alamo drafthouse – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 12:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://acotonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-4-120x120.png alamo drafthouse – Acotonline http://acotonline.org/ 32 32 🌱 $1 Corn Dogs on National Corn Dog Day + Visit AmptUp at SXSW https://acotonline.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-1-corn-dogs-on-national-corn-dog-day-visit-amptup-at-sxsw/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 12:39:13 +0000 https://acotonline.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-1-corn-dogs-on-national-corn-dog-day-visit-amptup-at-sxsw/ Hey, neighbors! It’s me again, Gabriela Couvillion, your host of the Austin Daily. First, today’s weather forecast: Sunny, pleasant and warm. High: 83 Low: 53. Here are today’s top stories in Austin: Saturday, March 19 is National Corn Dog Day and in celebration, “Lightlife, a leading provider of certified vegan and non-GMO plant-based protein products,” […]]]>

Hey, neighbors! It’s me again, Gabriela Couvillion, your host of the Austin Daily.


First, today’s weather forecast:

Sunny, pleasant and warm. High: 83 Low: 53.


Here are today’s top stories in Austin:

  1. Saturday, March 19 is National Corn Dog Day and in celebration, “Lightlife, a leading provider of certified vegan and non-GMO plant-based protein products,” and the food service establishment Corn Dog Guy will be selling corn dogs. classic corn for $1 in Austin. Corn Dog Guy representatives said, “Our food truck is all about offering something appealing and ready-to-use and Lightlife helps us achieve that with an alternative protein that comes from simple, plant-based ingredients that tastes good.” The $1 hot dogs will only be available in person at The Corn Dog Guy Food Truck, located at The Ballroom at Spider House at 2906 Fruth St. For more information about Lightlife, visit www.lightlife.com and to check out The Corn Dog Dude, go to www.thecorndogguy.com. More details on the event on: (VEGWORLD Magazine)
  2. A new booking platform called AmptUp “joined Austin Texas Musicians at a launch event” on Monday, March 14 at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. The new platform “works to help independent artists, women, and people of color succeed” by “making it easier to book and pay for musicians” and working to “level the playing field so that musicians of color, women, LGBTQIA+ and musicians with disabilities have a better chance on stage.” This week, “independent artists and venue owners can connect with AmptUp” during SXSW. Click here for more information on AmptUp and visit: (KEYE TV CBS Austin)
  3. Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne were at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar in Austin on Sunday, March 13. The celebrities were on a date to attend the premiere of “Seriously Red” during the SXSW Conference and Festivals event at the cinema. For this and more celebrity info at SXSW 2022 Tour: (Wonderwall)

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A kickin’ Michelle Yeoh and a movie called ‘B—A—.’ Yes, SXSW is back. https://acotonline.org/a-kickin-michelle-yeoh-and-a-movie-called-b-a-yes-sxsw-is-back/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 11:52:07 +0000 https://acotonline.org/a-kickin-michelle-yeoh-and-a-movie-called-b-a-yes-sxsw-is-back/ AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 11: Michelle Yeoh attends the ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ Opening Night Premiere during the 2022 SXSW Conference & Festivals at Paramount Theater on March 11, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW) Photo: Rich Fury, Staff/Getty Images for SXSW Just like the martial arts mom in […]]]>

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 11: Michelle Yeoh attends the ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ Opening Night Premiere during the 2022 SXSW Conference & Festivals at Paramount Theater on March 11, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for SXSW)

Photo: Rich Fury, Staff/Getty Images for SXSW

Just like the martial arts mom in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” the time-traveling action-fantasy flick starring Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis that had its world premiere at the 2022 edition of Austin’s South by Southwest on Friday night, the festival reappears on its feet after fighting for its life.

The annual spring of music, film, culture and tech-palooza, which in 2019 reportedly drew more than 280,000 people to Austin during its 10-day run, was dropped at the last minute in 2020 due to the looming COVID crisis, then migrated online in 2021. Were thong-wearing swarms of 6th Street now an extinct species?

It had been three years since Austin resonated with the strong SXSW buzz, and as of Friday, things were looking a little subdued at the Austin Convention Center — the registration site and location for many presentations and panels — compared to the opening days of the past. But, in the late afternoon – when a long line of moviegoers braved the cold, windy weather for two hours to enter the crowded screening of “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” at the Paramount Theater of a capacity of 1300 people – the crowds were ready to party like it was 1999, or at least 2019.

While SXSW’s opening night audience is almost always ecstatic – even when the movies aren’t particularly good – there was an extra spark of electricity on Friday night, as if everyone was at both relieved to enjoy a movie together again and determined to return to the way things were through sheer force of fandom and willpower.

