Weird Wednesday at The Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 20, 2019 07:45pm | Post a Comment


Amoeba Music joins Alamo Drafthouse in presenting Weird Wednesday at the New Mission Walkertheater in San Francisco! Weird Wednesday is a weekly celebration of movies that are too outrageous for prime time. This is a head-first dive into an ocean of genre oddities, a one-way ticket to the edges of reality where imagination and commercial excess dance on the graves of common sense and decency. No decade or sub-genre is off-limits and every ticket is a chance to see something wild, wonderful, and fun!

The line-up for July gets a fittingly epic launch on July 3rd at 10:15pm with the Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy) film Walker (1987), starring Ed Harris, Peter Boyle, and Marlee Matlin. The story is loosely based on the life of William Walker, an American commissioned by Cornelius Vanderbilt to set up a banana republic in Nicaragua who then ends up declaring himself president of that country. The film is scored by Joe Strummer (The Clash), who even has a cameo role. Screened on 35mm!

Things only get weirder from there when Weird Wednesdays unleashes John Boorman's beautiful and baffling sci-fi mind-freak, Zardoz (1974), on July 10th at 10:15pm. This dystopic future includes giant flying stone heads, the immortal and impotent rich, and Sean Connery in a red Speedo-type onesie. According to the disembodied floating head that introduces the movie, it is a story ripe with allegory and satire. This may or may not concern you as you take in the kaleidoscopic, surreal imagery that threatens to overwhelm the senses as the threadbare plot unfolds. 

If you think that's weird, come back on July 17th at 10:15pm for the Andrew Dice Clay vehicle (heh), The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). Ford Fairlane is a self-proclaimed rock n' roll detective who greases his wheels through the fog-riddled LA music scene amidst a mad-lib crop of supporting talent: Gilbert Gottfried as a shock-jock DJ, Robert Englund as a drill-wielding crony, Tone-Loc as...almost himself, Priscilla Presley, Wayne Newton, and more! Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger). Ultra-rare archival 35mm print!

July 24th brings us the Blaxploitation era film Emma Mae (1976) at 9:30pm. Emma Mae (Jerri Hayes) makes the difficult transition from Mississippi to L.A., but this fish out of water is anything but helpless and tears the big city a new one. Directed by Jamaa Fanaka, a member of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television "L.A. Rebellion" filmmaking group. New 2K Restoration!

July's Weirdness comes to a close on July 31st at 9:30pm with perhaps the weirdest of all, The World's Greatest Sinner (1962). Character actor Timothy Carey wrote, directed, produced, and starred in this peculiar drama about an insurance salesman who builds a powerful religion, using sex and rock n’ roll as his recruiting tools. This legendary masterwork of outsider filmmaking shocked audiences wherever Carey screened it (often renting out the theater and even running the projector himself).

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