim League has a heartbeat.

Get tickets for TMNT II HERE and Surf Ninjas HERE

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