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Alamo picks for September: Back to school with Belushi and an evening with Bernie

Alamo picks for September: Back to school with Belushi and Bernie

John Belushi in toga in Animal House
John Belushi in Animal House. Courtesy of MVfilmsociety.com
Adam Sandler in Billy Madison
Adam Sandler in Billy Madison. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
Weekend at Bernies with Terry Kiser as Bernie
Terry Kiser in Weekend at Bernie's. Photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse
John Belushi in toga in Animal House
Adam Sandler in Billy Madison
Weekend at Bernies with Terry Kiser as Bernie

Summer may be over, but the weather didn't get the memo. So, while the mercury is still hitting triple digits, why not hide inside the Alamo Drafthouse? We've combed the schedule and found the best options to get you through September.

Action Pack goes back to school with Billy Madison and Animal House
School is back in session, and that's the larger theme at the Drafthouse this month. Our picks? Classic quote-alongs for Billy Madison and Animal House.

Adam Sandler’s Billy Madison is a trip down memory lane, back to when Sandler movies were dumb but funny — as opposed to now, when they’re still dumb yet offensively unfunny.

Animal House proves that it was the first and still the best when it comes to raunchy college comedies, and to celebrate this fact, the Action Pack is turning the theater into a giant toga party. If you miss this, it will be as if the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor all over again.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
While we're quoting along with movies, for one night only the Action Pack hosts a quote-along with the undisputed king of quotable movies, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. No official screening date and time has been given, so keep your eyes peeled to the Drafthouse listing. Or follow the Action Pack for any updates.

Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash Sugoi
People get into a tizzy whenever the Drafthouse makes the slightest change to the menu, but the real outrage should be about why it’s been so long since the last installment of Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash. There is probably a valid reason for the long wait, but was it really worth depriving audiences of Japanese entertainment insanity?

The Super Happy Fun Monkey Bash series simply curates clips and scenes from Japanese television, from game shows to kids shows, showcasing the madness that has become standard in Japanese media. Having the clips out of order does deprive them of context, but it’s doubtful they would make sense anyway.

Weekend at Bernie’s with Terry Kiser Alive!
The 1989 comedy film Weekend at Bernie's is one of those movies better known for its concept than its execution. That concept is, of course, two friends pretending a dead guy is alive for a weekend.

But the craziest legacy of the film may be that Bernie himself, Terry Kiser, is alive and well, teaching at The Actors Arena right here in Austin. As proof, Kiser joins the Alamo Drafthouse for a post-screening Q&A to discuss the film and to describe the method one must use to convincingly act dead on-screen for nearly 90 minutes.