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Saturday Morning Confusion & more for the week of September 20

Before we get into this week's cinema roundup, we'd like to thank everyone for the kind words about the article on the state of our store in the recent issue of Seattle Weekly. As we said on Video Store Day, our mission is to provide the richest variety of film possible and share in our customers' love of cinema. We are extremely grateful for your support and will do our best to continue to unite people with film.

There's a lot of great things going on this week in our humble screening room. Friday evening at 6pm we have True Born African: The Story Winston "Flames" Jarrett, which chronicles the life and times of the legendary roots reggae artist. Saturday night at 8pm, we welcome the VHS compilation Saturday Morning Confusion. "Featuring an assortment of cartoons, sock puppets, semi-celebrities, rappers, wrestlers, all-kid rock bands, preachy stop-motion animation, and Katharine Hepburn--all from glorious VHS." We recommend you enjoy the trailer.

Fasten your seatbelts on Sunday, because the all-ages Classic Movie Matinee at 1pm is All About Eve (1954) starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and a young Marilyn Monroe. The Rebel Highway series continues Monday at 7pm with Roadracers (Robert Rodriguez's follow up to El Mariachi) starring David Arquette as a drag racing juvenile delinquent, John Hawkes as his buddy, and Salma Hayek as a girl who stirs up trouble. Tuesday brings our usual night with Geeks Who Drink trivia 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 valuable (and often drinkable) prizes.

All Scarecrow events are FREE and 21 & over (unless otherwise stated) with BEER & other refreshments available from VHSpresso.


Elsewhere about town, Northwest Film Forum has The Great Hip Hop Hoax, the true story of a Scottish hip-hop duo who blew an audition with some A & R folks, took the opportunity to "reinvent" themselves as two skater guys from California, and ended up getting a record deal under the name Silibil n’ Brains. Director Jeanie Finlay tells their compelling story that explores "truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame."

If you're a member of NWFF, the annual Members meeting is Monday at 7pm. On Thursday, the Flower Boy Drama Club series begins with the first episode of the wildly popular Korean drama series Coffee Prince. They'll be showing episodes every Thursday throughout the fall. If you haven't experience the K-drama phenomenon yet, we encourage you to go and then check out our extensive selection of Korean TV shows for rent.

The Local Sightings Film Festival starts Friday, September 27 at NWFF with the Opening Night film Walking Against the Wind, the debut feature by Seattle filmmaker Brendan Flynn. We're giving away two tickets to the film and the party that follows. To enter, just email us at with the subject line LOCAL. We'll pick winners next Wednesday, September 25.


The highly acclaimed thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo opens this week at SIFF Cinema. If you're the sort of person who makes a point to see any movie that might be up for lots of things come Awards Season, put this on your must-see list.

This weekend SIFF has four restored classics by director Fritz Lang: M starring Peter Lorre, Metropolis with 25 minutes of recently disccovered footage, and Die Nibelungen: Parts One and Two. Fun fact: Die Nibelungen is the Nordic legend that also inspired Wagner's Ring Cycle.

C.O.G. plays Friday through Sunday at the SIFF Film Center. Based on a story from David Sedaris' book Naked, it follows a young man (Glee's Jonathan Groff) on his journey to fulfill his Steinbeckian dream of working on an apple farm in Oregon. Dean Stockwell, Denis O'Hare, and Casey Wilson play some of the colorful folks he meets along the way.

Monday's Samurai Cinema film is Kihachi Okamoto's 1968 action/dark comedy Kill! The Totally '80s Tuesday double feature is a David Bowie-athon with Labyrinth and The Hunger.

The World's End, Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost's hilarious tale of pub crawlers vs. alien robots, is still going strong at SIFF.


Central Cinema kicks it into high gear this week with Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee and Fist Foot Way starring Danny McBride. On Saturday night, CC hosts the 6th Annual Sketchfest Comedy Film Challenge with humorous films from across the country competing for valuable prizes as judged by local celebs Danielle K.L. Gregoire, Nancy Guppy, and David Schmader. Tuesday, test your cinema knowledge with the great Movie Cat Trivia. Thursday's all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by a special presentation of David Lynch's Dune starring Kyle MacLachlan, Patrick Stewart, and giant worms.


Speaking of Bruce Lee, our dear neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have one of the films about the Wing Chun grandmaster who was Lee's teacher--Ip Man: The Final Fight. "What began as simple challenges from rival kung fu schools soon finds him drawn into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honor, Ip Man has no choice but to fight - one last time."

Friday & Saturday night at 9pm, there's An American Hippie in Israel, the 1972 legend of psychedelic cult cinema. "Machine gun wielding mimes, robots, blood thirsty sharks, free loving debauchery and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies, all this and more is present in writer-director-prophet Amos Sefer's allegorical independent film."


The Big Screen 70mm Film Festival continues at the Cinerama with gorgeous presentations of Vertigo, Spartacus, The Sound of Music, Patton, Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey and more. As we always say, treat your cinema-loving self and see at least one of these on the big screen.


Ride the Night: The 36th Annual Film Noir series at Seattle Art Museum starts Thursday, September 26 with nine weeks of films, all on glorious 35mm film. First up is This Gun For Hire (1942) starring Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. You can get your series tickets at SAM or here at Scarecrow.


Last but certainly not least, Lynn Shelton's new film Touchy Feely continues its run this week atop Capitol Hill at Harvard Exit Theatre. Saturday's Midnight Movie is The Neverending Story. Ok, now that it's in your head, go ahead and listen to the song.


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