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"We've summoned Middle-Earth's finest to celebrate the cinematic experience…" In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Lord of the Rings (which kicked off with The Fellowship of the Ring in December 2001), and as part of their "Support Local Cinemas" campaign, the Alamo Drafthouse is hosting special event celebrations at their movie theaters around the nation coming up at the end of March / beginning of April. In addition to in-theater screenings of the three films, key members of the cast are participating in Q&As each night. The reunion Q&As will be initially exclusive to theatrical screenings of the new 4K remasters of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. However, as part of their new "Support Local Cinemas" campaign, Alamo Drafthouse is making these Q&A presentations available for all theaters around the globe entirely for free. Which is great! I love these films with all my heart and have been looking forward to revisiting them, they are timeless and still as extraordinary as ever. Frodo & Sam forever. More info on the events + Q&A below.
"Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?! This town needs an enema!" Good news, Batman fans! The original Tim Burton Batman series is returning to theaters this May. Fathom Events has announced a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Burton's Batman, first released in 1989. They'll be showing the four Batman movies from that series in theaters, one night only (each one), if you want to watch them on the big screen again. This compliments the recent 70mm screenings of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, which was to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the DC character (by artist Bob Kane & writer Bill Finger). Book your tickets.
Big news, horror fans!! The Italian rock band Goblin has announced that they will be playing special live-score shows of Suspiria throughout America (and in the UK) this fall. This is clearly in connection with the release of Luca Guadagnino's upcoming remake of the original witch horror Suspiria, directed by Italian horror master Dario Argento, and first released in 1977. Amazon Studios has Guadagnino's new Suspiria scheduled for release in theaters starting November 2nd later this fall. Goblin has announced a tour that begins on August 5th in the UK, continuing in the US beginning on October 28th in Baltimore, MD at the "Days of Darkness Festival". They will then play shows throughout October and November, touring around.
"A Day You'll Never Forget." Alamo Drafthouse has announced a very special, one-time-only event taking place in Montauk, New York, right on the beach. They're showing a special screening of Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of the most beloved romance films of the last 20 years. Alamo Drafthouse and Focus Features are teaming up as part of Maverick Cinema to present "Meet Me in Montauk", an event taking place on the beach, with mattresses for a "bed-in" experience, paying homage to one of the film's iconic scenes (seen above). It also includes an afternoon tour of filming locations before the screening, making it a truly unique experience and must-attend for those who are die-hard fans of this film.
Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement. Some exciting news for sci-fi fans! Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi cult classic RoboCop is returning to theaters in September of this year to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The Alamo Drafthouse and Birth.Movies.Death are hosting a special event at the actual OCP Headquarters, where they filmed, at the City Hall in Dallas, TX. The official screening will include a Q&A with star Peter Weller, along with photo ops, food trucks, and much more. This event will also be live-streamed to other theaters around the country so everyone can catch a screening of RoboCop even if they're not in Texas. Sounds great! Bring the whole family and show ’em some wholesome, bloody, Verhoeven sci-fi.
"Do you know anything about witches?" This is great news for fans of classic horror. There's a brand new remake of Dario Argento's 1977 stylish horror film Suspiria due to arrive later this year, from director Luca Guadagnino (of A Bigger Splash, Call Me by Your Name). But before that arrives, lucky cinephiles will have the chance to revisit the original film as a pristine 35mm print of an uncut version of the film was found by the Chicago Cinema Society. "The print was rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down and the print had gone untouched in their storage area since 1977/78." Even more exciting, the print will be touring around the country as a restored version show in select cinemas through this year. Full list of cities below.
"If you want something done, do it yourself." Good news, sci-fi fans! One of my all-time favorite sci-fi films is returning to theaters this year for its 20th anniversary. Luc Besson's The Fifth Element is showing on the big screen for two nights only as part of a special event from Fathom Events. Fathom will be screening a brand new 4K restoration of the film in cinemas nationwide on May 14th and May 17th, with showings at 2PM and 7PM. Following its two-day-only theatrical presentation, The Fifth Element will debut on 4K Ultra HD in July (even though it already has multiple Blu-ray re-releases in the last few years). In addition, the event will include a sneak preview of Luc Besson's next sci-fi Valerian. If you're a fan, don't miss out on this.
Take the kids! Take your friends! Take your whole family! Bring everyone you can to see these movies on the big screen. Fathom Events and GKids have announced a new screening series this summer. Starting in June, Fathom will screen one classic Studio Ghibli movie every month, for the next six months. Yay! They'll be showing six different Ghibli movies (the best of the best) in total, in both subtitled and dubbed versions, on screens all across the country (so you don't have to drive 6 hours away just to see them - or maybe you will anyway). The first movie will be Hayao Miyazaki's original animated classic My Neighbor Totoro (first released in 1988), which will be shown on Sunday, June 25th, and Monday, June 26th. More info below.
"In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration." Fathom Events has officially announced an event for Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller North by Northwest, first released in 1959. Fathom and Warner Bros are showing North by Northwest on the big screen for two nights only - April 2nd and April 5th. The screenings will take place at theaters nationwide, as part of a special Fathom Events night presented by TCM Big Screen Classics. The event also includes exclusive commentary from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, who will provide additional insight into this classic film. Tickets are already on sale here. This is one of my favorite Hitchcock films; I'd love to see it on a big screen.
"If you really love film, then join us to recognize, celebrate and support film screenings in independent theaters everywhere." Yes! This is awesome news. Alamo Drafthouse has partnered with Kodak to launch the first ever "Reel Film Day", a special event happening on March 5th at all of the Drafthouse cinemas around the country, to celebrate and support 35mm film. Drafthouse CEO Tim League announced the news: "This scrappy group of fellow cinephiles is truly preserving film history. Support your local theater, support 35mm (and 70mm) film on 3/5, the first annual Reel Film Day." This is a great idea, and in conjunction with Art House Theater Day, will be an exciting annual event that all cinephiles should participate in every year.
This is exciting news! ShortsHD, an online short film channel, has announced that they have partnered with Magnolia Pictures to release all 15 Academy Award nominated short films in theaters starting this February. The shorts program will be playing on over 500 screens across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America starting on February 10th, 2017. They will be screening the Live-Action Short Films, Animated Short Films, and Documentary Short Films nominated for Oscars, which includes Pixar's Piper as well as The White Helmets documentary. This is the perfect way to see all of these acclaimed short films, instead of trying to find them online. The Oscar ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 26th in about a month.
Nicolas Cage is a unique talent in the acting world. His performances often give us something to talk about regardless of the quality of the film surrounding that performance, and it creates an air of excitement that follows the actor wherever he's seen. This is exactly why, for the past four years, the Alamo Drafthouse has programmed a day of movies in Cage's honor. Entitled CAGED (or "C4GED" for this year's program) the day, usually coordinated by Tough Guy Cinema programmer Greg MacLennan and in honor of Cage's 53rd birthday, treats movie-going fans to five, surprise titles all headlined by a memorable Nicolas Cage performance. Every year MacLennan has invited Cage to attend, and it was for seemingly this final year of CAGED that we were all witness to the biggest surprise of them all. Nicolas Cage actually showed up.