The dark, sexy film about fangers, Interview with a Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, seemed doomed from the start. First, author Anne Rice loudly objected to the casting of Tom Cruise as the lead. Then Oprah left the theater during a pre-release screening - telling her television audience something about how she could feel the presence of evil or some such blah-blah. Scores of filmgoers followed her example, much to the chagrin of Cruise and co-star Brad Pitt, who both spent a great deal of time exclaiming, "It's just a movie!" Despite its gorgeous cast - Cruise, Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a young Kirsten Dunst as beautiful vamps, with Christian Slater as the journalist who wants an interview with one - the film never lived up to its box office potential. Lost amid the sensationalistic headlines was the fact that Interview was an enjoyable, if graphic, film using eternal life, violence and immorality as representations of loss, lust and loneliness. Looking back at the 1994 release in a post-True Love/Twilightworld, it might seem that all the fuss was unwarranted, but, believe us, it seemed very, very important at the time. At today's Interview with a Vampire: The Vampire ChroniclesFeast, the menu features Creole classics such as oysters with crawfish, fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade, stuffed pork loin and stewed okra. 7:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, 1000 West Oaks. For information, call 281-920-9211 or visit www.drafthouse.com/westoaks. $45.
Thu., June 24, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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