South by Southwest

South by Southwest runs until March 20. For more information, sxsw.com

The film opens March 18 in New York and Los Angeles and across the rest of the country over the following two weeks.

SXSW Vice President and Director Janet Pierson and the film’s lead cast were greeted with loud, sustained applause as they took the stage and there was a standing ovation for Yeoh after the film. Pierson and Yeoh both echoed that sentiment in their opening remarks ahead of “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” “I’m so excited to be here,” Yeoh said. “Films are shared experiences.”

As for the movie itself, directed by the duo who work as Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the guys behind the flattering “Swiss Army Man”), critics seemed to be as jazzed up as audiences.

“Here is an orgiastic work of slaphappy genius that functions not so much as a narrative film as a particle accelerator – or perhaps a cosmic washing machine – that two 12-year-old psychotics have devised in the hope of reconciling the anxiety of what our lives could be with the beauty of what they are,” David Ehrlich sang in his A-grade review in Indie Wire while Variety’s Peter Debruge was only slightly less impressed when he said: ‘There are enough ideas in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ to fuel a dozen films, or even a TV series in its own right, but the Daniels have turned it all into 139 explosive and emotionally draining minutes.

One such moment is the SXSW peak, when a movie (or band or app) that few outside the cloistered quarters of SXSW have even heard of becomes an utter obsession. No doubt there will be several more this year – including the horror comedy “Bodies Bodies Bodies” starring Pete Davidson, Lee Pace and Amandla Stenberg and the highly anticipated “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood”. by Richard Linklater. memory of having grown up in Houston at the time of this famous giant leap for humanity.

But all is not enough as it was at SXSW, when the festival enveloped attendees in a seemingly hardened, hermetically sealed cocoon against the outside world and the most important thing in your life was to make your way to a screening of “Bitch Ass (yes, a real title for a real movie this year).

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Austin is in stage two of its five-stage COVID alert system, and was in the dreaded stage five just two weeks ago. For SXSW attendees, that means masking at screenings, a testing site at the Convention Center, and encouragement to use the CLEAR Health Pass app for those who are vaccinated.

And the unfolding terror of the Ukrainian invasion manifests in SXSW donating to humanitarian relief efforts and hosting a Ukrainian showcase on March 19 featuring Igor Grohotsky, KAZKA and SpivOberta while also hosting panels such as “Ukraine, a world in flux and the EU’s response” and “Ukraine for peace: supporting creators and innovators.” (Edited to add: There were pro-Ukrainian protesters at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar on Saturday.)

On Twitter, SXSW went after Governor Greg Abbott for supporting an investigative order into transgender care.

While politics has long been a part of the debates — former Democratic President Barack Obama and current Republican Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul have appeared here — it can be increasingly difficult for attendees to ignore what’s going on. on the rest of the planet, even if only for a few days.

Still, welcome back, SXSW. It’s been too long. Now excuse me while I stand in line for “Bitch Ass”.

cary.darling@chron.com




  • cary darling

    Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about arts, entertainment and pop culture, with a focus on film and media. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he was a reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, the Miami Herald and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Additionally, he has freelanced for a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times and the Dallas Morning News.

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How to get tickets to our free screenings in 4 US cities https://acotonline.org/how-to-get-tickets-to-our-free-screenings-in-4-us-cities/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 18:57:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/how-to-get-tickets-to-our-free-screenings-in-4-us-cities/ If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode March 24 on Paramount+, Collider is teaming up with the streamer and Alamo Drafthouse to release the first two episodes of the anticipated series FREE to movie screens in […]]]>

If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode March 24 on Paramount+, Collider is teaming up with the streamer and Alamo Drafthouse to release the first two episodes of the anticipated series FREE to movie screens in Denver, Austin, New York and Los Angeles overnight of March 23.

Plus, after the screenings in Denver, Austin, and New York, we’ll be streaming an exclusive Q&A with the cast and producers. The reason LA won’t be watching the Q&A is that our screening is actually in conjunction with the big Hollywood premiere, so you’ll be in the theater with the cast and enjoying a few surprises.

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If for some reason you haven’t seen the trailer, the series – much like the games – follows a 26th century showdown between humanity and an intergalactic threat known as the Covenant. In an effort to win the war, Dr. Halsey (Natascha McElhone) creates genetically enhanced super-soldiers named the Spartans to battle the alien force. The series follows Master Chief Spartan John-117 (Pablo Schreiber), the commander of a Spartan unit. Although it draws heavily from the stories of the video game, the show takes place in its own timeline. Halo is produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries, with Amblin Television, and will premiere exclusively on Paramount+. Jen Taylor, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natacha Culzac, olive gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, kate kennedy, Charlie Murphy, Danny Sapani, Ryan McParland, Burn Gormanand Fiona O’Shaughnessy also complete the cast of the series. Steven Kane (The last boat) and Kyle Killen serve as showrunners.


