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Alamo Guide: Jan-March 2001

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In
addltion
to
the
specialeaents
on
the
back
side
of
thi
tnoaies.
Thtese
are
hand
picked
by
the
Atamo
for
your
enj
li
are
praud
to offer
up
for
your
enjoyment.
Check
u)7Dw.
GH[Rllt'SA]lGtlS
RememberJohnForsythe
informing
us
that
"Once
upon
a
time
there
were
three
beautiful
girls
..."?
Does
that
mean
Charlie's
Angels wasa
fairy
tale?
It
certainly
had
the{emale
empowerment
angle
lockedup, and this updated,big-screenversion
of
the
Seventies
televisionjiggle-feststicks
to
that formulalike
hot
pants
on
CameronDiaz.
Fans
of
the
series
will
get
a
charge
out
of
seeing
the
original's
T&A crimeJightingformula
transposed
to
the
big
screery
and
evendetractors
-
and
there were
many
--
will
be
hard-pressed
not
to
cracka
grin
watching
Diaz,
Liu,
andBarrymore(rvhoalso produced)
kick
righteous
butt
and
shakesome
splendid booty.Let's
not
mincewords:
The
script,
by
RyanRowe,
Ed
Solomon, andJohn
August,
is
as
thin
as
a
garze
thong,
a
barely-thereframework on
which
are
hung outlandish, o{ten outright
silly
action
set-pieces.There's
wire-work
d
la
The
Matrix
with
the Angels
high-kicking everything
in
sight
(courtesy
o{
Cheung-Yan
Yuer! who, not
surprisingly,headed
ffue
Mntrix
slunt
team),
explosions,
guided
missiles,
CGI
disguises,and
plenty
of
rump-shaking bump'n'
grindage.Sure,
deep
down
inside
we
mayhave
a tiny, politically
correct shouter
telling us that thisis
popcorntrash,yetanother
symptom
of
the ongoing"dumbing
down"
ofAmerica,
but
the
factremains
that
McG,
inhis
feature
debut no
less,
has
created
a simply
flat-out fun film.
It's
obviousfrom the startthat this triumvirate ofHoll)-wood
sex
bombs
are
having
a
blast
as
they
essay these
wacky
iiber-babes.
Diaz
in
particular
seems
to
becresting
on
a
tide
of
nitrous
oxide:
Her
character
Natalie
is
the Farrah o{the
group,
a
bubble-headedsprite
whojust
wants to
find
a
decent guy,
dothe robot,and, you
know
havefun.Liu's
Alex
(the
brainy
one)juggles
boyfriend
LeBlanc
and
a
nasty
pout,
and Barrymore's
Dylan
heads
up
the team and
makei bad relationship
decisionssuch
as
leavingreal-lifeparamour
Green
(in
a
cameo)
in favor
ofthe fabled
Wrong
Man. What's
a
girl
to
do?
Why,
kick
ass,
of course,and
this
the
film
has
in
glorious,
Poweryut'f
Girl
spades.
McG,whose
previous work
includes
a
brace of
MTV
videosand
commercial
work,putshis rapid-fire editing skills
and
deeply
ironic
sense
of
humor
towork
overtime,
and
amazingly,
it
all
hangs together
in
a lightweight,
sexy
confection.
MarcSavlov
-Aa
stin
Chronicle
BEST
IlI
SHllW
It's
fitting
that satirist Christopher
Guest(Waiting
for
Guffman\
should
release
thispotent, sublimely
ridirulous film
now.
Thls
Is
Spinal
Tap,
the
mrivaled
template
for
fauxdorumentarieseverywhere,
and
a
film in
which
Guestco-staffed
(as
Nigel
Tufnel),
is
enjoying
a
re-release
at the
moment,
and
it's
amzinghow well
this muchmore streamlined
film
holds up
to RobReiner's
rock&roll
fiasco. Guest
has
had
plenty
of
time
in
the
interim to
hone
his
lampooning
skills, and this
film,
utilizing
much
of
the
sameensemble caslas
Guffman,
is
a
sleek,
purring
(barking,actually),
comicmachine. Thebizarre,
insuilar
world of
professional
dog
shows
is
the
intended
satidcal
iilget
here,
md
Guest
md
company make the most
of
thepublic's
less-than-adequateknowledge
of
the
situation.
