Friday November 8 – Thursday November 14

Featured Film:

Perfect Blue at the Northwest Film Forum

It seems there’s a Miyazaki movie playing every other week here in Seattle (there are two next week: Castle in the Sky and Princess Mononoke), and it’s been the case for going on 20 years now that he and, to a lesser extent, the other Studio Ghibli filmmakers are about all we regularly get from Japanese animated film in regular theatrical release. That’s starting to change though, with great releases like Naoko Yamada’s Liz and the Blue Bird, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name., and Mamoru Hosada’s Wolf Children in recent years. But in the late 90s and into the 2000s, the one director who could break Miyazaki’s stranglehold on the American market was Satoshi Kon. This week the Northwest Film Forum and the Grand Illusion begin a retrospective of his work with his 1997 Hitchcockian classic Perfect Blue. Next week, they’ll be playing Millennium Actress, and the Grand Illusion will have Paprika (on 35mm!). Elsewhere around town, SAM has one of Samuel Fuller’s greatest films, the nasty noir The Naked Kiss, while the Beacon has Joe vs. the Volcano, another one of those movies (like Ishtar) that for years I was convinced that only people in my immediate family loved, but it turns out that there are much more of us out there and the number is (happily) growing all the time. Oh and the Cinerama has a whole bunch of war movies for Veteran’s Day.

Playing This Week:

AMC Alderwood:

Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar) Fri-Thurs  

The Beacon Cinema:

Downtown 81 (Edo Bertoglio, 1981) Fri-Thurs 
The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966) Fri, Sun, Mon & Weds 
Kamikaze Hearts + The Prostitutes of Lyons Speak (Juliet Bashore, 1986/Carole Roussopoulos, 1975) Fri Only 
Night and the City (Jules Dassin, 1950) Sat & Thurs Only 
Street Fight Radio Presents Undercover Business Tyrants Sat Only 
Urusei Yatsura 2 – Beautiful Dreamer (Mamoru Oshii, 1984) Sun Only 
Joe vs. the Volcano (John Patrick Shanley, 1990) Sun-Tues Only 
Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975) Mon Only 

Central Cinema:

10 Things I Hate About You (Gil Junger, 1999) Fri-Weds 
Escape from New York (John Carpenter, 1981) Fri-Weds 


Military Film Series Fri-Mon Full Program 

SIFF Egyptian:

Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar) Fri-Thurs

Century Federal Way:

The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) Sun & Weds Only  

Grand Cinema:

Clerks (Kevin Smith, 1994) Sat Only 
Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (Janice Engel) Tues Only 

Grand Illusion Cinema:

Midnight Traveler (Hassan Fazili) Fri-Thurs 
Making Waves: the Art of Cinematic Sounds (Midge Costin) Fri-Thurs 

Cinemark Lincoln Square:

Better Days (Derek Tsang) Fri-Thurs Our Review 
Bala (Amar Kaushik) Fri-Thurs 
My Dear Liar (Ao Shen) Fri-Thurs  
Thipparaa Meesam (Krishna Vijay) Fri-Thurs 
Kaithi (Lokesh Kanagaraj) Fri-Thurs 
Gantumoote (Roopa Rao) Sun Only  
The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) Sun & Weds Only  

Northwest Film Forum:

Rabid (David Cronenberg, 1977) Fri-Sun 
For Sama (Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts) Sat & Sun 
Sundance Indigenous Shorts Sat & Sun 
Words from a Bear (Jeffrey Palmer) Sat Only 
Nailed It (Adele Pham) Sat Only 
Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997) Sun & Weds Only 
Everybody’s Everything (Ramez Silyan & Sebastian Jones) Tues Only 
Fast Color (Julia Hart) Weds, Thurs & Next Sun Only 
Attack the Block (Joe Cornish, 2011) Thurs Only 

AMC Pacific Place:

Better Days (Derek Tsang) Fri-Thurs Our Review 

Regal Parkway Plaza:

Bala (Amar Kaushik) Fri-Thurs 
Unforgettable (Jun Lana & Percival Intalan) Fri-Thurs 
Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar) Fri-Thurs  
Housefull 4 (Farhad Samji) Fri-Thurs 

Seattle Art Museum:

The Naked Kiss (Samuel Fuller, 1964) Thurs Only 

SIFF Film Center:

Greener Grass (Jocelyn DeBoer & Dawn Luebbe) Fri-Sun  

Regal Thornton Place:

The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) Sun, Tues & Weds Only  

SIFF Uptown:

Cinema Italian Style Fri-Thurs Full Program 

Varsity Theatre:

Adopt a Highway (Logan Marshall-Green) Fri-Thurs 

In Wide Release:

The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers) Our Review 
Parasite (Bong Joonho) Our Review Our Podcast