From now on, I will always remember The Alamo. The Alamo Drafthouse, that is, the fabulous movie theatre that serves food and drink and shows odd old clips in between features. My kind of theatre. They are franchising the concept ... I am hoping for a Bay Area venue soon.
I actually went to the wrong movie, but it was just fine, really. I wanted to see King Corn which synopses thusly:
"Two recent college graduates travel to their ancestral home in rural Iowa, plant a single acre of America's most powerful crop, corn, and attempt to follow its fate as food. In their yearlong adventure they see the realities of modern farming first-hand, explore a fast-food nation built on corn syrup sodas and corn-fed meat, and come to question government subsidies, intensive agriculture and the cheap food we eat."
And I had read a tidbit that one of the guys had had a hair sample tested, and it turned out his hair was mostly corn ... we are all children of the corn, apparently.
But I didn't see it - I didn't realize I was standing in the wrong line, and ended up watching Eagle vs. Shark, a New Zealandian "wry comedy that chronicles the quirky romance of two awkward misfits". It was cute, even though it wasn't about much, and the nerdiness factor was laid on a bit thick. I felt the characters should have been teenagers, not in their late twenties or early thirties (which was what they looked like). Still, it was funny, and I liked the music. But most of all, I loved the theatre. Their web site proudly quotes that Entertainment Weekly proclaimed them the Number One Theatre in America, and I got to say I have no beef with that. It was the greatest movie theatre experience I have ever had. I checked the SXSW film schedule for what was playing at the Alamo, and am certainly going back there before the week is out.