APRIL 2014

“THE COMPLETE MARX BROS”

POWER/POP: ADAM CURTIS
Adam Curtis is not just a television journalist but a cinematic artist. Since the early 1990s, Curtis has made a number of serial documentaries and films for the BBC, linked through their interest in reassembling fragments of the past to try and make sense of the chaotic events of the present. Adam Curtis’ films all tackle the frightening question of how power really works in the world today. They are pop-music saturated secret histories that haunt you like half-remembered dreams. THE CENTURY OF THE SELF (2002) To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. Certainly the people may feel they are in charge, but are they really? THE CENTURY OF THE SELF tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society in the United States and Britain. How was the all-consuming self created, by whom, and in whose interests? THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES (2004) In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares. THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion. It is a fantasy that politicians found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned age. Those with the darkest fears became the most powerful. THE TRAP (2007) Individual freedom is the dream of our age. It’s what our leaders promise to give us, it defines how we think of ourselves and, repeatedly, we have gone to war to impose freedom around the world. But if you step back and look at what freedom actually means for us today, it’s a strange and limited kind of freedom. THE TRAP explains the origins of our contemporary, narrow idea of freedom. It shows how a simplistic model of human beings as self-seeking, almost robotic, creatures led to today’s idea of freedom. ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE (2011) This is a story about the rise of the machines and why no one believes you can change the world for the better anymore. It’s about how we decided that we were machines ourselves, decided to played video games and helped to start Africa’s world war. This is a film about how humans have been colonised by the machines we have built. Although we don’t realise it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers.

DAVID MAMET FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN:
This series of 35mm screenings from an American master will be presented with hand selected archival material from the David Mamet Papers at the Harry Ransom Center. We’ll explore how Mamet’s writing process influenced the shape of these remarkable films. THE VERDICT (1982, 35mm) Paul Newman plays a boozy washed-up attorney with a losing streak a mile long. So when he’s handed a lucrative out-of-court settlement, everyone expects him to take the money and run. But he’s tired of running. In a desperate bid to reclaim his self-respect, he recklessly brings the case to court. HOUSE OF GAMES (1987, 35mm) Mamet first sat in the director’s chair for this sly, merciless thriller. Mamet’s witty tale of a therapist and best-selling author (Lindsay Crouse) who must confront her own obsessions when she meets an attractive cardsharp (Joe Mantegna) is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career criminal. GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992, 35mm) A riveting tale of desperation and betrayal adapted from Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey devour the scenery in this powerful story set in the world of real estate. STATE & MAIN (2000, 35mm) David Mamet’s sly and charming comedy is set in a quaint New England town where a Hollywood production team takes up residence to shoot a period drama. A series of surprising entanglements ensue involving the cast, crew and townspeople. This is Mamet at his screwball best. Featuring the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman!

THE COMPLETE MARX BROTHERS
An ongoing Saturday afternoon series featuring every Marx Bros film in chronological order! ANIMAL CRACKERS (1930) “You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, which doesn’t say much for you.” MONKEY BUSINESS (1931) “I know it’s a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.” HORSE FEATHERS (1932) “You know you’ve got the brain of a four-year old child, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it.” DUCK SOUP (1933) “Go, and never darken my towels again!”

“POWER/POP: THE FILMS OF ADAM CURTIS”

APRIL
1 SUN
LORD OF THE RINGS FEAST

2 MON

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE FABULOUS STAINS

1 TUES
SORCERER Terror Tuesday: BLOODEATERS

2 WEDS
SORCERER Mamet: THE VERDICT Weird Wednesday: AWFUL DR. ORLOFF

3 THURS
SORCERER LITERARY DEATH MATCH Action Pack: PURPLE RAIN

4 FRI
Master Pancake: BATMAN FOREVER

5 SAT
Marx: ANIMAL CRACKERS INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM Master Pancake: BATMAN FOREVER

Music Monday: THE ROSES: TICKETS, TIMES, AND DETAILS AT STONE DRAFTHOUSE.COM MADE OF STONE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE RITZ IS LOCATED AT 320 E 6TH STREET, AUSTIN, TX 78701 CALL US AT (512)476-1320

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INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM Tough Guy Cinema: COMMANDO ATX TV Night: BRITISH TV

