Blog Home - Archives

Cinema stuff for the week of August 9

This week's VHS Month programming brings two of the rarest titles in our store: The 1970 Beatles documentary Let It Be on Friday & Saturday night at 8pm, and John Frankenheimer's 1959 TV version of Turn of the Screw with Ingrid Bergman on Monday & Tuesday night at 6pm.

In non-VHS Scarecrow Screening Room news, Sunday afternoon's Classic Movie Matinee starts at 1pm Gregory LaCava's 1937 version of Stage Door with Ginger Rogers & Katharine Hepburn. Wednesday at 7pm, we're proud to host SIFF Cinema's Preview Night, with a sneak peak at SIFF's fall schedule (Hint: Fritz Lang, samurais, Patrick Swayze) with programmer Clinton McClung. Thursday's now-famous Mystery Science Theater 3000 night starts about 3:30pm and goes until 8pm with select episodes of the show, plus some Rifftrax & Cinematic Titanic.


Out-of-doors, the Scarecrow-curated Outdoor Movie Nights series at Elysian Brewing enters Week Six with the Coen Brothers' Raising Arizona. 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.


Friday night, the I Need a Hero! Outdoor Movie Series from Three Dollar Bill Cinema returns from last week's disappointing rainout with the 1966 Batman movie starring Adam West as the Caped Crusader, Burt Ward as the Boy Wonder, and Shark Repellent as itself. The BIFF! BANG! fun begins at dusk (around 8:30/9pm) at Cal Anderson Park.


Movies at the Mural continues Saturday around 9pm under the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center with Joss Whedon's ridiculously entertaining The Avengers. I recently asked a customer who likely was between the ages of 8 and 11 what his favorite movie was, and this was it. We high-fived.


If you're not up for going all the way downtown but still want to enjoy the greatness of Hulk vs. Loki, Fremont Outdoor Cinema will also be showing The Avengers Saturday night.


The Museum of History and Industry's Movies in the Park series presents an evening of family fun in their South Lake Union digs. It starts Saturday at 5pm with lawn games, ping pong, giant bubbles, and a screening of The Goonies at dusk. "It's our time down here!"


Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park continues Thursday, August 15 with Raiders of the Lost Ark. "Listen, Herr Mac, I don't know what kind of people you're used to dealing with, but nobody tells me what to do in my place."


SIFF Cinema welcomes Johnnie To's gritty new crime thriller Drug War starring Sun Honglei as a police captain navigating an informant through an undercover operation to take down a powerful drug cartel. SIFF calls it "a cross between The French Connection and The Wire," so we're sold.

On Thursday night, SIFF's Science on Screen series presents Anaconda, the 1997 snakes-in-your-face action/adventure starring Jennifer Lopez and Ice Cube. There will also be an intro by amphibian and reptile expert William P. Leonard. Do you think he'll bring a snake to the show? How many chances to you get to see Anaconda on the big screen, let alone the chance of seeing it with an actual live snake in attendance? Get your tickets now.

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 Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, and a boozy Allison Janney, and the entertaining and inspiring 20 Feet From Stardom, a documentary on back-up singers such as Darlene Love and Merry Clayton.


Friday night, Northwest Film Forum has the last film in their Shintoho Schlock series. Vampire Bride (1960) tells the story of a dance student who asks a mountain-dwelling sorceress for help and eventually turns into a fanged, hairy monster.

Sunday afternoon, NWFF welcomes back Gustafer Yellowgold for another multlimedia family-friendly show featuring a little alien from the Sun. Illustrator/songwriter/performer Morgan Taylor's show is a "blissful blend of pop music, lyrical poignancy and cartoon absurdity."

This week, there's also André Gregory: Before and After Dinner  a funny and loving look at the director and storyteller's life from his wife and fellow director Cindy Kleine. NWFF is pairing it with Louis Malle's My Dinner With André, which captures a dazzling conversation between Gregory and his longtime friend, playwright/actor Wallace Shawn. As they dine in SoHo circa 1981, they talk about art, New York, philosophy--pretty much everything. It's a "one-of-a-kind exchange of ideologies that will keep your noggin on its toes."


Central Cinema's Hot Summer Nights series blazes on with Billy Wilder's must-see comedy classic Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis (plus Tony Curtis' Cary Grant impression), and the late 90s time capsule of A Night at The Roxbury with Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell. My head started to involuntarily jerk to the right just typing that.

On Tuesday, MAP Theatre hops on for another round of Arrested Development trivia, followed by two episodes of the series. Thursday's all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by the 1987 beach movie parody Back to the Beach starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello with a host of cameos by the likes of Bob Denver, Jerry Mathers, Pee-Wee Herman, and many others.


Grand Illusion Cinema pays tribute to the late visual effects master Ray Harryhausen with 35mm prints of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and The Argonauts. On Thursday. The Sprocket Society presents a secret double bill of Harryhausen's work along with one of his early shorts.

Friday & Saturday, there's two late night screenings of Frankenstein Army, (trailer NSFW) in which Russian soldiers discover a secret Nazi lab full of ghastly attempts to create an army of super-soldiers.


Ark Lodge Cinemas in Columbia City has a special screening of The Warriors on Tuesday night. Gather your friends and get your Baseball Furies costumes ready.


The Triple Door's Movie Mondays is showing The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi as Jake and Elwood alongside a cast of music legends (like Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin) and other famous folks (like Twiggy, Paul Reubens, and Carrie Fisher).


The American Comedy Classics series wraps up at Seattle Art Museum Thursday night with Judy Holliday and Paul Douglas in the 1956 crooked corporation comedy The Solid Gold Cadillac. Save the date for Ride the Night: The 36th Annual Film Noir Series, starting September 26. We have tickets on sale here at Scarecrow.


The puppet musical parody Manos: The Hands of Felt opens Friday night at Richard Hugo House. Recent Scarecrow Video visitor Jackey Jones, who played Debbie in Manos: The Hands of Fate, will be in attendance for Q & A on Friday and Saturday night's shows.


To post a comment, please login.