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Sports! Leisure! Videotape! Cinema stuff for the week of July 27

We'll begin our cinema roundup with this weekend's main event: Sports, Leisure, and Videotape happens Saturday night down the street at Grand Illusion Cinema. It begins with at 8:30pm with pre-show hot dogs and Pabst Blue Ribbon. At 9pm a collection of hilarious and unintentionally hilarious sporty clips culled from our VHS collection takes the field screen, featuring the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and full frontal male nudity. It's likely to sell out so get your tickets soon.

Also this week at the GI, there's Alps, a darkly comedic view of life, death, and mourning from Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos.


SIFF Cinema continues their Into the Vaults: Celebrating the Library of Congress series through the weekend with archival 35mm prints of such films as Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings (starring Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, and Cary Grant) on Friday, Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street on Saturday, and Gregory La Cava's classic screwball comedy My Man Godfrey with William Powell and Carole Lombard on Sunday. Visit the series page for the full rundown.

Opening this week at SIFF: Shut Up and Play The Hits: The Final Days of LCD Soundsystem, a documentary chronicling the influential band's last show before they disbanded and the days that followed. Fans of the band who saw it at the one-night-only screening a few weeks ago give it high praise; A Cat in Paris, the Oscar-nominated animated detective fantasy about a young girl who teams up with a seemingly ordinary cat to catch a band of gangsters; Sacrfice, an action-filled tale of betrayal and revenge from Farewell My Concubine director Chen Kaige. Local wrtier/director Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, and 2012 MVP Mark Duplass as points of a complicated, sometimes comedic, relationship triangle continues its SIFF run this week as well.

In shorter SIFF runs, on Friday and Saturday night the Schwartz will be with you at the Spaceballs Quote Along, where you can yell out such lines as "Spaceballs the Flamethrower!" loudly with an appreciative audience. The Films4Familes movie this Saturday and Sunday is Grease with sing along subtitles so you can get every word of "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" right. The Next 50 Film Series free screening on Wednesday is FLOW: For The Love of Water, a documentary on the current global water crisis.



Northwest Film Forum's splendid 35mm: The Celluloid Dream series continues with American classic The Graduate.Written by Buck Henry, directed by Mike Nichols, music by Simon & Garfunkel, and starring a relatively fresh-faced Dustin Hoffman and the luminous Anne Bancroft. If for some reason you haven't seen it yet, now is absolutely the time.

On Saturday afternoon at 3pm, there's a special screening of Alien to benefit the continued work of British archivist Gem Seddon in her project maintaining the Northwest Film Forum's archives. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door and includes entry to win fablous prizes from such places as EMP and Scarecrow Video. There's free popcorn, too!

Also new this week at NWFF, there's Confluence, a documentary on a series of disappearences on the Idaho/Washington border through the eyes of the families and law enforcement. Vernon Lott and Jennifer Anderson's film was a Special Jury Prize winner at the 2011 Local Sightings Film Festival. On Sunday, July 29, multi-media performance artist extraordinarie Gustafer Yellowgold presents a family-friendly show in which, "his menagerie of friends (an eel, a pet dragon named Asparagus, a bunch of mustard slugs, a tuxedo-clad pterodactyl) put on a show, presenting songs alongside large-screen animations with karaoke-style subtitles for early readers." Then on Thursday, August 2, you can ease your Ichiro withdrawls with Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame, a collection of Cooperstown's cinematic treasures including footage of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and a promotional film starring Bob Hope and Humphrey Bogart.



If you prefer to ease your Ichiro withdrawls with the healing power of laughter, Central Cinema has Major League with Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, and national treasure Bob Uecker. If you prefer your sports on horseback, there's also the rock and roll joust of A Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger.

On Monday, July 30, there's a special Hecklevision (your humorous texts appearing on screen)screening of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Why did no one tell me Noah Taylor is in that movie?? On Tuesday, Man Alone Productions tests your knowledge of The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles with Brat Pack Trivia Night. (Quick, can you name all the places Allison can runaway to instead of the streets?) Then on Thursday, there's another Cartoon Happy Hour with family-friendly fare from 5:30-7pm, followed by a very special presentation of Robert Altman's Short Cuts at 8pm.


Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays continues at the Paramount Theatre, first with a noon matinee double feature of Georges Melies's Rips' Dream and Buster Keaton's Go West. Then at 7pm, there's Cecil B. Demille's biblical epic The King of Kings.


Monday at King's Hardware on scenic Ballard Avenue you can enjoy the Kevin Bacony goodness of both Footloose and Animal House (yes, he's in that!) out on the back patio with a refreshing beverage.


And for your cinema alfresco pleasure:

Friday: Over on Capitol Hill, the Seattle Asian Art Museum's Bollywood series continues with Band Baaja Baaraat (Wedding Planners) at the Volunteer Park Amphitheatre, and Three Dollar Bill Cinema's annual outdoor movie series at Cal Anderson Park begins with Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya.

Saturday: Fremont Outdoor Cinema has Top Gun, and Seattle Center's Movies at the Mural series kicks off with The Princess Bride.

Thursday: Outdoor Movies at Magunson Park has Forrest, Forrest Gump.



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