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GeekGirlCon and cinema stuff for the week of August 10

GeekGirlCon is this Saturday and Sunday (August 11-12) downtown at the Convention Center with a wealth of awesome programming, featuring everything from writers and actors and artists to engineers, coders, and and others working in the STEM fields. Highlights include a panel on women in the Star Wars universe (Princess Leia! Mon Mothma! Mara Jade!) and the always entertaining Buffy "Once More With Feeling" sing-along. I encourage you to read this excellent post from their website before you go. Scarecrow is proud to be a Community Business Partner with GeekGirlCon and provide their individual sponors with discounts at our store.

 

SIFF Cinema begins a run of the critically acclaimed identity mystery documentary The Imposter which local film critic Andrew Wright discussed in the SIFF 2012 episode of our podcast. Also opening this week: Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, a "gorgeously meditative" 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 samurai movie; and Union Square, a comedy from director Nancy Savoca (Dogfight) about estranged sisters (Tammy Blanchard and Mira Sorvino) who reconnect at transitional points in their lives.

This weekend's Films4Families movie at SIFF is the 1968 Oscar-winning musical Oliver!  Wednesday brings Happy, a documentary following director Roko Belic's journey around the world exploring the secrets behind our most sought after emotion. It's another free screening in the Next 50 Film series.

Continuing on from last week at SIFF are Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (much loved by the Scarecrow Andersonphile Society) and 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. Its run ends Sunday, August 12.

 

Northwest Film Fourm continues their 35mm: The Celluloid Dream series this week with British director Terence Davies' The Long Day Closes, his autobigraphical, poetic tale of growing up, watching movies, and feeling lonely in mid-1950s Liverpool. There's also On The Sly, a funny and somewhat scary story of a six-year-old girl who runs away from home to live in the forest. The film is in French with English subtitles and suitable for most kids 10 and up.

On Saturday and Sunday, NWFF hosts Around the World with Children's Film Festival Seattle 2012, a collection of the best live-action and animated short films from their festival in February.

 

Central Cinema keeps the flames of their Hot Summer Nights series alive with summer camp sensation Meatballs (the film that, for many of us, was our first introduction to Mr. Bill Murray), and the jungle action romp Romancing the Stone starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas and directed by Robert Zemeckis (a fact I'd completely forgotten until just now). On Monday, August 13, there's Tom Cruise feels the need for a different kind of speed in Days of Thunder, presented in Hecklevision with your hilarious insights appearing on screen via the magic of text messaging. On Wednesday, the CC starts a new series of noir with the Bogart/Bacall classic The Big Sleep. Then on Thursday, there's Cartoon Happy Hour and another opportunity to experience the wonder of Tommy Wiseau's The Room.

 

Our good neighbors down the street at Grand Illusion Cinema have a 35mm print of Wes Anderson's first film Bottle Rocket starring Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, and Robert Musgrave as bumbling prospective criminals and James Caan as the local head thief called upon for his expertise. If you've ever noticed the delusions of grandeur theme running through Anderson's films, this is where it all began.

On Saturday at 7pm, author Emily W. Leider presents Thoroughly Modern Myrna, an illustrated look at the life of the legendary actress (who you may recognize from The Thin Man movies), focusing on her early career in the 1920s and 30s. Ms. Leider will also be siging copies of her book Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood.

 

King's Hardware on lovely Ballard Avenue will show John Woo's Face/Off (starring John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, and lots of mega-acting) out on its back porch on Monday night.

 

And for your cinema alfresco pleasure:

Friday: Over on Capitol Hill, Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Road Trip! movie series continues at Cal Anderson Park with The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland and Ray Bolger as our namesake The Scarecrow.

Saturday: Fremont Outdoor Cinema samples the earthy aromas and expansive bouquet of Alexander Payne's Sideways.

It's Week Two of Seattle Center's Movies at the Mural Harry Potter-a-thon with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets They'll be showing all of the HP movies over the upcoming weeks.

The Museum of History and Industry's Northwest-centric movie series continues near their new home in South Lake Union with Harry and the Hendersons. Be sure to check out our colleague Spenser's HaTH review in our Scarecrow on Seattle column we write each week for the Seattle Office of Film + Music.

And across the bridge at The Junction in West Seattle, there's the now-it's-an-Avengers-prequel Iron Man.

Thursday: Outdoor Movies at Magunson Park has Back To The Future. In their book The Inventory, the Onion A.V. club said Back to The Future was the film that defines the 1980s. Watch it again and see if you agree.

 

 

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