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Cinema stuff for the week of July 12

The cinema roundup starts out-of-doors with week two of the Scarecrow-curated Outdoor Movie Nights series at Elysian Brewing. Saturday night's movie is Richard Linklater's last-day-of-school-in-the-'70s Dazed and Confused. 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.

Fremont Outdoor Movies kicks off its season Saturday night with Dumb and Dumber. Thepre-show fun starts at 7:30pm and the movie starts at dusk.

Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park continues Thursday, July 18 with Singin' In The Rain. Watching that movie under a cloudless Seattle twilight sounds absolutely perfect.

 

SIFF Cinema hosts the Czech That Film Festival this weekend with a variety of new movies from the Czech Republic. Friday's Opening Night movie is Perfect Days, a "female-centric romantic comedy that laughs in the face of middle age" from director Alice Nellis and a pre-film reception presented by Staropramen. Visit the festival schedule site for the full rundown of films running through Sunday.

The Seattle Retro Gaming Expo is this Saturday and Sunday in Seattle Center's Northwest Rooms, and to go along with the festivities they're presenting two nights of film at SIFF. Friday night there's Ecstacy of Order: The Tetris Masters, in which Tetris champs share their obsessions and secrets, then Saturday night, there's The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time, a look at console arcade games lives outside the arcade, with director Jeff Von Wars in attendance.

SOMM, the documentary following 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," plays Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday night SIFF presents a special one-night-only screening of Low Movie, a documentary spanning the history of the iconic band and their frequent collaborations with music video director Philip Harder. It's one of the many celebrations around Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee. Congrats on 25 years of awesomeness, Sub Pop!

This week SIFF welcomes The Kings of Summer back from the festival. It's a charming and funny story of three teenage boys who escape from their unsatisfying home lives to build their own home in the woods and co-stars Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. And speaking of men banding together against alleged evil, This Is The End  with James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson vs. the Apocalypse, continues its SIFF run.

 

There are two words to describe The History of Future Folk, opening this week at Northwest Film Forum: alien bluegrass. John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's film is a funny and heartfelt story of an alien invasion thwarted by beautiful music.

Also this week at NWFF is The Unspeakable Act. "Dan Sallitt’s pensive, disturbing fourth feature film follows a young woman whose 'unspeakable' feelings for an older brother (feelings that Sallitt carefully and hauntingly picks apart using the camera-as-microscope) are, for her, an everyday thing."

 

The programming at Central Cinema this week is brought to you by the letter B with Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights starring Mark Wahlberg and Benny & Joon with star-crossed lovers Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson (and one annoyingly catchy song). Did you know it was filmed in Spokane?

On Saturday, the good people of Seattle Browncoats Charities present Can't Stop the Serenity with two showings of Serenity (one in Hecklevision so you can express your outrage about certain things that happen in the film on-screen via text), a raffle, costume contests & more. Proceeds from the day will go to Equality Now and Northwest Harvest.

The Girls Only Pajama Party on Wednesday night features Jem and The Holograms. Are The Misfits' songs really better? Study these four episodes and decide for yourself.

Thursday's all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour is followed CC's Kickstarter Countdown Party with "rare gems from our collection and platters of party nibbles from our kitchen for you to snack on. Come meet and hang out with the people that make it happen at the Cinema." There's still time to donate on their site CC's Kickstarter campaign to upgrade to DCP digital cinema, so get to it.

 

Grand Illusion Cinema gets gruesome this week with Maniac. Franck Khalfoun's reboot of the 1980 William Lustig film stars Elijah Wood as the owner of a mannequin store who descends into madness. The GI says it's "an intimate, visually daring, psychologically complex and profoundly horrific trip into the downward spiraling nightmare of a killer and his victims." One of our more devout horror fans on staff found it "disturbing." If he was disturbed by it, it must be good.

Late night on Friday and Saturday there's V/H/S 2, another analog anthology of "dread, madness, and gore" featuring stories from a new crop of filmmakers, including The Raid director Gareth Evans.

 

The Triple Door's Movie Mondays series continues with the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man. After you see the movie, head to our store, where you'll find the soundtrack and Rodriguez's Cold Fact here at the store...on VINYL!

 

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