We've
all
seen
the
Westrnitrter
Kemel
Club
affairs
on
PBS,
or
A&E,
and
so
we have
expectations
about
theseevents
going
i4
but
Guest
flips
them
ontheir
wagglely
ear;
the
result
is
explosive
belly
laughs.
There's
Levy and
O'Haraas
the
husband-and-wife owners
of
a
Nomich
Terrier.
The
ruming
gaghere is
that
the
wife
has
apparently
slept
with
every othermale
in
the universe
prior to
teaming
with
hubbyLevy,
and
they
keep
ruming
into old
flames
in
the
udikeliest
of
places.
(Larry
Miller
has a
terrific
cameo
as
a testosterone-addled ex-
paramour) Higgins
md
McKean,
as
an
a
unmbiguously
gay,
middle-aged duo parading
themselves
and their
Shih
Tzu
are
dotous,
as
are
Posey
andHitchcock
as
the
yuppified
couple
behind
an
equallyneurotic Weimaraner
And
then, of
course,there's Guest
himsell
as a
Southern-friedbloodhound ownergiven
to
babytalk
in
front of
the
dawg.
The
cast
is
renarkably
on-targethere, even more
so
than
in Guffman,
whic[
for all
its
strenuous
aping
of
small-townvanities, was
a
much
less
cohesive
film
thanthis.
Best
in
Show
isallof
a
piece;
it
hangs
together
like
some
hilariously
filigreedmobile,
each
role
interacting
with
the
others,perfectly.The
thing about
Guest's
film(s),
the
really splendidthing,ihe key
aspect, is
that unlike
so many other
satires
and
"mockumentaries",
his intent
is
never cruel. Certainly
Best
in
Show
portrays
the
canine-
fetishizing
cognoscenti as
an
odcLrare breed,
but
the
filn
never
takes
the
low
road when
it
can
rise
above. You
get
the
feelingthat
Guest,
during
his,
no doubt, thorough
researching
into
the
subject,
fell
in
love
with
these campy,
unique
dog
lovers.
And,
howeverfunny, the results are never
mean-
spirited. You
fall
in
love,
or
at the
very
least
like,
with
themtoo.-Marc
SavlovAustin ChronlicleBig Brothers Big
Sisters
present
SATURIIAY
IIIllRlIIlIG
]IlM
G1UB
"I've
been
wanting
to
start a
Children's
Film
Series
like the
one
that
I
grew
up with
here
in
Austin...
They'd show
films
like
The
lungle
Book
with
Sabu,
SeoenthVoyage
of
Sinbad,
etc...
There
were
story
contests
and art
contests based
on
the
films
we
saw."
-
Harry
Knowles,
Ain't
It
Cool
News.
Now the
tradition hasreturnedand
is
housed
at
the
Alamo
Drafthouse
Cinema.
join
us
onthe lastSaturday
of
every
month
at
noon
for
a
movie adventureof
days gone
by!
Free
kids
movies, the last Saturday
of
everymonih!
This
year'sBUTT-NUMB-A-THON raised
over
$6000
which
will
be
used
to
fund
the year
o{
free
movie
programming
for
the
Saturday
Morning
Film
Club.Admission
islree
Iorkids
andaccompanying adults
for all
screenings,
so
load up
the
kids
and
expose
ihem
to
the
classics
of
Saturday
morning
movie
entertainment.
Pokemory
Free
Willy
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and the Rugrats
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in
sight.
This
quarter, check
out the epic adventve
lack
the
Giant Killer, thetimeless(anlasy
Neaerending
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the
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Flynn's
Swashbuckling classic,
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alendar,
the
Alamo
also
features
the
best
in
current
release
yment.
