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Cinema stuff for the week of December 14

We'll begin this week's cinema roundup at SIFF Cinema, where the world is falling apart on screen. The Apocalypse Film Festival continues through Thursday with various theatrical interpretations on how the Earth and human race may meet their end. Visit the festival page for the full schedule, which includes zombies on Saturday (Shaun of the Dead and the original Dawn of the Dead), aliens on Tuesday (the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers), infertility on Wednesday (Children of Men), and a Final Countdown of apocalyptic music videos on Thursday night.

A world of pure imagination awaits Friday through Wednesday with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The 1971 classic starring Gene Wilder as Mr. Wonka will presented in the ever-popular Smell-O-Vision and they'll be bags of candy for the sampling. There will also be a special 21+ screening on Thursday night with sweet alcoholic beverages available. Remember, as Mr. Wonka says, "Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker."

Leos Carax's Holy Motors opens this week at the SIFF Film Center. The film, which has shown up on several Best of the Year lists, follows a mysterious man named Monsieur Oscar around Paris as he goes on several appointments, "transforming at each stop into new incarnations: captain of industry, gypsy crone, ninja warrior, family man, kidnapper, thwarted lover, and a certain memorable leprechaun." Two recent Golden Globe nominees, Ben Affleck's Argo and Ang Lee's Life of Pi (presented in 3D), continue at SIFF Uptown this week.


Northwest Film Forum this week has Fred Won't Move Out, the story of aging parents and their middle-aged children making the heartbreaking decision on whether they can still live independently in their home. Eliott Gould stars as the dad (Fred) in Richard Ledes' film that NWFF says "is beautiful in its candid, barefaced storytelling, swerving around sentimentality while leaping at moments of hilarity."

The cinema discussion panel Framing Pictures returns to NWFF Friday afternoon with local critics Robert Horton, Richard Jameson, and Kathleen Murphy.

On Saturday, NWFF and Longhouse Media present Mesnak as part of their continuing Indigenous Showcase spotlighting Native American filmmakers. KPLU presents Music Craft: Jimmy Smith, a 1965 made-for-German-TV documentary on the Hammond B3 electric organ master. Then at 9pm Saturday, Fantagraphics editor Jacques Boyreau celebrates the release of his new book SexyTime with a screening of the psychedelic sci-fi of Candy Von Dewd.

On Thursday, NWFF honors the late experimental filmmaker Chris Marker with a 35mm screening of one of his best works, Sans Soleil, "a complex journey into time and memory. This mind-bending free-form travelogue roams from Africa to Japan, guided by associative editing and an unnamed narrator."


Central Cinema pulls out all the stops holiday-wise in these last days before Christmas with Elf. It's hard to deny the charm of Will Ferrell in tights, isn't it? On Monday, December 17, there's a TV Dinner with all your favorite holiday specials like Pee-Wee Herman, The Grinch, and Peanuts. Movie Cat Trivia returns to the CC on Tuesday, the on Wednesday, the Night & Day Noir series continues with one of our favorite non-traditional holiday movies, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. On Thursday, the usual Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by the Totally Christmas Sing Along. I'm hoping for this classic.


And lastly, our good friends and neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema continue their Seattle holiday tradition with It's A Wonderful Life. On Friday and Saturday, the Alamo Drafthouse unleashes their Trailer War, a selection of the strangest and most outrageous trailers ever made. Be warned, for they say, "it's a crippling overdose of towering flames, mechanized destruction, lurking fear, poor sexual choices and spiritual devastation on an apocalyptic scale." You can watch the trailer here, but be warned it is totally NSFW.


P.S. As you know, The Hobbit opens Friday at the new Ark Lodge Cinemas, the Cinerama, and almost everywhere else around town. Come by the store and let us know what you think of the whole 48 frames thing.

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