Laird Jimenez's Picks
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.