Movies This Week

SpongeBob, Jet Li, and Yaks on a Jetski


A title like that can only mean that this week's News from Slackerwood entry is now available on Cinematical. The entry includes a charming still from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie that I included just to make my husband happy. Never let it be said that I am not a devoted wife. (Yipes. Did I just type that?)

The movie I'm most interested in next week is Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, which I've never seen because I used to be chicken about watching Sam Peckinpah films. The movie is playing Monday through Wednesday at Alamo Downtown. However, I'm not sure I can go: I've got a meeting Monday night, a screening Tuesday night for a movie to review, and Nueva Onda Movie Night on Wednesday.

Nueva Onda doesn't start until 8 pm or so, so I could see the Peckinpah film and arrive there late ... but I would hate to miss seeing/hearing local filmmaker Steve Collins, who will be there to discuss his two short films included in the lineup. One of the shorts, Gretchen and the Night Danger, was the basis for Collins' feature Gretchen, which played at SXSW and then won Collins the big award at LAFF. (I'm on the Nueva Onda programming committee and I suggested we consider showing Collins' movies and asking him to attend, so I'm especially invested in this month's event.)

I should be happy to live in a town where I have so many film choices and such tough viewing decisions, I know.

Godzilla meets TNT Jackson


I forgot to post the link on Friday to my latest News from Slackerwood entry from Cinematical, so here it is now. It's not too late to check out the schedule of movies in Austin this week.

The two movies that interest me most are Ball of Fire, which is one of my favorites (I wish it would be re-released on DVD soon ... it's currently out of print), and the Jeannie Bell faux-kung-fu Seventies movie TNT Jackson, which I've never seen. It occurs to me that both these movies are playing downtown on Wednesday night (one at 7 pm, one at midnight) and that a devoted film geek ought to be able to make an evening of it. I probably won't, but I am certainly tempted.

Zappa, Nudists, and The King


This week's News from Slackerwood at Cinematical is now live. I'm still deciding whether to go to the Preston Sturges double-feature at The Paramount -- Hail the Conquering Hero isn't on DVD yet in this country, so I at least should see that one. Besides, I haven't yet been to a summer movie at the Paramount this year. The Sturges double-feature isn't one of their usual tried-and-true crowd pleasers, so I feel like maybe I should support the films if I want to see more programming along those lines.

I neglected to mention some of the free movies showing during the day this week as part of "kids club" series at various theaters: Lakeline is showing March of the Penguins (which doesn't strike me as a children's movie, at all) Tuesday-Thursday at 10 am; Westgate is showing Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, also Tuesday-Thursday at 10 am.

Scanner first, Safety Last


This week's News from Slackerwood at Cinematical covers a bunch of upcoming Austin screenings and film events.

I did forget to include this month's Texas Documentary Tour screening, next Wednesday night at Alamo Downtown: Stolen, about an art-theft mystery. Campbell Scott provides some voiceovers for the film. Producer/director Rebecca Dreyfus will hold a Q&A after the screening. You can buy tickets for the screening through the Austin Film Society site.

Patriotism swells in the heart of the American bear


The above title is a quote from a movie playing in more than one Austin theater this week. I know some of you will guess it immediately. Check out this week's News from Slackerwood column at Cinematical if you can't figure it out.

Three years ago, on the July 4 holiday weekend, I went on a first date with this guy I liked to see a special screening of "banned cartoons" at Alamo Downtown. Or maybe it wasn't a date. I was never quite sure. Anyway, that guy and I got married last month.

So you can see why I'm fond of going to the movies on the July 4 holiday weekend, and why I'm sorry there aren't more choices in Austin this year. We still haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth, and there may be a couple of other movies at the Arbor we could stand to see (if we can put up with the commercials beforehand). Otherwise we'll just have to go buy a grill, or something.

Assassins, Goonies, and Sex Addicts

My weekly News from Slackerwood entry is up at Cinematical. Nothing amazing is going on this week, no crazy Rolling Roadshow events with live music or live wrestling in nacho cheese, but there's a good selection of movies if you aren't in the mood for this year's summer blockbusters. I'm hoping to see An Inconvenient Truth this weekend, although it's been a rough week so maybe I'll need to find something funnier. (I meant to link to that video of the Alamo guys wrestling in nacho cheese, but now I can't find it. If you know where it is, please post the URL in a comment. Otherwise check back this weekend.)

Decisions, decisions: Tuesday, April 18


I'm hoping that "Decisions, decisions" will become a regular feature about days when Austin filmgoers have an unusually large number of special screenings from which to choose. One thing about starting a site is that you never know which feature ideas will carry and which will die a slow, unnoticed death.

I'm still deciding which movie I'll see on Tuesday, April 18. Here are the choices so far:

  • Pavement Butterfly at Alamo Downtown (7 pm)—This 1929 film, which stars Anna May Wong, is part of the Austin Film Society series "Three Actresses Abroad." Since I'm an AFS member, admission is free. This may be the only opportunity to see this movie anytime soon, since it's not on DVD.
  • Nobelity at The Paramount (8 pm)—I missed Turk Pipkin's documentary about Nobel Prize winners when it premiered at SXSW last month. Fortunately, here's another chance to catch the film.
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