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Cinema stuff for the week of September 27

This weekend, juvenile delinquents will be running rampant all over our screening room. First up, Friday night at 8pm there's classic seedy exploitation of Class of 1984, in which a rabid gang of teens clash with a rookie teacher. It stars Perry King, Timothy Van Patten, Roddy McDowell, and a young Michael J. Fox. Then on Saturday at 8pm, there's Class of 1999 which pits punk high school students against android military teachers in the futuristic dystopia of Seattle. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Pam Grier, and Wallingford's Lincoln High School. Sunday's all-ages Classic Movie Matinee at 1pm continues the rebellious teen theme with 1955's Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford and Sidney Poitier.

Our last Rebel Highway (the Showtime series that remade '50s movies with '90s talent) screening is Monday at 7pm with the drama Girls in Prison starring Ione Skye and Anne Heche as, you guessed it, girls in prison. If you missed any of the shows or want to check out the rest of the series, we have them all for rent here at the store. Our regular night of Geeks Who Drink trivia is at 7pm. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.

 

Elsewhere about town, the excellent Local Sightings Film Festival starts Friday at Northwest Film Forum, with a full week that showcases all kinds of features, shorts, and documentaries from around our region. The Opening Night film is Walking Against the Wind, the debut feature by Seattle filmmaker Brendan Flynn. Check out David Schmader's preview in The Stranger and visit the schedule page for the full list of events. We recommend the sentient mold-tastic Motivational Growth, a story of love and crappy movies called Junk from the makers of  Zombies of Mass Destruction, and psychotronic thriller Lauren is Missing by our former colleague Michael Harring.

 

Psychological thriller Blue Caprice opens this week at SIFF Cinema. It's an intense look at the 2002 Washington, D.C. sniper attacks from the point of view of the father and son who committed the horrific acts.

This week at the SIFF Film Center (by the Vera Project), there's GMO OMG, a documentary about corporate control over seeds. "The fears of unknown health and environmental risks, chemical toxins, and the modern food monopoly meets with the light of a growing global movement to take back what we have lost."

Monday's Samurai Cinema film is another of giant of the genre: Yojimbo, featuring the incredible duo of director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune. The Totally '80s Tuesday double feature is a fantasy free-for-all with Krull and Dragonslayer.

C.O.G., the film based on a story from David Sedaris' book Naked which follows a young man (Glee's Jonathan Groff) on his journey to fulfill his Steinbeckian dream of working on an apple farm in Oregon, has been held over this week. Also continuing on at SIFF are highly acclaimed thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, and Edgar Wright / Simon Pegg / Nick Frost's hilarious tale of pub crawlers vs. alien robots The World's End.

 

Central Cinema has two great films starring Kirsten Dunst released in the now shockingly long ago year of 1999: Sofia Coppola's directorial debut feature The Virgin Suicides and the deadly beauty pageantry of Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Friday night there's a 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. It's a benefit for the good folks at Washington Bus. Sunday night, gather with fellow Breaking Bad fans to bid farewell to the series along with "trivia and other fun chemistry." The wonderful people of Geek Girl Con present a TV Dinner Monday evening with episodes of The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. starring Bruce Campbell. Thursday's all-ages & family-friendly Cartoon Happy Hour will be followed by Mars Attacks! Ack! Ack!

 

Our dear neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema welcome Our Nixon, a documentary comprised of archival home movies shot on Super 8 by three of President Nixon's young, idealistic aides. The films were seized during the Watergate hearings and remained fiiled away for almost 40 years. This footage, seen now for the first time since then, creates an "intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency as never seen before." Our Nixon won the Documentary Award at this year's Seattle International Film Festival.

On Wednesday, there's a free screening of The Paw Project, This documentary "is an inspiring David and Goliath story of a grassroots movement to protect felines, both large and small, from the cruelty of declawing and how the movement has prevailed, despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations."

Thursday, there's Musicwood, the story of three world-renowned guitar makers who travel to Alaska on a mission to negotiate with Native Americans on how a forest is logged in order to preserve the trees from which they make their instruments. "The film features exclusive acoustic performances and interviews with acoustic virtuoso Kaki King, The Antlers, Yo La Tengo, Steve Earle, Turin Brakes, and Kurt Wagner of Lambchop."

 

The Big Screen 70mm Film Festival at the Cinerama ends this weekend with the 1962 western mega-ensemble How The West Was Won and a rare showing of This is Cinerama. Both are in the original Cinerama three strip format.

 

Ride the Night: The 36th Annual Film Noir series at Seattle Art Museum continues Thursday with the 1945 obsessive love story Leave Her To Heaven starring Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde. Like all the films in the series, it will be presented on lovely 35mm film.

 

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