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More SIFF & other cinema stuff for the Memorial Day Week

I know "Memorial Day Week" doesn't sound quite right, but that's how I'm going to define our cinema week that starts off with the long-for-those-who-don't-work-retail weekend. We'll be open our regular hours on Monday for all your day-off movie watching needs. Now, here's some of what's in theaters:


The Seattle International Film Festival continues all around town and elsewhere in the Puget Sound region. There's far too many things for us to mention here, so we suggest you keep an eye on The Stranger and Seattle Weekly blogs for the latest recommendations and updates. We'll see you all at Paul Williams and Wonder Women! and  The French Connection.


Horror fans are gathering at Crypticon this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday down at the Hilton Seattle Airport with all kinds of panels, events, and special guests. I hope someone asks Richard Kiel about his guest shot as a Frankenstein monster on The Monkees.


Northwest Film Forum

Friday, May 25--Thursday, May 31

Hit So Hard--This biography of Hole drummer Patty Schemel takes us through the highs and lows of her life, career, and the grunge era. Ms. Schemel will be in attendance for the Friday and Saturday shows.

Question One--A chronicle of Maine's fierce and emotional battle over granting same-sex couples the right to marry. For more on this powerful and important documentary, read Dominic Holden's review in The Stranger.


Saturday, May 26 & Sunday, May 27

UCLA Festival of Preservation--The film preservation festival wraps up with News of the Day and Soundies, a selection of newsreels made by infamous newspaperman William Randolph Hearst along with some 1940s pop music videos, on Saturday, and on Sunday there's three back-to-back episodes of the classic early reality TV show This Is Your Life hosted by Ralph Edwards. Both will be presented on lovely 35mm film.


Central Cinema

Friday, May 25--Tuesday, May 29

A Fish Called Wanda--"To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I've known sheep that could outwit you. I've worn dresses with higher IQs."


Friday, May 25--Wednesday, May 30

House (Hausu)--Psychedelic 70s Japanese horror. This is definitely a film you want to watch 1) with a group 2) where alcohol is served.


Thursday, May 31

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

Flashdance--What a feeling! Tonight's screening of this inspirational 80s dance film is a fundraiser for DakotaDance.


Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, May 25--Thursday, May 31

Post Mortem--An "unnerving look at one man's psychosis set against a country's political and moral turmoil -- here, a lonely morgue clerk whose infatuation with the burlesque dancer next door plays out against the violent chaos of Chile's 1973 military coup."


The GI's Late Nights are on Spring Break until mid-June.



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