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Your Alternate Box Office: ‘Vanishing Point,’ ‘Pretty in Pink,’ and ’13 Assassins’

By  · Published on April 29th, 2011

Whether you’re trying to avoid the releases this week or augment them with even more movies, Your Alternate Box Office offers some options for movies that would play perfectly alongside of (or instead of) the stuff studios are shoving into the megaplex this weekend.

This week features a group of fast-driving thieves, a few high school memories, and 13 sword-wielding badasses to chop all of that in half as gallons of the red stuff spray from every opening.

Plus, if you see something you like, you can click on the image and buy it over at Amazon.

VANISHING POINT (1971)

Double Feature With: FAST FIVE

The Pitch: There are tons of car flicks to pair with Fast Five, but only one of them features the sheriff from Blazing Saddles running interference for a car delivery man rocketing a gorgeous 1970 Dodge Challenger from Colorado to San Francisco in under 15 hours. According to Google Maps, that should take 19 hours, and the process of shaving off four is where all the fantastic comedy and action comes from. This is a classic car chase film that should raise even The Rock’s eyebrow.

How to See It: Requires a rental or Buy It

PRETTY IN PINK (1986)

Double Feature With: PROM

The Pitch: A no-brainer here, but the same nostalgia that Prom seeks to create exists for teens of the 80s (and all eras) in Pretty in Pink). Hughes might be more angsty than glossy, but at the very least, watching them back-to-back becomes a social experiment about what high school experiences change and which ones are truly universal. You’ll also get to relive your own teen dance years and the time you borrowed that girl’s panties so you could hoist them high in the boys’ bathroom.

How to See It: Requires a Rental or Buy It

13 ASSASSINS (2011)

Double Feature With: 13 ASSASSINS

The Pitch: This movie is so damned incredible that you’ll need to see it twice. Go ahead and snag another ticket.

If you’re looking for an honest-to-Godzilla double feature, test it out with either Harakiri or anything from Kurosawa.

How to See It: Buy two tickets

Come back next Friday for more alternative box office tips

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