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Oscar Parties and other cinema happenings for the week of February 24

Happy Oscar weekend, everyone! The 84th annual Academy Awards begin Sunday at 5pm with seasoned host Billy Crystal. Will he sing a medley? I sure hope so. There's two parties we recommend you consider attending:

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is hosting their 7th annual Academy Awards Party at the Cinerama (Jean Dujardin and  Berenice Bajo on that big screen? Nice!), hosted by Jinkx Monsoon from Le Faux. The festivitie begin at 4pm for those with VIP tickets, enjoy special hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, free champagne, and reserved seating for the big show. Those with general admission can walk the red carpet at 5pm and enjoy light bites and cocktails during the broadcast. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win a 5-star resort getaway in sunny Cabo and more fabulous prizes. Tickets are available online until midnight on Saturday and then at the door.


Central Cinema's  viewing party hosted by Brandon and Shane with Red Carpet coverage beginning at 4pm.


For your pre-Oscar, post-Oscar or non-Oscar viewing needs, here's some of playing in theaters around town:

SIFF Cinema

Friday, February 24--Thursday, March 1

NOIR CITY--Czar of Noir Eddie Mueller hosts a week of 35mm noir rarities, some of which aren't even available on our shelves. It all starts Friday night with a San Francisco-themed double feature of Thieves' Highway (1949) and The House on Telegraph Hill (1951). Check the Noir City homepage for the full list of films.


Opening Friday, February 24

The 2012 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts & Live Action Shorts--Make these a double or triple feature with the nominated documentary shorts, also playing this weekend at SIFF, and you'll likely be the most view-ed person at your Oscar party.

BULLHEAD--This "harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate" from Belgian is one of this year' nominees for Best Foreign Language film.


Saturday, February 25

POST ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL--Women in Film Seattle hosts  "a mini-marathon of female crafted award-winning short films and premieres by women from around your block and around the world." 

(1) MONTH OF JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT--SIFF's JG-L fest continues wraps up with BRICK, Rian Johnson's high school neo-noir with a 


Sunday, February 26

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.


Thursday, March 1

THE MONTAGE MONTAGE--SIFF's Psychotronic Cinema series continues with what I think is its best offering yet--a montage of famous montages! They promise "shopping montages, sad break-up montages, studying montages, shopping montages, sports training montages, action montages, and shopping montages."  My votes are for the cookie song from TROOP BEVERLY HILLS (not sure if it's technically a montage, actually) and the fun-in-the-department-store scene from MANNEQUIN.


Continuing runs

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.

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.

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.


Northwest Film Forum

Friday, February 24--Thursday, March 1

MY REINCARNATION--This epic father-son drama "follows the renowned reincarnate Tibetan spiritual master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, as he struggles to save his spiritual tradition, and his Italian born son, Yeshi, who stubbornly refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps. "


Saturday, February 25

TLC PRESENTS: OFF THE REZ--"The story of a family that leaves the Umatilla Indian Reservation in pursuit of the American dream. Shoni is one of the best high school basketball players in the country and Ceci is her mother and coach. Together they struggle to break their people’s cycle of unfulfilled promise."


Sunday, February 26

OKIE NOODLING II--A sequel to the documentary, a favorite of both customers and staff here at Scarecrow, that follows the sport of barehanded catfish-catching. Director Bradley Beesley will be in attendance and will also lead a filmmaking workshop Monday the 27th.


Tuesday, February 28

THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY---Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange's documenatry chronicles the discovery and restoration of a print of Georges Méliès' A TRIP TO THE MOON, featuring interviews with Michel Gondry, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Martin Scorsese, and many others. There will also be screening of A TRIP TO THE MOON with the new soundtrack by Air.


Wednesday, February 29 (LEAP DAY)

TO CATCH A DOLLAR--"This inspiring documentary by Gayle Ferraro follows Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Yunus as he brings his unique and revolutionary microfinance program to the US. Witness the birth of Grameen America and the compelling story of the first women borrowers, from the challenges they face to the successes they achieve as they learn to sustainably rise from poverty by starting and growing their own businesses with the education, support and non-collateral microloans they receive."


Thursday, March 1

SEX + MONEY: A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR HUMAN WORTH--"This is a documentary about domestic sex trafficking of minors and the modern-day abolitionist movement fighting to stop it."



Central Cinema

Friday, February 24

GREY GARDENS--I'm not going to do the Maysles Brothers 1975 documentary Big and Little Edie Beale any justice whatsoever, so I turn you now to David Schmader's recommendation in The Stranger Suggests.


Friday, February 24--Saturday, February 25 and Monday, February 27--Wednesday, February 29 (LEAP DAY)

SINGLES--"You've made popcorn with half of the city!" I reviewed this fine tribute to grungier days in the Scarecrow on Seattle column for the city's Office of Film + Music.


Monday, February 27

TRUE LIES--Matt spoke of how much he was looking forward to seeing this James Cameron vehicle in HECKLEVISION (you text humorous commentary and it appears on screen for all to enjoy) on a recent episode of The Scarecrow Video Podcast.


Tuesday, February 28

FEAR--A Girls' Pajama Party featuring the Mark Wahlberg/Reese Witherspoon tale of obsessive teen romance set in lovely Seattle.


Wednesday, February 29 (LEAP DAY)

THE WIZARD--The Boys get their own Pajama Party with this 1989 Fred Savage film that introduced to the world both Jenny Lewis and Super Mario Brothers 3.


Thursday, March 1

CARTOON HAPPY HOUR--A family-friendly happy hour with classic cartoons from 5:30-7pm.

RED DWARF--A TV Dinner with all six episodes from Series One. I will be loudly singing the closing credits song after each episode.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, February 24--Thursday, March 1

THE LADY VANISHES--The flipside of the GI's mini-Hitchcock fest is this murder-on-a-train tale of intrigue starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave.


Late Nights: Friday February 24 & Saturday, February 25

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 25

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!


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