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.

  • 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.