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Bleeding Skull, 70mm & more cinema stuff for the week of September 13

This week's cinema roundup begins in our Screening Room. Friday night at 8pm, we have Plain Clothes, Martha Coolidge's 1988 comedy about a thirty-something cop who goes undercover at a high school to investigate a murder. The high school is actually Ballard's Salmon Bay school, and the rest of the film takes place all around our fair city. Before the show, we recommend you read Spenser's review in our Scarecrow on Seattle column.

Saturday evening, we welcome the authors of Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey. Join us at 6:30pm for meeting, greeting, and book signing before they head up the street to Grand Illusion Cinema at 9pm for a double feature of A Night to Dismember (1983) and Boardinghouse (1982) on VHS and 35mm respectively.

Our Rebel Highway series continues Monday at 7pm with Motorcycle Gang starring Gerald McRaney as the head of a family (including daughter Carla Gugino) whose cross-country road trip falls under siege by bad-boy bikers Jake Busey and Richard Edson. Read more about this Showtime series of 1950s movies remade with '90s talent and check out the upcoming screenings on our blog.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Scarecrow debut of Geeks Who Drink trivia! It will be here every Tuesday starting at 7pm. Keep an eye on the official Geeks Who Drink at Scarecrow Video Facebook page for updates on the week's quiz and the chance to win valuabe (and often drinkable) prizes.


Also this week at Grand Illusion Cinema, there's The Muslims are Coming!, a documentary following a group of Muslim-American comedians across the country as they confront stereotypes and haters with their humor. Celebrities like Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Janeane Garofalo, and David Cross provide commentary along the way. Filmmakers Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah will be in attendance for Friday night's shows.

Thursday night, the 20 / 20 Awards presents Lasse Hallstrom's 1993 drama What's Eating Gilbert Grape? Did young Leonardo DiCaprio deserve his Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor? Was Johnny Depp's messy, shoulder-length hairdo his best? These are the questions for your re-consideration.


This weekend SIFF Cinema hosts the Seattle Design Festival, three days films focused on architecture and design. It starts Friday night with 16 Acres, a documentary that goes behind the scenes of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site in New York. Visit the festival page for the full schedule of films and events.

Paradise: Faith opens this week at SIFF Cinema. The film follows a missionary whose work is disrupted by the sudden return of her paraplegic Muslim husband. Austrian director Ulrich Seidl "gleefully examines the hypocrisies of religious zealotry through expressive confrontation, satire, and a shockingly explicit chance encounter." It's the second installment of his Paradise trilogy; we have the first film Paraside: Love for rent here at Scarecrow. 

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 night at SIFF Film Center (by the Vera Project in Seattle Center), there's a public script reading of the upcoming feature Second Nature ("Think Bridesmaids meets Working Girl"). Visit their Facebook event page for details.

Monday's Samurai Cinema film is Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri. The Totally 80s Tuesday double feature is a pair of primo parodies: Airplane! and Better Off Dead.

Thursday night, director Charles Ahearn will be in attendance for two films on 80s hip-hop, his 1983 documentary Wild Style (in a special 30th anniversary restoration) and his new film Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer, a look at the photographer's decades of work capturing hip-hop culture.

Continuing on at SIFF are writer / director Joe Swanberg's romantic comedy Drinking Buddies starring Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson as flirty, boozy co-workers at a Chicago microbrewery and The World's End, Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost's hilarious tale of pub crawlers vs. alien robots.


Northwest Film Forum has a lovely 50th anniversary restoration of Le Joli Mai. In 1963, directors Pierre Lhomme and Chris Marker took to the streets of Paris to gather stories from everyday citizens. "Like magic, their unassuming interviews of random Parisians—simple questions about their private and public lives—turned into a groundbreaking work of essay filmmaking, even collage."

Chris Marker will be the subject of conversation for this month's Framing Pictures film discussion Friday at 5pm. Marker expert Philip Wohlstetter will join local critics Kathleen Murphy and Richard T. Jameson to talk about Le Joli Mai and more cinema-related subjects.

Saturday evening, KPLU 88.5 and Easy Street Records present another Music Craft night, this one featuring Leonard Cohen and a 1988 performance from his I'm Your Man tour in San Sebastian, Spain.

Monday night, The Sprocket Society hosts First Stories: Early Film Narratives 1901-1913, an evening of 16mm shorts from the US, France and Britain that trace the evolution of narrative film.


Central Cinema has two movies featuring epic face-offs this week. First, King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is an engrossing documentary about the battle between Billy Mitchell and Seattle-area resident Steve Wiebe for the ultimate supremacy in Donkey Kong. After this movie came out our staff spent the next few months constantly whispering "There's a Donkey Kong kill screen coming up" to each other. Second, there's the awesome 80s rock band vs. motorcycle ninjas martial arts film Miami Connection.

Thursday's all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, presented in Hecklevision with your thoughtful, balanced comments about the effects of stardom on young pop stars appearing on screen via the magic of text messaging.


If you've noticed the Scarecrow staff drooling more often  than usual lately, it's because of the Big Screen 70mm Film Festival at the Cinerama. It starts this weekend with, brace yourself, Baraka, Vertigo, Lawrence of Arabia, 2001, The Sound of Music and Patton. With film sadly going by the wayside, you should not miss this chance to see such classics in this format. Visit the Cinerama site for the full schedule, and we'll see you line for the chocolate popcorn.


Last but certainly not least, Lynn Shelton's new film Touchy Feely opens at Harvard Exit Theatre. Ms. Shelton and actor/songwriter Tomo Nakayama will be in attendance for Friday night's shows and others over the weekend.


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