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CRYPTICON & more cinema stuff for Memorial Day week

It's Memorial Day weekend and if you're not at Folklife or over the hills at Sasquatch, here's some of what you can see around town. Scarecrow will be open our regular hours on Monday--11am to 10pm--for your extended weekend viewing needs.

 

Seattle's own horror convention Crypticon happens all weekend at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center in SeaTac. Visit their site for the full list of guests (Elvira!), films (Birdemic 2!) and more. We recommend Crypticomedy on Friday night, the most-excellent VHS collector documentary Adjust Your Tracking on Saturday afternoon (keep an eye out for a glimpse our store), and a double feature of two STIFF hits--Sader Ridge and Motivational Growth--on Saturday night.

 

The Seattle International Film Festival gallops into its second week with more films & events than we can mention here. We know you can't go wrong with Lynn Shelton's Touchy Feely on Saturday afternoon. There's also the Midnight Adrenaline series movies Dead Meat Walking: A Zombie Walk Documentary which chronicles the Zombie Walk phenomenon (including Seattle's own Red, White and Dead), and Fateful Findings, which comes with the intriguing description, "David Lynch meets Tommy Wiseau's The Room." It gets high praise from the SIFF programmers and The Stranger. Use the promo code SCARECROW2013 online or at the box office to get $2 OFF your tickets for the Midnight Adrenaline series shows.

 

Northwest Film Forum this week has Venus and Serena, Maiken Baird and Michelle Major's look at a difficult year in the lives of the two tennis greats, and the biopic Greetings from Tim Buckley starring up-and-coming musician Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley. Set in 1991, the film deals with Jeff's conflicting feelings after the death of the father he never really knew.

On Friday night, there's Movie Night with DJs Jon Francois and Nik Gilmore, who will use their vinyl remixing skills to almost completely replace the music and dialogue of the Arnold Schwarzenegger dystopian future action movie The Running Man.

 

Central Cinema engages with Star Trek: First Contact in which Data wrestles with emotion, Captain Picard debates the Borg Queen, and James Cromwell invents warp drive. There's also the Lindsay Lohan-starring, Tina Fey-scribed Mean Girls. I admit I haven't watched the movie all the way through since I saw it in the theater, but the phrase "Stop trying to make 'fetch' happen" has become a permanent part of my lexicon. Is it the Clueless of the 2000s? Let us know your thoughts.

On Monday aka Memorial Day, the awesome people at GeekGirlCon present the sorely underrated Supergirl starring Helen Slater and Faye Dunaway. Thursday's all-ages, family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour is followed by another screening of Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel. Local director Wes Hurley's gender and genre-bending musical comedy follows diva Waxie Moon's search for love amongst our lovely city and its lovely, talented people.

 

Grand Illusion Cinema is screening a brand new 35mm print of Roman Polanski's Repulsion. We know there's a lot going on cinematcially and otherwise this week, but this is a rare opportunity to see a definitive psychological thriller (and Catherine Deneuve) on actual film. We encourage you to fit it in to your schedule, especially if you haven't seen it before. 

 

The French New Wave Masters series at Seattle Art Museum concludes Thursday at the Plestcheeff Auditorium downtown with a 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard's 1965 romantic road trip Pierrot le Fou starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina. Stay tuned to SAM Films for a summer of American Comedy Classics.

 

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