This Week in Movies
With The Avengers poised to reign supreme for another weekend (and most likely sinking a Battleship in the process), moviegoers' choices from Hollywood this weekend really just depend on what color explosions one is in the mood for. Luckily for us, though, we have a hilarious documentary about being a man and a challenging Hungarian film playing on Austin screens this weekend.
This Weekend at Regal Arbor Cinema
Persistent purveyor of docutainment Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold) teams up with funny men Will Arnett and Jason Bateman to explore what it means to be a man in the modern era in the Mansome. As a loose collection of funny interviews and random observations on things ranging from metrosexuality to beard obsession to deodorant made specifically for a man's naughtier bits, it's basically a long episode of Spurlock's TV show 30 Days.
Don't expect any eye-opening sociological conclusions but do look forward to Spurlock's most straight-up hilarious film to date.
This Weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse
Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr is not known for accessible filmmaking but his visually rich, languidly paced creations are rewarding experiences. Coming to the Drafthouse this weekend for a very limited engagement is The Turin Horse, Tarr's latest (and apparently last) film. The Turin Horse is based on an incident in 1889 in which Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed an old man whipping a horse. Nietzsche ran to the horse's aid, wrapping his arms around the animal's neck while sobbing. After the incident he did not move or speak for several days and was subsequently diagnosed as being mentally ill, a condition in which he remained until his death in 1900.
Tarr's film focuses on the owner of the horse in 30 long takes over the course of two and a half hours, exploring the idea of finality. Challenge and beauty go hand-in-hand when experiencing a Tarr film, and the chance to see one of his creations on the big screen in 35mm should not be ignored.
Beyond the Weekend
On Wednesday (5/23), the Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a screening of the documentary Indie Game: The Movie which premiered this year at Sundance. The film follows several independent game developers as they struggle to turn their visions first into reality and then into a sellable product. It's a fantastically entertaining film ripe with drama and larger-than-life personalities. Definitely try to make it out for this one.