Kevin Tong‘s Sights Unseen art exhibit is like when Carrie goes nuts on Homeland and puts up a huge bulletin board of work. It’s overwhelming and blinding, but totally genius. Tong, one of the most well-respected and talented screenprint artists working today, has created an exhibit not just for movie fans. It’s for everyone.

Comprised of over 200 drawings from the entire course of Tong’s career, the exhibit hits like a ton of bricks. It’s difficult to believe he’s assembled this much work in one space. As you begin to explore the nooks and crannies of the gallery, you’ll find beautiful movie pieces, music pieces and more general art pieces that Tong created on the way to larger, more commercial work. It’s one of those exhibits fans will have to explore again and again because they’ll find something new and exciting every single time through.

Tong has done movie posters for Mondo, Gallery 1988, Spoke Art, worked for bands like Phish, The Black Keys, Bon Iver and many more. But all of it started with these drawings and seeing them as a whole is not only to see the arc of an artist’s career, it spotlights an evolving style and ideas that are radically out of the box.

Sights Unseen is currently on display at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA through April 3. Below, we’ve captured just a few of the movie and pop culture related pieces. Read More »

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The Alamo Drafthouse Picks the Top 10 Films of 2012

The Alamo Drafthouse brand is beloved among moviegoers for their plush theaters, but it’s revered for their impeccable taste in movies. Whether programming a film festival or picking up indies for distribution, they’ve demonstrated an eye for films that aren’t just good, but unique.

With 2012 on its way out, the company has just released its list of their ten favorite movies from the year. Some of the titles were as successful at the box office as they were with critics, while others are more off the beaten track, but all are well worth checking out. Read their picks after the jump.

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New York is already a pretty sweet place to live if you’re a film lover. Not only is it among the first stops for limited releases, its popularity as a shooting location means New Yorkers are constantly surrounded by the sites of iconic movie scenes. It’s home to lots of industry movers and shakers, meaning it’s not so unusual to run into stars or filmmakers at screenings of their films. And over the next three years, it’s only getting more cinephile-friendly.

Earlier this year, the Alamo Drafthouse revealed plans to expand to New York with locations in Yonkers (2013) and Manhattan’s Upper West Side (2014). Now the Austin-based cinema chain is plotting a third New York spot in downtown Brooklyn. Called Alamo Drafthouse City Point, the theater is on track to open in 2015. More after the jump.

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The more often you go the movies, the more snobby you become. Everything has to be just right: the seat, the picture, the sound, everything just a certain way so you can enjoy the film. What this (admittedly selfish) mindset also does is create a long list of pet peeves: other people talking during a movie; checking their phones; or arriving late and asking if those middle seats you got by showing up 30 minutes early are open. I am guilty of being one of these snobs.

Few things are more distracting when a movie starts than people who arrive after the show has started and the Alamo Drafthouse is doing something about it. Starting January 3, they’ll be implementing a strict policy that no one will be admitted into a theater once the movie has begun. If you’re running late, you can get your money back or a ticket to another showtime but everyone must arrive on time.

“Bravo,” is my immediate reaction. What’s yours? Read their full blog and comment below. Read More »

Earlier this year, the Alamo Drafthouse took one step closer to making New York cinephiles’ dreams come true by announcing a new location planned for the Upper West Side. Six months later, plans seem to be well on their way, as the community board has approved a two-year liquor license for the theater. New York audiences will get to enjoy a dinner and drinks delivered right to their seats, just like Drafthouse patrons in other cities.

So that’s the good news. The bad news is that the renovations are taking somewhat longer than expected, to the point that the opening has now been pushed from 2013 to 2014. This means the Alamo Drafthouse location under construction in in Yonkers, which is just north of New York City, will be the first location in the tri-state area to open its doors. More after the jump.

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In the two years since its launch, Drafthouse Films has compiled an enjoyably eclectic lineup ranging from the retrofuturistic break-dancing apocalypse comedy The FP to last year’s foreign film Oscar nominee Bullhead. But even by those standards, their latest release Trailer War is a little bit different. It’s not so much a movie as it is a feature-length compilation of trailers — gloriously bizarre, gleefully tasteless vintage trailers from low-budget exploitation flicks, in the vein of the old 42nd Street Forever compilations. Hit the jump to read more, check out the poster, and watch the NSFW trailer.

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As the debate about texting in theaters rages on, TheWrap‘s Chris Davison has proposed one possible compromise between the two sides: Designate screenings as either “texting” or “non-texting,” and deal with glowing screens accordingly. That way, movie theater purists can be assured an experience free of those disruptive lights, those who don’t mind them can Tweet / email / text to their hearts’ content, and industry folks can rake in the dollars from both types of viewers.

However, at least one guy in the business is adamantly against the suggestion, and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that it’s Alamo Drafthouse owner Tim League. The Austin-based chain is renown among cinephiles for (among other things) its hard-line stance against talkers and texters, and League’s now put out a letter expressing how “horrified” he is by the idea of introducing text-friendly showings. Read about his stance after the jump.

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Even as Austin-based cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse continues its expansion into new markets across the country, its distribution arm Drafthouse Films is heading right to your front door. The label has just launched a new subscription club called Drafthouse Alliance, which gets members a series of Drafthouse Films Blu-ray (or DVD) releases delivered right to their houses in exchange for a flat fee. If Drafthouse Films’ taste in movies tend to coincide with yours, it’s a pretty sweet deal and a great way to support their efforts. More details after the jump.

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