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Cinema Happenings for the week of February 21

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

Hi Friends, Every week Scarecrow tries to offer up an overview of repertory revivals, films festivals and limited release films. Enough of this palaver, Let’s get the show on the road and start with US!

SCARECROW VIDEO 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: 8pm Scifi Commons present Flash Gordon

SATURDAY: 8pm The Shaw Brothers: The Battle Wizard

SUNDAY: 2pm Customer selected film featured in The Story of Film

                   5pm BEST OF SIFF: Wattstax & Wheedle’s Groove


TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  


THURSDAY: 7pm Black Hollywood

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals.


Probably the biggest excitement for all us Scarecrow nerds is the premiere of what is probably the great Hayao Miyazaki’s last film The Wind Rises. It opens Friday night at Seattle’s most impressive venue the mighty Cinerama.

One of the week’s more unusual cinematic events is DJ Spooky’s remix of DW Griffith’s controversial silent film Birth of a Nation. The remix is entitled Rebirth of a Nation and it shows February 23rd at 7pm at The Moore Theatre.

Our pals down the street at THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA is showcasing a festival of Woody Allen films from the 80s. This week Crimes and Misdemeanors and Another Woman on the screen. The timing of this series isn’t the best but the cinema assures us that these films were booked months ago and are not meant as a comment on recent events. Also playing Friday and Saturday at 10pm is one of the greatest cult films you’ve never heard of, The Telephone Book. The Sprocket Society’s Secret Saturday Matinees continue on Saturdays at 2pm. Here’s a preview for this week’s show. Finally the Sprocket Society presents a special bonus show Thursday night of vintage Betty Boop Cartoons. The cinema’s showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM The Capitol Hill venue is hosting a retrospective of the films of Czech director Jan Nemec called Independent of Reality. Instead of listing all the films we suggest you click on the link. Also showing at the Forum is a new Irish/German coproduction called Run and Jump starring busy Will Forte. Sunday brings visiting filmmaker Paul Stekler to the theater and he will show Getting Back to Abnormal. On Wednesday night is a free event, Above and Beyonce: A Bootylicious Screening and Panel Discussion. Also hitting the screen is the Seattle premiere of Winter in the Blood which opens Thursday for a weeklong run. Producer Sherman Alexie will be in attendance Thursday night and the picture’s directors will be there Thursday-Saturday.

SIFF CINEMA has a whole lot going on including a handful of showing of Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen. This movie montage features clips from over 450 films! Also showing is 7 Boxes, a new film from Paraguay that was an audience favorite at the SIFF 2013film festival, SIFF’s bi-monthly Crash Cinema Film Challenge takes place on Saturday and the National Theatre Live’s performance of Coriolanus has a few more screenings. They’ve got some other worthwhile films continuing their runs so click on the link for details.

The Seattle Art Musuem’s film series The Golden Age of Italian Cinema continues Thursday night with Frederico Fellini’s classic 8 1/2 starring Marcello Mastroianni. If you didn’t buy a series pass, tickets are available at the door.

Other notable local movie action include two separate programs of Oscar nominated shorts playing at Sundance Cinemas, a new adaptation of Emile Zola’s Therese Raquin called In Secret starts a limited engagement at a few screens around town and The Rocket (a film set in Laos but made by an Australian) opens at The Varsity.

Once again, Seattle offers an over-abundance of cinematic delight. Hopefully you'll take advantage of all these great opportunities and be sure to stock up at Scarecrow Video to enhance this week’s viewing pleasures. 

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