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Cinema stuff for the week of June 22

Happy Friday! Here's a roundup of what's new on screens around town this week:

SIFF Cinema hits the post-festival programming running with Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli. (we'll give you a moment here to catch your breath...) This two-week series features fifteen Ghibli films in brand new 35mm prints, most with both subtitled and dubbed screenings. It all begins this weekend with Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and Kiki's Delivery Service. Visit the SIFF site for the full series list. We made a lot of ooos and aahs and sighs when we did. 

Also this weekend at SIFF Cinema, there's the Armenian love affair Here and two films from director Peter Greenaway that study Rembrant's painting "The Night Watch": Nightwatching and Rembrant's J'Accuse.


Northwest Film Forum has Bruce McDonald's Music From the Big House, a "part concert film, part observational essay" featuring singer Rita Chiarelli and inmates at Louisiana's Angola State Prison. Chiarelli will be in attendance and perform at the 7pm show on Saturday, June 23.

NWFF is also showing Lost Bohemia, photographer Josef Birdman Astor's portrait of the ecclectic group of residents who have lived in the studio apartments above Carnegie Hall--ballerinas, artists, even Marylin Monroe.

On Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28, NWFF has Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigridur Nielsdottir, the story of an elderly Icelandic woman who found her calling writing songs and recording sounds. The documentary focuses on her creative process as she captures the sounds of dogs, appliances, and her trusty Casio keyboard.


Central Cinema begins its programming week with a film dear to all of us here at Scarecrow: The Wizard of Oz. As you can guess, our store was named after The Scarecrow; the film was a favorite of our late founder George Latsios.

They're also showing a film dear to probably just me, Top Gun. The screening on Monday, June 25 will be in glorious Hecklevision for all your Iceman joke-making needs.

On Thursday, June 28, there's Cartoon Happy Hour and the return of Jason Miller's BadMovieArt with a screening of a film dear to the heart of the universe: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.


Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have the "cold, hard slab of psychedelic sci-fi" Beyond the Black Rainbow, Vancouver, BC writer and director Panos Cosmatos' "Reagan-era fever dream" set in 1983.

This weekend also marks the triumphant return of Late Nights with Master of the Flying Guillotine, which pits a blind assassin and his deadly weapon against a one-armed boxer with a skull-shattering punch. The GI says "This movie truly has to be seen to be believed. This is one of the greatest kung fu movies of all time," and we wholeheartedly agree.


Also opening this week in megaplexes everywhere and the much-anticipated Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pixar's Brave.










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