So you’re probably wondering, “How can I get those free tickets?”


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RELATED: ‘Halo’ TV Series Trailer Reveals First Look at Cortana and the Covenant War

If you would like to attend this free screening, you must email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with the subject line “I want to see HALO!” In the body of the email, you must include your name, if you’re bringing a guest, and the city you’d like to attend (LA, NYC, Austin, or Denver).

We’ll be accepting emails until 10 a.m. on Monday, March 14 and will be contacting those who have won free tickets with specific information about the next day’s screening.

Note: Everyone attending the Los Angeles screening will need to show proof of vaccination to attend.

Locations for NYC, Denver, and Austin are below. All screenings begin at 7 p.m. local time.

NYC – Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan

  • 28 Liberty Street, Suite SC301, New York, New York 10005

Austin – Alamo Drafthouse S Lamar

  • 1120 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Denver – Alamo Drafthouse Lake Sloans

  • 4255 W. Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80204

Good luck getting tickets! You can also tweet me with any questions. I will try to answer as soon as possible.


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Celebrate Austin’s Culinary Stars at the 2022 Tastemaker Awards https://acotonline.org/celebrate-austins-culinary-stars-at-the-2022-tastemaker-awards/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 21:25:29 +0000 https://acotonline.org/celebrate-austins-culinary-stars-at-the-2022-tastemaker-awards/ Get ready to raise a glass to the stars of Austin’s restaurant and bar. The annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards return this spring – and tickets are on sale now. Join us April 28 at the Fair Market for an evening honoring the best of Austin’s culinary scene. The fun begins with our signature tasting event, […]]]>

Get ready to raise a glass to the stars of Austin’s restaurant and bar. The annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards return this spring – and tickets are on sale now.

Join us April 28 at the Fair Market for an evening honoring the best of Austin’s culinary scene.

The fun begins with our signature tasting event, where you can sample special bites from this year’s participating nominees and sip on a range of cocktails, beers and more. The evening culminates in our annual awards ceremony, once again led by Alamo Drafthouse legend Tim League.

Tastemaker Award nominees are determined by a panel of industry experts, including past winners. Our mission is to shine the spotlight on the people who make the local restaurant scene special and to honor their innovation, energy and creativity.

The 2022 Austin program will recognize Restaurant of the Year, Chef of the Year, Bar of the Year, Rising Star Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Neighborhood Restaurant of the year, the bartender of the year, the wine program of the year. , Brewery of the Year, Best New Restaurant and Best Vegan Restaurant.

You can see all the nominees here and find out more about them in our special editorial series leading up to the big event.

On April 28, we’ll reveal the winner in each category, including the Readers’ Choice winner for Best New Restaurant, to be determined by you in an upcoming online tournament.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are on sale now at discounted rates of $60 for general admission and $99 for VIP (includes early event access, valet and dedicated bar). Prices will go up on April 1, so grab your tickets now for this sold-out deal.

The event is brought to you by Tock, Stranahan’s Rockies Single Malt Whiskey, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Real Ale Brewing Co. and Topo Chico. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our nonprofit partner, Central Texas Food Bank.

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Free screenings of the Halo series are taking place in four cities with questions and answers about the actors https://acotonline.org/free-screenings-of-the-halo-series-are-taking-place-in-four-cities-with-questions-and-answers-about-the-actors/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 21:12:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/free-screenings-of-the-halo-series-are-taking-place-in-four-cities-with-questions-and-answers-about-the-actors/ If you live in Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Austin, you’ll be able to catch the highly anticipated Paramount+ series before the episodes go live. Picture via Paramount+ If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode […]]]>

If you live in Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Austin, you’ll be able to catch the highly anticipated Paramount+ series before the episodes go live.


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If you’re like me and think everything looks better on a movie screen, I have some good news to share. Before Halo streaming its first episode March 24 on Paramount+, Collider is teaming up with the streamer and Alamo Drafthouse to bring the first two episodes of the anticipated series to theater screens for FREE! Plus, after the screening, we’ll be streaming an exclusive Q&A with the cast and producers.

Our exclusive event will take place the night of March 23 in Los Angeles, Denver, Austin and New York.

