Friday April 15 – Thursday April 21

Featured Film:

Seijun Suzuki at the Grand Illusion and the Northwest Film Forum

Beginning last week, Seattle’s best art house theatres launched an eleven film retrospective of the works of Japanese director Seijun Suzuki, featuring several of his classic 1960s films as well as a handful of later works. Growing out of B-movie cops and gangster pictures in the 1950s, Suzuki by the mid-60s took to abstracting his generic tales with wild flourishes of color and framing, not so much eating away at the conventions of the studio system as Hollywood termites like Samuel Fuller did, but rather outright obliterating conventions of realism, exposing previously unfathomable, ludicrous beauties in the crime melodrama. By the late 60s, his excesses got him banned from the studio system, only to resurface a decade later with his acclaimed Taishō Trilogy. This weekend the Grand Illusion presents two of his 60s films, Gate of Flesh and Fighting Elegy, with all three Taishō films to follow over the next two weeks, all on 35mm. Meanwhile, on Wednesdays from April 27-May 11, the Film Forum is showing 60s classics Tatooed Life, Tokyo Drifter, Carmen from Kawachi, and Branded to Kill. This week on The Frances Farmer Show, we’ll be talking about Suzuki and his Youth of the Beast (which played this past Wednesday at the Film Forum), along with Takeshi Kitano’s 1993 yakuza film Sonatine.

Playing This Week:

Central Cinema:

Bridget Jones’s Diary (Sharon Maguire, 2001) Fri-Tues
Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

Theri (Atlee Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993) Sun & Weds Only

Cinerama:

The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino) Fri-Thurs 70mm Our Review

Grand Cinema:

Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Marguerite (Xavier Giannoli) Fri-Thurs
Cambodian Son (Kosal Khiev) Fri Only
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Ergüven) Tues Only Our Review 
Landfill Harmonic (Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley) Thurs Only
A Hologram for the King (Tom Tykwer) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Too Late (Dennis Hauck) Fri-Thurs 35mm Director in attendance Fri
Gate of Flesh (Seijun Suzuki, 1964) Sat Only 35mm Intro by Tony Kay
Fighting Elegy 
(Seijun Suzuki, 1966) Sun Only 35mm Intro by Tony Kay Our Suzuki Podcast
Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) Weds Only

Landmark Guild 45th:

Marguerite (Xavier Giannoli) Fri-Thurs
The Empire of Corpses (Ryôtarô Makihara) Tues & Weds Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Theri (Atlee Kumar) Fri-Thurs
Fan (Maneesh Sharma) Fri-Thurs
Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Chongqing Hot Pot (Yang Qing) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) Fri – Thurs Our Podcast 
Fan (Maneesh Sharma) Fri-Thurs
The Witch (Robert Eggers) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review

Northwest Film Forum:

By Design 2016 Fri-Sun Only Full Program
Heartburn Highways (James Szalapski) Fri Only
Following Kina (Sonia Goldenberg) Sat Only
My Brooklyn (Kelly Anderson, 2013) Mon Only
Hausu (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1977) Weds Only 35mm, Live Score
A Space Program (Van Neistat & Tom Sachs) Thurs Only Director in Attendance

AMC Leows Oak Tree:

Fan (Maneesh Sharma) Fri-Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

New York, New York (Luo Dong) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

The Force Awakens (JJ Abrams) Fri – Thurs Our Podcast 
Fan (Maneesh Sharma) Fri-Thurs
The Witch (Robert Eggers) Fri-Thurs Our Review

Seattle Art Museum:

Stolen Kisses (François Truffaut, 1968) Thurs Only

Landmark Seven Gables:

The First Monday in May (Andrew Rossi) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra) Fri-Thurs
A Space Program (Van Neistat) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review
Sold (Jeffrey D. Brown) Fri-Thurs
Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Born to Be Blue (Robert Budreau) Fri-Thurs
The Preppie Connection (Joseph Castelo) Fri-Thurs

Regal Thornton Place:

Everybody Wants Some!! (Richard Linklater) Fri-Thurs Our Review Our Other Review

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov) Fri-Thurs Our Review
April and the Extraordinary World (Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci) Fri-Thurs
Sync Music Video Festival 2016 Fri Only

Varsity Theatre:

The Adderall Diaries (Pamela Romanowsky) Fri-Thurs
One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (Robert Edwards) Fri-Thurs
Kill Your Friends (Owen Harris) Fri-Thurs
Fastball (Jonathan Hock) Fri-Thurs
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