AII
of
the
mozsies
zoe
shozo, rpe
hazse
seen ourselzses
and
rafthouse.com
or
the
Austin
Chronicle
for
zueekly
listirtgs.
Our
anticipation
t'or
this
t'ilm
was
s0
great, we
ordered
a
bootleg
VCDt'romMaylasiaand
had
it
Federnl Expressshipperl
to
the
Alamo to
check
It
out.
Since then,we
haz:e
seen
it
in it's
true
glory in
benutifuI 35mm and
can
personally attest thntthis
tnoaie
hastranscendedthe
genre. Ang
Lee pert'ectly blends
an
ass-
kicking
kuttg
t'u
flickwith
his
Sense
and
Sensibility
sensibilities.
It's
a stunningly
beautit'ul
t'ilm;
the charactersare complex andpert'ectly
drawnand action
choreographer Yuen
Wo-Ping
madesure
thst when
they
get down
to
ass-whuppin,
they do
with
gusto.Crouching
Tiger,
HidrlenDrcgon is
a
perfect
film.
-
Tim
League,owner,
Alamo Drafthouse
Cinema
Ever
since
1999's
approach began heralding
the end
of
Britain's
lease
onHong
Kong,
bright
lights
irom
that
wonderfully
crossbred
culture's frantic, ferociousfilm
industry have
been
filtering
steadilywestward, including
people
like
director
Ang
Lee,
"wire-fighting"
master
Yuen
Wo-Ping
or
actors/Godand
Goddess
of Cool Chow
Yun-Fatand
Michelle
Yeoh.
But
if
you think you
already
knowwhat
these
artistsare
capable
o{ merely on the strength
of
their latest
North
Americanized offerings, believeme
-
you
ain't
seen
nothing yet.
As
directed
by
Lee, Crouching
Tigu,
Hidden
Dlagln
plts
conflicted
adultwarriors Chow
and
Yeoh
against
their
hot-tempered
junior
counterparf
19-year-old
Zhng
Zi-Yi
-
a
Mainland
dancer
turned
natural
martialartist
whoseuntamed
fury
hits
with
the strength of
a
human atom bomb
--
for
possession
of
a legendary sword calledthe
Green
Destiry. Visually
spectacularand
morally
complex, this
is
a
classic Chinese
fairy
tale
updated and
restaged
for
the
early
21st
century.
Ciouching
Tiger
is
a movie
rooted
in
the
longstandingtraditions
of the
wuxia
piary
or"{ilm
of
martial chivalry"
-
Taoistfables set
in
a
mythical
version
of
ancient
China
where
wire-work
allows
characters
toperform
variouslevels
of
"weightlessleaping", according to
theirindividuallevels
of
physicaland spiritual
density.
And
though
they
also
typically
tend
to
be dominated
and
driven by
images
of
male
prowess
and
virility,
Lee
chooses
to
strucfurehis
film
around
a triad
of
equally
conflicted
yet
powerfulwomen: Zhang,
the
undisciplined
young
girl
who
maybecome
either
a
demigod
or
a
demon;
Yeoh,
the
mature
woman
whose
emotional
unfulfillment
works
against her
innaie
skill;
and
Cheng,
the
mysterious,
embittered
crone
whose
history o{
sexualbetrayal has
turned her
into
a
ruthlessmurderer.The
characters
jump,float or
fly
at
will,
as
well
as
without
apparenteffort.
Mu
Bai
can
defz
gravity completely,
either
because
he'sgenuinely
enlightened
or
because
hisarrogancemakes
him
detached
from
the
human
condifion;
Shu
Lieryon the otherhand,
can
onlyjumpand
glide
because she's
still
rooted
in
the material
world,
literally
pressed
down
by
a
weight
of
unspokenemotion.