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INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM Adam Curtis: CENTURY OF THE SELF Music Monday: BREADCRUMB TRAIL

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Girlie Night: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU Terror Tuesday: COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE

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Experimental Response Cinema: MACHINE VISION Weird Wednesday: TAOISM DRUNKARD

BOB SCHNEIDER’S BURDEN OF PROOF Action Pack: PURPLE RAIN

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Master Pancake: BATMAN FOREVER

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Marx: MONKEY BUSINESS BREADCRUMB TRAIL Master Pancake: BATMAN FOREVER FATEFUL FINDINGS

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BREADCRUMB TRAIL Bangarang: THREE KINGS Video Vortex: TURKISH CAPTAIN AMERICA

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Adam Curtis: THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES Music Monday: OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON

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Girlie Night: PRETTY IN PINK Terror Tuesday: CRITTERS 2

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Mamet: HOUSE OF GAMES Weird Wednesday: LADY IN RED

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Quote-along: DUMB & DUMBER Sing-along: QUEEN

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Master Pancake: BATMAN FOREVER

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Marx: HORSE FEATHERS Master Pancake: BATMAN FOREVER

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POLICE ACADEMY MARATHON

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Adam Curtis: THE TRAP AGFA MYSTERY MOVIE

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SPICE WORLD Terror Tuesday: DEMON WITCH CHILD

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Mamet: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Weird Wednesday: STREET LAW

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Quote-along: DUMB & DUMBER Sing-along: QUEEN

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Sing-along: BEYONCE

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Kid’s Club: FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR Marx: DUCK SOUP Sing-along: BEYONCE

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Cinema Cocktails: IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER Video Vortex: GOREMET ZOMBIE CHEF FROM HELL

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Adam Curtis: ALL WATCHED OVER BY MACHINES OF LOVING Homo Arigato: NOWHERE

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Terror Tuesday: OUT OF THE DARK

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Mamet: STATE AND MAIN Weird Wednesday: IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU WHAT WILL HORSES DO?

THE ACTION PACK
BEYONCE Sing Along

INTERACTIVE SCREENINGS AND CINEMATIC EVENTS

WEIRD WEDNESDAY — $3
EXPLOITATION CLASSICS IN 35MM

DUMB & DUMBER Quote-Along (1994) PURPLE RAIN Sing-Along (1984) QUEEN Sing-Along

THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF (1962, 35mm) On April 2, 2013 Spanish director Jess Franco stepped out of life and, one can imagine, into the sexy, hazy dreamlike netherworld where his movies take place. In honor of his passing we’re going to screen one of his earliest masterpieces, this triumph of gothic horror. TAOISM DRUNKARD (1984, 35mm) A rat­ faced drunk drives a go­ kart around town. The same actor plays a bong­ smoking grandma. A red­ haired villain named “Old Devil” falls through a trap door and faces a dick­ chomping, nipple-grabbing “watermelon monster.” Can the rat­ faced drunk, who also happens to be a kung­fu expert, get “Cherry Boy” trained in time to thwart “Old Devil?” So wild you won’t believe it really exists. THE LADY IN RED (1979, 35mm) Most “based on a true story” movies are so boring and unimaginative that they might as well be based on the ingredients listing on a package of Metamucil. THE LADY IN RED bucks this trend by reimagining the John Dillinger story from the point of view of the infamous “lady in red” who helped the FBI identify Dillinger in front of the movie theater where he was gunned down. A totally unique spin on the classic Hollywood gangster movie. STREET LAW (1974, 35mm) In this distinctly Italian spin on DEATH WISH, Franco Nero plays a citizen who is brutally assaulted during a bank robbery and decides to take justice into his own hands, vigilante style. Doubles down on the cynicism and brutality with ample car chases and shoot­ outs as Franco Nero tears up the screen to a blazing score by Guido & Maurizio de Angelis. IF FOOTMEN TIRE YOU WHAT WILL HORSES DO? (1971, 16mm) Attention good, Christian citizens of the United States: the Communist is coming, and he hates your religion! Southern Baptist minister Estus Pirkle’s paranoid, delusional fantasies of a Communist invasion of rural America are brought to life in gory detail. A cast of locals make up the Russian invaders with hilarious, shifting accents and dialogue such as, “Will your Jesus give you candy? Fidel Castro will give you candy!”

