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Cinema stuff for the week of June 14

Before we begin this week's cinema round up, we have two important store notes. First, VHSpresso is now serving BEER! Starting at 3pm every day, you can sit back with a brew and enjoy a movie in the screening & seating area. Second, our 50% OFF SALE on all the used Blu-rays & DVDs & VHS & Laserdiscs has been extended through Sunday so you and Dad--don't forget Father's Day is Sunday--can head in for extra savings this weekend.


Relive the glory of SIFF 2013 or catch something you missed with the Best of SIFF on now at SIFF Cinema. The program includes French typing rom-com Populaire and Alex Gibney's documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks on Friday and two big Golden Space Needle winners playing on Saturday: South African romantic comedy and Best Film winner Fanie Fourie's Lobola and Best Documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. Visit SIFF's site for the full list of Golden Space Needle winners & runners-up and all the films playing now through Thursday, June 20.

Also playing at SIFF Cinema: This is the End, the new film from Pineapple Express writers Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Rogen stars with James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and a bunch of other humorous people playing versions of themselves as they face the apocalypse--a real apocalypse with demons and everything. Expect extreme raunchiness and intense, snort-inducing laughter.

Starting Saturday, there's the National Theatre Live production of This House, a new play by James Graham that looks at the volatile 1974 UK Parliament.


Northwest Film Forum raises a glass to mixologists and their craft with Hey Bartender, a documentary following two bartenders as they strive to make it in the business and create the best beverages possible. There will be a special Happy Hour with guest bartender Casey Robison from Barrio in their lobby bar before the 7pm screening on Friday.

On Thursday night, Old Farts and Jackasses celebrates the genius of country music past with performances by "Waylon and Willie, Johnny and June, Buck and Don, Conway and Loretta, Tammy and George and Mr. Merle Haggard," along with live bonafide country music by Jason Staczek and Garth Reeves.


The Schwartz will be with you at Central Cinema with Spaceballs, Mel Brooks' most excellent spoof of Star Wars and other sci-fi franchises. There's also the movie that brought the word "cheerocracy" to our lexicon and inspired several straight-to-video sequels (plus the recent Tony Award-nominated musical)--Bring It On.

Get into the groove on Saturday with the Totally 80s Sing Along--and speaking of the Tonys, I hope recent winner Cyndi Lauper's work is well represented.

Wednesday, BadMovieArt returns with the late 80s Indonesian action of Lady Terminator. This is one of theose films where the tagline says it all: "First she mates...then she terminates."

Thursday brings another all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour then the good folks at GeekGirlCon present two episodes of Doctor Who (hint: one with the Ninth Doctor and one with the Eleventh). Seattle burlesque troupe Behind the Blue Door will perform a Who-themed show between episodes.


Grand Illusion Cinema has a week-long run of Pieta, highly anticipated new film from Kim Ki-Duk. This "intense and haunting" story follows an isolated lone shark who meets a mysterious woman who claims to be his mother and then resolves to put his brutal past behind him--though it may be too late.

On Friday and Saturday night, don't miss your chance to experience Manborg. We'll let the GI's description speak for itself: "The armies of Hell have taken over the Earth. All that stands in the way of the villainous Count Draculon and humanity‘s total extinction is a motley crew of misfits led by the mighty MANBORG: a warrior who‘s half-man, half machine, but all hero. Made for a mere $1000 (Canadian dollars), Manborg is a cheap rip-off of an ‘80s straight-to-video release, a B movie with plenty of cheese and lots of heart." Count us in!


Trader Joe's Silent Movie Mondays is back at the Paramount Theatre with the 1933 Japanese drama Apart from You (Kimi to wakarete), written and directed by Mikio Naruse. Jim Riggs will play the score live on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.


On Friday at Seattle Art Museum downtown, there's a Pride Month salute to Anthony Perkins with a screening of his 1968 thriller Pretty Poison in which he and Tuesday Weld are "young, in love and up to deadly mischief."


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