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An epic cinema roundup for the week of July 26

This week's mammoth cinema roundup starts right here at Scarecrow in our new screening room. On Saturday at 8pm, we are proud to present Steel of Fire Warriors: 2010 A.D, the hilarious no-budget, post-apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy/action/adventure/comedy epic written, produced and starring our colleagues Travis Vogt and Kevin Clarke (watch the trailer to get a sense of its awesomeness). There will be BEER, sodas, snacks & more availabe for sale from our friends at VHSpresso.


Outside, it's week four of the Scarecrow-curated Outdoor Movie Nights series at Elysian Brewing with Aliens and an introduction by our own Matt Lynch. The beer garden opens at 8pm and the movie starts at dusk (approx. 9-9:30pm) with Scarecrow-made pre-show clips playing beforehand. Admission is FREE and you're encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Northwest Harvest.

Movies at the Mural kicks off Saturday around 9pm under the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center with The Princess Bride. We recommend stopping by the EMP Museum's Fantasy exhibit first to see costumes & props from the film, including the six-fingered glove.

Fremont Outdoor Cinema continues Saturday night with the break-up comedy / vampire puppet musical drama of Forgetting Sarah Marshall. (warning, the trailer is NSFW).

Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park continues Thursday, August 1 with the latest James Bond film Skyfall. (and since we're on the subject, let's enjoy the wonder of Paul F. Tompkins singing the title song).


Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have a four-film retrospective of legendary cult filmmaker Trent Harris with The Beaver Trilogy, Rubin & Ed, Plan 10 From Outer Space, and his most recent work Luna Mesa. Mr. Harris will be in attendance for The Beaver Trilogy & Rubin and Ed (on lovely 35mm) on Tuesday, July 30. He'll be stopping by Scarecrow beforehand at 5pm to meet & greet fans and give away a few copies of Plan 10 From Outer Space. We'll see you here!

On Thursday, the GI has Video Vengeance, an action-overpacked compilation of scraps from our extensive VHS vaults. "It's a molotov cocktail of guns, knives, explosions, car chases, stunts, ninjas, bad one-liners, 'roid heads, spandex, sex scenes and straight-to-video excessive violence." It's 21 + over wtith beer will be available for sale.


Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock's early work takes over SIFF Cinema this week with two great series. Hitchcock 9 starts Friday with Hitch's nine surviving silent films featuring original soundtracks performed live by local musicians. Hitchcock UK takes over on Monday, July 29 with eight of his early talkies, such as Sabotage and The 39 Steps, made before he headed to Hollywood. We strongly suggest you make time to see at least one film from each series. Use promo code SCARECROW+MOVIES online or at the box office for $3 OFF tickets to any of the shows.

Friday night at SIFF there's a special one-night-only screening of Frankenstein's Army, the story of Russian soliders at the end of WWII who discover the Nazis have been constructing an army of super-soliders. SIFF calls it "the perfect mix of thrills, laughs, and gore."

The sweet and outrageously funny The Way, Way Back comes to SIFF this week. Liam James stars as an awkward fourteen-year-old desperate to escape his dysfunctional family while on summer vacation, with co-stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Maya Rudolph. It's from the writing / directing / Oscar-winning team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who you know as Dean Pelton from Community).

Continuing on at SIFF this week are Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives (we recommend reading the review & comments on local film critic Vern's site) and the entertaining and inspiring 20 Feet From Stardom, a documentary on back-up singers such as Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.


Northwest Film Forum has the Seattle premiere of acclaimed filmmaker Carlos Reygadas’ Post Tenebras Lux, a visually stunning portrait of a family of four. From their descripton: "A blend of memoir, observations of Mexican life and a paean to the country’s beautiful landscape Post Tenebras Lux is bold, visually arresting and arguably the only film to ever feature the devil (all red luminescence) in such a dramatic manner."

Free The Mind chronicles the work of neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson and his studies on how compassion and kindness affect the brain. "The film poses two questions: What is consciousness, and how does it manifest in the brain and body?  Is it actually possible to change the brain physically through mental practices alone?"

On Sunday, weave your way through the crowds at the Capitol Hill Block Party for The Fearless Freaks, a documentary all about The Flaming Lips. Front man Wayne Coyne will be in attendance to introduce the film before heading out to the band's Block Party performance.


Central Cinema has Nicolas Roeg's ultra-trippy The Man Who Fell To Earth starring David Bowie and early Jim Carrey cinematic triumph The Mask.

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.

Monday night, GeekGirlCon presents back-to-back episodes of Veronica Mars. Thursday has the usual all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour, then later that evening the CC's Hot Summer Nights series starts with the timeless steaminess of A Streetcar Named Desire.


The Triple Door's Movie Mondays series continues with Cameron Crowe's most excellent Almost Famous. Go ahead, sing out loud with "Tiny Dancer."


The American Comedy Classics series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday with Irene Dunn and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth.


Rubin & Ed

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