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Movies, film fests & more for the weekend of October 15

If you've seen our awesome front window display, you know this weekend marks the beginning of one of the best film events of the year: THE SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL. The fest, now in its 15th year, kicks off Friday night at 7:30 at The Egyptian with BEAR CITY, followed by a festive Quincean-bear-a at neighboring club Neumos. You can pick up a festival guide here at the store or check it out online, and be sure to read Lindy West's festival highlights in The Stranger. SLGFF films will be showing on the screens at Northwest Film Forum, but on Friday night they've got the fascinating true story of an extinct woodpecker, a struggling small town and tireless birdwatchers GHOST BIRD and the rockin' true story of Styx's 1983 concept album STYX: KILROY WAS HERE (for those unfamiliar with Styx's discography, that's the album featuring this song). Central Cinema gets in the Halloween spirit with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN ("It's pronounced Fronkensteen") . They're also screening SEATTLE KOMEDY DOKUMENTARY, a look at the "rise, fall and rebirth of the alternative comedy scene." Warning: The trailer contains language NSFW. Each night includes Q & A with local comedians such as Emmett Montgomery, Kevin Hyder and former Scarecrow employee Paul Merrill. Later in the week, there's WING CHUN starring Michelle Yeoh and another opportunity to experience THE ROOM. Over at SIFF Cinema there's A MATTER OF SIZE, a sweet tale about an obese Israeli man who finds his calling in the art of sumo wrestling.The month-long celebration of creepy and campy movies ALL MONSTERS ATTACK! continues at Grand Illusion Cinema with the creepy classics ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER, BORIS KARLOFF and Tod Browning's DRACULA. The Late Night movie is a Hong Kong horror "ultra low-budget gross out" called DEVIL FETUS . With a name like that, do you even need to know more? We're also hearing great things about Mark Romanek's NEVER LET ME GO, which is playing at the Guild 45th & elsewhere this weekend. If you see it, let us know what you think. Looking ahead into the week, on Wednesday our neighbors down the street at The Metro are showing RESERVOIR DOGS at 7 and 9:10pm. You'll want to go not just to see what could be Tarantino's best movie (debate) on a big screen, but also to win a gift certificate to Cinema Books and a DVD of Inglourious Basterds courtesy of us. Happy viewing, everyone.

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