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Cinema stuff for the week of January 11

With the Golden Globes this Sunday (hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey--We. Can't. Wait.) and recently announced Academy Award nominees you may want to spend some of your movie watching time catching up on the nominated films. The only Oscar Best Picture nominee currently on DVD/Blu-ray is Beasts of the Southern Wild in the New Release section; the all but one of the rest are in theaters (Does anyone know when Amour will open? Please let us know). Stay tuned to our blog for a full list of the Oscar nominated films we have at Scarecrow. Meanwhile, here some of what's playing around town:


The lovely new home of the Museum of History and Industry opened late last month on South Lake Union. One of the Special Exhibits currently on display is Celluloid Seatte: A City at the Movies. Curated by esteemed local film critic Robert Horton, the exhibit looks at both the history of going to the movies in Seattle and how our city has been portrayed on screen--"along with film clips and historic artifacts, the exhibit will help visitors truly engage with the historic movie experience through a set of recreated mini-theatres and interactive games and activity kiosks."


At SIFF Cinema, it's the last week to see two newly minted Oscar nominees. The first is Les Miserables, which counts among its nominations Best Actor (Hugh Jackman), Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway, of course) and Best Picture. The second is Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, also nominated for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay and a Best Supporting Actor nod for Christoph Waltz.

This is also the last week to see Cold War thriller Barbara. Director Christian Petzold's film is set in 1980 and centers on a doctor (Nina Hoss) tending patients and keeping secrets in the small town she's exiled to after trying to leave East Germany. For more on Barbara, we recommend you read the New York Times review.

Holy Motors is back by popular demand at SIFF. Leos Carax's film, which has shown up on several Best of 2012 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."

This weekend (Friday through Sunday), SIFF Film Center has the director's cut of Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum, a surreal satire following precocious three-year-old Oskar, born in Germnay just befoer World War II. Spurred by the disgusting hypocracy of the adults around him, he refuses to grow up and spends years in perpetual childhood, venting his frustrations through loud screeching and pounding on his drum. This 1979 Palme D'Or and Oscar winner will be available on Criterion DVD and Blu-ray on January 15.

On Thursday, January 17, SIFF Film Center hosts a screening of For the Benefit of All Beings, a documentary on the extraordinary life story of Tibetan Lama, His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche. All proceeds will go towards the estabishment of a Drikung Kargyu Practice Center in Seattle.


Northwest Film Forum this week has Nana, a quiet, enchanting snapshot of a four-year-old girl (Kelyna Lecomte) abandoned by her mother near her grandfather's farm. "Filmed with a voyeuristic distance, Nana unfolds in the allowed space as the character’s isolation endows her own developing independence. Audiences are given an innocently intimate, contemplative glimpse of the world as Nana views it." Director Valerie Massadian wil be in attendence for the screenings on Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

On Friday, NWFF debuts Movie Night series, where DJs Jon Francois and Nik Gilmore replace almost all of a particular film's music, sound effects, and dialogue with their own remixed soundtrack. First up is John Boorman's 1974 sci-fi freakout  Zardoz starring Sean Connery (with a ponytail!)

If you're more up for making a movie rather than watching one, NWFF hosts Crash Cinema on Saturday, January 12 starting at 9am. Visit their page for all the rules and team needs.


Central Cinema continues to prove it takes two to make a thing go right with their I Love Sequels series. This week's there's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan--Monday's 7pm show will be in Hecklevision, which uses the magic of text messaging to display your humorous retorts to "KHAAAN!!" and other commentary on screen for all to enjoy--and Tim Burton's Batman Returns, starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. Who makes a better duo, them or Bale and Hathaway? Discuss.

On Wednesday, CC's Night and Day film noir series presents David Fincher's Se7en starring Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and that infamous head in a box. Thursday brings the usual Cartoon Happy Hour and another opportunity to experience the phenomenon of Tommy Wiseau's The Room.


Grand Illusion Cinema bids farewell to their great Woody Allen in the 70s series with two films co-starring him and Diane Keaton. Manhattan plays Friday through Sunday (Saturday's 7pm show will be introduced by Seattle University film professor Bill Taylor), followed by Love and Death Monday through Thursday. Both are screening in glorious 35mm (swoon!).

Also this weekend at the GI, the Sprocket Society presents another Saturday Secret Matinee, featuring a different thrilling classic film each week from now thorugh March. January's theme is Heroes and Villains. We recommend you get a series pass and make a weekend afternoon movie a part of your winter.


Seattle Art Museum's Viva Italia series continues downtown at SAM's Plestcheeff Auditorium Thursday with a 35mm print of Roberto Rossellini's 1950 film The Flowers of Saint Francis.


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