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BAD BOYS II & more cinema stuff for the week of June 21

First on our weekly round up of movies playing around town, a film showing on our very own screen. Join us Saturday at 8pm right here at Scarecrow for our official screening room Opening Party. VHSpresso will be serving up their usual coffee & snacks along with a fine selection of beer, while our colleagues Matt and Kevin present a screening of Bad Boys II. For more, visit the Events section on our Facebook page. If you can't make it Saturday, we'll be showing movies and serving beer in the screening room after 3pm every day. Stay tuned to our blog for information on upcoming special screening events.


SIFF Cinema presents three excellent films from the recent festival. First, The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola's sharp satire starring Emma Watson as one of a band of rebellious, status-obsesssed L.A. teenagers who rob celebrity homes for their fancy stuff. It's based on a real-life group of theiving teens. For further research, we recomment you check out the 2011 Lifetime movie starring Jennifer Grey on the same subject--we have it for rent up in the Drama room. Second, SOMM follows four sommeliers on their difficult journey to pass the extremely difficult Master Sommelier exam, "one which requires knowing literally every nuance of the world of wine, spirits and cigars." Third, Paradise: Love tells the story of a 50-year-old divorced hausfrau vacationing on the Kenyan beaches who joins a group of sex tourists acting as "Sugar Mamas" for young beach boys. It's the first film in Austrian iconoclast Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy.

This Saturday and Sunday, wake up and fall out of bed for Deconstructing The Beatles. Composer, producer, and Beatles expert Scott Freiman will lead us on live, interactive presentations through the band's early works, The White Album, and Revolver.

This Is The End continues its hilarious run as Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride, all playing versions of themselves, face the apocalypse--the actual apocalypse with flames and demons and everything. There are memorable cameos by some of their famous friends, such as the aforementioned Emma Watson.


Northwest Film Forum has their second annual N-E-X D-O-C-S series showcasing new and innovative documentary filmmaking, an "opportunity for discerning film lovers to explore the boundaries between the world we see and the world we make." It opens Friday night with Just Like Being There. Director Scout Shannon will be in attendance to present his look at the legends of concert poster design, featuring work by Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, Kevin Tong, and many others. If you spent your teenage years on Capitol Hill tearing posters off telephone poles and/or spend a lot of your Bumbershoot time in Flatstock, this is the movie for you. It's followed by a post-screening party and concert with all-ladies Ramones tribute band The Dee Dees.

The series continues Saturday with Money for Docs, a free panel discussion with local filmmakers sharing how they financed their projects, and a Les Blank tribute that includes a restored print of his 1972 Cajun celebration Spend it All. Visit the series page for the full schedule of films playing throughout the week.

NWFF also has a new 35mm print of Shirley Clarke's 1967 doc. Portrait of Jason, a revealing conversation with an African-American gay man with wonderfully grandiose dreams for his future. "Smoothly defying the constraints of genre and the impersonal perspective of classic documentary filmmaking, Portrait of Jason is a legendary character study that has transformed our understanding of self-perception for over 50 years."

Start off your cinema weekend Friday evening with Framing Pictures, the monthly film chat with local critics Robert Horton, Richard Jameson, and Kathleen Murphy. Among this month's topics are "the fiendishly unsettling Kiarostami-meets-Dario-Argento low-budget wonder" Berberian Sound Studio, Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt, and the work of director Delmer Daves. I wouldn't be surprised if they spoke a little about the late James Gandolfini too.


Central Cinema has the first film in Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, the always enjoyable Shaun of the Dead. Look for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in the trilogy's final film, The World's End, coming to theaters in August.

On Friday night there's another screening of local director Wes Hurley's Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel, a gender and genre-bending musical comedy following diva Waxie Moon's search for love amongst our lovely city and its lovely, talented people.

Wednesday, there's a special presentation of Paris is Burning, the landmark of gay cinema chronicling drag balls and queer culture in mid-to-late 1980s New York City. Thursday brings another all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour, followed by the sure-to-be fabulous Totally Gay Sing Along. It's hard to resist a night with the tagline "Divas, foot stompers, hunks and more, more, MORE!!!"

We encourage you to give to Central Cinema's Kickstarter campaign to upgrade the theater to DCP--aka Digital Cinema Package--soon to be the only way major studios will deliver films to theaters.


Down the street at our good neighbors Grand Illusion Cinema, there's An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, an "explosively creative" debut feature film from writer/director/producer/star Terence Nance (and executive producers Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac). David Fear at Time Out New York calls it "a mind-blowing reinvention of the boy-meets-girl story." The GI describes it as "utilizing a tapestry of live action and multiple styles of animation, the film blurs the line between narrative, documentary, and experimental film as it explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through Terence's mind as he examines and re-examines a singular moment in time."

Late Friday and Saturday night, you have another chance to experience the wonder of 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 International Series at the Paramount Theatre concludes Monday night with A Throw of the Dice (Prapancha Pash) a 1929 film based on an episode from the Indian epic The Mahabharata from German director Franz Osten and Indian-born actor/producer Himansu Rai.


On Friday at Seattle Art Museum downtown, there's a Pride Month salute to Anthony Perkins with the 1972 drama Play It As It Lays, an adaptation of Joan Didion’s novel which has Perkins and Tuesday Weld "coping with Hollywood dream factory malaise."


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