Monday, March 10, 2008

The Best Thing About Be Kind Rewind

First, let me say this. The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin is amazing. Not just the venue, but the innovation they use to keep films new and interesting. For example, they have a Rolling Roadshow Tour that takes movies all over the country to places like Devil's Tower for a screening of Close Encounters or to Iowa for a screening of Field Of Dreams. And when they're not out of town, there's stuff like Fangoria Weekend, Sing-A-Longs and Weird Wednesdays among other things. The main reason I saw Be Kind Rewind was because it was at the Alamo and I just wanted to visit while I was in town. The movie was a bust, but the previews before it weren't. The Alamo Drafthouse sponsored a film competition called Rewind Kindly sponsored by Filmmaking Frenzy. So the "sweded" versions of famous or infamous movies played before the film. I saw the Die Hard entry and thought it was hilarious. You can find a slew of them on YouTube.

Here are a few that stood out.

Top Gun



The Princess Bride



Most of the videos I've seen are funnier than the ones in the movie. On the other hand, they wouldn't have been created without the movie so it's entirely possible that Be Kind Rewind was a success after all.

9 comments:

pacheco said...

Didn't I say the Drafthouse was off the hizzy?

Goodness, I'm so jealous that I didn't get to go to SXSW this year...

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Mr. Gondry, I got put back on Movie Probation by the wife. My penance is I have to see The Other Boleyn Girl. Thanks a lot. Maybe if I show her these I can get an early release...
sF

sir jorge said...

i never did get around to watching this film.

Joseph B. said...

One of the absolute best movie experiences of my life was a Rolling Roadshow presentation in Austin on Halloween night about 5 years ago. They hosted it on the grounds of the evacuated Travis County Hospital, a delapitated mental institution. We wandered around this creepy place (completely open by the way, little kid drawings on the wall and all) in between wonderful showings of "Alone In the Dark", "Session 9", "Twitch of the Death Nerve" and the world premier of "Cabin Fever" with Eli Roth serving lemonade. Great times.

Ray said...

Why on earth don't other theaters try this in their hometowns? Why only the Alamo??

Here in St. Louis, the movie scene is dominated by giant chains that have little to no imagination or inspiration.

What the Alamo is doing is exactly what I would love to do here ... I just need $500,000.

Piper said...

joseph,

That sounds like it would have been an excellent time. I had also heard that one of the screenings was on a beach. It was Jaws and everyone was supposed to watch it while floating on an inner-tube in the lake.

Ray,

I'm with you. There's a good theater here called Screenland and they do a lot of cool stuff like that, but not the volume. It feels like with Alamo, each week is a new selection of great stuff.

Fletch said...

I, on the other hand, enjoyed Be Kind. But that's neither here nor there. Those vids were great. I could probably spend all day watching them, but a) I'm guessing most aren't nearly as good as those two and b) I would accomplish nothing.

12XU said...

that was great re-living top gun. thanks pipes

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