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VIDEO STORE DAY & cinema happenings for the week of October 19

We'll have to keep this week's cinema roundup kinda short, as we're super busy preparing for Video Store Day on Saturday, October 20. Stop by the store for big sales (50% off used movies, $3 off new movies & more), enter to win great prizes (a series pass to SIFF 2013, passes to Central Cinema and Northwest Film Forum, and many more) and perhaps get one of the great items we're giving away (there's at least one copy of the Walking Dead: Season 2 Blu-ray here). There's also the VHS Art Show, featuring handmade VHS boxes from local artists and cartoonists. You'll find a preview on their Tumblr. Read the main Video Store Day post on our blog for all the details. We hope to see you here, and would like to thank all of you for your support of us and independent video stores everywhere. Now, the cinema roundup:


The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival wraps up this weekend; check the schedule page for the full list of films running up until Sunday's Closing Night Gala featuring Young & Wild.

The Seattle Polish Film Festival also closes this weekend; visit their schedule page for details.

 

SIFF Cinema debuts Andrea Arnold's version of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights this week, along with Hellbound?, director Kevin Miller's "provocative look at modern Christianity's view of hell explores what our beliefs reveal about how we perceive God, the Bible and, ultimately, ourselves;" screenings of Jonathan Demme's classic Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense; and the weekend Films4Familes matinee of Chicken Run (from Aardman Animation, the makers of Wallace & Gromit). French Cinema Now, a new festival of contemporary international films made in the French language, begins on Wednesday, October 24. There's also still a chance this week to catch Argo and Arbitrage.

 

Northwest Film Forum this week has the urban decay documentary Detropia, exploring the "crumbling buildings, foreclosed homes, and loss of same in Detroit." NWFF also hosts the Earshot Jazz Film Festival, "celebrating the history, sounds and spirit of jazz, and its intersections with cinema." It features a week-long run of a newly restored 35mm print of Shirley Clarke's controversial jazz and junkies film The Connection. Visit the NWFF calendar for a list of all the films. Local film critics will be talking about The Connection and more in their monthly film chat Framing Pictures on Friday, October 19.

 

There's a bunch of great things to see this week at Central Cinema. You can spend and Epic Sunday with David Lynch's Dune; Monday you can join our friends from the MacGuffin Podcast for a secret screening, then stay for the mind-blowing Scanners in Hecklevision; Tuesday you can take on your fellow film fans in Movie Cat Trivia; Jason Miller's great BadMovieArt returns Wednesday with Steven King's Silver Bullet, followed by The Grifters (part of CC's continuing Night & Day noir series); and Thursday brings Cartoon Happy Hour and an encore presentation of the Ladies of R & B Sing Along.

 

The Curse of All Monsters Attack! continues down the street from us at Grand Illusion Cinema with the classic creeps of Arsenic and Old Lace and The Phantom of the Opera. On Saturday and Sunday, film historian Dennis Nyback presents The Mormon Church Explains It All, a program of rare films produced by the Mormon Church which promises, "campy performances, bad haircuts, and hideous fashion." Friday & Saturday's Late Night movie is the great Friday the 13th clone The Burning.

 

The lovely Pike Place Market-adjacent Can-Can has B-Monday Mondays with a fine selection of cult classics, grindhouse, and experiment b-movies, along with free popcorn and 1/2 price Absinthe. Up on the Hill, BenDeLaCreme and Major Scales present the Capitol Hill Creepshow every Sunday in October at Wildrose with a different horror flop, creepy comedic commentary, and petrifying prizes each week.

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