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Cinema stuff for the week of July 5-now with OUTDOOR MOVIES

Now that summer is here on a relatively consistent basis, Seattle's many cinemas alfresco are finally getting underway. We're proud to partner with Elysian Brewing to help curate their Outdoor Movie Nights series. It begins Saturday, July 6 in their parking lot (5510 Airport Way South in lovely Georgetown) with Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The Beer Garden opens at 8pm--we recommend the Scarecrow-inspired Straight-to-Video IPA--and the movie starts at dusk (approx. 9-9:30pm) with excellent Scarecrow-made pre-show clips playing beforehand. Admission is FREE and you're encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Northwest Harvest.


Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park starts Thursday, July 11 with Wes Anderson's fantastic Moonrise Kingdom. "No. I said, what kind of bird are YOU?"


Of course, there's still a lot going on in our city's many air-conditioned theaters. On Saturday SIFF Cinema hosts the much-anticipated Nicolas Cage Match, curated and hosted by The Stranger's Paul Constant. The twelve-hour mega-acting marathon has Raising Arizona, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Vampire's Kiss, Adaptation, Con Air and The Wicker Man ("not the bees!") with all kinds of Cage-y treats along the way. You can get a pass to the whole thing or tickets to the individual films; check the schedule for times. Good luck and may the Cage Be With You!

Friday night there's a special screening of Rock Jocks, the first feature-length film from Geek & Sundry. It stars Felicia Day as one of a band of dysfunctional government employees stuck in their nightly grind of shooting down Earth-destroying asteroids and co-stars Jason Mewes, Robert Picardo and Doug Jones. There will be a pre-show Asteroids competition and free Pop Rocks, then, after the movie, director Paul Seetachitt will be in attendance for Q & A.

On Thursday, SIFF has a special tribute to the late, great James Gandolfini with two of his more underrated films: The Coen Brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There and Armando Iannucci's In the Loop.

Fill the Void from Israeli director Rama Burshtein tells the moving story of an eighteen-year-old woman caught in an intensely emotional struggle with her ultra-Orthodox Hasidic family. SIFF says it's "ripe with all the drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel." It will be playing all week at the SIFF Uptown.

SIFF also has continuing runs of A Band Called Death, a documentary about three brothers and their rediscovered 70s punk band, This Is The End with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride facing a flame-and-demon-filled apocalypse, and National Theatre Live's The Audience starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in a series of imagined conversations with various Prime Ministers from Churchill to Cameron.


Northwest Film Forum hosts the Mayoral Movies series, four days of movies selected by candidates for Mayor of Seattle that "inspire their personal political style and philosophy." It starts Friday night as Mayor Mike McGinn presents To Kill a Mockingbird, followed by drinks and Big Mario's pizza in the lobby bar. Greenwood neighborhood activist Kate Martin presents All The President's Men on Saturday, Sunday, City Councilman Bruce Harrell presents Papillon and State Senator Ed Murray presents The Wind That Shakes The Barley, and former City Councilman Peter Steinbruck presents the documentary Buddy, The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor on Monday. Consider it your civic duty to see at least one of these. Better yet, get a series pass and see them all. NWFF promises it will "pack more punch than Limbaugh, Olbermann, or any episode of The Newsroom."

Berberian Sound Studio sounds like a music documentary, but it's actually a darkly comic paranoid thriller set in 1976 in a small Italian sound studio. Toby Jones plays a British sound engineer at work on the sound mix for a horror film who "finds himself lost in an otherworldly spiral of sonic and personal mayhem."

On Thursday night, KPLU's Music Craft series returns with a rare TV performance by Al Green from the 1968 WNET NYC series Soul!


Central Cinema returns from the Fourth of July holiday with The Goonies ("It's our time down here!") and Silence of the Lambs (Does Central Cinema have a nice Chianti? I imagine it would go well with their pizza). Monday's Silence of the Lambs screening is in Hecklevision, with your humorous comments appearing on-screen via the technological wonder of text messaging. On Thursday, the all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour is followed by a chance to experience Tommy Wiseau's The Room like you never have 3D!

There's still time to donate to CC's Kickstarter campaign to upgrade to DCP digital cinema, so get to it.


Grand Illusion Cinema had Downloaded, director Alex Winter's fascinating look at the rise and fall of Napster. The documentary starts in 1998 with then-teenager Shawn Fanning writing the code that would become the basis for peer-to-peer file sharing. A year later he and Sean Parker (the gentlemen Justin Timberlake played in The Social Network) launched Napster and spread chaos amongst musicians and recording industry. It features insights from artists and business folk such as Beastie Boys' Mike D, Henry Rollins, former Sony Music Chairman, Don Ienner, and Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America. For some great background on the movie, listen to Mr. Winter's interview on The Nerdist podcast.

Saturday through Monday at the GI, A Girl and a Gun "reveals America's diverse and far-ranging female gun community." It goes beyond the "pistol-packin' mama" stereotype to talk to real women and discuss the many reasons they own firearms.

On Thursday, the 20/20 Awards present, for your re-consideration, Brian DePalma's Carlito's Way starring Al Pacino and Sean Penn.


The Triple Door's Movie Mondays series continues with John Cusack in High Fidelity. We are fans of this movie for many reasons, one of which is because our work lives are much like this (except with movies).




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