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Schoonmaker at Scarecrow and more cinema happenings for the first weekend of March

This week's big movie event takes place right here at Scarecrow: Thelma Schoonmaker will be in the store on Wednesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. She'll also be showing THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP and PEEPING TOM at Seattle Art Museum on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7. We have tickets for those shows on sale now. We'll also have a special pre-sale of THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST Criterion Blu-ray during the event. We'll see you here on Wednesday.

Here's more of what's going on on screens around town:

 

SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, March 2

PINA--Wim Wenders' Oscar-nominated documentary is a dazzling tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch. SIFF is showing it in lovely 3D.

KILL LIST--This UK hit "is a mind-blowing genre concoction blending family drama, hitman action-thriller, and terrifying psychological horror."

ON THE ICE--"Set amidst the frozen ice fields of Barrow, Alaska, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean’s debut feature film explores the nature of conscience in the aftermath of a fatal accident that nearly tears apart a close-knit community of native villagers."

 

Saturday, March 3 & Sunday, March 4

PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE--I knew I was in love with this movie at the moment Pee-Wee gleefully whispers, "Good morning" to his bike. I've seen it countless times since my youth and never fail to tire of its charms. You should treat yourself and your family to seeing this on the big screen. It's showing as part of SIFF's Films4Families series.

 

Continuing runs

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

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

 

Northwest Film Forum

Friday, March 2--Thursday, March 8

WINDFALL--"This new documentary chronicles the upheaval visited on Meredith, New York, when an industrial wind farm takes up residence. Filmmaker Laura Israel, a part-time Meredith resident, interviewed locals on both sides of the divided community: those who have turned their land over to the 400-foot-high turbines to offset falling agricultural profits, and those for whom the noise and aesthetic blight outweigh any positive impact on the local economy."

 

Friday, March 2--Sunday, March 4

A LANDSCAPE OF MEMORIES: THE FILMS OF LEE ANNE SCHMIDT-- "Her features focus on the inevitable trace of man’s history on a landscape, dissecting the strains created by the many inequities found within America’s political and economic systems. Her shorts offer a more personal exploration of how landscape interacts with personal memory." Schmidt will be in attendance for all of the screenings. Check the NWFF site for the list of the weekend's short films.

 

Friday, March 2

BATTLE ROYALE--"An instant classic when it debuted in 2000, and the final complete directorial effort of the legendary Kinji Fukasaku, Battle Royale is a jarring, jaw-dropping look at a future Japan where a group of 42 largely delinquent ninth-graders are chosen through a governmental lottery to kill each other off.  The reason?  To reduce crime and a general lack of respect by the youth in the country. "  I know it sounds a little Hunger Games, but rememer this was done far before the book, and it's really not that simillar.  I only saw it once twelve years ago but there are parts of the film that have stayed with me ever since. I imagine the same will happen to you.

 

Monday, March 5

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BEARD?--Music writer Chris Estey and Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic Sound System/K Records' Calvin Johnson meet at chat about "important subjects such as beards and other mysteries of life." Directors Kathy Wolf and Pat Thomas will be in attendance and Mr. Johnson will perform after the screening.

 

Tuesday, March 6--Thursday, March 8

FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM--"Deconstructing myths of the Utopian quality of alternative cultures, From the Back of the Room confronts punk patriarchy...the film addresses issues of gender, race, class and sexuality within DIY punk."

 

Central Cinema

Friday, March 2--Monday. March 5

THREE AMIGOS--"You dirt-eating piece of slime! You scum-sucking pig! You son of a motherless goat!" Chevy Chase, Martin Short, and Steve Martin are in top form.

 

Friday, March 2--Tuesday. March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 (with captions)

BLUE VELVET--"It's a human ear, alright."

 

Tuesday, March 6

FRAGGLE ROCK--A TV Dinner with four great episodes of Jim Henson's classic series. Be sure to clap along with the theme song.

 

Wednesday, March 7

THE LAST UNICORN--Central CInema begins a "dark romance" series with this animated tale featuring the saddest-looking unicorn ever drawn.

 

Thursday, March 8

TOTALLY 80's SING-A-LONG--I hope they play this and this and this. TO THE MAX!!

 

 

Grand Ilusion Cinema

Friday, March 2--Thursday, March 6

BETTER THAN SOMETHING: JAY REATARD--For more on this documentary about the late garage rock musician, we refer you to reviews from Three Imaginary Girls and Seattle Weekly.

 

Late Nights: Friday, March 2 & Saturday, March 3

RAW FORCE--"A group of martial arts students are en route to a remote island that is supposedly home to the ghosts of martial artists who have lost their honor. It turns out that a Hitler look-alike and his gang are running a female slavery operation on the island as well. Soon, the two groups meet and all sorts of crazy things start happening: cannibal monks, piranhas, zombies and more weirdness!"  The Grand Illusion is playing this fine film from a super-rare 35mm print.

 

Saturday, March 3

Portland Grindhouse Film Festival KUNG FU MADNESS DOUBLE FEATURE--Portland Grindhouse's Dan Halsted presents a one-two punch of kung-fu greatness on glorious 35mm: FIST OF THE WHITE LOTUS and THE BASTARD SWORDSMAN.

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. March's theme is BEASTS FROM BEYOND!

 

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