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Cinema Happenings for the week of November 22

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

Greetings Film Fanatics!

So the big opening this week is the latest Hunger Games installment, Catching Fire. It is showing all over town and we’re sure you can find it. There’s lots of other cool cinematic stuff happening this week (plus, like us, you probably get Thursday off) so let’s watch some films! First off, here’s what we are up to:

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 at VHSpresso to accommodate your viewing needs.  

FRIDAY: 7pm – The Man Who Stole The Sun, A very rare 1979 Japanese cult hit about a young man who builds his own atomic bomb but can't think of anything better to do with it than blackmailing the TV stations into airing baseball games commercial free and trying to put on a Rolling Stones concert.

SATURDAY: It's THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR!! In honor of the big DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary and accompanying episode, we'll be showing classic episodes in the screening room, we'll have sale prices on all Doctor Who DVD's, and much more. Our co-sponsor, The Dreaming Comics and Games, will be here with loads of exciting Doctor Who collectables and merchandise. Come dressed as your favorite Doctor or companion - or just come in and say hello! The event starts at noon and runs until 5pm, just in time for folks to head home and catch the new episode!

SUNDAY: 1pm Horse Feathers

MONDAY: Father Goose

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals. We are closed on Thursday so be sure to stock up!

Our pals down the street at THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA have a new 35mm print of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind! You read it right, this is going to be shown from A BRAND NEW CELLULOID PRINT! If you want to make it a double feature of 35mm fun stick around Friday and Saturday night at 10 pm for Arthur Marks’ Bonnie’s Kids. Sleazy Drive-In action at its finest, plus it’s a rare print from the American Genre Film Archive! And if you missed it last week I Am Divine has been held over for 2pm shows on Saturday and Sunday.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM There’s all sorts of neat stuff going on at this Capitol Hill venue. First off is a Chris Marker retrospective running Friday through Monday. This series includes a restored version of Le Joli Mai plus others including films made by Marker’s Society for the Production of New Works as well as new films inspired by Marker. More details HERE. Also showing is Punk In Africa, a cool new documentary about the punk rock movement in Africa. It runs Friday through Sunday. The week is rounded out by another documentary called In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life With Saul Leiter about the famous street photographer. It shows Monday through Wednesday. Also on Wednesday is Differently, Molussia at 7pm only. The director will be in attendance, click on the link for more details.

SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN Showing down at the lower Queen Anne venue is the latest outing by Slavoj Zizek, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology which shows over the weekend. For those who like to sing you can join in with the Oliver! Sing Along Saturday at 1pm. Tuesday night at the SIFF Film Center is a special VHS sourced screening as part of SIFF’s ongoing VHS Night curated by Seattle filmmakers Megan Griffiths and Lacey Leavitt. This week it’s Death Ring.

Also showing this week in the University District at the VARSITY is The Broken Circle Breakdown, a new Belgian film about a tattoo artist and her bluegrass-loving boyfriend.

Noteworthy “smaller” films (compared to The Hunger Games juggernaut) hitting local screens include:

The Palme d’Or winning sensation of The Cannes Film Festival, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color. It’s showing at both The Harvard Exit and Sundance Cinemas.

Alexander Payne’s latest, Nebraska, starts its run at The Guild 45th.

Showing at Sundance Cinemas is Barbara Kopple’s latest documentary, Running From Crazy which examines the complicated life and family of actress Mariel Hemingway.  

Another best-selling young adult novel opens this week but only in a couple of cinemas and neither venue is in Seattle. The Book Thief can be seen at The Alderwood Mall and Lincoln Square Cinemas.

Do you dig Bollywood cinema? Be sure to catch a couple of new films showing around the area. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein can be seen at The Meridian 16, Totem Lake Cinemas and The Roxy Cinema and Ram-Leela shows at The Meridian 16, Lincoln Square, Totem Lake Cinemas and The Roxy Cinema  

As usual Seattle offers an abundance of cinematic delights, plus you may have an extended weekend and some extra couch time. 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. Please note we will be closed on Thursday so plan accordingly!

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