Here is a full list of upcoming screenings with Film Club at our local Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the month of August 2015.
REMEMBER, our Summer of Indie Cinema concludes with our LOST WEEKEND IV title announcement from 6-7pm on Wednesday August 26th. Tickets for our coveted weekend will be on sale at 6pm that night! Limited Supply.
Click the link of the title below to purchase tickets! Enjoy!
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It’s that time again, time to look at the blockbuster’s of summer and allow me to give you an indie alternative to watch during these warm weather months. Last month we looked at sequels that abandoned anything fresh or new. This month I’m going to delve less into a theme and more into genres we’re going to look at a super hero actioner, a video game adventure, and comedy road movie. I said it last month and I’m going to say it again, there is nothing wrong with the films I recommending alternatives to, but I want to give the underdogs, the indie wizkids, and the classics a little love during the season of special effects and spectacle.
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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!
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We’ve all seen it, a family with children walking out of a theater, the children pretending to be their favorite character or quoting scenes they enjoyed. I fondly remember times as a child when my friends and I would re-enact Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Star Wars, it was a fun way to share your love of a movie with your friends or siblings. Now imagine that same situation except those movies are all you know about the outside world, imagine not seeing films in the theater but exclusively at home, in fact you don’t leave home much if ever, instead you and your siblings are raised in the confines of an apartment with a growing love for film because it’s all you have. With this relationship with film you begin to create your own props and special effects at home, you begin re-enacting the movies you like the most and making them your own. This might sound like some off kilter sequel to Be Kind Rewind except this isn’t a work of fiction, it is, in fact, the story of The Wolfpack, a documentary directed by Crystal Moselle that premiered in January of this year.
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We all know they’re coming, we hear the announcements months, or sometimes years, before their actual release dates, we hear every casting rumor and plot leak, we’re perfectly content sitting in an air conditioned theater and enjoying the spectacle before us, it’s the summer which means blockbuster season is here. The summer blockbuster is a force to be reckoned with at the box office, of course for every digital effect heavy retread, reboot, or sequel there is an alternative, more independent, option. With smaller budgets, more practical effects, and original thought provoking concepts, the world of indie cinema has given us alternatives to the same old blockbuster. Every month I’m going to give you three or four blockbuster motion pictures and then give you an indie alternative that I think you’ll enjoy just as much, if not more. These indie options could be showing in theaters, could be available for home viewing, or maybe even coming to the Alamo Drafthouse for Film Club 3.0. Regardless of where you can find them I’m just hoping you do, so let’s get started.
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My 10 year old son came home from school last week, pulled out his class-assigned recorder, and proceeded to perform Ode to Joy…..through his nose. As much as I hate to admit it, it was funny. Hilarious, actually, and he begged me to put it on Facebook. After some back and forth banter about social media, and a slight shift in topic, he informed me that when the time came for him to get a phone, he absolutely WOULD NOT carry a flip phone. “Mom, that would just be totally embarrassing.” The absurdity of the moment struck me. He was begging me to share with the world his ability to play the recorder with his nose, but refused to be seen with a flip phone. I should have taken this “all about the optics” perspective into account as we sat down to watch Richard Donner’s 1985 film, “The Goonies.”
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Fear not the subtitles, fellow Anglophones; Thomas Lilti’s Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2014) is worth the effort, and it will appeal especially to those who, like Lilti himself, are enthusiasts of American medical dramas House M.D. and E.R. Think Grey’s Anatomy, but with Benjamin Barois (Vincent Lacoste) as a fresh-faced medical intern whose nascent career is subjected to the scrutiny of his father, esteemed physician Professor Barois (Jacques Gamblin).
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Plus, my top 5 Goonies trivia bits
The Goonies lovers everywhere have been alternately delighted and deflated at conflicting reports of a possible sequel to this iconic American adventure comedy film. Directed by Richard Donner and produced by Steven Spielberg, The Goonies introduced us to a beloved group of kids from the Goon Dock area of Astoria, Oregon who is gathering together for one last weekend before their families lose their homes to an expanding nearby country club. Facing foreclosure, The Goonies’ parents have no way to raise enough money to stop developers from tearing down their homes for a new golf course. By the film’s end, the homes are saved, thanks to an adventurous treasure hunt led by Goonie Mikey Walsh.
The Goonies – 30 Years Later
So, what story would a possible The Goonies sequel tell – 30 years later? And, is it possible to line up all of the actors who played the original Goonies, including Mikey (Sean Astin), Brandon (Josh Brolin), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), Mouth (Corey Feldman), Andy (Kerri Green), Stef (Martha Plimpton) and Data (Ke Huy Quan)?
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