In
otherwords,
with
a
world
as
fully
realized
asCrouchirtg
Tiger'sthere's
no middle groundleft for
cynics
or
doubters
to
stand
on.This
is
a
waking
dream
of
truly
operatic
dimensions,
-
Film.com
wHtltIsltAYs
I'REE
AD}TISSION.WEIRD
}TOI'IES
Earlier this
yea1,
the
Alamo
purchased an archive of
Drive-
In
feature
films from
a
long-abandoned
distributionfacility
in
southern
Missouri.
The titles
in
the
collection
have been,
for
themost part, tragically
neglected
and
forgotten
by
the populationat
large.
Drive-In
theaters,
and the types
of
movies
they
once
offered are
all
but
forgotten
from
the Americanlandscape.The
paltry
few
that
are
still up
and
running
generallyshow the
same
tripe
as
the
local
multiplex.
The Roger Cormans
of the
world
just
don't
make
these
movies anymore.
italian horror,
German so{t-core
sex
films,
zombie revenge
pictures, good-ol-boy chase
pictures
and
talvdry
exploitation
of
every
angle
imaginable.
Sure,
lots of
these
pictures
justplain
suck"
or
certainly aren't
for
all
tastes.
But
more
often than not, you
will
unearth
a
rare gem
of
a
film,
a
film
so
freshthat
it
completely blows
your
mind.That is
our intention
with
this
series.
We
want to
wade
through
these
films
and discover those gems together.
We
will
be
featuring
a
different
film
from
the archiveeveryWednesday
night
at
midnight starting
on February
21.
For
archival
purposes,
we
will
give
everyone
at the
screening
an
evaluation
form
with
inspection
information and
a
place
for
a
review.
We are
setting
up
an online
database
for
reviews
and
synopses
to be
recorded
(Many
of
the
films we
will
be
screeningare
unchartedterritory,
some
don't
even have an
IMDB
entry).
We
have also purchased
a state
of the art
film
cleaning system to
wipe
away the
25
years of accumulated dust
as
wewatchthe
films.Admissionis
{ree
for
this
series,
and
hopefully
that
will
lower
the
threshold for experimentation.
The series
kicks
off with
Shockwaaes,
an underwater nazi zombie movie,
and
rolls
through Kung Fu,
80's
traslu
ltalian
convent
horror and sexploitation.
More
to
come,
every
Wednesday
night
at
midnight!
Pitypoor
Greg
Focker.
Not
only
is
the
manemployed
as
a
male nurse
with
an un{orfunatename,
but
he's about
to
meet
his
girlfriend's
parents
in
order
to
ask dad
for
her
hand in
marriage.
Only
dad
is
about
as
humorless
as,
say,
Robert
De
Niro. And
poor
Greg can't
do
anything right
to
save
hisskin.
De
Niro
comes
off
surprisingly
perfectas
the
straight man
to
Ben Stiller's
streetwise doofus,
equally
apt
in
his role
as
the
guy who
will
never
be good
enough
for
daddy's
little
girl
(Teri
Polo).
As
things
likethis tvpically
go,
nothing
works
out,
and
before
longthe
septic
tank
has
overflowed,
a fire
has beenstarted,
and
an
incident
involvlng
a
champagne
bottle,an
urn,
and avery naughty
cat have fi1led
your
eyes
with
tears so
thick
you
can't
see
the
screen.
Which
is
no
good,
because
you
can't
hear
anything
either due
to all
the laughter.
I literally
found myself
gasping
for
breath
&tring
Meet
the
Parents'
most comic moments,
wishing
I
couldrewind
the
film.Director
lay
Roach
(Austin
Powers)
handles
the
camera
well,
framing
Focker
in
scenes
that
would
be
worthyof
The
Fugitiae
if
they weren't
so
furuly.
But perhaps
the best
part
of the
film
is
its
ending,
which
leaves
plenty
of
room
for
at
least
two
sequels.
Like
me,
I'm
sure
you'll
be
hoping they
decide
to
make
them
before
you're
even
back to
the
parking
lot.
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