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Cinema happenings for the week of March 16

Before we get in to the week's movie happenings, a reminder that our VHS BLOWOUT sale ends Sunday, March 18. VHS are just $.25 each--buy 6 or more and you'll get them at a 2 for 1 discount. The specially marked VHS tapes are now just $2 each. And now, here's some of what's playing on screens around town:


The 2012 Seattle Jewish Film Festival continues this week and on through Sunday, March 25. This weekend's films are at Pacfic Place and then it moves to SIFF Cinema for the rest of the fest. Visit the festival's website for the full schedule of films and events.


SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, March 16

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY--A Studio Ghibli take on The Borrowers, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and written by Hayao Miyazki. This is the US dubbed version featuring the voices of Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, and Amy Poehler. We have a subtitled version available for rent on DVD at Scarecrow.

CAROL CHANNING: LARGER THAN LIFE--"Director Dori Berinstein and co-writer Adam Zucker capture the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon, onstage and off, past and present. Both an intimate love story and a rarefied journey inside Broadway's most glamorous era, the film is, above all, a look at an inspiring, incomparable and always entertaining American legend."

THE FP--"In a dystopian future, a relentless turf war rages. Two rival gangs feud for control of rural wasteland Frazier Park ('The FP') in the deadly arena of competitive dance-fight video game "Beat-Beat Revelation." After hometown hero BTRO is slain on the dance platform by thug leader L Dubba E, his protégé younger brother JTRO (Jason Trost) goes into isolation, vowing never to duel again. One year later, The FP is in ruins, and JTRO must find the courage to return and restore order in a ruthless battle for revenge that can only leave one man dancing."


Friday, March 16--Sunday, March 18

RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA--A weekend of contemporary French films from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, including Mathieu Amalric's update of Corneille’s popular 17th century tragicomedy The Screen Illusion and a stunning new 4K restoration of Marcel Carne's 1945 classic Children of Paradise. Visit the fesitval's main page for full schedule of films.


Tuesday, March 20

STAND BY ME--I recently re-watched this when it came out on Blu-ray and there were two things that struck me: How well it holds up over the years and just how great River Phoenix was. Don't miss a chance to see the complete and total barf-o-rama the big screen.


Thursday, March 22

THE RIVER WHY--"The story of 20-year-old Gus Orviston, the Mozart of fly fishing, who leaves his big city home in rebellion from his parents to live in a secluded cabin on the banks of a wild river and do nothing but fish. Instead of finding fishing bliss, his desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery. In the process he comes in contact with an assortment of eccentric characters who help him in his journey to adulthood and who change his life forever." All the proceeds from the screening will go to the nonprofit group Partnership for Water Conservation.


Continuing runs

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

LET THE BULLETS FLY--It's a comedy, a western, and a gangster movie. It stars Chow Yun-Fat and is China's highest-grossing movie ever.


Northwest Film Forum

Friday, March 16--Thursday, March 22

ADVENTURES IN PLYMPTOONS!--An energetic and entertaining look at the four-decade-long career of Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton. Director will be in attendence for all the screenings. For further viewing, check out Mr. Plympton's section up in our Animation room.


Friday, March 16

WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LYNCH?--A six-week program by Bob Cumbow looks at the continuing themes and images through David Lynch's filmography.  You'll have to watch the movies on your own, so remember you can reserve his films in advance here at Scarecrow.

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.


Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17

JACK HITT: MAKING UP THE TRUTH--" "In his new solo show, 'This American Life' regular, Jack Hitt, tells extravagant, almost unbelievable, true tales from his life experience. Making Up The Truth weaves stories together with the latest findings in contemporary brain science to answer the question, 'Why do these things always happen to me?'"


Tuesday, March 20

THE DEVIL'S CLEAVAGE--The 1973 film by George Kuchar, a pioneer in the genre of camp/no-budget/underground cinema.


Wednesday, March 21 & Thursday, March 22

JEONJU DIGITAL PROJECT--Every year this project, started by the South Korean Jeonju International Festival, commissions three filmmakers to create a digital short. This screening present last year's works by Jose-Luis Guerine, Jean-Marie Straub, and Claire Denis.


Central Cinema

Friday, March 16--Sunday, March 18

THE WILD ONE--"The story of a gang of hot-riding hot-heads who ride into, terrorize, and take over a town..." Marlon Brando leads this pack of "jazzed-up hoodlums."


Friday, March 16--Monday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 21 (with captions) (no show on Sat. 3/17)

BLOODSPORT--I haven't yet seen this film--I only know it stars Jean-Claude Van Damme. But then I watched this awesome trailer and discovered that it also stars the guy who played Ogre in Revenge of the Nerds, the bad guy from the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, AND Forest Whitaker. I must see it immediately.


Saturday, March 17

LEPRECHAUN--Of course!


Monday, March 19

BATTLEFIELD EARTH--If there ever was a film to see in glorious HECKLEVISION (text your humorous comments and they appear on screen), thi is it. It's hard to imagine watching it without an outlet such as this (That wasn't drug-related, anyway. Side note: Central Cinema has beer).


Tuesday, March 20

MOVIECAT TRIVIA--Your monthly opportunity to test your extensive film knowledge and win fabulous prizes. We aren't just saying they're fabulous because we provided some of them :).


Wednesday, March 21

EVER AFTER--Drew Barrymore does for Cinderella what Claire Danes & Leo DiCaprio did for Romeo + Juliet.


Thursday, March 22

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

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, March 16--Thursday, March 22

THE RURAL ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL--A collection of shorts and features dedicated to rural people and places. Visit the GI site for the list films and showtimes.

BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS--All you need to know about this collaboration between director Werner Herzog and actor Nicolas Cage can be found in a review by Outlaw Vern. Kudos to the GI for showing a 35mm print.


Saturday, March 17

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!


Late Nights: Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17

TIM & ERIC'S BILLION DOLLAR MOVIE--Friends-of-the-store Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric's Awesome Show! Great Job! fame have made an excellent major motion picture. Here's a review from The Atlantic to help you figure out if it's the right movie for you.

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