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VHS for PRESIDENT & more cinema stuff for the first week of November

Before we go any further, have you voted yet? WHAT??? NO!?! We encourage you to find your ballot (look under the big pile of campaign mailers on your coffee table), fill it out, stick a stamp on it and get it IN A MAILBOX or drop box by TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6. If you live in King County and have any questions, visit the Elections home page on the county's site. This is an historic election and EVERY vote counts. EVERY vote. Go. Vote. NOW.


Once you've participated in the democratic process, celebrate at Grand Illusion Cinema on Saturday night with VHS for President. This collection of vintage clips culled from our extensive videotape inventory features "nudity, music videos, ex-presidents, ex-candidates, shredded documents and Buddy Ebsen." There will also be beer. Get your tickets in advance and be ready for the possibility of Perot.

Also this week at the GI, there's 3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom, a raucous and crude comedy with a heart of gold, all about a boy, a girl, a sex tape, and the escalating hilarity that comes when its posted online. It stars Charlie Hunnam, Lizzy Caplan, Chris O'Dowd, and Ron Perlman in a dress. The Late Night screening on Friday and Saturday is Miami Connection. Mere words cannot describe this film, but the GI's description does quite well: "The year is 1987. Motorcycle ninjas tighten their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade, viciously annihilating anyone who dares move in on their turf. Multi-national martial arts rock band Dragon Sound have had enough, and embark on a roundhouse wreck-wave of crime-crushing justice." You DO NOT want to miss this new 35mm print of this now-legendary film.


The Seattle Turkish Film Festival runs this weekend, starting Friday at Pacific Place with director Çagan Irmak's semi-autobiographical story My Grandfather's People.The festival contiunes through Sunday at SIFF Cinema. Visit the festival schedule page for the full list of films and ticket information.

SIFF Cinema this week has Sister, a Swiss drama about a young woman living below a luxury ski resort with her twelve-year-old brother, whose decision to help their struggling family by stealing from rich tourists has dire consequences. Ursula Meier's film won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival. There's also the debut of A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman in 3D, an animated story of his life featuring 14 different animation companies, with narration taken from recordings of Chapman reading from autobigraphy made before he died in 1989. It's coupled with showings of the classic Python films Monty Python's Life of Brian and Monty Python and the Holy Grail (with free coconuts!).

This weekend's Films4Families matinee is a film dear to us at Scarecrow: The Wizard of Oz. We highly recommend seeing this on a big screen with the whole family. Ben Affleck's Argo, based on the true story of a life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, done by disguising the rescue team as a film crew, continues its SIFF Cinema run this week. It's a great film, and it might be something you'll be glad you saw come Oscar time.


Northwest Film Forum continues the Halloween spirit on Friday with a new 35mm print of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. It kicks off their Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years series, which this week features screenings of horror classics Frankenstein on Saturday (introduced by Warren Etheredge) and Dracula on Sunday (introduced by Robert Horton). Visit the series page for the full list of incredible films you won't want to miss on film.

On Friday, Warren Etheredge hosts In Conversation, a quarterly film discussion group. This program director Julio Ramierz chats with local filmmakers about their process.

Also opening at NWFF is Photographic Memory, documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee's new film in which he retraces his journey to adulthood in an attempt to connect with his son as he comes of age.


Central Cinema gets into the election spirit with the faux President comedy Dave starring Kevin Kline. If you're looking more to escape politics, there's Terry Gilliam's version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp. On Sunday, there's a screening of the powerful pro-marriage equality documentary Inlaws & Outlaws. BadMovieArt returns on Monday with Action Jackson, and the noir Night and Day series continues Wednesday with Orson Welles' The Third Man. Thursday has Cartoon Happy Hour followed by a Dream Date Sing Along featuring 80s Hunks. I hope Richard Marx's fluffly mane is among them!


On Monday,King's Hardware on lovely Ballard Avenue has Trey Parker and Matt Stone's Pre-South Park film Cannibal! The Musical starting at sundown on their covered and heated back porch.


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