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VHS MONTH & more for the week of August 2

It's here! It's here! The schedule for VHS Month in our screening room is now available for your perusal. Our first event is this Saturday at 8pm with Sports, Leisure, and Videotape!, a compilation of clips from our vast VHS collection that celebrates the victory, defeat, and unintentional hilarity of athletic competition. It was a hit when it debuted last summer at Grand Illusion Cinema and we're happy to have it here on our own screen. As always, the screening is FREE and 21 & over. BEER & other refreshments will be available from VHSpresso.

The VHS New Wave box art show will be up starting Tuesday, August 6. Visit their Tumblr for a preview.

And in non-VHS programming, Sunday's Classic Movie Matinee starts at 1pm with the Howard Hawks directed, Brackett/Wilder scripted, Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck starring Ball of Fire (also playing this week at SAM; scroll down for details). Rumor has it we may play some Breaking Bad episodes Monday evening around 6pm (since many of us are twitching with anticipation for the last few episodes airing next week), and Wednesday evening at 6pm we'll put on District 9 in preparation for Neill Blomkamp's latest film Elysium.


In Cinema Alfresco news, Saturday night is week four of the Scarecrow-curated Outdoor Movie Nights series at Elysian Brewing with the stuntman kicks with sweet guitar licks of the 1978 Australian film Stunt Rock. 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.

The I Need a Hero! Outdoor Movie Series from Three Dollar Bill Cinema continues Friday night at Cal Anderson Park atop Capitol Hill with Galaxy Quest. On a related note, did you know there's a Star Trek convention in town this monthTHIS JUST IN: The screening has been canceled due to rain. BOO SUMMER RAIN! If you still need to see it, as of 2:45pm Friday, both our DVD and Blu-ray copies are available for rent.

Movies at the Mural continues Saturday around 9pm under the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center with Martin Scorsese's delightful adaptation of Hugo.

Fremont Outdoor Cinema has two events this weekend. Friday night has the greatness of pre-Top Gun Tom Cruise in Risky Business. Saturday night, they heads to the VIP area with the R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet Sing Along.  In addition to being a must-see and must-sing epic hip-opera, it's probably the only narrative song to feature a cherry allergy as a major plot point.

The Museum of History and Industry kicks off the Movies in the Park series in their new South Lake Union home Saturday night with Cameron Crowe's Singles, a film which captures our city in all its grunge-hype glory. If you miss the OK Hotel and The Rocket as I do, you should go. Also, be sure to check out MOHAI's wonderful Celluloid Seatte: A City at The Movies exhibit, on display now through September 8.

Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park continues Thursday, August 8 with The Sandlot, which we've noticed is one of the more popular family-friendly rentals here during summer vacation.


SIFF Cinema has dazzling new 4K digital transfers of two World War II POW stories: The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen and Bridge on the River Kwai starring Sir Alec Guinness. As we always say when such classics come to town, don't miss a chance to see either of these on a big screen.

Friday & Saturday night, enjoy one of the favorites of the SIFF 2013 Midnight Adrenaline series Cockneys vs. Zombies, aka retirement home residents and their grandkids vs. the  zombie apocalpyse. My money's on the grannies.

Wednesday evening, there's a newly restored version of Manos: The Hands of Fate, the notoriously bizarre 1965 film with a nonsensical plot and plenty of gaffes, goofs, and inexplicable moments of unintentional humor (not surprisingly, it is one of the more famous Mystery Science Theater episodes). Co-star Jackey Jones and restoration supervisor Ben Solovey will be in attendance, plus a sneak preview of the puppet adaptation Manos: The Hands of Felt.

Continuing on at SIFF this week are the sweet and funny The Way, Way Back, the story of an awkward teen desperate to escape his dysfunctional family with a great ensemble cast including Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Maya Rudolph, 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 Shintoho Schlock: Girls, Guns & Ghosts series, a collection of B-movies by the Japanese film studio in the 1950s & 60s "featuring fast cars, rebellious teens, vampires, werewolves and curvy girls in bikinis." It begins Friday night with the 1956 film Revenge of the Pearl Queen starring Michiko Maeda as a woman who dives for pearls to save up to get proper revenge on some criminals and would-be rapists who sent her overboard a ship. Visit the series page for the full schedule of films running through next Friday and buy a pass to see all the films at a discount.

The new documentary The Machine That Makes Everything Disappear sounds absolutely fascinating: "A Georgian director wants to make a film about growing up in her home country, and puts out a casting call for young adults, aged 15 to 23. She travels through cities and villages interviewing the candidates who responded and filming their daily lives, looking for commonalities across social and ethnic lines."

Spend Saturday afternoon at NWFF with Strange Creatures, a series of contemporary indie animation featuring all kinds of crute and creepy critters, featuring work by Drew Christie, Stefan Gruber, Britta Johnson, Tess Martin, Clyde Petersen, Webster Crowell and Bruce Bickford. Sunday evening, celebrate the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis with Born to Royalty, Lucy McDowell's documentary on royal babies born in recent times. Thursday night, KPLU 88.5 presents another Music Craft night with four rare filmed perfrormances by Miles Davis, spanning from April, 1959 to July, 1991, just three months before his death.


Central Cinema continues their Hot Summer Nights series with the original cut-loose drama of Footloose with Kevin Bacon, John Lithgow, Lori Singer, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker (to be fair, the reboot is good too) and Snakes on a Plane starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, Kenan Thompson, and some m****fing snakes. Do you think this movie made things like Sharknado possible? Discuss.

On Tuesday, MAP Theater tests your Bluth family knowledge with Arrested Development Trivia Night. The all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour on Thursday will be followed by another opportunity to experience the phenomenon of Tommy Wiseau's The Room. Bring your friends so you won't have to spend time explaining just how incredible it is.


Grand Illusion Cinema hosts The Seattle Erotic Art Festival's Film Exposition this weekend, which includes film historian Dennis Nyback's Stag Party Special and Ooh, La, La! A History of Lingerie!  You'll find the full schedule and ticket information on the festival's site.

Humor and horror are two great tastes that taste great together in Grabbers, the story of residents of a small Irish town who take on hungry tentacled aliens. Once the citizens figure out the aliens are allergic to alcohol, everyone holes up in the pub (that's an alien invasion I could live with).


The Triple Door's Movie Mondays brings forth the rock with This Is Spinal Tap. If you are over 21 and have yet to experience this hilarious 1984 heavy metal mockumentary with Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean, the Triple Door is a great venue to go and finally see the source of all the "this goes up to 11" references.


The American Comedy Classics series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday with the aforementioned greatness of Ball of Fire.

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