Nobody would blame you for wanting to avoid the weather outside (and the terrible traffic that comes when Houston drivers encounter said weather) but boy are we going to do our best to try and tempt you out into the rain and to take a trip to the Alamo Drafthouse this week. Here is what we have in store for the next week at the Alamo Drafthouse:
There haven’t been many film adaptations of Saturday Night Live sketches that can conceivably be considered “good.” THE BLUES BROTHERS is on that list. MACGRUBER is on that list (and I’ll fight anybody who says differently). WAYNE’S WORLD is definitely on that list. Join us tonight at Mason Park for a special Quote-Along presentation of Penelope Spheeris’ 1992 box office smash. Spheeris cut her teeth on hardcore films such as THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, SUBURBIA and HOLLYWOOD VICE SQUAD. WAYNE’S WORLD would be a transitional film for her – catapulting Spheeris into the world of big budget studio comedies and paving the way for the director to adapt not only THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES but also THE LITTLE RASCALS. WAYNE’S WORLD is that perfect blend of the two stages of Spheeris’ career – a touch of rebel comedy weirdness mixed with a whole heaping of mainstream fun. Mike Meyers (who also co-wrote the screenplay) would find worldwide fame along with (to a lesser extent) co-star Dana Carvey. As with all Action Pack screenings, the WAYNE’S WORLD QUOTE-ALONG will feature the film’s best lines projected on the screen, karaoke style. We’ll also enhance the fun with an assortment of props and giveaways, including Red Vines, baseball hats and spew cups.
This weekend, the latest installment of the ICE AGE franchise hits the big screen. We’ll be projecting the film in both 2D and 3D and children ages three and up are welcome at all screenings.
Stuart Gordon is pretty much synonymous with H.P. Lovecraft by this point. Gordon has made a career out of doing the seemingly impossible and bringing Lovecraft’s dark tales of terror to the big screen without losing that element the writer so effectively mined for scares – the fear of the unknown. In FROM BEYOND, a film that reunited Gordon with his RE-ANIMATOR stars Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs, a scientist’s experiments with simulating the pineal gland has a startling effect – it opens a gateway into a strange, terrible dimension. Through the gateway comes all manner of creatures, and a growing evil that possesses those unlucky enough to stand too close to the portal. Full of slime, goop and monsters of all shapes and sizes, FROM BEYOND easily matches John Carpenter’s THE THING when it comes to using practical effects to achieve maximum gross-out in the film’s viewers. When you combine the film’s unreal SFX with star Jeffrey Combs’ frantic performance, you get one of the best horror films to emerge soaking in blood from the pit o’ death that was the ‘80s. Don’t miss this rare 35mm screening of a horror classic.
Join us for a week of free screenings of Wes Anderson’s stunning stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel. George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray lend their voices to this touching take on Anderson’s usual haunting ground – the tumultuous relationship between a father and his son. But, you know, totally appropriate for children. It’s a funny, fast-paced animated movie that also remains an absolute treat to look at. The film will screen daily at 11 AM through Friday. All ages are welcome.
Sentai Anime makes its debut at Mason Park with a free screening of TOWANOQUON, an animated film set in the future where children born with fantastic powers are hunted down by The Order, a powerful organization that rules the world and enforces their rule with a ruthless squad of cyborgs. Sentai Anime is a monthly event at the Alamo Drafthouse – Mason Park.
Join series sponsor Funimation for our weekly Anime at the Alamo series. This week the title is FRACTALE, a program about Clain, a young man whose attempt at playing the hero leads him into a world of adventure in a world ruled by the Fractale System, a program that ensures mankind’s stability and prosperity.
While we all wait patiently for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film THE MASTER, take a trip back to 1997 for an early film in PTA’s career, BOOGIE NIGHTS. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham and more, BOOGIE NIGHTS is a look into world of porn during the ‘70s, a world that rode the line between glamor and grime, fame and failure. To celebrate this stunning film, we’ve teamed up with the fine folks from Lagunitas Brewing Company for a four-course meal featuring prawns, pork loin, desert and some very fine beer. We’re also throwing a contest for Houston homebrewers. Click the link above to see the full menu as well as the beer pairings from Lagunitas. Please note, online tickets are $7. You will be charged the additional $43 for the beer and food portion of the event by your server the night of the event.
This Wednesday, as we prepare for the rise of the Dark Knight, celebrate a different kind of superhero with a special 35mm screening of the Shaw Brothers produced INFRA-MAN. This nutjob Chinese actionfest is a Hong Kong delight, featuring robots, monsters and a whole heaping amount of kung-fu. When the Demon Princess Elzebub sets her sights on the earth for conquest, it’s up to a bionic kung-fu hero to save the day and defeat the Demon Princess’ army of skeleton ghosts, ice monsters and mutants. Praised by the likes of both Roger Ebert and Quentin Tarantino, this action epic is a film you won’t want to miss.
Speaking of superheroes, don’t miss our final hurrah for Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman legend. Tickets are going fast for our Dark Knight Marathon – we’ll be screening BATMAN BEGINS, THE DARK KNIGHT and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. In between the films, you’ll get our signature Alamo Drafthouse pre-shows, games and giveaways and more surprises than you can shake a stick at. We’ll have our friends from 8th Dimension Comics & Games present so you can stock up on your Batman merchandise between films and we’ll have a special Batman-themed photobooth that you can take your picture at for free. Nobody knows how THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is going to end but one thing is certain, we’re going to make the ride to the finish as fun as possible.
Don’t want to do the marathon? No worries. We’ve got you covered with a full selection of midnight screenings for the film. There are plenty of seats and tons of tasty food and beer to enjoy while you wait for the film to start. We’ve just introduced a new menu with specials that include a Batman themed Gotham Dog, fried calamari and crawfish linguini. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is poised to be one of the biggest films of the year – possibly ever. Be one of the first to see it with our midnight screenings – plus, if you are a member of the Midnight Movie Society, tickets to the midnight screening are only $7 plus you get a free small popcorn with your ticket.