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MIFFF, All Monsters Attack, & other cinema stuff for the week of October 5

Our cinema roundup begins with the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival (MIFFF), running this weekend (Friday through Sunday) at SIFF Cinema. MIFFF showcases independent and international genre filmmaking, offering exposure to movies traditionally overlooked by the festival circuit--including action, animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Visit their schedule page for the full list of short film collections and feature films.

SIFF Cinema is also hosting the Seattle Latino Film Festival this weekend, celebrating "the art and entertainment of Latin American cinema, with the goal of bringing audiences and filmmakers together for an educational experience and to support the magic of film making as a part of Hispanic culture globally." This year's festival focuses on contemporary Brazilian films, such as Friday's Opening Night family drama Meu Pais. Visit their schedule page for the full list of films.

As far as non-festival SIFF screenings go, opening this week in their cinemas are Keep the Lights On, Ira Sachs' personal, romantic drama following a decades-long relationship between two men; and Arbitrage, a suspensful thriller about "about love, loyalty, high finance, and the sinful privileges of wealth and power" starring Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon. Josh Radnor's coming-of-almost-middle-age comedy Liberal Arts continues its run this week.

SIFF's Films4Familes matinee this Saturday and Sunday is Rabbit Fever, which follows six competitors vying for the top prize at the National American Rabbit Convention. Who will win Rabbit King and Queen? My nose is twitching with excitment just thinking about it. On Monday, Mercy Corps presents The Beautiful Game,an inspiring documentary about how soccer is changing lives and communities throughout Africa. On Wednesday, October 10, the Next 50 series free screening is #ReGENERATION, a powerful look at the forces behind the Occupy movement. And if you're a SIFF member, be sure to attend the annual meeting on Wednesday at 7pm at the Uptown.


Northwest Film Forum this week has Patrick Wang's In The Family, an emotional story about a custody battle in a two-Dad household. The Stranger's David Schmader says, "This story could have fueled a preachy exposé on the legal horrors confronting gay couples and the desperate, dramatic need for marriage equality. In Wang's hands, it's a nearly three-hour, deeply subtle snapshot of a fully complicated gay life. Rarely is a film this stylistically audacious also this humane." Wang will be in attendance for this weekend's screenings. Also this week at NWFF, there's What Did You Expect? Archers of Loaf, a documentary following the iconic indie band on their exciting reunion tour. And by popular demand, Bill W., an inspiring look at the life and legacy of the man who helped found Alcoholics Anonymous, returns to NWFF for shows on Saturday and Sunday.


Central Cinema this week has Rattle and Hum, the legendary concert film on U2's 1987 North American tour, with Larry, The Edge, Adam, Bono, and Bono's hat. There's also the seasonally appropriate but perennially awesome Shaun of the Dead. On Monday, the legendarily awful Manos: The Hands of Fate get the Hecklevision treatment--that's when your humorous comments appear on screen via the magic of text messaging. No fair using any lines from MST3K. On Wednesday you can gleefully snarl "Gimme some sugar baby" with the Army of Darkness Quote-a-Long. That's followed the next movie in the CC's Night & Day noir series--Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, starring the wonderful Barbara Stanwyck (this would be a good movie to take advantage of the CC's new cocktail menu). Then on Thursday, there's Cartoon Happy Hour and another opportunity to experience the wonder of Tommy Wiseau's The Room.


Something evil is stirring up the street at Grand Illusion Cinema. It's Curse of All Monsters Attack, their annual monthish-long ode to all things cinematically creepy. It starts Friday with a newly restored and uncut 35mm print of Possession, Andrzej Zulawski's twisted portrait of a disintegrating marriage, starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. On Saturday, there's The American Scream, Michael Paul Stephenson's (Troll 2, Best Worst Movie) new documentary on neighborhood haunted houses.

Saturday begins a week of "Evil E.T." at the GI. First, there's John Carpenter's The Thing--Saturday's 6:45pm show will be presented by the good folks of the MacGuffin Podcast, while Sunday's 6:45pm show will feature an introduction by Robert C. Cumbow, author of Order in the Universe: The Films of John Carpenter. Second there's Without Warning, Greydon Clark's alien stalker film starring Martin Landau and Jack Palance. A 35mm print of The Evil Dead takes the Late Night viewing spot on Friday night. And for the younger and more squemish among us, there's a Kiddie Creature Feature on Saturday and Sunday: The Magic Sword, a 1962 film starring Basil Rathbone, promises "Knights and Sorcerers, Chivalry and Witchcraft...and adventures that defy the imagination!"

And in cinema art happenings,B: An Art Show Tribute to B Movies opens Friday at Ltd. Art Gallery on Capitol Hill. The show features artists paying tribute to their favorite horror and science fiction classics like Evil Dead, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Escape From New York and Planet of the Apes.

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