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STUDENT BODIES & more cinema stuff for the week of September 6

Our screening room goes back to school this weekend with two darker takes on public education. Friday night, there's the 1981 comedy/horror/parody Student Bodies with a special introduction by our colleague Rich. Then on Saturday night, we unleash the Heathers. It's too bad the weather's taken a turn already, or we could have some pre-show croquet in the parking lot.

Sunday's Classic Movie Matinee starts at 1pm with Billy Wilder's delightful Sabrina starring Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn.

Monday at 7pm, we kick off a series of episodes from Rebel Highway, a Showtime series from 1994 that had big directors such as Joe Dante, William Friedkin, and a fresh-off-El Mariachi Robert Rodriguez remaking '50s juvenile deliquent films. The first installment is Runaway Daughters starring Julie Bowen, Jenny Lewis, and Holly Fields as the titular daughters who run straight to a bad biker boy played by Paul Rudd. Our colleague Mark will give a special introduction to this film, which he considers his favorite by the aforementioned Mr. Dante.

Tuesday, the world famous pub trivia Geeks Who Drink makes its debut at 7pm. It's FREE to play and you'll have a chance to win fabulous prizes. You are encouraged to RSVP over at the official Facebook page.

Visit our Events page for the full list of upcoming happenings this month.


SIFF Cinema has two new films this week. First up, writer / director Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies is an romantic comedy following flirty co-workers at a Chicago microbrewery. It starts Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as colleagues who would be perfect for each other except that they are both in relationships with other people (Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston, respectively). The drama between them is only heightened by the copious alcohol consumption. Second, director Anne Fontaine's Adore follows the emotional story, based on Doris Lessing's novella, of two lifelong friends (Robin Wright and Naomi Watts) who fall in love with each other's sons. It screened at SIFF 2013 under the title Two Mothers.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there's Spark: A Burning Man Story, a documentary which goes deep into the process behind organizing the annual festival and the artists who create its many spectacles.

Monday, SIFF's Samurai Cinema series begins with what's probably the best of the genre: Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. If you've never seen or, or have never seen it on the big screen, we strongly encourage you to go.

This week's Totally 80s Tuesdays series goes crazy for Patrick Swayze with Dirty Dancing and Road House. I really can't think of a more enjoyable or inspiring way to spend an weekday evening.

Thursday night, learn all about the people, place and times that produced the Fremont Troll in the documentary The Hall of Giants: The Story of the Fremont Troll. You'll learn all kinds of interesting facts to share with your out-of-town relatives & friends when they visit.

The World's End, Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost's hilarious tale of pub crawlers vs. alien robots, continues its run this week at SIFF.


Northwest Film Forum presentst the first film on their new DCP projection system--a new restoration of Michael Ciminio's infamous Heaven's Gate. This 1980 epic western about romance and class warfare on the plains of Wyoming has gone from derided flop to celebrated masterpiece in the 30 years since its release. Its impressive cast includes Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Jeff Bridges, Isabelle Huppert, and John Hurt.

Directors Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri will be at NWFF this weekend to present two of their documentaries. Friday and Saturday night, there's the Big Pharma expose Off Label: "Telling the stories of those affected by the pharmaceutical industry (from patients to physicians to professional guinea pigs) while keeping their stories human and even humorous, directors Mosher and Palmieri expose the causes and tragic consequences of overmedication." It continues its run through Thursday.

Saturday, they'll be in attendance for October Country, which visits with the four-generations-under-one-roof Mosher family over several Halloweens. The film shows again on Sunday.

Saturday at 5pm, Mole Cartoons is a collection of animated adventures by Czech animator Zdenek Miler. Miler, who started working in the 1940s with legendary animator Jiri Trnka (visit his section in our animation room), got the idea for a story about a mole after literally tripping over a mole hill and went on to create hundreds of stories in the early 60s. "Come and thrill in Mole’s series of adventures as our hero saves a falling star, tinkers with a camera, yearns to own a car, takes a journey to the big city, a trip to a chemical plant (!) and fights to save his forest from a marauding bulldozer."


Central Cinema lets the summer linger a bit longer this week with Wet Hot American Summer starring Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, and most everyone from The State. They also have Stanley Donen's wonderful romantic comedy/mystery Charade starring Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and the streets of Paris.

Thursday's all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by a special live show by the VHS-adoring, found-footage-finding folks from Everything is Terrible! "The fur-covered, glitter-smothered gang from EIT! will emcee the festivities, bringing all the costumed merriment that has made EIT! live shows (in)famous! Outrageously funny! Totally clean! "


Grand Illusion Cinema welcomes a double feature of Guitar Innovators with In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey and Approximately Nels Cline. The first film celebrates the life of the late "father of American primitive guitar" which "combines interviews, performances and archival footage with animation in a kinetic, musically charged tribute to a tremendously influential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur." The second features "avant-guarde titan" and Wilco lead guitarist Cline in perfomance alongside Scott Amendola and Devin Hoff, and special guests Carla Kihlstedt, Ron Miles, Yuka Honda, Ben Goldberg and Matthias Bossi.

Monday and Tuesday, The GI has a documentary on a subject dear to our hearts. The Rep follows three film geeks during their first year running the single-screen repertory theater The Toronto Underground Cinema. It also takes a broader look at theaters across North America like our friends at The Hollywood Theatre in Portland and The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. "Currently being devalued by studios, corporate theatres and patrons themselves, movies have become less of an experience and more of an activity. Watching a film is something you just do to pass the time, rather than the event and spectacle they once were. Repertory cinema is an ever-shrinking but ever-passionate world of film lovers trying to keep the experience of cinema alive." Amen.


For you Late Night moviegoers, the Midnight Movie on Saturday night at Harvard Exit Theatre is American Psycho.


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