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Things of a theatrical nature for the weekend of September 16th

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, SIFF Cinema hosts the MAELSTROM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL, a fest, "devoted towards independent and international genre film making. The event was created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the festival circuit from genres including action, fantasy, horror, and science fiction." It starts Friday at 8pm with the non-traditional vampire story MIDNIGHT SON and continues on through the weekend with features and shorts from around the world, including a great animated shorts collection on Saturday afternoon. You can also check out the new SIFF Cinema venue in their offices by The Vera Project in Seattle Center--they'll continue their run of THE WHALE along with NORA'S WILL, a bittersweet comedic tale of love and lost faith from writer/director Mariana Chenillo.

The multi-media performance of CURRY + DILLON: INTERVIEW ME continues through Friay and Saturday at Northwest Film Forum. They've also got a week-long run of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1973 surreal sci-fi WORLD ON A WIRE, (it's "part 2001, part Alphaville, part Philip K. Dick." ). It's not out on DVD here in the US (we do have the PAL Code 2 import), so you'll want to see this nice 35mm print. Sunday-Thursday, they'll also have  I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU , a innovative and emotional visual collage by Brazilian filmmakers Karim Ainouz and Marcelo Gomes.

If you're bummed out about the changes on the STAR WARS Blu-rays (availabe Friday at your local indie video store), #1 Don't be because the films really do look amazing (Special Edition crap aside) and #2 You can laugh either off your frustration this weekend at Central Cinema with SPACEBALLS or tough them out with John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK  starring Kurt "Snake" Russell. BADMOVIEART returns on Monday night with THE NET, a cyberterror thriller starring Sandra Bullock made way back in 1995 when the Internet was still a novelty upon which you could build an entire movie. TV season premieres take over on Thursday with GLEE at 7pm (includes sing-a-long highlights from seasons 1 & 2) and what they correctly call the three best comedies on TV: COMMUNITY, THE OFFICE, and PARKS AND RECREATION starting at 8pm.

Our friends and neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema begin a Warren Oates mini-retrospective with Sam Peckinpah's BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA starring Oates as a down and out piano player who is one of several men out to get the guy who knocked up a Mexican crime boss' teenage daughter.  In the Late Night viewing spot, Oates stars with Peter Fonda in RACE WITH THE DEVIL, the story of two nice guys out for some fun in the great outdoors who unfortunately happen upon some grumpy satanist. On Saturday and Sunday, there's THE LEGEND IS BORN: IP MAN, a prequel to the Donnie Yen vehicles about the man who would become Bruce Lee's martial arts mentor.

Lastly, Nicolas Winding Refn's film DRIVE comes out Friday down the street from us at Metro and elsewhere about town. Our colleague Matt called it, "simultaneously a lean, pulpy neo-noir and a slightly Tarantino-esque pastiche of, in part, some seminal crime thrillers of the late '70s and '80s" in the Scarecrow Video Suggests column on Seattle Times' website. And if you missed it at SIFF, Miranda July's new film THE FUTURE is at The Varsity.

Happy viewing to all.


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