Let's see: a Richard Linklater double-feature, Pee-Wee Herman at midnight, a Black History Month film series, and an animated comedy about the Mansons, all in the same week. Yep. Must be Austin.
Speaking of Linklater, Filmmaker has a good interview with the director about A Scanner Darkly. It's going to be hard to wait until July.
- Live Freaky! Die Freaky! is an animated musical comedy film about the Manson—excuse me, the Hanson— family and their crime spree. Doesn't that sound charming? The voice talent includes members of Green Day, Asia Argento, Kelly Osbourne, and Jane Wiedlin (I loved you in Clue, Jane). Alamo Drafthouse Village is showing this controversial film at midnight on Friday and Saturday, 1/27-28. Austin Chronicle has an interview with director John Roecker in this week's issue.
- Lunafest, a mini-festival of eight short films by and about women, will screen at Alamo Drafthouse Downtown on Sunday 1/29. Suju Vijayan, who directed the short Blessing, will be in attendance.
- Why is Alamo Downtown showing the 1986 BMX bike film Rad? Could they not find anything else? If you're interested, it's playing Monday 1/30 ... dollar night, thankfully.
- This week's offering from Austin Film Society's "Official Evil: Political Thrillers in Cinema" series is the 2005 South Korean thriller The President's Last Bang, playing Tuesday 1/31 at Alamo Downtown. This is the premiere screening of the film in Austin.
- If you haven't yet caught Robert Greenwald's documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Alamo Downtown is showing the movie on Wednesday 2/1. I hope it's less propaganda-y than Greenwald's previous film, Outfoxed, but I am not optimistic.
- Free movies: Cafe Mundi is showing Gorky Park on Monday 1/30 at 8 pm. Beerland is celebrating Groundhog Day a day early with the obvious movie choice: Groundhog Day, natch. The movie that no one ever seems to hate screens on Wednesday 2/1 at 7 pm.
- February is Black History Month, so Austin community groups have collaborated on a month-long series called "Marching On: Independent African American Films from 1935-1950." The first film shown will be Murder in Harlem, a 1935 Oscar Micheaux-directed movie, screening on Thursday 2/2 at 7 pm at Bass Lecture Hall. Free admission.
- Screen Door Films is showing 12 shorts they consider the best from 2005, six of which are from Austin filmmakers. You can see these shorts on Friday 2/3 and Saturday 2/4 at the Arts on Real theater]. The shorts include The Intervention, a film by the Duplass brothers (who directed the feature The Puffy Chair), and Learn Self Defense, an animated short from Chris Harding that I saw at SXSW last year and found hilarious.
- The Paramount is showing Richard Linklater's matched films Before Sunrise and Before Sunset on Friday 2/3 and Sunday 2/5. I really ought to see those films at some point.
- What better place to show Pee-Wee's Big Adventure than at an Alamo theater? If only Alamo Lake Creek had a basement, it would be perfect. The midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday, 2/3-4, include a Pee-Wee Herman impersonation contest and free popcorn if you mention that Large Marge sent you.
- UT Film Loop's monthly screening will take place on Sunday 2/5 at Alamo Downtown. February's offering is the 1972 film The Man With Two Heads, directed by Andy Milligan, described in the Alamo blurb as "The Fassbinder of exploitation films." I have no idea if that's true but I suppose this is my chance to find out. Free admission for UT students; $3 for the rest of us.
- Contests: The Austin Chronicle is giving away passes to sneak previews of Imagine Me & You and Firewall. The Web site has details
about signing up.