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FURIOUS & more cinema stuff for the week of August 23

We begin this week's stuff-on-screens review with an absolute must-not-miss movie, and I'm not even saying that because it takes place in the Scarecrow Video Screening Room. Join us Friday & Saturday (8/23 & 8/24) at 8pm for the 1984 martial arts mind-melter Furious. This energy packed film about a warrior and his former master teaming up to fight aliens who may be turning people into restaurant food and can shoot chickens out of their hands (really!) is so rare, it's not even in our collection. Take a look:

Our colleague Matt says, "It's proof that a rare alchemy of enthusiasm, overreaching ambition, and creativity can overcome any budgetary limitation. The 70 minutes you'll spend watching Furious will change your life." We objectively can't recommend this enough (and if you don't believe us, maybe you'll listen to David Schmader on SLOG) AND we are honored to welcome director Tim Everitt to the store for Saturday night's show. Listen to the new Scarecrow Video podcast as our colleagues Matt and Kevin discuss with Everitt how Furious came to be.

Join us for what promises to be two of the most entertaining evenings in our store's history. Both screenings begin at 8pm and are 21 & over with BEER & other refreshments available from VHSpresso. And, of course, it's FREE.

In other Scarecrow Video Screening Room news, Sunday at 1pm we're showing The Hunt For Red October in honor of Sean Connery's birthday. Sure, there are other films and series we could play, but really, we'll use any excuse to have Hunt on in the store.


SIFF Cinema's Slapstick Savants starts Friday night with two new 2k digital restorations of Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush at 6pm and Harold Lloyd in Saftey Last! at 8pm. Visit the series page for the full schedule and use promo code SCARECROW + MOVIES for $3 OFF regular-priced tickets.

Friday night, the good people at Something Weird Video present That's Sexploitation, a visual history of sex on screen from 1930 to 1970. If you attend this evening of rare sinema, you'll also get a free sex-ed book!

On Saturday, SIFF unleashes the fury of Sharknado for a special one-night-only event complete with floating inflatable sharks and a shark vs. chainsaw piñata party.

Local filmmaker extraordinare Megan Griffiths hosts an evening of craptastic VHS greatness Thursday night with a double feature of Brandon Lee's Laser Mission, and the Barbarian Brothers' The Barbarians.

The World's End, the final film in Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost's "Cornetto trilogy," opens this week at SIFF. The film follows five childhood friends who reunite for a night of pub crawling, only to find their hometown has been taken over by alien robots. In addition to promising to be another fine comedy from the makers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this film boasts a 90s Britpop soundtrack, Paddy Considine, and Martin Freeman.

Lee Daniels' The Butler continues on this week at SIFF. The movie, directed by Lee Daniels (Precious) and written by Danny Strong (Game Change, also played Jonathan on Buffy), tells the remarkable story of a White House butler (Forest Whitaker) who served eight presidents over three decades. The robust ensemble cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Alan Rickman, Mariah Carey, Robin Williams, and John Cusack as Richard Nixon (!).


Northwest Film Forum celebrates the work of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini Friday night with Pasolini's Last Words, a new documentary chronicling the life of the poet and director and his shocking murder in 1975 using footage of his life alongside texts he worked on during his last years. Director Cathy Lee Crane will be in attendance.

The Pasolini appreciation continues this weekend with The Hawks and The Sparrows, his 1966 comedy and fable featuring a father and son, a talking crow, and a score by Ennio Morricone.

NWFF presents the Seattle Bike-In on Saturday night at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill  with all sorts of cycling activities. The evening will be capped off with the best of bike-centric cinema: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Bike-In DJs "will masterfully replace almost the entire soundtrack (including music, sound effects and dialogue) of the film, live, using vinyl records!"

Sunday night, NWFF honors the life and music of Mia Zapata with The Gits, an inspiring documentary on the local band and Zapata, their legendary frontwoman. She was killed twenty years ago this July, and Sunday would have been her forty-eighth birthday.

Monday through Thursday, Centro Historico provides a layered look at life in town in northern Portugal through the works of four directors: Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, and Manoel de Oliveira.


Central Cinema's Hot Summer Nights concludes this week with Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window and the cinematic adaptation of Rent (I imagine there will be some singing along allowed).

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. This screening is a benefit for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

Sunday, CC hosts a screening of healthy eating-focused documentary Food Matters. Thursday's all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by the Hot Summer Nights Closing Film, the throat-ripping genius of Road House.


Grand Illusion Cinema has Andrew Bujalski's critically acclaimed comedy Computer Chess. Set during a weekend chess software tournament in the early 1980s, Computer Chess, "transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed of the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future. Shot in glorious, analog, B&W video!"

On Monday, our friends from The MacGuffin Podcast present another Secret Movie Night. Hint: It's a 1989 blockbuster that has good visual jokes and somehow involves a baseball.

Save the date for next weekend's Rewind This! VHS documentary with director Josh Johnson in attendance and David Cronenberg's Videodrome on lovely 35mm.


Seattle's outdoor movie scene is sadly coming to a close, with a few wrapping up this week. Saturday night is your last chance to check out the Scarecrow-curated Outdoor Movie Nights series at Elysian Brewing. Our last movie is Mel Brooks' sci-fi parody Spaceballs. The beer garden opens at 8pm (we can vouch for the Straight-To-Video IPA) and the movie starts at dusk (approx. 9-9:30pm) with Scarecrow-made pre-show entertainment (rumor has it this infamous video will make an appearance) 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 presents Galaxy Quest, which was supposed to play two weeks ago but was rained out. This is good timing though, because now there's a Star Trek convention in town. The movie 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 with the epic musical of romance and revolution, Les Miserables. The good thing is that outside in the dark, no one will be able to see you sobbing as Anne Hathaway earns her Oscar.

Don your favorite bathrobe and head to Fremont Outdoor Cinema Saturday night for The Big Lebowski. The corresponding Dude Fest features a White Russian bar and Lebowski costume contest.

The Museum of History and Industry's Movies in the Park series wraps up with Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in War Games. Did you know some of it was shot here in Seattle? Check out our early 80s skyline at the beginning.

Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park concludes Thursday, August 29 with the modern classic / movie the most people you know can recite along with: The Princess Bride.


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