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CLUE and more cinema stuff for the week of May 11

It's the last weekend before SIFF unleashes a flood of film upon our city. Warm up for the three-week festival by enjoying some of the great films on screens around town this week:

Scarecrow Video podcast host Matt will be hosting the first screening of Clue Friday night at 7pm at Central Cinema. It plays there again on Saturday, May 12 and Monday, May 14. We at Scarecrow recommend you attend this, hands-down the best movie inspired by a board game, and remind you that communism is just a red herring.

STIFF, or the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, ends Saturday night with lots more screenings at Central Cinema and Grand Illusion Cinema. Check the STIFFsite for the full last stretch schedule.


SIFF Cinema

Opening Friday, May 11

Michael--Director Markus Schleinzer's disturbing character study of a pedophile is, "a masterfully executed and strongly disquieting portrait of evil filled with rich cinematic detail and unnerving insight." It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

Children of Paradise--Marcel Carne's 1945 hallmark of French cinema, presented in a new 4K digital restoration.


Wednesday, May 16

Fresh--A documentary celebrating business innovators and farmers re-inventing our food system. It's one of the free screenings presented by the Next 50 Film Series.


Continuing runs

The Island President--Director Jon Shenk's (The Lost Boys of Sudan) documentary on the Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed and his determined crusade for action against climate change. The Maldives is a small island nation in the Pacifc and one of the flattest countries in the world. Rising sea levels threaten to submerge the nation's islands and render them unihabitable.

Pina-Wim Wenders' Oscar-nominated documentary is a dazzling tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch. It's back in awesome 3D.


Northwest Film Forum

Friday, May 11--Thursday, May 17

Patience, After Sebald--Director Grant Gee's collage-like journey through the work of German author W.G. Sebald.


Friday, May 11--Monday, May 14

UCLA Festival of Preservation--The film preservation festival continues with Rex Ingram's 1916 love story The Chalice of Sorrow  on Friday; the romantic adventure of Eve's Leaves  on Saturday; Clarence Brown's  The Goose Woman starring Louise Dresser on Sunday, and The Flower of Doom, another Rex Ingram film, on Monday. All of these silent classics will be shown in glorious 35mm and with live scores.


Friday, May 11

Music-Craft--A 60-minute program of Jimi Hendrix in Germany 1967 and London 1969, Fleetwood Mac in Santa Barbara 1979 and The Police in Germany 1980. It's presented by the good people at Easy Street Records.


Central Cinema

Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12 and Monday, May 14--Wednesday, May 16

Starship Troopers--Paul Verhoven's alien bug war movie in all its terrible beauty. Monday's show will be presented in glorious Hecklevision with your humorous content appearing on screen via the magic of text messaging.


Sunday, May 13--Mother's Day!

Journey To The Flames: 12 Years of Burning Man--Witness a dozen years of playa art, mutant vehicles, theme camps, temples, explosions and flames. There will be Q & A afterward with Dir. Doug Jacobson.

Steel Magnolias--A special Mother's Day presentation with host Sylvia O'Stayformore. Central Cinema: If you experience technical dificulties, give me a call and my mom and I will come down and recite the entire film. Believe me, we can do it.


Tuesday, May 15

Cute Night!--Puppies, kittens, bunnies, etc.


Wednesday, May 16

Mermaids--Dang it! I just got that song out of my head! Why'd you have to go put it back there, Central Cinema?!? Now that I'm once again a slave to its soundtrack, I'm compelled to revisit this staple of my early teen years, starring young Winona Ryder, even younger Christina Ricci, and the ageless Cher.


Thursday, May 17

Cartoon Happy Hour--A family-friendly happy hour with classic cartoons from 5:30-7pm.

Totally 90s Sing-a-Long--An evening of song covering every corner of the 90s from TLC to Nirvana. I'm hoping for this one.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Sunday, May 13--Thursday, May 17

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview--"In 1995, during the making of his TV series Triumph of the Nerds about the birth of the personal computer, Bob Cringely did a memorable hour-long interview with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October, 2011...During the interview, Jobs was at his charismatic best – witty, outspoken and visionary –- already anticipating the digital future that one day he would do so much to make possible. In the end, only a part of the interview was used in the series and the rest was thought lost. But recently a VHS copy was found in the series director’s garage. Cleaned up with modern technology and put into context by Cringely, this is a unique and very candid interview that reveals as never before the burning passion of Steve Jobs, a passion that would go on to give us the iMac, the iPod, iPhone and iPad."


Late Nights are on Spring Break until mid-June.




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