Weird Weekend: A Weird Wednesday 10th Anniversary Celebration

Co-presented by The Alamo Drafthouse and the Grindhouse Film Festival.


The Alamo Drafthouse’s Lars Nilsen is simply one of the finest curators of exploitation cinema in the country, if not the whole darn ball of rock we humans call Earth.  For the past decade, Weird Wednesdays (Lars’ weekly Alamo residency of movie mayhem) has rocked Austin, TX with an always-unpredictable 35mm stew of the insane, the profane and the gobsmacking — and now, Lars comes all the way to the Cinefamily IN PERSON to present a special weekend-long 10th Anniversary slate of epic Weird Wednesday brililance!  We’re thrilled to have him, as Lars is a true warrior collector, and our blood brother in sublime cinemania.


Watch our trailer for Weird Weekend!

"Shaw 'Nuff": A Weird Weekend Shaw Brothers Double Feature (MEMBERS-ONLY SCREENING)

A back-to-back blast of martial arts madness!
8/22/2011 - 8PM

Lars Nilsen of the Alamo Drafthouse concludes his Weird Weekend celebration with a double shot of pure prime ‘70s chop-socky overload! Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers was the source of countless classics of the kung fu genre; they’re the folks behind amazing films like The One-Armed Swordsman, The Five Venoms and Shaolin Master Killer, to name but a very few. While you might’ve enjoyed some of these flicks over the years on TV or on your computer monitor — when’s the last time you soaked up the full electric experience that is a Shaw Brothers film on the big screen, in 35mm? Join us and Lars, as we party with two back-to-back blasts of martial arts madness — film titles to be announced at the start of the show!

Tickets – free for members +1 (first-come, first serve) NOTE: you must have a current Cinefamily membership to gain admission to this show. If you’re not a member, we’ll have staff on-hand at the box office for you to re-up your lapsed membership, or sign up for a new one (hint-hint!)

Weird Weekend, Day 2: Sunday Smutty Sunday (feat. Confessions of a Young American Housewife & Wild Pussycat!)

A weekend-long blowout from the Alamo Drafthouse!
8/21/2011 - 4PM
Co-presented by Suicide Girls

Come check in with the Suicide Girls at their table on Cinefamily’s back patio throughout the show!

4:00/4:30pm-ish – SWINGING CO-EDS
Lars says: “This absurd, grossly politically incorrect and episodic German “Schoolgirl Report” movie must have been pretty strange even before its American distributors got ahold of it. As it exists now, cut, rearranged and dubbed (in Atlanta!), it’s like a rambling lie told by a retarded child. But for all the humor value of the transposition, it works on its own terms as a sex comedy, mainly because of the good humor and, let’s admit it, ice-cream-like delectability of the actresses. Though all are good, Christina (Thriller: A Cruel Picture) Lindberg walks off with the show, even while saddled with a dubbed Southern accent that would embarrass Foghorn Leghorn!”
Dir. Walter Boos, 1972, 35mm, 67 min. (U.S. version)

Lars says: “Nobody made adult movies like Joe Sarno, who, starting in the mid-’60s, created his own unmistakable style of stylish, ultra-imaginative psychodramas.  Regular Weird Wednesday viewers at the Alamo have seen some pretty over-the-top sex movies, but there aren’t many sex movies that work on you like this one.  Sarno, ever the master of the kinky situation, concocts a whopper: a neighboring pair of swinging couples are dreading the arrival of their new houseguest, the attractive mother of one of the wild wives. They’ll all have to stay dressed and stop their round-the-clock boneathon — or will they? The attention Sarno pays to characterization and context really pays off.  It’s an amazing experience that should not be missed.  Bring a date, a raincoat, or both.”
Dir. Joseph Sarno, 1974, 35mm, 105 min.

8:00/8:15pm-ish – WILD PUSSYCAT
Lars says: “From Greece comes this amazing, kinky, violent psychosexual soap opera full of unspeakable perversions, dark secrets, two-way mirrors, orgies and 40-weight sleaze.  There’s even an adorable pussycat, who purrs and licks her paws as the worst kinds of depravity unfold in front of her!  When good girl Nadia investigates her sister’s death and finds out that sadistic pimp Nick is behind it all, she straps on the leather and whips/beats/freaks him at his own game. Sounds great, huh?  For me, the best part of this movie is the CONSTANT cigarette smoking: a rare treat that you won’t find anywhere else. Who else is bringing you Greek S&M revenge movies?  It seems like a good opportunity to formally beat our chests and announce that when it comes to providing high-quality sexploitation cinema, Cinefamily and the Alamo are the alpha gorillas. Other theaters around the country may chew the bamboo and act tough, but they know that if they try to come near our females, they will be beaten senseless with a thighbone.”
Dir. Dimas Dadiras, 1968, 35mm, 88 min.

