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20/20 Awards & more cinema stuff for the week of February 15

Who can wait for the Oscars? Get your awards show fix now and in person with the fourth annual 20/20 Awards, happening Saturday, February 16 at 8pm at Fremont Abbey. The 20/20 Awards "revisit motion pictures from two decades earlier, and using the advantage of hindsight, honor the movies and performances that have stood the test of time." This year we'll see if Unforgiven can retain its Best Picture status or if time has nudged The Player or Glengarry Glen Ross above it. It's also your chance to both hob and nob with Seattle film luminaires. Check out the list of nominations and get tickets online. You can also check out our special rental section of films up for this year's awards.


On Saturday SIFF Cinema hosts The Post Alley Film Festival, "a day of female centric and eccentric short films about, for, by women (and some men)." Visit the festival schedule page for a full list of the day's films and events.

This week SIFF Cinema welcomes back The Masters of Studio Ghibli series--insert GIF of us jumping around excitedly and making SQUEEE! noises here. It starts Friday with Castle in the Sky and Howl's Moving Castle, then continues through the week with more now-classics such as Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro. Most of the films will have both subtitled and English-dubbed screenings. Load up the family in your Catbus and get yourselves to at least one of these films.

Settle in Sunday at SIFF for the Oscar® Snubs Movie Marathon, featuring slew of movies denied their fair share of the prestigious award. It begins at 9am for breakfast followed by the first movie, A Star is Born (1954) at 10am. Get a marathon pass and see what other movies are playing during the twelve-hour slog--which concludes with a Secret Snub at 9pm.

Continuing their SIFF runs this week are multi-Academy Award®–nominated Silver Linings Playbook and Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects, a psychological, pharmaceutical thriller starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Soderbergh MVP Channing Tatum.


Northwest Film Forum welcomes back for a second week the critically acclaimed Tabu, "an unpredictable epic with one foot in the romance genre and the other in post-colonial commentary" from Portuguese director Miguel Gomes. For more praise, we refer you to Charles Mudede's review in The Stranger.

On Friday, join local film critics Richard Jameson, Kathleen Murphy, and Robert Horton for their monthly cinema chat Framing Pictures. Among this month's scheduled topics are the Oscar nominations and Steven Soderbergh's quasi-retirement.

Saturday, NWFF's Indigenous Showcase presents My Louisiana Love, which traces photographer Monique Verdin's "quest to find a place in her Native American community--the Houma Nation--as it reels from decades of environmental degradation." Later that evening, KPLU screens Music Craft: Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek, featuring a 1974 German TV peformance by the pianist and saxophonist.

The Great Cinematic Clown Pierre Étaix series concludes Thursday, February 21 with a new 35mm print of Land of Milk and Honey. This 1971 film is the clown/magician/illustrator/comedian/filmmaker's only documentary, which captures French citizens on vacation.


Gather your fellow Browncoats and head to Central Cinema this week for Serenity. Monday's screening is in Hecklevision with your cries of outrage/despair (you know what I'm talking about, Whedon) appearing on screen via the magic of text messaging. They're also showing Clueless, which is one of those movies I could probably watch once a week for the rest of my life and still absolutely adore. "You've seen how picky I am about my shoes and they just go on my feet."

MovieCat Trivia returns to the CC Tuesday night to test your film knowledge, then on Wednesday BadMovieArt has a kick-ass double feature of Moving Target and Deadly Prey. Thursday's Cartoon Happy Hour is followed by another opportunity to experience the phenomenon that is Tommy Wiseau's The Room.

The Valentine's Day screenings of VHSEX (this trailer is sooo NSFW) SOLD OUT, so Grand Illusion Cinema added another show on Saturday night at 11pm. It's your last chance to see this "arousing mix of raunch, sleaze, filth, sexual hysteria, pervs, peeping toms, nymphos, go-go dancers, full frontal nudity and full posterior nudity" straight from Scarecrow's vast VHS archive.

This week the GI celebrates the 50th anniversary of Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, "a magnificently textured film that mingles dreams, reality and fantasy with a riot of visual imagery; a comic extravaganza of overwhelming brilliance." It's a certifiable cinematic masterpiece and definitely a film you should see in 35mm on a big screen. Enjoy.

Also this week at the GI, there's Let Fury Have The Hour, director Antonino D'Ambrosio's "fast and furious trip into the grass roots of art and activism, 21st Century style" featuring interviews with Shepard Fairey, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Ian MacKaye, Lewis Black and many more.

On Saturday the Sprocket Society presents another Saturday Secret Matinee, which features a different thrilling classic film each week from now thorugh March. February's theme is Exotic Lands, featuring "far rebellions, secret cults, and other breath-taking journeys into Terra incognita!"


The VIVA ITALIA series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday at Plestcheeff Auditorium with Alberto Lattuada’s 1962 dark comedy Mafioso.

4th annual 2020 poster

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