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HEROIC FIGHT & cinema stuff for the week of July 19

This week's cinema roundup starts under our own roof with The Heroic Fight playing in our new screening room at 8pm on Saturday, July 20. Our esteemed colleague Matt Lynch presents this 1986 film that he says is a "constant explosion of baffling weirdness, tonal whiplash and inappropriate violence." There will be BEER, sodas, snacks & more availabe from our friends at VHSpresso.


If you can't bear the idea of being indoors any longer than necessary, it's week three of the Scarecrow-curated Outdoor Movie Nights series at Elysian Brewing. This week's film is the awesome 80s rock band vs. motorcycle ninjas martial arts film Miami Connection. This is a great one to see with a crowd and a cold Straight-to-Video IPA The beer garden opens at 8pm 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.


The I Need a Hero! Outdoor Movie Series from Three Dollar Bill Cinema kicks off Friday night at Cal Anderson Park atop Capitol Hill with Hairspray (the original John Waters one, not the remake with John Travolta). It's free and starts at sunset (around 8:30-9pm) at the southeast corner of the park.


Fremont Outdoor Cinema continues Saturday night with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in Superbad. I'll bet it's been a while since you've seen it. Believe me, it holds up.


Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park continues Thursday, July 25 with the clown fish charm of Finding Nemo.



SIFF Cinema gets intense with Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives. The film reunites him with Drive star Ryan Gosling, who plays the head of smuggling ring in Bangkok. When his brother his murdered, he and his mother/fellow crimelord (Kristen Scott Thomas) go crazy for revenge. It promises to be another surreal and extremely violent thriller that will have us all talking for weeks to come.

The Best Documentary winner at this year's festival 20 Feet From Stardom returns to SIFF this week. It's an immensely engaging and inspiring portrait of famous backup singers such as Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, and Darlene Love whose voices you'll most definitely recoginze. SIFF points it out in their description and I'll heartily second it: You won't listen to "Gimme Shelter" the same way again.

Ride the wild surf this week with Storm Surfers 3D, which follows the surfing legends who take on waves found only in extreme conditions in the middle of the ocean.

On Thursday, there's a special encore screening of SIFF 2013 hit Terms and Conditions May Apply, a "documentary and cautionary tale" about the consequences of surrendering our privacy, intellectual property, and other civil freedoms online.

Save the date for the upcoming Hitchcock 9 and Hitchcock UK series starting July 26 at SIFF. Use promo code SCARECROW+MOVIES for $3 OFF tickets to any of the shows. You can also ENTER TO WIN a pass to all the films in both series here at Scarecrow. Just look for the big see-through enter-to-win box on our front counter. We'll pick a winner on Monday, July 22.


Northwest Film Forum presents the ByDesign series, which "brings together a diversity of people, ideas and creative visions to explore intersections of design and film, as we celebrate multidisciplinary artists who transform our visual culture." It begins Friday with an Opening Night reception hosted by Arcade, followed by Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli, a documentary on the husband-and-wife team behind such iconic designs as the New York City subway diagram. Visit the series homepage for the full list of films and save money with a series pass.

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X, a "retro-tastic, rock 'n roll, sci-fi musical" about extraterrestrial juvenile delinquents starring The Office's Creed Bratton, Kate Maberly (from The Secret Garden), singer-songwriter Paul Williams (the genius behind, among other things, "Rainbow Connection") and the late Kevin McCarthy, plays all week.

On Thursday, NWFF screens a rare 35mm print of Federico Fellini's last film, The Voice of the Moon (1990) starring Roberto Benigni as former mental patient drifting through a world of strange dreams and stranger realities. As we always say, you shouldn't miss a chance to see a good 35mm print, especially something like this.


Central Cinema has Richard Linklater's great Dazed and Confused, (arguably one of the best films to take place over a single span of time) and a Zoolander Quote-a-Long, so you can yell out "They're breakdance fighting!" as loud as you like. Movie Cat Trivia returns to the CC on Tuesday to test your cinema smarts. Thursday has the usual all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour, then a Madonna vs. Everyone Sing Along. It will be awesome to sing along as the Material Girl CRUSHES all opponents.


Grand Illusion Cinema has Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a documentary on the seminal band whose melodies influenced R.E.M., Belle & Sebastian, The Posies, Elliott Smith, and pretty much every pop-sounding artist whose music strums your heartstrings. Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's film combines never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews, and musical tributes to create an experience beyond the standard talking-heads rock doc. If you don't know Big Star's work beyond the That 70s Show theme song, I recommend you start with this. Friday and Saturday night's shows will be followed by a set of Big Star's music performed live by local rockers Red Jacket Mine (and friends).


The Triple Door's Movie Mondays series continues with Sound City, Dave Grohl's documentary chronicling the life of the soundboard and studio that brought many classics to our ears (including Nevermind), told though interviews with famous folks like Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, and Sir Paul McCartney.


The American Comedy Classics series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday with Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century (1934) starring Carole Lombard and John Barrymore.


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