- The Big Lebowski
Joel and Ethan Coen's shaggy dog detective story, The Big Lebowski, was an abysmal flop when it hit theaters in 1998. Since then, it has become a cult classic, spawning a religion (Dudeism), a moniker for its ardent fans ("Achievers"), and an annual international event ("Lebowski Fest," or "The Dude Abides" in the UK). Really, though, it's just a story of a simple man with simple tastes who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity, leading to the demise of his favorite rug. This film is 1 hour, 57 minutes long. It is rated R for a ridiculous amount of profanity, plus lesser doses of nudity, violence, drug use, alcohol use, marmot abuse, and urination. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd-go0oBF4Y Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, as well as Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse's website: http://acdh.arlingtondrafthouse.com/event.cfm?cart&id=511642 The doors will open at 6:30pm. There will be an introduction of the film at around 7:15, and the film will start at 7:30. We can go out afterward for drinks and food if anyone's game. Be sure to kick back with a "Big Lebowski" (a White Russian, basically) from the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse's drink menu.
- What We Do In The Shadows
In this hilarious Halloween-appropriate mockumentary by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), a group of vampire flatmates agree to have a film crew explore the night-to-night routine of being a vampire. Pitch-perfect in its replication of the beats of documentaries and reality TV, it offers its audience rare insights into how to get dressed without a reflection, bat fights, and why vampires prefer virgins as victims. Doors open at 6:45 pm, the film will be introduced around 7:30, and the film will begin at 7:45 sharp. This film runs 1 hour, 26 minutes and is rated R for copious bloodshed, quite a bit of violence, and devilish language. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv568AzZ-i8 Tickets are $10 (may not be available until closer to the date of) and can be purchased by going to the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse website: http://acdh.arlingtondrafthouse.com
- Animal House
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life...but hey, as long as you're going to be in college for seven years, you might as well. We'll kick off the school year with National Lampoon's 1978 classic, Animal House. Set in the rowdiest fraternity on the campus of Faber College, Animal House openly flirts with anarchy. Forty years after its release, it's just as wild as when it was released, breaking all the rules, including some no one knew existed. This film is 1 hour, 49 minutes long. It is rated R for nudity, sexual content, coarse language, mild violence, drug use, alcohol use, inappropriate ladder use, food fights, horse heart attacks, racial insensitivity, gender insensitivity, body type insensitivity, brain damage insensitivity, cucumber insensitivity, acoustic ballad insensitivity, riding motorcycles up flights of stairs, turning fish tanks into boobs, and showing Donald Sutherland's naked rear end. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plkm7zlCN_Y Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, as well as Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse's website (will be available closer to the date of). The doors will open at 6:45pm. There will be an introduction of the film at around 7:30, and the film will start at 7:45. We can go out afterward for drinks and food if anyone's game. Donning of togas is encouraged but not required.
- Office Space
Writer and director Mike Judge took his short animation clip about a hapless office worker mumbling about people taking his stapler and turned it into an eventual cult classic. Frustrated and endlessly put-upon office worker Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) one day finally decides that work is hell and more or less stops doing his job, sending him down a path of enlightenment that gives him the courage to succeed in the corporate world. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMIrlP61Z9s Doors open at 6:45pm, film starts at 7:45pm. Tickets are $10, and can be pre-ordered once the film is up on the ACDH website (http://acdh.arlingtondrafthouse.com/).
- This Is Spinal Tap
Turn it up to 11 with England's loudest heavy metal band and follow them as they embark on their latest American tour. Though a fictional account directed by Rob Reiner, numerous rock-and-roll bands have remarked at how close-to-home the film hits in its depiction of life on the touring circuit. Beset with drummer curses, album cover controversy, labyrinthine backstage areas, and unfortunate miscalculations with stage props, Spinal Tap bumbles its way through one headache after another. Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean smartly play the half-witted band members with an improvised style that they would continue to employ in later films such as Waiting for Guffman and Best In Show. Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6F0VyKp4Ik Doors open at 6:45pm, show starts at 7:45pm. Tickets are $10, and can be pre-ordered once the film is up on the ACDH website (http://acdh.arlingtondrafthouse.com/).
- Young Frankenstein
Halloween is coming, so we're celebrating the holiday with this Mel Brooks classic reminding us that you should never settle for a brain from someone named Abby. Featuring stellar performances from Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, and a cameo from Gene Hackman, this film follows the infamous Victor's Frankenstein's grandson Frederick as he visits the family castle, only to find he can't help but vollow in his granfadda's vootshtahps. A scene from one of the film's crucial turning points: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Pw0xX4DXI Doors open at 6:45pm, film starts at 7:45pm. Tickets are $10, and can be pre-ordered once the film is up on the ACDH website (http://acdh.arlingtondrafthouse.com).
- The Jerk
Nothing more exciting than having your name appear in a prestigious publication like the phone book just before an oil-can-hating madman almost catches you in the crossfire! Poor black child Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin) invites you on his odyssey to the end of the fence and beyond. All you'll need is the remote control, the ashtray, the chair, the paddle-ball game, etc.
- The Blues Brothers
If you haven't seen this classic, consider yourself on a mission from God to see it. Come check us out at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Suggested meal pairings: four fried chickens and a Coke, or some dry white toast, nothin' on it.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian
One of the most-protested comedies in history is coming to Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse! The protesting groups were, of course, the Romans, who did not at all appreciate their portrayal in this "highly biased" and "unfairly pessimistic" depiction of government-sponsored crucifixion. Doors open at 6:45 pm, the film starts at 7:45 pm. There will be a short overview of the film beforehand, exploring the history of the film, its making, and the aftermath of its release.
- Better Off Dead at the Arlington Drafthouse 9/29 at 7:30PM (Doors 6:30PM)
Comedy Film Bucket List Meetup Members who RSVP'd get FREE ADMISSION! Better Off Dead is a Savage Steve Holland Classic! John Cusack, A determined paper boy, a mountain of snow/cocaine, nut job neighbors, horrible home cooking, a brilliant younger brother, make for a great time ... Before you kick the bucket - you must see this comedy. If you have already seen it - you must see it again... with us! About the Movie: (PG) (97 min) Better Off Dead is a 1985 American teen romantic comedy film starring John Cusack and written and directed by Savage Steve Holland. It tells the story of high school student Lane Myer who is suicidal after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Much funnier than it sounds... "I WANT MY $2" Just RSVP and you and your guest (if you opted to bring one) get in for free and will have your name on the VIP list.