Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015)

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Mia Madre, Nanni Moretti’s latest film, tells the story of Marguerita (Marguerita Buy), a filmmaker in the middle of making a political drama about a factory strike. She’s dealing with her mother’s failing health and other personal relationships. The film is reportedly based on Moretti’s experiences with dealing with the death of a loved one while making We Have a Pope. So, in essence, Marguerita is something of a Moretti stand-in but the character has shades that wouldn’t quite fit if Moretti played the role, and allows for new wrinkles to Moretti’s cinema (three generations of women). Instead, Moretti settles for a supporting role as Marguerita’s brother, who seems to have abandoned his job in order to care for their mother. His scenes and performance act as counterpoint to the work/life balance difficulties of Marguerita. Mia Madre finds Moretti in European Master mode with measured compositions, Arvo Pärt strings and a general tastefulness that makes the whole project somewhat bland.  And yet it remains of interest.

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Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawksi, 2015)

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At the end of his life and career, Andrzej Zulawski brooked no wasted time. His Cosmos screams into existence at a howling pitch and hurtles forward unhindered. The Polish director’s final film immediately thrusts frustrated young law student Witold—Jonathan Genet, as limber and deranged as the film itself—into a warped pan-European bed and breakfast populated by cranks and character actors. A galaxy of ideas orbits Witold’s extended stay, emanations from a mind wracked by scholarly frustrations and writerly ambitions (he shares both his name and aspired-to profession with Witold Gombrowicz, author of the novel on which Zulawski based his film). The mossed old lodgings and Witold’s attempts at writing form the only real center for the strange events that unfold in Cosmos, but even that center cannot hold for long. Things break into increasingly fragmentary pieces: Buñuelian doubles appear, characters invent their own linguistic code, and the filmmaking process itself eventually takes center stage. Attempting to divine a clearer narrative path is a fool’s errand, and rather beside the point.

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Friday September 9 – Thursday September 15

Featured Film:

The 70mm Film Festival at the Cinerama

Eschewing their laser projection for a few days, the Cinerama will be playing actual film for the next ten days or so. And not only film: 70mm, the high-resolution format of the past that looks about a thousand percent better than the digital presentations of the present. The series kicks off with 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tron on Friday, followed by The Sound of Music (our podcast), Lawrence of ArabiaInterstellarAliens, Apocalypse Now, Spartacus, Baraka, Inherent Vice, Starman (our podcast), The Master, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Patton, Lifeforce and The Hateful 8 (our review) over the following week.

Playing This Week:

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

A League of Their Own (Penny Marshall, 1992) Fri-Tues
Tremors (Ron Underwood, 1990) Fri-Tues
The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967) Thurs Only

Cinerama:

70mm Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

SIFF Egyptian:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Sun, Tues-Weds

Century Federal Way:

Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) Sun & Weds Only

Cinerama:

70mm Film Festival Fri-Thurs Full Program

Grand Cinema:

Indignation (James Schamus) Fri-Thurs
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
For the Love of Spock (Adam Nimoy) Mon & Weds Only
Free to Run (Pierre Morath) Tues Only
The Beatles: 8 Days a Week (Ron Howard) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Hooligan Sparrow (Nanfu Wang) Fri-Thurs
Miss Sharon Jones! (Barbara Kopple) Fri-Thurs

Landmark Guild 45th:

Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti) Fri-Thurs Our Review
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (Keishi Ohtomo) Tues & Weds Only

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Baar Baar Dekho (Nitya Mehra) Fri-Thurs
Inkokkadu (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs (Telugu)
Iru Mugan (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs (Tamil)
Janatha Garage (Koratala Siva) Fri-Thurs
Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

Inkokkadu (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs
No Manches Frida (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs
Jyo Achyutananda (Anand Shankar) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski) Fri-Sun Our Review
Chatty Catties (Pablo Valencia) Fri Only
Suddenly, Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959) Sat Only 35mm
Wretched Woman / Pig or Poet? (Emily Esperanza) Sun Only VHS, Director in Attendance
Lonesome Cowboys (Andy Warhol, 1968) Sun Only 16mm
Ways of Something Weds Only
The People Garden (Nadia Litz) Weds Only
Take Three 2016 Thurs Only

AMC Pacific Place:

A Tale of Love and Darkness (Natalie Portman) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Rustom (Tinu Suresh Desai) Fri-Thurs
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (Alexandre Aja) Fri-Thurs
No Manches Frida (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs
Camp Sawi (Irene Villamor) Fri-Thurs
Baar Baar Dekho (Nitya Mehra) Fri-Thurs

Landmark Seven Gables:

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume) Fri-Thurs
Complete Unknown (Joshua Marston) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog) Fri-Sun
Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise (Volker Schaner) Weds Only

