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While on a lunchtime scroll through the IMDb, I found this article they linked to from HitFix announcing the latest batch of works added to the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board (a part of the esteemed Library of Congress). This year's selections, which to be eligible must be "must be at least 10 years old and be 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,'" include Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, William Wyler's Oscar-rific MRS. MINIVER, THE EXILES, a documentary following a group of young Native Americans over the course of an evening in LA's Bunker Hill neighborhood (read more here), and the seminal Doris Day & Rock Hudson pairing of PILLOW TALK. But the ones we're buzzing about are the Registry's first music video inductee...yes, you guessed it, Michael Jackson's THRILLER directed by John Landis, and THE MUPPET MOVIE. The HitFix article quotes Librarian of Congress James H. Billington who says of the Registry, "By preserving the nation's films, we safeguard a significant element of our cultural patrimony and history." It makes my heart do a little happy dance to know Kermit singing "Rainbow Connection" is part of that history. I also discovered you can nominate films for the Registry here (I''ll be starting my campaign for THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER later today). If you're curious as to what other films are on the list, visit their site, or browse our Short Film section's numerous volumes of TREASURES FROM THE AMERICAN FILM ARCHIVES. Meanwhile...It's almost 2010! If you haven't settled on New Year's Eve plans, we suggest you check out the DECADE DO-OVER at Central Cinema, where they'll be "rebooting the Millennium" with 90's songs and ALL PRINCE action after midnight. You can start your moviegoing year on the right foot at Grand Illusion Cinema with a fine archival 35mm print of the 1932 classic ISLAND OF LOST SOULS starring Charles Laughton as Dr. Moreau (could he take Brando in a fight?), Bela Lugosi and THE PANTHER WOMAN. Then there's THE VANISHED EMPIRE, a new Russian film focusing on a group of young people during the fall of the Soviet Union, at Northwest Film Forum. NWFF is also showing the Slamdance winning documentary STRONGMAN, a look at the life of Stanley Pleskun, "The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal." It opens there on Friday, January 8th, and we're giving away tickets to Opening Night, with director Zachary Levy in attendance, and other showings during its run. Just head into the store and look for the enter-to-win box on the counter. Lastly, it's not to late to get tickets to Seattle Art Museum's STEVE MCQUEEN: THE KING OF COOL series. It starts Thursday, January 7th with THE GREAT ESCAPE. Tickets are on sale here and at SAM's box office. Here's to a fabulous new year of film!

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