harrowingly beautiful and playfully brilliant. Join Schneider and a selection of the directors including Robert Rodriguez, Gary Dorsey, and Owen Egerton as we present the music and films of BURDEN OF PROOF. The songs will be sung live by Bob as the films play on the screen. Music Monday: BREADCRUMB TRAIL (2014) Lance Bang’s documentary is about the band Slint and the Louisville music culture they emerged from. It includes footage going back to the early 1990s, interviews with each of the band members and their contemporaries, and newly unearthed footage from their few live performances as well as the writing and arranging of their album Spiderland. Tough Guy Cinema: COMMANDO (1985, 35mm) If there’s a mission that no man could survive... then John Matrix is the man for the job. This is Arnold at his very best. FATEFUL FINDINGS (2013) Could any movie ever surpass THE ROOM in sheer mind-boggling insanity? FATEFUL FINDINGS answers this question with a million other questions. INDIANA JONES & THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984, 35mm) Chilled monkey brains, bugs galore and a terrifying guy who will literally rip the heart out of your chest follow in one of the greatest action adventure sequels of all-time. Free Kids Club: FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (1986, 35mm) A totally free screening of the sci-fi Disney classic featuring the voice of Paul Reubens as a UFO! Cinema Cocktails: IT’S ALWAYS FAIR WEATHER (1955, 35mm) Often overlooked and strangely underseen, this is Hollywood musicals at their best. The songs are catchy, the dancing is jaw dropping and if that’s not enough we’re whipping up some fancy cocktails especially for this event. If you don’t walk out of the theater lighter than air singing “I like myself ” you will be fully entitled to keep the wad of cash that has been hidden in your theater. LITERARY DEATH MATCH - LIVE! In a bizarre, brainy twist on American Idol, four outstanding authors compete before a live audience and three celebrity judges. Prepare yourself for a genius night of literature, comedy, hijinks, elbow patches, booze and outright silliness with some of the biggest names in Austin letters. Experimental Response Cinema: MACHINE VISION (1968-1980, 16mm) A collection of works describing, investigating, expanding, detonating the dream machine. An essential Hollis Frampton performance, a recently restored 16mm double projection by Paul Sharits, an expansive video by Steina Vasulka, and Tony Conrad’s legendary THE FLICKER. Four artists – each associated with Buffalo’s legendary Media Study department - take up the essentials of the moving image. Homo Arigato: NOWHERE (1997, 35mm) Director Gregg Araki’s apocalyptic day-in-the-life of a super queer LA teen posse plays like an episode of 90210 on acid.

Music Monday: OUR VINYL WEIGHS A TON (2013) A feature-length documentary about avant-garde Los Angeles-based record label Stones Throw Records. The film weaves together rare concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photographs and in-depth interviews with the artists who put Stones Throw Records on the map. POLICE ACADEMY: THE COMPLETE MARATHON (1984-1994, 5x 35mm & 2x digital) Mahoney, Hightower, Tackleberry, Jones, Hooks, Lassard and Zed...ALL DAY LONG. Witness what these hapless two bit thugs and screw ups can do when they hit the streets in an allday celebration from their first day at the Academy all the way to Moscow. Is this the stupidest event the Alamo has ever done? Only way to find out for sure. Girlie Night: PRETTY IN PINK (1986, 35mm) Molly Ringwald is coming to ZACH Theatre on April 26th! To celebrate, we’ll be giving away several pairs of tickets to her performance at this special screening. SORCERER (1977, 4K DCP) A brand new restoration of William Friedkin’s greatest film, this white-knuckle heart-attack remake of WAGES OF FEAR. SPICE WORLD (1997, 35mm) It’s tough to imagine improving on this magical concoction of pop music and girl power, but we’re about to take this film to the next level with a live shadow cast of drag queens! Straight out of Vancouver, The Spice Gurls will be performing all of the musical numbers live on stage while the film plays on the big screen behind them. Get ready to slam it to the left and shake it to the right, because these girls will spice up your life. Girlie NIght: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999, 35mm) Y’all, we don’t just love this movie, we Prada backpack love this movie. Bangarang!: THREE KINGS (1999, 35mm) Marky Mark, Spike Jonze, Ice Cube and the Cloon Dog star in this David O. Russell jam about 4 soldiers who set out to resteal stolen gold from Kuwait after finding a secret map hidden in an Iraqi soldiers butt. But when this gang stumbles upon a group of persecuted civilians rising up against Saddam Hussein, they have a conflict of conscience and decide to help out. Before he was courting Oscars, Russell was making genuine inventive and exciting cinema. Video Vortex: TURKISH CAPTAIN AMERICA AND SANTO VS. SPIDER-MAN (1973, VHS) The maniacal psychopath known as Spider-Man is on a killing spree. Captain America and Santo are called in to take care of business. Why do people keep making movies about Marvel super-heroes when the best one already exists? Video Vortex: GOREMET ZOMBIE CHEF FROM HELL (1986, VHS) This backyard gorefest was made by adults on Super 8mm, but most likely influenced by ninth-graders playing Dungeons & Dragons while watching EVIL DEAD. Reeks of weed, Doritos, and old Reebok high-tops in the best of ways.

