Rolling Roadshow

If you live near an Alamo Drafthouse, you probably already know that Tim League, Zack Carlson, Lars Nilsen and co. have coordinated an amazing summer series devoted to the blockbusting year of 1982. If you’ve been reading FSR lately, you already know that our site co-sponsored a screening of George Miller’s Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in coordination with the Drafthouse’s site-specific Rolling Roadshow series. And if you live anywhere within five hundred miles of the Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle, Texas, then you probably attended said screening. But for you feral kids who may have not had a chance to witness this awesome event, or for those of you that did, here’s a first-person account of the happenings by one of FSR’s own. The Road Warrior is something of a sweet spot in Mel Gibson’s history. The peak entry in the Mad Max series (sorry, Tina Turner), The Road Warrior gives us a Gibson who is too young, too unknown, and too accented to yet become a bona fide Hollywood star, but someone who has also (thanks largely to the first Mad Max film) developed enough charisma to be a magnetic force of nature onscreen. He’s hardly a man with no name, but Gibson’s one-man machine doesn’t need to say much – hell, he doesn’t even need both eyes – to give us a degree of intensity that hasn’t been seen before, or arguably since. Yes, Max is surrounded by several comic relief characters (notably the Gyro Captain, who […]

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Remember how we told you guys that, as part of the Alamo Drafthouse‘s totally rad Summer of 1982 Rolling Roadshow series, we’d be co-hosting a majestic screening of The Road Warrior that would actually include its own Thermonuclear Flaming Death Race? No? What, did you pass out when you first read the news because it was just that awesome? Wake up then, and start buying tickets for the event nownownow. On May 18, the Drafthouse’s Summer of 1982 screening series will descend on Kyle, Texas (located between Austin and San Antonio) for a very special 35mm Rolling Roadshow with Live Thermonuclear Flaming Death Race for The Road Warrior. Before the screening blows your face off, four fearless daredevil drivers will rev up their wheeled wasteland war machines for a FULL-TILT DESTRUCTION DERBY that will shatter the very Earth!!! Fire will scorch the sky as these no-future automaniacs shatter steel and bones! And also pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Austin’s “post-apocalyptic punk ayatollahs of rocknrolla” – ROCKATANSKY! It’s gonna pretty cool, you guys. Tickets are just fifteen dollars each and you can buy them HERE (along with other Summer of 1982 Roadshows currently on sale). After the break, check out details for this Roadshow, plus a very special new Road Warrior trailer, made just for this explosive event.

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Perhaps the only thing that goes better with the Alamo Drafthouse than kick-ass movies are big, fiery explosions, so how convenient that, as part of this year’s epic Summer of 1982 screening series, the Drafthouse will combine both of those things for a very special Rolling Roadshow. And how even more convenient that they’ll be putting all that firepower behind a screening that Film School Rejects is co-hosting. You guys! A demolition derby? You shouldn’t have! On May 18, the Drafthouse’s Summer of 1982 screening series will descend on Kyle, Texas (located between Austin and San Antonio) for a very special 35mm “Rolling Roadshow with Live Thermonuclear Flaming Death Race” for The Road Warrior. You read that right. You want more? You’ll get more! Before the screening kicks into high gear, four fearless daredevil drivers will rev up their wheeled wasteland war machines for a FULL-TILT DESTRUCTION DERBY that will shatter the very Earth!!! Fire will scorch the sky as these no-future automaniacs shatter steel and bones! No, seriously, it’s going to be nuts. Even better? Pre-movie entertainment will be provided by Austin’s “post-apocalyptic punk ayatollahs of rocknrolla” – ROCKATANSKY! Want tickets to this very special Rolling Roadshow presentation of The Road Warrior as part of the Drafthouse’s epic Summer of 1982 screening series? Details (and the rest of that sweet poster) after the break!

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The Alamo Drafthouse, the ultimate cinematic power in the universe, is set to once again kick off its annual Rolling Roadshow this weekend. While past Rolling Roadshow tours have criss-crossed all over these United States, the programmers have decided to stage this year’s tour in their own backyard, namely the great state of Texas. As always, the films selected have been paired up with locations pertinent to the production in some way. Past tours have seen Rocky shown on the steps in Philadelphia, Robocop shown in Detroit and Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Devil’s Tower. While this year will see things kept a little closer to home, the schedule is certainly no slouch.

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