Weird Weekend, Day 1: Sex, Drugs & Lite Jazz (feat. The Boxer's Omen & Super Soul Brother! Sybil Danning in person!)

A weekend-long blowout from the Alamo Drafthouse!
8/20/2011 - 6PM

6:00pm – JULIE DARLING (Sybil Danning in person!)
“She’ll blow you — then she’ll blow you away!” Lars says: “I’ve never had kids and I never will. I’ve watched enough movies to know they’re bad news. Even if they aren’t possessed by the devil, they still learn to hate you and all you stand for — even as they eat all your food and wreck your sex life! If I ever waver in my determination to remain child-free, I’ll just thread this movie up and feel my testes retract. An otherwise unknown actress named Isabelle Mejias gives a performance to remember as a daughter with a serious daddy hang-up. There’s not a huge volume of physical violence in the film, but the spiritual violence wrought by the cunning and manipulative teenager is hellishly intense. Starring Anthony Franciosa as the lucky dad and Teutonic Amazon Sybil Danning as the girl’s unfortunate new stepmom. It’s only appropriate to warn you that the wrong-meter goes into the red here several times, which is just where we like it!” Co-star Sybil Danning will be here for a Q&A in person after the film!
Dir. Paul Nicholas, 1983, 35mm, 100 min.

8:00pm – TEEN LUST (director James Hong in person!)
Lars says: “Holy shit! This outrageous farce — directed (and possibly written) by longtime character actor James Hong (Big Trouble In Little China, Blade Runner) — is like a wholly American distillation of late-period Luis Bunuel. Good taste is roughly elbowed aside, and black-humored perversity reigns as we are introduced to lovely young Carol (Kristen Baker), a police cadet with family problems: her gross father is always on the make for her, her mother drinks like a sailor on a three-day shore leave, and her model-airplane obsessed retarded brother wants to marry her. Fortunately she has her police work, which largely consists of dressing like a hooker and being groped by perps (when she’s not being groped by the other cops.) Even when she tries to spend a little quiet time with her hot-rodding boyfriend, she’s dragged from the car by a gang of amorous eight-year-olds (while the “The People’s Court” theme blasts away on the soundtrack). When she seeks religious counsel, the family priest tells her he’s gay, and that “all Hitler needed was a hug” — but the confusion is just beginning, as things get even stranger from there!” Schedule permitting, director James Hong will be here in person for a Q&A after the film!
Dir. James Hong, 1979, 35mm, 89 min.

Lars says: “We can’t believe the title either. But that’s why they called him Wildman Steve! Everyone loves the late, great Rudy Ray Moore, but he wasn’t the only funny comedian working the black comedy circuit, as The Wi-i-i-ildman can say pretty much anything in the English language and make it funny. He has a slow, stoned delivery that makes even the stupidest dirty jokes gut-bustingly hilarious, like Bill Cosby after a head injury. Unbelievably, this is an actual WILDMAN STEVE STAR VEHICLE! We start out with a midget mad scientist named Dr. Dippy, who helps the mob develop a formula to make users super-strong, bulletproof, and, after about two days, super-dead. Obviously it’s hard to get sensible people to sign up for this treatment, so the mobsters grab the nearest wino, played to perfection by our star. Steve is beyond hilarious, ad-libbing like crazy, stepping all over his costars’ lines, and even giving a little speech in favor of legalizing pot that’s a small masterpiece of reason and logic. We’re still on the lookout for the sequel, Ain’t That Just Like A Honky?
Dir. Rene Martinez Jr., 1979, 35mm, 80 min.

midnight – THE BOXER’S OMEN (first-ever 35mm show in Los Angeles!)
Where on Earth to begin? The Boxer’s Omen is The Holy Mountain, Altered States and Rocky all rolled into one; it’s all of ’70s gonzo kickass cinema compressed into an insane little ball and blasted through a garishly-colored early ’80s Hong Kong filter. It’s more unpredictable than Dangerous Men, more unstoppable than The Visitor; it’s one of the craziest damned things you’ll ever witness in a movie theater, and this is NO hyperbole! It’s the Wizard Battle movie to end all Wizard Battle movies, it’s gooey, gory, neon-washed and, blessed Buddha, once you’ve seen it you will run out into the street and demand that every single friend of yours hop on the Boxer’s Omen Express. This hexadelical, truly incredible piece of eye terrorism has NEVER played in Los Angeles on 35mm before, so get your rear on down to see this one before you end up cursing yourself forever! Guaranteed mug melter or your money back.
Dir. Chih-Hung Kuei, 1983, 35mm, 105 min.

Watch our trailer for “The Boxer’s Omen”!

Watch clips from “Julie Darling”!

Watch clips from “Super Soul Brother”!