Friday, January 23 – Thursday, January 29

Featured Film:

Goodbye to Language 3D at the SIFF Cinema Uptown
A week-long run for the latest from French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard, a wild rumination on language, cinema, revolution, nature, Hitler and one magical dog. Our Preview.
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Playing This Week:

Central Cinema:

Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) Fri-Wed
Troll 2 (Claudio Fragasso, 1990) Fri-Wed
The Room (Tommy Wiseau) Thurs Only

SIFF Cinema Egyptian:

The Big Lebowski (The Coen Brothers, 1998) Fri & Sat Midnight

Century Federal Way:

Ode to My Father (Yoon Je-kyoon) Fri-Thurs
How the West Was Won (Various) Sun Only

Grand Cinema:

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (Mary Dore) Tues Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Burroughs: The Movie (Howard Brookner, 1983) Fri-Thurs
Naked Lunch (David Cronenberg, 1991) Fri, Thurs Our Preview.
Saturday Secret Matinee (The Sprocket Society) Sat only
It’s Gonna Blow (Bill Perrine) Sat-Sun

Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinemas:

Baby (Neeraj Panday) Fri-Thurs
Ai (Shankar) Fri-Thurs
How the West Was Won (Various) Sun Only

Northwest Film Forum:

Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2015 Program Details

AMC Pacific Place:

20 Once Again (Leste Chen) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

My Big Bossing (Joyce Bernal, Marlon Rivera & Tony Reyes) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

It’s Alive!: Frankenstein On Film  Program Details
Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931 and 1935) Double Feature Fri Only
Flesh for Frankenstein (Paul Morissey, 1973) Sat Only
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton, 1948) Sun Only
Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974) Sun Only
Rosewater (John Stewart) Mon Only

Sundance Cinemas Seattle:

Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh) Fri-Thurs
Song One (Kate Barker-Froyland) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Goodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard) Fri-Thurs
Frankenweenie in 3D (Tim Burton, 2012) Sun Only
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour) Fri-Thurs
It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) Tues Only
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Goodbye to Language 3D at the SIFF Cinema Uptown

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The latest film from Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, 84-year old icon of the French New Wave (you know the hits: Breathless, Pierrot le fou, Contempt), after a smash-hit two-night run at the Cinerama earlier this month, gets a full run of shows this week at the Uptown. In keeping with the director’s late style, it’s a series of disjointed and overlapping ruminations and jokes, half-oblique narrative and half-essay film, shot in an experimental digital 3D that is guaranteed to slice out your eyeballs. Like a handful of other auteur projects (Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Wim Wenders’s Pina), Adieu au langage (I prefer the French title, if only because it’s riffed and punned on throughout the movie) makes the case for the potential of digital 3D to add something truly new and wondrous to the art form, rather than simply as a tool for ever more “spectacular” effects designed to lure teenagers to the multiplex. There’s a kind of a plot, about two couples, or one couple twice, but like most late Godard, it isn’t, for the most part, immediately comprehensible (Professor David Bordwell has helpfully elucidated on his website his reading of the plot and its structure, along with a lot of other insights gleaned over much research and several viewings). Yet despite the gnomic impenetrability, few 2014 films are more immediately pleasurable, more of an experience. Under the sheen of narrative games and puns and references both literary and cinematic, at the center of it all, is a dog, Roxy Miéville, wandering the countryside, beside a lake, through a woods, a natural world utterly transformed by the phantasmagoric possibilities of digital cinema.

(Goodbye to Language 3D plays digitally at SIFF Cinema Uptown 1/23-1/29)