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Cinema Happenings for the week of November 15

Here's what's going on in the vicinity of Seattle's cinematic epicenter

Greetings Film Fanatics!

Here's an overview of what's happening this week, movie-wise, around town. Including an Italian Film Festival, cartoon unicorns and the new Claire Denis Joint but let’s start with…US!

SCARECROW VIDEO SCREENING ROOM- As usual we've got loads of fun going on in our screening room. Admission is free (but you have to be 21 or over after 3pm) and we sell snacks, beer, coffee, tea and popcorn to accommodate your viewing needs.  

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 8pm – Roaring Fire, A completely bonkers action comedy from legendary Pinku Eiga filmmaker Noribumi Suzuki. Japanese twin brothers are separated at birth. One stays in Japan and becomes a Yakuza, the other is sent to Texas and becomes a cowboy! When the gangster brother is murdered, the cowboy heads home for revenge! Featuring a young Hiroyuki Sanada (The Twilight Samurai), pro-wrestler Abdullah the Butcher as his bodyguard Spartacus, and Sonny Chiba as an undercover cop who's also a magician ventriloquist! They fight Nazi Triad Diamond Smugglers! Here’s the trailer- BE THERE!

SUNDAY: 1pm The Bank Dick

MONDAY: Naughty Marietta

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals and this week's special 2 for 1 Action on Thursday!

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM Our pals on Capitol Hill have a plethora of delights this week so be sure to visit them a few times. First off, on Friday is their monthly (and free) Framing Pictures discussion featuring local film critics discussing “the subject of cinephilia past, present and future.” This week also brings the Seattle theatrical premiere of Claire Denis latest film, Bastards. Click here for details (and showtimes) Also playing is a new 35mm print of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia. Here’s more information. Wait, there’s more- NWFF continues their ongoing Indigenous Showcase film series. This Saturday two Hawaiian themed films will be shown. As a bonus one of the film’s directors will be in attendance plus there is a reception at 5:30 with food from Marination Station! And on Thursday is the organization’s Autumn Members Party. If you aren’t already a member of this fine cinema arts group now is a great time to sign up!

SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN It’s time for Cinema Italian Style, SIFF’s annual festival of the best in current Italian films including new films by Bernardo Bertolucci, Giuseppe Tornatore. There will be several visiting directors and luxurious parties. A series pass is available.  Also opening this week is the powerful new documentary God Loves Uganda. Sunday’s 1pm show will be followed by a Q & A session. More details here. On Wednesday the 20th they are hosting a special FREE sneak preview of HBO’s Six By Sondheim. It will be introduced by David Armstrong, 5th Avenue Theatre Executive Producer and Artistic Director and there will be a Q&A with producer Liz Stanton and Editor Miky Wolf. Admission is free but you must RSVP!

Down the street at THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA is a week with the amazing Divine. Screening all week is I Am Divine, the winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary, Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Fest. View Trailer. Screening Friday & Saturday at 11pm only is one of the films that helped introduce Divine to the world, John Waters’ incredible Female Trouble. View Trailer.

Also showing this week in the University District at the VARSITY is Spinning Plates, a new documentary about three restaurants and the chefs and restaurateurs who run them. You will leave hungry!

THE CINERAMA is hosting a screening tour of the Rankin/Bass animated favorite The Last Unicorn. Screenwriter Peter S. Beagle will be in attendance for the shows on November 16th & 18th. Click here for details.

CENTRAL CINEMA is showing Annie Hall and Die Hard for most of the week, which is all well and good, but exciting special events include Girl Geek Con’s presentation of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World on Tuesday and Thursday brings their weekly Cartoon Happy Hour! A fun event for the whole family!

And let’s not forget THE SEATTLE ART MUSEUM’S 36th Annual Film Noir Series continues Thursday night with Robert Aldrich’s adaptation of Mickey Spillane’s Kiss Me Deadly. Hard hitting noir at its best!

As usual Seattle offers an abundance of cinematic delights so hopefully you'll have time to visit a cinema or two and be sure to stock up at Scarecrow Video to enhance this week’s viewing pleasures.

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