MASTER PANCAKE

AUSTIN’S FAVORITE MOVIE MOCKING MAESTROS

BATMAN FOREVER (1995)

TERROR TUESDAY — $3

GROUND ZERO FOR HORROR TREASURES IN 35MM

BLOODEATERS (1980, 35mm) Sometimes, it’s important to address serious issues that impact humanity on a daily basis. Namely: zombies and smoking weed. When foul-mouthed hippies discover a marijuana haul that’ll have them “set for a year,” the government crop-dusts the area with an experimental drug called Dromax. Naturally, this creates zombies who use machetes. This is an ultra-fun backyard obscurity with zero logic and gore that looks like red cake frosting. COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE (1970, 35mm) The premiere “New Hollywood” horror movie of 1970. Featuring hypnotic photography, slice-of-life storytelling, and “hip” characterizations, COUNT YORGA feels like an issue of Marvel’s VAMPIRE TALES as brought to the screen by Dennis Hopper’s P.A. No pretensions and no lofty goals. This is simply a modern-day retelling of DRACULA with more seances, more bloody fangs, and more almost-nudity. Plus, it’s actually scary. CRITTERS 2 (1988, 35mm) The denizens of Grover’s Bend band together to face the razor-toothed onslaught of the Crites! Again! Look for Hollywood’s ultimate mega-nerd, Eddie Deezen, in the role of “Hungry Heifer Manager.” Also includes a mutilated policeman in a pink Easter bunny suit crashing through a stained glass church window into the laps of grandmas and children. DEMON WITCH CHILD (1975, 35mm) This Spanish semi-rip-off of THE EXORCIST features one of our #1 all-time best favorite things: Children eating other children. After a witch commits suicide, kind-hearted Satan transfers his soul to the body of a young girl named Susan. Without warning, Susan becomes a crusty, potty-mouthed asshole who floats in the air and obsesses about sex. She also kills people. This movie goes over the line at least twenty-three times. OUT OF THE DARK (1988, 35mm) In Toilet Bowl, USA, a group of phone sex operators are besieged by death in the form of a psychotic, sleazoid clown named Bobo. Because “Nobody can handle nipples like Bobo!” There’s also Bud Cort, Karen Black, and Divine, America’s favorite poop-eating drag queen. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, forgotten smut-slasher that’s packed with one-liners, overacting, and one can of Jolt Cola. Also a really unforgivable toupee.

OTHER STUFF!
AGFA MYSTERY MOVIE (35mm) Do you like wrestling, rock ‘n’ roll and decapitations? What about lucrative gold investments? Do you want to see the only existing 35mm print of a film so dangerous we can’t even say its name without risking legal action/apocalypse? Don’t miss this. ATX TV NIGHT A totally free series featuring the best and weirdest from the wild history of the boob tube. Presented in partnership with ATX Television Fest. BOB SCHNEIDER’S BURDEN OF PROOF In honor of his celebrated album, BURDEN OF PROOF, Bob Schneider commissioned thirteen directors to each make a short film based on one of the tracks. The combined result is an amazing and moving journey of images and music at once

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