If for some reason you haven’t seen the trailer, the series – much like the games – follows a 26th century showdown between humanity and an intergalactic threat known as the Covenant. In an effort to win the war, Dr. Halsey (Natascha McElhone) creates genetically enhanced super-soldiers named the Spartans to battle the alien force. The series follows Master Chief Spartan John-117 (Pablo Schreiber), the commander of a Spartan unit. Although it draws heavily from the stories of the video game, the show takes place in its own timeline. Halo is produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries, with Amblin Television, and will premiere exclusively on Paramount+. Jen Taylor, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natacha Culzac, olive gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, kate kennedy, Charlie Murphy, Danny Sapani, Ryan McParland, Burn Gormanand Fiona O’Shaughnessy also complete the cast of the series. Steven Kane (The last boat) and Kyle Killen serve as showrunners.

COLLIDER VIDEO OF THE DAY


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RELATED: ‘Halo’ TV Series Trailer Breakdown: New Story, Same Leader

So you’re probably wondering, “How can I get those free tickets?” My plan is to give away tickets starting this Friday morning, and I’ll be collecting names for a few days, then emailing the winners. The reason I advertise so early is that I always make sure the first people who ask for tickets get in. I’m giving everyone advance notice that the event is happening, so you can be ready on Friday.

On Friday, I will share more details about the event. Until there…


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Why is Myrtle Beach SC missing these popular restaurants? https://acotonline.org/why-is-myrtle-beach-sc-missing-these-popular-restaurants/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:30:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/why-is-myrtle-beach-sc-missing-these-popular-restaurants/ Cheesecake Factory, a popular restaurant, bakery, and bar, is high on the wish list of residents of the Myrtle Beach area. Image from Wikimedia Myrtle Beach, SC We understood. Cheesecake Factory has so many options – all in one place. The restaurant is reminiscent of Myrtle Beach itself, which has more restaurants per capita than […]]]>

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Cheesecake Factory, a popular restaurant, bakery, and bar, is high on the wish list of residents of the Myrtle Beach area.

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We understood. Cheesecake Factory has so many options – all in one place. The restaurant is reminiscent of Myrtle Beach itself, which has more restaurants per capita than Paris and New York.

Yet despite the rapid growth of Myrtle Beach’s restaurant scene, a Cheesecake Factory is still missing. The closest location is in Charlotte, and the only location in South Carolina is in Greenville, on the opposite end of the state.

The Sun News asked readers which restaurants they wish the Grand Strand had but are still missing. By far the best answer was Cheesecake Factory. It’s a staple of chain restaurant culture, just as Myrtle Beach is a staple of East Coast beach life. It makes sense to marry the two together.

“Definitely Cheesecake Factory. PLEASE! Always a crowd pleaser,” Melanie Yannuzzi said in response to The Sun News poll.

“Cheesecake factory. This is my favorite restaurant when I travel and there is one where I am. I go there because I miss them and I love their food,” Monica Howard said in response to the survey.

Here’s what else people said. Because there was so much variety in what people would like to see, restaurants offering similar types of food were grouped together. (However, no, we’re not saying that White Castle and In-n-Out are “the same”.)

“No more….too many……”

Yes, the second most popular answer for what restaurant dwellers would like to see was an iteration of “none”, “we’ve had enough”, and “we have too much now”. We already have plenty of places to eat. (There are a seemingly endless number of breakfast places and IHOP knockoffs).

“None, I like independent restaurants,” Sherrie Glensky said in response to the survey.

When you look around, yes, Myrtle Beach has plenty of restaurants. But many people think the restaurant scene lacks variety in the types of dishes on menus. This is what the other inhabitants who answered us want.

Burgers

People want White Castle. My apologies to the Midwest, but Myrtle Beach isn’t the land of royalty yet. The closest location is hundreds of miles away in Kentucky.

“Frozen castles just aren’t as good as fresh off the grill,” said a reader named George in response to the poll.

Another reader, Patricia Callahan, was even more convinced that Myrtle Beach “needs WHITE CASTLE.”

Others lobbied for In-N-Out. The California-based burger chain’s closest location is in Texas. This is because the company relies on all fresh ingredients, so restaurants must be within 300 miles of the company’s distribution centers that do the initial food preparation.

Italian

Survey respondents asked for Maggiano’s Little Italy and Buca di Beppo (closest location for each is Charlotte) and Macaroni Grill (closest location is Harrisburg, Tennessee).

“Maggianos Little Italy, there is no better Italian food anywhere. Buca di Beppo because it’s fun to say and great food. Macaroni Grill because how does MB not have one? Best Chicken Marsala I’ve ever put in my mouth,” Kirby Wilmont said in response to the poll.

Texas chains

Not a restaurant – technically – but Alamo Drafthouse was praised in the poll. The Austin-based cinema is known for its great food, themed movie nights, and strict no-talking or cellphone policies.

