Calvin Lee Reeder is a filmmaker not easy to pigeonhole. The writer/director has quickly established himself with strange, nightmarish films that traipse across the boundaries of reality and hallucination. Films best viewed through sleep-blurred eyes and over a glass of beer, Reeder’s work wears its influences on its sleeve – Jodorowsky, Lynch, Zulawski.
THE RAMBLER, the sophomore film from Calvin Lee Reeder, opens for a limited engagement at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Vintage Park on Friday, June 14. Dermot Mulroney stars as The Rambler, a nameless, enigmatic convict who, upon being released from prison, sets out on the road. Along the way, The Rambler encounters a strange succession of individuals including a scientist who travels around the country with mummies in his trunk and a VCR that can record the dreams of volunteers, a back-alley boxer with savage scars and devastating fists and more than a few pus-spewing, vomit-dripping monsters of the literal sense. Natasha Lyonne and Lindsay Pulsipher co-star.
THE RAMBLER is – at its heart – a road movie but the road traveled isn’t always made of asphalt or necessarily even on a map. Full of bizarre, strange imagery and hyper-real, colorful characters, THE RAMBLER is a movie perfectly OK with being batshit crazy. It’s a film that is designed to let the story – and there is a story – wash over you like the tide coming in. When viewed in the moment, everything seems perfectly natural and expected – much like a dream itself. There is an incredible joy in sifting through the incomprehensible and THE RAMBLER guarantees just that - there are scenes and images from the film that have played on constant rotation in my head since I saw the film at SXSW in March.
Whether you are a fan of monster movies, existential trips or just curious what a nightmare would look like if brought to life, THE RAMBLER is a must watch. Don’t miss your rare chance to see this sure-to-be cult classic on the big screen during its weeklong run at Vintage Park.