AMC Southcenter:

Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974) Fri-Thurs

Sundance Cinemas:

Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
Brother Nature (Osmany Rodriguez) Fri-Thurs
Other People (Chris Kelly) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
For the Love of Spock (Adam Nimoy) Fri-Thurs
One More Time With Feeling (Andrew Domink) Fri-Sun
Jesus Christ Superstar (Norman Jewish, 1973) Tues Only
L’Amour Fou (Pierre Thoretton, 2010) Weds Only
The Beatles: 8 Days a Week (Ron Howard) Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs
Transpecos (Greg Kwedar) Fri-Thurs

The Seattle Screen Scene Top 100 Films of All-Time Project

When the new Sight & Sound poll came out in 2012, Mike and I each came up with hypothetical Top Tens of our own. For the next few years, we came up with an entirely new Top Ten on our podcast, The George Sanders Show every year around Labor Day. The podcast has ended, but the project continues here at Seattle Screen Scene.

The idea is that we keep doing this until the next poll comes out, by which time we’ll each have a Top 100 list. Well, I will. Mike will have only 98 because he repeated two from his 2012 list on the 2013 one.

Here are Mike’s Top Ten Films of All-Time for 2016:

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1. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, 1926)

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2. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)

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3. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1959)

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4. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963)

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5. Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965)

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6. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)

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7. Streetwise (Martin Bell, 1984)

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8. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung, 1984)

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9. This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)

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10. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)

And here are Sean’s Top Ten Films of All-Time for 2016:

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1. Ruggles of Red Gap (Leo McCarey, 1935)

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2. Hatari! (Howard Hawks, 1962)

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3. News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1977)

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4. The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer, 1986)

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5. Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark, 1986)

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6. The Last of the Mohicans (Michael Mann, 1992)

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7. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001)

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8. Running on Karma (Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai, 2003)

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9. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

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10. Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhrio Yamashita, 2005)

Friday September 2 – Thursday September 8

Featured Film:

The Big Sleep and The Big Lebowski at the Central Cinema

A classic double feature at the Central Cinema this week, with the pairing of Howard Hawks’s seminal Raymond Chandler adaptation The Big Sleep with The Coen Brothers’ riff on Chandler, Los Angeles and bowling, The Big Lebowski. We discussed The Big Sleep back on the inaugural episode of The Frances Farmer Show, and both films are part of our Seattle Screen Scene Top 100 Films of All-Time Project. We’ll be announcing the next twenty titles to join that illustrious list this week.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Tunnel (Kim Seonghoon) Fri-Thurs

Ark Lodge Cinemas:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs

Central Cinema:

The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1986) Fri-Tues Our Podcast
The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998) Fri-Tues

Century Federal Way:

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (Alexandre Aja) Fri-Thurs
Janatha Garage (Koratala Siva) Fri-Thurs
The Neverending Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984) Sun & Weds Only

Grand Cinema:

Morris from America (Chad Hartigan) Fri-Thurs
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
Under the Sun (Vitaly Mansky) Tues Only Our Review
Vanishing Sail (Alexis Andrews) Thurs Only

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Klown Forever (Mikkel Nørgaard) Sat & Tues Only

Landmark Guild 45th:

Complete Unknown (Joshua Marston) Fri-Thurs
Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Naam Hai Akira (A.R. Murugadoss) Fri-Thurs
Janatha Garage (Koratala Siva) Fri-Thurs
The Neverending Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984) Sun & Weds Only

Regal Meridian:

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (Alexandre Aja) Fri-Thurs
No Manches Frida (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs

Northwest Film Forum:

Miss Sharon Jones! (Barbara Kopple) Fri-Thurs
Los Sures (Diego Echeverria, 1984) Fri-Sun
Branching Paths (Anne Ferrero) Sat Only
Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski) Starts Thurs

AMC Pacific Place:

A Tale of Love and Darkness (Natalie Portman) Fri-Thurs

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross) Fri-Thurs
Rustom (Tinu Suresh Desai) Fri-Thurs
The 9th Life of Louis Drax (Alexandre Aja) Fri-Thurs
No Manches Frida (Nacho Garcia Velilla) Fri-Thurs

Landmark Seven Gables:

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Lars Kraume) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Film Center:

Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog) Weds & Thurs Only

Sundance Cinemas:

Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (Takeshi Nozue) Fri-Thurs
Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, 1958) Fri-Thurs

SIFF Cinema Uptown:

Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Werner Herzog) Fri-Tues
Don’t Think Twice (Mike Birbiglia) Fri-Thurs
Yoga Hosers (Kevin Smith) Fri-Thurs
Trans List and Mariela Castro’s March (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Jon Alpert) Weds Only Free Screening
One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik) Thurs Only

Varsity Theatre:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi) Fri-Thurs