Weird Wednesdays this March at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, March 4, 2020 04:59pm | Post a Comment

Join us for another month of Weird Wednesdays at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco! This weekly celebration of genre film is a one-way ticket to the fringes of the unknown, where imagination and ambition dance on the graves of logic and reality. From outlaw exploitation classics to inexplicable Hollywood excess, Weird Wednesday showcases mind-blowing genre discoveries that are unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. Check out what what the Alamo has lined-up for March!

Wednesday, March 4. 9:45pm.
After a five-year hiatus following the release of Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch returned with perhaps his most daring and disturbing work since Eraserhead. Lost Highway follows an LA jazz saxophonist’s (Bill Pullman) withering relationship with his wife (Patricia Arquette), who receive cryptic, menacing surveillance tapes of their Hollywood home. As the anxiety within their marriage grows, the logic of time, space, and identity seem to slip away, splintering the narrative into a thrilling, schizophrenic ride down the darkest roads of the human psyche. It's a beautiful edifice of echoes to house an unwaveringly subjective cinema.

ALICE (1988)
Wednesday, March 11. 10pm.
Featuring a pre-show drag performance from our pals at Media Meltdown!
When Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, so begins this dream expedition into the astonishing landscape of childhood, through many dangerous adventures, and ultimately to Alice's trial before the King and Queen of Hearts. Czech animator Jan Svankmajer has created a masterpiece of cinema, a strikingly original interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. Svankmajer's Alice remains true to the absurdity of Carroll's original, but bears the stamp of his own distinctive style and obsessions. Combining techniques of animation and live-action, he gives a new and fascinating dimension to the classic tale of childhood fantasies.

Wednesday, March 18. 10pm
When the director of Death Wish (Michael Winner) and the writer of Child's Play (Tom Holland) get together, you can count on the result being weird, violent, and good in a way that transcends its trashy veneer. Scream For Help is a joyride of daytime TV-worthy melodrama peppered with young adult adventure and butted up against icky sex and violence. Cringe-worthy, tasteless, and 1,000% fun to watch play out, this is a mostly unsung gem of '80s exploitation just waiting to be celebrated by fans of movies that dare to "go there."

Wednesday, March 25. 10pm.
In 1985, Macoto Tezuka (son of the great manga artist Osamu Tezuka) met musician and TV personality Haruo Chicada who had made a soundtrack to a movie that didn’t actually exist: The Legend of the Stardust Brothers. At the time, Macoto was just 22 years old, a film-student with many short experimental films under his belt, but had yet to make a feature-debut and, of course, had the pressure of the TEZUKA name. With Chicada as producer, Tezka then adapted this “fake soundtrack” into a real movie. With inspiration from Phantom of the Paradise and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Tezuka assembled a cast of some of Japan’s most famous musicians of the time, including such greats as Kiyohiko Ozaki, ISSAY, Sunplaza Nakano, and Hiroshi Takano, alongside many famous names in Manga such as Monkey Punch (Lupin the 3rd), Shinji Nagashima (Hanaichi Monme), Yosuke Takahashi (Mugen Shinsi), and even many upcoming film directors of the time such as Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata) and Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirishima Thing). The result is the exact definition of a cult film. Despite the huge array of talent on board with a large budget, the film is totally unknown even to this day in both Japan and worldwide. More than 30 years since its release, The Stardust Brothers will finally make itself known worldwide with a new master and a brand new Director’s Cut!

Wednesday, April 1. 10:15pm.
Swinging into American multiplexes in the summer of 1991 on the same week as Backdraft and Thelma & Louise, Michael Lehmann's (Heathers) madcap cat-burglar romp plays like The Da Vinci Code as filtered through the year that gave cinema The Rocketeer. Gaudy production design - courtesy of a $65 mil production budget - mixes with violent action, video game fueled shenanigans, and even some surprise musical moments to deliver a film nominated for six Razzies and a recent reappraisal by New Yorker writer Richard Brody in which he claims it is "...vastly superior to the earnest classics of the genre...". And, you know what? We agree.

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