William Korthals noted that Houston-based Papmadeaux had “very good Cajun”. The company is also part of a family of restaurants offering BBQ, fine cuisine and Tex-Mex.

Finally, one reader said they wish Myrtle Beach had a Chuy’s. The Austin-based Tex-Mex chain has dozens of locations in Texas, but the closest restaurant to Myrtle Beach is – again – in Charlotte.

Fast-casual

When Myrtle Beach lost the K&W Cafeteria, many residents were heartbroken. And now they want it back. One of the restaurant’s locations in Myrtle Beach served locals and visitors for nearly 36 years before closing in 2018.

“K&W. There is a large group of retirees and non-retirees who prefer a meal over fast food. The prices (were) good and the food was great,” Cathy Beck said in response to the survey.

Other readers wished Myrtle Beach had Jason’s Deli, a soup, salad and sandwich chain (the closest location to Charleston). Many have also asked for the Boston Market, which serves great Thanksgiving dinners and is known for its rotisserie chicken. The closest location to the Boston Market is in Fayetteville, North Carolina

“Boston Market – a great quick comfort food for the family,” Catrine Giery said in response to the survey.

As for the other survey responses, the first honorable mention goes to reader Hope Faley.

“Please FOCUS on healthy businesses, groups and food out there. Our people need it,” Faley said in response to the poll.

Myrtle Beach has plenty of restaurants, but there’s also a noticeable shortage of “natural food” businesses like salad, smoothie, and juice bars. And while many restaurants offer vegetarian and even vegan (sometimes buried) options on their menus, few focus specifically on foods that meet the demands of those diets.

Other notable shoutouts go to Bahama Breeze (perfect for the beach, honestly), Tim Horton’s (we can feel every Canadian has been asking for it), and California Pizza Kitchen (everyone needs more pizza). Several readers also wish Myrtle Beach had more Greek food options, more traditional New York deli meats, and more non-buffet Chinese fare.

This story was originally published March 4, 2022 10:30 a.m.

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Chase Karacostas writes about tourism in Myrtle Beach and throughout South Carolina for McClatchy. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 with degrees in journalism and political communication. He started working for McClatchy in 2020 after growing up in Texas, where he was signed to three of the state’s largest print media outlets as well as the Texas Tribune covering state politics, environment, housing and the LGBTQ+ community.

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Alamo Drafthouse to Premiere Prince’s Concert Film ‘Sign O ‘The Times’ – Deadline https://acotonline.org/alamo-drafthouse-to-premiere-princes-concert-film-sign-o-the-times-deadline/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/alamo-drafthouse-to-premiere-princes-concert-film-sign-o-the-times-deadline/ Alamo Drafthouse Partners with Distributor FilmRise to Present Prince’s Concert Film Sign O’ The Times back on the big screen for its 35th anniversary. The new 4K presentation will run at 24 locations in New York, LA and nationwide starting April 1. (See the trailer below.) “Sign O’ The Times is, without a doubt, one […]]]>

Alamo Drafthouse Partners with Distributor FilmRise to Present Prince’s Concert Film Sign O’ The Times back on the big screen for its 35th anniversary.

The new 4K presentation will run at 24 locations in New York, LA and nationwide starting April 1. (See the trailer below.)

“Sign O’ The Times is, without a doubt, one of Prince’s greatest accomplishments as an artist,” says Alamo Drafthouse film programmer Jake Isgar. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the preservation and presentation of his musical legacy.”

The film captures the late singer-songwriter at the peak of his most prolific period, following the platinum-selling double album of the same name.

The screening is part of Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse’s limited “Play It Loud” series, which runs from March through April featuring classic rock/pop performance films, including Josie and the Pussycats, A hard day’s Nightand Led Zeppelin The song remains the same.

Price died in 2016 at the age of 57 from an accidental fentanyl overdose at his studio and home in Paisley Park, Minnesota.

Sign o’ the Times, released in 1987, was Prince’s ninth studio album. Singles included Sign o’ the Times and If I Was Your Girlfriend. Although not as commercially successful as the 1984 blockbuster Puple Rain, it was considered by some to be his best. He was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.

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The Best Movies So Bad They’re Good https://acotonline.org/the-best-movies-so-bad-theyre-good/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://acotonline.org/the-best-movies-so-bad-theyre-good/ What makes a movie so bad it’s good? (To see: Showgirls, Bedroom and more below.) It’s a simple question with no easy answer, largely because every “good-bad” works in its own way. But there are common themes: “so bad they’re good” movies are usually made by amateurs (often of independent means) who possess zeal but […]]]>

What makes a movie so bad it’s good? (To see: Showgirls, Bedroom and more below.) It’s a simple question with no easy answer, largely because every “good-bad” works in its own way.

