Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
In Her, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) takes his OS girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) out on all kinds of dates. They lounge on the beach, run through a carnival, and even enjoy a snowy romantic getaway in the woods. But in real life, in the present, there are certain dates where your phone should be strictly off-limits. Even Siri thinks so.
For their latest no-cell-phones PSA, the Alamo Drafthouse has enlisted Susan Bennet, the actual human voice of Siri, to admonish theater patrons looking to send texts or place calls during the show. Turns out, you do not want to mess with Siri. Check it out after the jump.
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If you think movie theaters don’t have personalities, think again. Major corporate movie theaters feel quite different from smaller, independent venues; the movies each promote show the difference. Squarely in between those extremes is the Alamo Drafthouse, a growing chain of theaters with a distinctly independent and niche sensibility. Which is what makes their top 10 films of 2013 so intriguing.
Most theaters, if they even cared about this kind of thing, would make a very mainstream list simply because they don’t see, or exhibit, enough variety to really delve into what films were great during 2013. The Drafthouse does feature that variety, and their list has a nice mix of blockbusters, critical hits, and outside the box stuff that really shows the company personality. Check it out below. Read More »
We all love a good top ten list, but the Alamo Drafthouse has gone ten times better. They’ve taken the end of 2013 as an opportunity to create the “Alamo 100,” the 100 favorite films of all time according to the theater’s programming team. These films, which predictably run the gamut from undeniable classics to super-specific genre gems, will begin screening at Alamo locations nationwide in the new year. Each month will bring a new slate of films and January gives a great cross section of the list. In January, Drafthouses will screen Brazil, City Lights, The Goonies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Raging Bull, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Sixteen Candles. And that’s just the start. See the full list below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
What’s better than Rex Manning Day, the Kellerman’s talent show, and Blane and Andie’s prom all rolled into one? Try Forever Fest: A Celebration of Girlie Pop Culture from the film geeks at the Alamo Drafthouse.
The weekend-long festival includes special screenings of chick flick classics like Can’t Hardly Wait and Sixteen Candles, a discussion with YA authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (a.k.a. the Fug Girls), and a “danceoke” show. Organizers Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons are racing to get the final pieces together now, and have turned to Kickstarter to ask for a bit of help. Hit the jump for more on their latest venture.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
New Yorkers were thrilled last year to hear that Alamo Drafthouse was all set to come to Manhattan, but alas, it’s not to be. The cinema chain has just scrapped their plans for the Upper West Side location, citing the rising cost of construction after Hurricane Sandy. Hit the jump to read more about the announcement.
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Honestly, we might never see a better summer than 1982. Almost every single weekend, Hollywood released a would be classic: The Thing, Blade Runner, E.T., the list goes on and on. And when something is that successful, what does Hollywood do? Release a sequel, of course. That’s exactly what the Alamo Drafthouse is doing this summer.
After last year’s successful Summer of ’82 screening series, this year will mark the Summer of 1983 screening series. Starting with the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi, the Drafthouse’s various locations will screen movies such as Scarface, Risky Business, Octopussy, The Deadly Spawn, WarGames, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jaws 3D and others.
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Everything about Michael Bay movies is big. Even his “small” movies, like Pain & Gain, are big. So when the Alamo Drafthouse decided to host an “All Bay, All Day” marathon to celebrate his latest film, of course, things have to be Bay-sized. The event is called Baymageddon and it’ll go down Sunday April 21 at Alamo Drafthouses in Austin, Littleton, Kansas City and Houston.
Three mystery Michael Bay movies will screen, one after the other, culminating in an advanced screening of his latest film Pain & Gain. (The new film which opens for real on April 26.) See the full event poster, trailer, special menu, and ticketing info below. Read More »
Briefly: A Los Angeles blog is reporting that the Alamo Drafthouse is finally coming to the movie capital of the world. The location would be downtown, at the corner of 4th and Main Streets, and feature eight screens. “Plans call for the theater to be built into the hill with a rooftop garden,” the site says, and it would open sometime in 2014.
A Drafthouse spokesperson said “We have had discussions but there is no formalized agreement” so nothing is official yet. In the past, the second something is official (as in Colorado, New York or San Francisco) a press release is sent out. So don’t start lining up for Mondo posters just yet. But maybe LA fans will soon have their chance. [DTLA News]
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 »