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I’m the head of the video team at Alamo and have been programming and hosting the Weird Wednesday series in Austin for the past six years.

Fancy pants French filmmaker Jacques Rivette once said that every movie is a documentary of its own making. I wonder what he thinks of movies like MIAMI CONNECTION, TAMMY & THE T-REX, and ROBOWAR? The very existence of movies like these tells a story that is as interesting as (or in some cases more interesting than) the stories in the movies themselves. If you can put on that detective hat while watching movies it adds a whole other layer of enjoyment as you are forced to decipher these alien transmissions. The war between authorial intent, commercial responsibility, good taste, and what you see in front of you rages on.

I usually only ask one thing of a movie: show me something I haven’t seen before (or show me something I have but in a new way). As long as I could legally work I’ve always worked for movie theaters, video stores, and film archives. I have a voracious appetite, and there’s almost no bucket of movies I don’t enjoy something from. I love movies made with overt style (substance can take a backseat sometimes!), movies that are visually adventurous, movies that reveal something about their creators, movies that reveal something about their audience, movies that take things a bit too far, movies that shine a light on some part of the world or some subculture, I guess I just love movies, and I’ll shut up before drawing this out any further.


Laird's Picks

Bad Black
1h 9m Action, Cult 2016
1h 42m Adventure, Comedy 1981
The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
1h 42m Thriller 2013
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
1h 53m Drama, Foreign 2010
Death Laid an Egg
1h 30m Giallo, Horror 1968
Godmonster of Indian Flats
1h 29m Cult, Science Fiction 1973
Miami Connection
1h 23m Action, Cult 1987
Tammy and the T-Rex
1h 30m Cult 1993
Vampyros Lesbos
1h 29m Horror, Cult 1971
Master of the Flying Guillotine
1h 21m Action, Martial Arts 1976
The Man From Hong Kong
1h 51m Action, Crime 1975
The Muthers
1h 41m Action 1976
Sweet Sugar
1h 26m Action 1972
Wake In Fright
1h 49m Drama, Thriller 1971
Viva La Muerte
1h 30m Drama, Cult 1970
Trailer War
1h 53m Horror, Science Fiction 2012
1h 32m Horror, Science Fiction 1988
The Stunt Man
2h 11m Cult, Action 1980
Stunt Rock
1h 35m Adventure, Action 1980
The Peanut Butter Solution
1h 33m Cult, Adventure 1985
1h 32m Science Fiction, Mystery 2007
Who Killed Captain Alex?
1h 4m Action, Comedy 2010
Deep Red
2h 7m Horror, Cult 1975
1h 46m Horror, Cult 1980
1h 28m Comedy, Drama 2015
Drug War
1h 47m Crime, Drama 2013
The Greasy Strangler
1h 33m Comedy, Horror 2016

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