But there are common themes: “so bad they’re good” movies are usually made by amateurs (often of independent means) who possess zeal but lack sophistication. Their productions are usually outside or on the fringes of the traditional Hollywood system, without access to the full suite of film professionals who make the average movie work: from skilled actors and writers to stuntmen and set designers.

The end result is something familiar, yet completely iconoclastic – the work of an author who has no idea what he’s doing. Although it usually ends in disaster, sometimes, and quite by accident (another important characteristic of good and bad movies: serendipity), something else is produced: a movie so bad it doesn’t It’s not just watchable, it’s enjoyable.

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Finding your own “so bad it’s good” movie is one of the joys of being a movie fan, but if you’re looking to jump-start your schlock journey, here are seven films that are widely considered the best of the worst. :

Miami Connection (1987)


Miami Connection

Miami Connectionthe 1987 film about a group of college-aged orphans who all live together, sing in a band and use martial arts to battle ninjas on motorcycles, has a Bible-worthy resurrection story, but it’s a story that could only have happened in the digital age.

Although it may shock you to hear it, Miami Connection was a royal flop upon its initial release, and then faded into B-movie obscurity. Everything changed via a cosmically serendipitous event: Zack Carlson, an employee of Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, stumbled across a copy of the movie on ebay. Being the adventurous type, he bought it unseen for $50, with no idea what he was getting.


What he got was an all-time classic. Miami Connectionit turned out to have it all: ninjas, taekwondo, original 80s pop songs (which are legit bangers) and, um…did we say ninjas and taekwondo?

Carlson immediately knew he had lost treasure on his hands, and after 25 years and some legal wrangling, he and Drafthouse Films were finally able to give the film its due, releasing it in 2012 to instant cult film acclaim.

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Samurai Cop (1991)


Samurai Cop

There was a time, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when cheap direct-to-video action films were as ubiquitous as falling snow. Those days are sadly over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go back and relive those golden days of car chases, shootings, and antiquated social norms. And if you want to do that, why not start with the best?


Well, once you’re done watching those movies, come back and watch Samurai Copthe 1991 low-budget action film starring Matt Hannon as the titular Samurai Cop, a luxuriously-haired police officer who must use his knowledge of ancient samurai combat to take down a vicious organized crime syndicate from Japan.

Samurai Coplike many films on this list, is the work of foreigners – in this case, an Iranian-born director Amir Shervan – those who are fascinated by the Hollywood formula (and eager to profit from it financially) without really understanding what makes it work. People who say to themselves: “We have all seen lethal weapon, law? How hard can it be to imitate this?”

Ultimately, very difficult (if you’re Amir Shervan, at least). Samurai Cop isn’t the American buddy-cop movie it so desperately wants to be, but in the end it might be something even better: one of the most unintentionally hilarious movies of all time.


The Room (2003)


Bedroom

If there is an unadulterated classic of the “so bad, it’s good” genre of movies, then Bedroom is it. The work of the eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseauwho directed, wrote and starred (a triple threat!), Bedroom is the story of Johnny (Tommy Wiseau), a man universally recognized as kind and generous by everyone in his life except his vindictive fiancée Lisa (Juliet Danielle) who aspires to destroy it – for reasons that are never fully explained.

Although it failed on its initial release, Bedroom slowly grew into cult status in Los Angeles (thanks in large part to Wiseau’s deep pockets – he spent hundreds of thousands on promotion) until he became a worldwide midnight movie phenomenon.

Wiseau, perhaps a little chagrined by all the sardonic attention, would later claim that the film was always intended as a “dark comedy”. Whether or not this is true is up for debate, but one thing is true: if Bedroom was intended as a comedy, it’s one of the funniest movies ever made. And if it wasn’t, it’s always one of the funniest movies ever made.


Fateful Discoveries (2013)


Fateful discoveries

Of all the movies on this list, Fateful discoveriesthe work of the famous schlock-author Neil Breen, might be the most controversial. Some will roll down the aisles at its David Lynch-meets-school-school levels of incomprehensibility, while others will be so genuinely frustrated by its jarring narrative structure that they’ll risk bodily harm in their desperate leaps for the “stop.” remote control button.

So a word of warning: before you look Fateful discoveries (or any of the other five Breen “movies”) first ask your doctor if Neil Breen is right for you. Barring that, maybe head over to YouTube and watch a few scenes (there are plenty of compilations). If you laugh, chances are you enjoy the special pleasure of watching this movie. Otherwise, feel free to run the other way.

