I love stories about outsiders -- intense, desperate or lonely people with their faces pressed against the glass, searching for a way in or some kind of real human connection. Like their protagonists, these films don't conform to society's standards; they're wild and unpredictable, sometimes dangerous or uncomfortable to watch, but always fascinating. When Aubrey Plaza and I were making Ingrid Goes West and looking for inspiration, these were the films we kept coming back to again and again for their fearless performances and mastery of tone. Thanks to the good people at Alamo Drafthouse for letting us share them with you. Enjoy!
—Matt Spicer, director of INGRID GOES WEST.
Robert Altman’s gauzy fever dream imagines a demented relationship between naif Sissy Spacek and wanna-be Shelley Duvall. Surreal, hypnotic and essential!
BAD BOY BUBBY
Bubby, after 35 years imprisoned in an apartment with his mom, eventually escapes, joins up with a band and learns how to enjoy life. Unfortunately, those first 35 years made Bubby a bit of a BAD boy.
THE BEAVER TRILOGY
We first meet Groovin’ Gary in a parking lot in 1979; we meet again in a 1981 sequel starring Sean Penn; finally, a slick reboot with Crispin Glover in 1986.
What seemed absurd to Hal Ashby in 1979 now has surreal resonance in our modern day. Peter Sellers plays Chance, a simple-minded gardener who gains traction with voters due to his outsider rhetoric.
Wes Anderson’s debut film was shot in Texas 21 years ago and has our vote as the official comedy of Texas. Owen Wilson is Dignan, one of the most doomed yet still loveable oddballs of this series.
THE CABLE GUY
A dejected schlub tries to save a few bucks by bribing a cable guy for extra channels. What follows is a bleak comic hellscape that got producer Judd Apatow kicked out of Hollywood for a decade.
Warped by her overbearing mother; betrayed by her classmates and humiliated at the senior prom, Carrie (Sissy Spacek) offers all who were ever bullied in school a sweet, secret revenge fantasy.
CHUCK & BUCK
After a tragedy, Buck longs to reconnect with best bud Chuck. Thing is, Chuck is Charlie now and doesn’t want anything to do with him. “No” is not a word Buck likes to hear…
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
One of the greatest love stories ever, ETERNAL SUNSHINE perfectly fuses the talent of two of modern cinema's true geniuses: Charlie Kaufman & Michel Gondry. If you haven’t seen this, you MUST COME.
HAROLD AND MAUDE
Hal Ashby’s direction, Colin Higgins’ wonderful screenplay and Cat Stephens music combined with Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon’s performances as multi-generational misfits make HAROLD AND MAUDE a classic.
THE HOUSE OF YES
Marty brings his fiancée (Tori Spelling) home to meet the family. Alas, Marty’s sister Jackie (Parker Posey) harbors enough secrets and destructive energy to tear both family and engagement apart.
THE KING OF COMEDY
Robert DeNiro embodies another iconic character in Rupert Pupkin, an aspiring comedian/sociopath who kidnaps his idol (played by Jerry Lewis) in Martin Scorsese’s perfect satire.
Jeanne Moreau stars as a dowdy schoolmarm above suspicion when a series of fires plagues a small town. Beneath the surface, her lust for the Italian lumberjack lothario drives her to desperate ends.
MINNIE & MOSKOWITZ
In Cassavetes’ comedy Minnie and Moskowitz, 2 opposite sorts of misfit fall in love. Seymour Cassel parks cars, Gena Rowlands curates art. Brilliant performances and a strangely believable romance.
Wes Anderson has a deep love for the big-hearted outcast. MOONRISE KINGDOM is such a joy to experience on the big screen: lush visuals, amazing cast and a loveable protagonist you ache to see prevail.
Movie Party: MOONRISE KINGDOM
An interactive participatory screening of this ode to young lovers from that patriarch of elegant quirk, Wes Anderson. Lush visuals, amazing cast and a loveable protagonist you ache to see prevail.
David Lynch skewers Hollywood as only he can, with Naomi Watts as an unblemished actress newly arrived in town, caught up in the nightmare of an amnesiac. Sexy, layered and endlessly watchable.
PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE
Seen through the lens of this series, Tim Burton’s timeless comedy classic establishes Pee Wee Herman as perhaps the all-time king of the loveable obsessive misfits of cinema.
REMEMBER MY NAME
Anthony Perkins is the sane one this time in the extremely rare REMEMBER MY NAME, with Geraldine Chaplin brilliantly portraying an ex-con out for revenge. Still not available on home video!
SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
The quintessential movie of platonic obsession, where a haircut reveal packs a thrill and a spike heel becomes a weapon! A lurid erotic thriller with Jennifer Jason Leigh outstanding as always.
Snakey is a man of simple pleasures: snakes, male bonding, snakes, Wednesdays, snakes and Souza marches. His routine is shaken by trouble in the shape of a woman. Woe unto those who did Snakey wrong!
A parolee, a prostitute and their elderly neighbor escape Germany to Wisconsin in search of a better life. But Wisconsin can be unkind. Features the best final 10 minutes of any film in history.
TO DIE FOR
Gus Van Sant turns tabloid trash to quick-witted high art in this ripped-from-the-headlines tale of a TV reporter and the two boneheaded teens she hires to kill her husband.
WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE
Over the course of a few sordid months, Dawn faces off against friends, family and enemies alike with a ferocity only New Jersey natives can summon.