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Cinema happenings for the week of February 17

As always, there's many great titles playing around town, so let's get to it:


Wednesday, February 22

THE 20/20 AWARDS-- The third annual 20/20 Awards are presented by group of concerned cinema fans who have come together to re-award the Academy Awards from 20 years ago. This year looks back at 1992, the year SILENCE OF THE LAMBS dominated the show, winning Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor & Actress, and Best Picture. Did it deserve all those awards? Attend the show at 7pm at Central Cinema and see if the committee agreed with the Academy's choices.


SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, February 17

The 2012 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts--The short films are the ones that can really trip you up in your office's Oscar pool. Get a leg up on everyone by seeing all the nominated short documentaries and making an informed choice. For less selfish reasons than just winning an Oscar pool, these films are incredible and often go unseen beyond the festival/awards circuit.

PERFECT SENSE--Scottish director David Mackenzie's (YOUNG ADAM) new film stars Eva Green as a doctor investigated a global plague that's robbing the population of their sense of smell. Ewan McGregor plays a chef with whom she embarks upon an intense affair.

MAN ON A MISSION--"Best known as the father of early computer role-playing games like Ultima and Tabula Rasa, Richard Garriott always wanted to follow in his astronaut father’s footsteps. But when eye problems made a career at NASA impossible, he turned to private space travel to make his dream come true." Follow Garriott on his trip aboard a Russian spacecraft.


Friday, February 17--Tuesday, February 21

WAGES OF FEAR--Join four desperate men on a heart-stopping ride as they attempt to get an truckload of explosive cargo through the mountains of South America in Henri-Georges Clouzot's classic thriller.


Saturday, February 18

(1) MONTH OF JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT--SIFF's celebration of all things JG-L continues with last year's indie hit HESHER. Gordon-Levitt plays a "heavy-metal fairy godfather" to a young man and his father (Rainn Wilson) who are reeling from the loss of their mom/wife.


Saturday, February 18 & Sunday, February 19

THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T.--Customers of all ages stop to gaze up at our in-store monitor whenever we play this classic Dr. Seuss adapation. We almost always play it on his birthday and whenever we're in need of a family-friendly cinematic pick-me-up. The screenings are part of the Films4Families series.


Wednesday, February 22

RATCATCHER--Director Lynne Ramsay's debut film follows an imaginative child on his adventures and discoveries in his Glasgow housing project during the 1973 garbage strike. The screening is part of the Not Chick Flicks series, presented by Reel Grrls.


Thursday, February 23

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: THE BEST OF '80 MUSIC VIDEOS--SIFF's Face the Music series presents a collection of the best music videos from what I would consider the mediums' best decade. I'm hoping the Lionel Ritchie mention in the listing means we'll be seeing this video.


Continuing runs

CRAZY HORSE--Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman takes his camera inside the legendary Parisian cabaret club. We invite you to check out Mr. Wiseman's section up in our documentary room.

LOOSIES--A young pickpocket is forced to reevaluate his life when a one-night stand returns to tell him she's pregnant. The film stars Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander, Michael Madsen, Vincent Gallo, and William Forsythe.

CORIOLANUS--Ralph Fiennes directed and stars in this modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's 17th century Roman tragedy. The supporting cast includes Jessica Chastain, Gerard Bulter, Brian Cox, and Vanessa Redgrave.

MARGARET--This is your last weekend to see it, so move it up your to-see list.  Our colleage/podcast host Matt went to an advance screening and highly recommends this "densely-layered tale of teenage angst" starring Anna Paquin and directed by Kenneth Longeran (You Can Count On Me).

NORWEGIAN WOOD--French-Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung's film based on the bittersweet coming-of-age novel by Haruki Murakami. I thought it would be impossible to adapt a Murakami novel to a movie, but this film does the book right.


Northwest Film Forum

Friday, February 17--Thursday, February 23

AMERICAN.FILM.WEEK--NWFF spotlights bold films from around the country with this mini-film festival, showing one film each day of the week. It begins Friday night with ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR, a documentary that follows the musician through the end of a long 165-date tour and straight inside his dedicated creative process. Director Xan Aranda will be in attendance on Friday and the screening will be followed by an Opening Night party. Visit the festival's page for a full schedule of the week's great films.



Central Cinema

Friday, February 17--Monday, February 20

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S--I'm not, as the Kinks would say, a dedicated follower of fashion. That said, I adore Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy couture in this film. And I'm a total sucker for "Moon River."


Friday, February 17--Monday, February 20 plus Wednesday, February 22

THEY LIVE--Say it with me now: "I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubblegum." If you've never seen this John Carpenter classic, now's the time.


Thursday, February 23

CARTOON HAPPY HOUR--A family-friendly happy hour with classic cartoons from 5:30-7pm. A note to the Washington State Liquor Board: Please keep Central Cinema all-ages.

CINEOKE--Have you (like I have many times) dreamed of being on stage belting out "I Have Confidence" from THE SOUND OF MUSIC? Then this is definitely the event for you.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, February 17--Thursday, February 23

THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY--The GI's mini-Hitchcock fest begins with a fine 35mm print of his 1955 comedy-thriller starring Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, and Shirley Maclaine. "The trouble is that Harry is dead and a small, quiet New England town erupts into chaos when his body is found in the woods. Unfortunately almost everyone in town thinks that they had something to do with his death." It's always been our philosophy here at Scarecrow that you shouldn't miss a chance to see a Hitchcock film on the big screen.


Late Nights: Friday February 17 & Saturday, February 18

FRANKENHOOKER--Friend-of-the-store Frank Henenlotter's sleazy cult classic about a med school dropout trying to put his deceased fiancee back together again. It's a brand new 35mm print, too!


Saturday, February 18

SCI-FI SATURDAY SECRET MATINEE--The Sprocket Society's continuing series of science fiction matinees. Every Saturday, they'll show an episode of the 1939 BUCK ROGERS serial along with a surpise movie--favorites, rarities, and cult classics from 1919-1974. February's theme is STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES!


Sunday, February 19

DRIVE--An encore screening of the film our aforementioned colleague Matt says is "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."


Wednesday, February 22

SKIING EVEREST--Follow co-director Mike Marolt and a group of friends on a ten-year journey skiing some of the world's most challenging peaks as they make their way toward the ultimate summit. The screenings is a benefit for The Crystal Mountain Vertical Express for MS & Can DO MS.


This is also your last full weekend to catch up on all things Oscar nominated, including Best Foreign Language Film frontrunner A SEPARATION at The Egyptian, the nominated Live Action Short and Animated Short films at The Varsity, and the aforementioned short documentaries at SIFF.  Happy viewing to all.

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