That said, the term “film” should be used here with caution, because Fateful discoveries is more a collection of rambling scenes than an actual movie. That’s usually a bad thing, of course, but when those rambling scenes are this weird and hilarious, you’ll quickly wonder if this is a “so bad it’s good” movie or something else – like an absurd avant-garde work of art. Such is the power of Breen.

Troll 2 (1990)


Troll 2

It’s a classic tale: a young family vacations in a quaint farming community with a quaint name, by no means spelled backwards by the goblins: “Nilbog.” Things are going wonderfully, until said family discovers a dark secret: Nilbog is inhabited by vicious vegetarian goblins, who want to eat them – after turning them into plants, of course (say what you will about these goblins, but they are very mindful of their dietary restrictions).

And that, my friends, is the real plot of Troll 2. If that alone doesn’t inspire you to watch this masterpiece, perhaps the following points will: 1: Troll 2despite its name, is do not a sequel to Troll (its title was a misleading attempt to capitalize on the film’s modest success). 2: Troll 2 was filmed by an Italian crew in Utah, who could barely communicate with their English-speaking cast, and 3: Troll 2 spawned one of the best behind-the-scenes documentaries of bad movies ever made, best worst moviedirected by Troll 2is the star, Michael Stephenson.

Troll 2 and best worst movie whip up one of the tastiest double decker bologna sandwiches ever, so what are you waiting for? A troll?

I hope not, because there are no trolls in Troll 2. Did we mention that? We probably should have mentioned that.

Showgirls (1995)


Showgirls

what can you say about Showgirls? Sure, the film earned its initial reputation on the (well-toned) back of its ample and gratuitous nudity, but that’s probably the least interesting thing about it. Put all those boobs and butts aside, and you still have a legitimately hilarious, and maybe even a little crazy movie.

Like most movies on this list, Showgirls seems like it was made by people who don’t even have the most basic understanding of how movies work. The character arcs never arc, the plot points are so illogical they border on insanity, and Elizabeth BerkleyThe performance of Nomi Malone – a hitchhiking loner who aspires to be a showgirl in Las Vegas, because…reasons – is so maniacal, amateurish and reckless that it forms a kind of bad acting mobius band , looping on itself until it becomes a work of unbalanced genius.

The same can be said for Showgirls in its entirety. It’s bad – really bad – but it also transcends its own badness, becoming a work of comedic brilliance. Watch it once, and you’ll quote it for the rest of your life.

Outer Space Plan 9 (1957)


Plan 9 from outer space

Ed Wood isn’t the worst director ever (remember folks, you live in a world where Tom Six exists) but it is nevertheless almost universally considered as such, thanks in large part to the 1957 Plan 9 from outer spacewhich even casual movie buffs will immediately recognize as “the worst movie ever made”.

Just like Ed Wood himself, Plan 9 from outer spaceThe bad reputation of is a bit exaggerated. Not that it is good, of cours. His sets are cheap (cardboard tombstones, anyone?) his acting is awful (horror legend Bela Lugosiin his last film appearance, confusedly gropes through a handful of scenes shot for a different film) and his writing is the stuff of a baffling caption (“Future events like these will affect you in the future”).

But it’s also – in true schlock form – tons of fun to watch, especially with a group of grateful friends. This is why it is still celebrated today, when many other genre films of the time have long since fallen into oblivion. Not so bad for the worst movie of all time.


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North Richland Hills Alamo Drafthouse permanently closes as three D-FW theaters file for bankruptcy https://acotonline.org/north-richland-hills-alamo-drafthouse-permanently-closes-as-three-d-fw-theaters-file-for-bankruptcy/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 03:34:58 +0000 https://acotonline.org/north-richland-hills-alamo-drafthouse-permanently-closes-as-three-d-fw-theaters-file-for-bankruptcy/ The Alamo Drafthouse site in North Richland Hills, closed since 2020, will not reopen, its owners announced Friday. The announcement came as the site filed for bankruptcy along with two other Alamo Drafthouses in North Texas, the Richardson and Lake Highlands sites. The Richardson and Lake Highlands theaters will remain open while the entities operating […]]]>

The Alamo Drafthouse site in North Richland Hills, closed since 2020, will not reopen, its owners announced Friday.

The announcement came as the site filed for bankruptcy along with two other Alamo Drafthouses in North Texas, the Richardson and Lake Highlands sites.

The Richardson and Lake Highlands theaters will remain open while the entities operating them go through Chapter 11 proceedings, the owners say.

