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Evil computers, sweet bikes, and more cinema stuff for the week of August 24

We begin this week's cinema round up down the street at  Grand Illusion Cinema. On Friday night, they host Computer Error: The Worst CGI in Movie History, a montage of truly awful computer generated images compiled by the good people at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. A direct quote from the GI's site: "CGI is hereby on trial, and there's enough evidence for you the jury to send it straight to the electric chair! So prepare yourself for a brutal barrage of twisters, scorpion kings, sharktopuses and farting little buddies, as we hack into the mainframe of CGI retardation and set that buuuuullshit on FIIIIRRRRE!!!" Go forth and wrestle images back from the cruel clutches of technology!

This week the Grand Illusion goes full Borgnine with two of the late actor's standout films: Marty (starting on Friday) and The Wild Bunch (starting Saturday). For more Ernest Borgnine action, visit our tribute section downstairs at the end of the New Releases. It has a wide selection of films spanning his incredible career, including the rare VHS Ernest Borgnine On The Bus that we often play on his birthday.


SIFF Cinema has a bunch of new movies this week: Why Stop Now , a geniunely funny and moving film starring Jesse Eisenberg as a son trying to get his drug-addicted mom (Melissa Leo) to rehab with the help of some hapless drug dealers (Tracy Morgan and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.); The Green Wave , Iranian director Ali Samadi Ahadi's documentary following the chaotic 2009 Iranian elections and their aftermath. SIFF says it's an "unblinking, clear-eyed documentary that captures the outrage, sadness, and fear during this momentous time in Iran’s history, and informs the continuing dialogue about human rights"; the sci-fi action spoof Iron Sky, in which alien Nazis attempt to take over Earth; and Milos Forman: What Doesn't Kill You.... in which the director of Amadeus and The People vs. Larry Flynt  leads viewers on a journey through his filmography and the influences on his art. If it leaves you wanting more Forman, we invite you to visit his shelf in our Directors' section.

SIFF Films4Families movie on Saturday and Sunday is The Little Prince, the 1974 fantasy musical starring Gene Wilder. The soundtrack is by legendary composers Lerner and Loewe and it was directed by Stanley "Singin' In The Rain" Donen. On Tuesday, SIFF hosts a Tugg screening of one of the recent festival's favorites, Fat Kid Rules The World, the funny and touching story a depressed teenager who befriends a troubled (read: addicted) drop-out in a punk band. First-time director Matthew Lillard filmed it right here in Seattle, including some scenes shot at my alma mater Lindbergh High School in Renton. On Wednesday, there's The Lottery, a call-to-action documentary following public school kids thought a lottery to gain admission to charter schools. It's another free screening in the Next 50 Film series.

Continuing their runs this week at SIFF are critically acclaimed identity mystery documentary The Imposter (read friend-of-the-store Amie's review over on Three Imaginary Girls), local writer/director Taylor Guterson's Old Goats, the locally made story of three men who "refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age," and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, a film much loved by the Scarecrow Andersonphile Society.


Northwest Film Forum this week has Walk Away Renee, director Jonathan Caouette’s thoughtful follow-up to his 2003 film Tarnation documenting his relationship with his mentally ill mother. This film chronicles their road trip from Houston to New York while further exploring his feelings about her and the rest of his family. We have Tarnation available for rent in the Health section of the Documentary room

On Saturday night, NWFF and The Vera Project present the 7th Annual Seattle Bike In on Saturday night at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.  There will be plenty bike friendly festivies, live music, a movie poster sale, and a screeing of seminal BMX film Rad (with a live vinyl soundtrack!)


Central Cinema closes out their Hot Summer Nights series this week with Cape Fear, the 1962 version that pits Robert Mitchum against Gregory Peck and the ORIGINAL Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which isn't a movie I could watch while enjoying a selection from Central Cinema's menu, but I'd definitely need a drink. On Tuesday there's Predator starring pre-politics Arnold Schwartzengger and Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing on Wednesday. Wouldnt' it be great if that turned out to be the hottest day of the year? You can also hunker down for the long haul on Sunday with the definitive Civil War movie Gone With the Wind. It's a movie everyone should see once, and when food and drink and intermissions are involved, it's even better. Thursday brings the usual Cartoon Happy Hour from 5:30-7pm, then at 8pm the great geeks at GeekGirlCon host a TV Dinner with two classic episodes of Doctor Who.


More for your cinema alfresco pleasure:

Friday: SAM Remix at the Olympic Sculpture Park is screening Jaws out amongst the art. My guess is they're showing it from the Blu-ray, which luckily is an AMAZING-looking transfer. There will also be live music with Boat and Show Brazil!, sets by DJ Riz and TigerBeat, and something called "DIY seed bombs."


Saturday: Fremont Outdoor Cinema ends another great season of outdoor movie watching with The Big Lebowski. As always, The Dude abides.

It's also the last week of of Seattle Center's Movies at the Mural Harry Potter-a-thon with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and follow it up Sunday with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. Bring tissues.

The Museum of History and Industry's Northwest-centric movie series continues near their new home in South Lake Union with Sleepless in Seattle. I don't easily fall under the spell of the mainstream romantic comedy (see my review in our Scarecrow on Seattle column), but the late Nora Ephron's Oscar-nominated script is great, and it's hard to deny the charm of Team Hanks and Ryan. 

Across the bridge at The Junction in West Seattle, you can pay tribute to the late action director Tony Scott with one of his greatest films, Top Gun. Rest in peace, good sir.


Thursday:  Outdoor Movies at Magunson Park 's last movie of the season is The Goonies. Never say die!



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