The Summer of Indie Cinema: The July Schedule

Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of July 2015.  Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets!  Enjoy!

The Hustler

Sunday, July 5 at 11am

They called him “Fast Eddie”… He was a winner… He was a loser… He was a hustler.

Only the angel who falls knows the depths of hell.

“Fast” Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary “Minnesota Fats” (Jackie Gleason) to a high-stakes marathon match of billiards and drinking. Now broke and without his long-time manager, Felson faces an uphill battle to regain his confidence and his game. It isn’t until he hits rock bottom that he agrees to join up with ruthless and cutthroat manager Bert Gordon (George C. Scott). Gordon agrees to take him on the road to learn the ropes. But Felson soon realizes that making it to the top could cost him his soul, and perhaps his girlfriend.

Paul Newman is absolutely mesmerizing in this movie and was even one of the films NINE Academy Award nominations, sadly he wouldn’t win until he reprised the role 25 years later for Martin Scorsese’s COLOR OF MONEY. (NR)

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DOn’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll

Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm

Through the eyes, words and songs of it’s popular music stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL examines and unravels Cambodia’s tragic past, culminating in the genocidal Khmer Rouge’s dismantling of the society and murder of 2,000,000 of it’s citizens. Combining interviews of the surviving Cambodian musicians themselves (a total of 150 hours of interviews were filmed) with never-before-seen archival material and rare songs,this documentary tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country.

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The 100-Year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm

Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, comic fable The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared abounds with irreverent charm.  After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home.  Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya.  Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who’s young at heart.  Starring beloved comedian Robert Gustafsson, this fanciful spin on world history is based on a best-selling novel and also the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time.

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The Tribe

Wednesday, July 22  at 7pm

Winner of multiple 2014 Cannes Film Festival Awards (including the coveted Critics’ Week Grand Prix), Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s THE TRIBE is an undeniably original and intense feature debut set in the insular world of a Ukrainian high school for the deaf. THE TRIBE unfolds through the non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors—with no need for subtitles or voice over––resulting in a unique, never-before-experienced cinematic event that engages the audience on a new sensory level.

Teenage Sergey (Grigoriy Fesenko), a new student at the boarding school, realizes immediately that he must prove himself worthy to be brought under the protective wing of the school gang’s leader to survive unscathed. After an indoctrination of harmless initiation pranks and rites, Sergey’s new-found clique soon introduces him to their common activities of robbery, bribery and prostitution. At first assimilating seamlessly into his new role in the tribe, he finds himself compromised as he begins to fall in love with his female classmate—and one of the gang’s escorts—triggering a sequence of stunningly diabolical events. (R)

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Back to the Future

Saturday, July 25 at 11am

30 years ago, Michael J. Fox & Christopher Lloyd took us on an era-hopping adventure with BACK TO THE FUTURE as the ’80s raddest time travelin’ teen and his unlikely sidekick – a crazy, wild-eyed, wild-haired scientist. What rose from those flame trails is the heaviest sci-fi comedy ever made – one that is often considered “the perfect movie” without hyperbole. (Find someone who doesn’t love this movie and I’ll show you a slacker!).

From Fox & Lloyd’s comedic rapport to the DeLorean – a time machine with some style – to the film’s basic premise of “What could happen if you could go back in time and meet your parents?” (Would you think they were cool? Or more importantly, would your mom try and get you drunk and make out with you?), we saw some serious business in BACK TO THE FUTURE.

It was a film (and subsequent franchise) that showed us that where it was taking us, roads were not necessary. It would go on the give us an equally heavy duty sequel, that oddly enough became a blueprint for what we expected from a 2015 world. A nostalgia for the past and the future if you will.

Now here we are, months away from “the future”…still we have no Hoverboards, flying cars, power laces, JAWS 19 or pizza hydrator. But that’s okay because we still have one of the greatest films ever made that can take us to the future anytime we watch it…even when that future is a thing of the past. (James Wallace) (PG)

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Cartel Land

Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm

CARTEL LAND is a classic western set in the 21st century, pitting vigilantes on both sides of the border against the vicious Mexican drug cartels. With unprecedented access, this character-driven film provokes deep questions about lawlessness, the breakdown of order, and whether it is just for citizens to take up arms to fight violence with violence. (R)

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The Summer of Indie Cinema: The July Schedule

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