All three locations are operated by a separate group of franchisees from the Austin-based Alamo chain, which controls theaters nationwide. The local group, led by Bill D. DiGaetano and Bill C. DiGaetano, operates six movie theaters in North Texas and one outside of St. Paul, Minnesota. Its executives declined to comment on Friday’s news.

The North Richland Hills Theater and its adjoining bar opened just under three years ago in a first event timed to coincide with the long-awaited Avengers: Endgame. With eight screens, it was the sixth Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas-Fort Worth and the first in Tarrant County.

All six Alamo theaters closed in 2020. The North Richland Hills site planned to reopen in July 2021. But as other Alamos turned their spotlights back on, it remained dark. The owners said in a statement Friday that they were unable to renegotiate the terms of their lease for the location. Court records show the group owes nearly $3 million in rent, though it disputes that amount.

Other local cinemas have shown signs of rebounding lately, as coronavirus cases plummet and exclusive theatrical releases mean viewers can’t just stream the latest merchandise.

Earlier this month, a new Alamo from a different franchise group was announced for Grand Prairie.

And in the final fiscal quarter of 2021, Plano-based Cinemark achieved profitability for the first time since the pandemic began. The company earned $5.7 million for the three-month period ending December 31, 2021. That’s a big change from 2020, when it lost $239 million in the same period.

Some of the industry’s recent optimism stems from movie studios’ support for a 45-day window in which theaters get exclusives on new movies. At the start of the pandemic, studios resisted convention, making deals to release movies the same day they hit theaters. But the all-in-one approach petered out, much to the relief of exhibitors.

The Austin-based branch of Alamo Drafthouse, which operates about 40 sites across the country, went bankrupt last year. It emerged in June after selling to a group of investors including its founder, Tim League. Since then, the chain has announced plans to open new locations in several states.

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Joe Rogan-Bound Comedy Club Planned for Austin’s Ritz Theater – TOWERS https://acotonline.org/joe-rogan-bound-comedy-club-planned-for-austins-ritz-theater-towers/ Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:29:28 +0000 https://acotonline.org/joe-rogan-bound-comedy-club-planned-for-austins-ritz-theater-towers/ A view of the historic Ritz Theater on East Sixth Street in downtown Austin, seen here when it was the central location of the Alamo Drafthouse, which operated from the building from 2007 to 2021 Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema The historic Ritz theater in 320 East Sixth Street will soon host a comedy club linked […]]]>

A view of the historic Ritz Theater on East Sixth Street in downtown Austin, seen here when it was the central location of the Alamo Drafthouse, which operated from the building from 2007 to 2021 Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

The historic Ritz theater in 320 East Sixth Street will soon host a comedy club linked to a recently controversial podcast host and new Austin resident Joe Rogan, according to a number of local property filings and an application to the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission. A permit to install new signage at the front of the building is on the consent agenda for the next commission meeting on February 28, along with backup documents for the renovation item using the name Comedy-mother. Three potential options for the new club sign are included:

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

Previous reports indicated that Rogan planned to open a comedy club in West Austin, but its acquisition of One World Theater ultimately fell through, with East Sixth Street mentioned last year as a potential new location for the club. The Ritz property was purchased from previous owners Craddock Properties in November 2021 by Asylum Real Estate Holdings, a company run by Rogan representative Matthew Lichtenberg of Level Four Business Management in Los Angeles. Lichtenberg, along with Rogan and his wife Jessica, is also the director of a recently incorporated entity known as Rogan Family Foundation, Inc.

A photo of the Ritz taken as part of historic preservation efforts likely in the mid-1970s. Image: Texas Historical Commission

The building, opened in 1929 with a design by Austin architect Hugo Kuehne, has a long history of use as both a standard and adult movie theater, as well as short stints as a concert hall and punk rock club. in the 1970s and 80s – there’s comedy history here too, with the theater briefly hosting the famous local troupe The follies of Esther. The building previously housed the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz from 2007 until its closure last year.

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

Image: City of Austin/Weiss Architecture

The request to the historic commission — which, due to its presence on the consent agenda, is likely to pass without meaningful discussion — plans to remove old Alamo signage and install Comedy Mothership branding from the club, as well as modifications of the door and window model. of the west facade which will restore the building to its original appearance based on historical photos. The club will add a new awning to the existing frame above the sidewalk, replace the tile at the entrance and install a roll-up door to prevent access to the club lobby after hours.

An undated photo of an audience at the Ritz Theatre. Image: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

While these documents paint a clear picture of this property’s new connection to Rogan and its future as a comedy club, other details, including a timeline for renovations or an opening date for the business, remain. unknown. Still, transforming this historic property into the heart of downtown would be a hugely visible sign of Austin’s new status as a celebrity relocation hotspot.

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