Aug. 23-30, 2006

Douglas Fairbanks, Sarah Silverman, Buddhist monks, and Napoleon Dynamite outdoors.

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Oddballs, Events, & Rep

Adidam Film Night A documentary called You See Everything Through the Glasses of Consciousness promises to answer that nagging mind-body problem once and for all (NR) Adidam Spiritual Center & Bookstore, 1429 N. 45th St., 206-527-2751. $5. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Aug. 25.

Bickford Schmeckler's Cool Ideas Seen at SIFF and here screened outdoors, this quirky little debut feature could be the antithesis to that paean to underachievement, Accepted: Brainy/dorky college freshman Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) keeps a secret journal of, yes, cool ideas. A cute sorority girl steals the volume, which turns out to have world-changing relevance. Look for Matthew Lillard and John Cho in support. (NR) South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave. N., 206-342-5900. $5. Dusk. Fri. Aug. 25.

Earth Vs. the Spider Another old creature feature, this one from 1958, gets brand new dialogue, which can only help matters. Members of the Jet City Improv troupe supply the new lines. As for the plot, read no further than the title. (NR) University Theater, 5510 University Way N.E., 206-325-6500. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 24-Sat. Aug. 26.

Infamy See a movie, buy a car. That's at least part of the agenda of this inaugural screening of the fall "Route 06: Scion Independent Film Series," which runs through November with three more movies. Having made his name documenting our own '90s grunge music scene with Hype (1996), Doug Pray now turns his camera on grafitti artists and street taggers with names like Saber and Claw and Earsnot. They work in secret, mostly after dark, clambering up buildings and onto rooftops in NYC, LA, and San Fran, leaving their distinctive (and often ephemeral) scribblings behind for us to decipher. Reception and a director Q&A are part of the fun; no word as to whether there will be any Scions to test drive. 21 and over. (R) Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., 206-781-5755. Free, but RSVP to www.scion.com/route. 7 p.m. Tues. Aug. 29.

The Iron Mask Organist Dennis James provides live musical accompaniment (and a pre-show introduction) to this 1929 silent, which stars that first great action hero, Douglas Fairbanks, as the swashbuckling French swordsman D'Artagnan. With the three Musketeers in support, he switches monarchs to defeat a nefarious palace scheme perpetrated by Cardinal Richelieu, which switched monarchs before—one twin on the throne, the other in the gallows. Full of stunts and derring-do, this is one of the last great costume pictures of the silent era (note its year of production), a sequel to 1921's The Three Musketeers, with Fairbanks and most of the original cast members reprising their roles. It's based, of course, on the Alexandre Dumas adventure novel. (NR) Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-292-2787. $9-$12. 7 p.m. Mon. Aug. 28.

It! The Terror From Beyond Space Kind of like a 1958 run-through for Alien, this cheesy old sci-fi flick will have its dialogue dubbed live by members of the Jet City Improv troupe. We can't guarantee the new lines won't be R-rated, but the monsters on screen won't scare anyone in your family. (NR) Fremont Outdoor Movies, N. 35th St. and Phinney Ave. N., 206-781-4230. $5. 7:30 p.m. (doors open); show at dusk. Sat. Aug. 25.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail The coconuts. The French tower guard. The killer rabbit. The knights who say "Ni!" They're all here in Python's 1975 sendup of all things Arthurian, and they're all just as funny as ever. Brace yourself, however, for what will probably be an interactive audience experience not unlike The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's likely that most viewers will know every line of dialogue in advance, and you'd be a killjoy to shush them as they shout out their favorite bits (or at least mutter under their breath). But what do elderberries actually smell like? (PG) Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E. (Redmond), 206-296-4999. $5 (individual), $15 (family). Dusk (8:35 p.m.). Wed. Aug. 23.

Napoleon Dynamite Here we have familiar gork-show genre staples—tawdry Mean Girls; aggressive, oversexed bullies; creepy, not-overly-sympathetic ciphers; the inevitable-as-the-worm-turns Big Dance—yet co-writer/director Jared Hess improbably manages to redeem these figures with a paucity of profanity or cruelty in this 2004 cult hit. Unlike the typical gork hero, who routinely learns a life lesson via standing up for himself/finding the courage to court his crush, Idaho supergeek Napoleon (Jon Heder) doesn't really grow at all over the film's brisk 82 minutes. That's part of the fun—he's true to himself, not to movie conventions. Dynamite carves its own niche in cultdom thanks to the almost supernaturally lethargic performance of the 26-year-old Heder, who brilliantly embodies a teen 10 years younger. (PG) Andrew Bonazelli Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E. (Redmond), 206-296-4999. $5 (individual), $15 (family). Dusk (8:25 p.m.). Tues. Aug. 29.

Outdoor Bicycle Movies Live music, beer, raffles, and something called "bicycle dancing" (choreographed by Amy O'Neal) are also part of the festivities, all conducted under the rubric of Seattle's Bike-In. In addition to local shorts made by two-wheeled Seattle directors, Louis Malle's short 1962 documentary Vive La Tour (about the Tour de France, natch) will be screened. Tiny Explosions documents the Critical Mass movement, which has many followers here in Seattle. (NR) Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., 206-267-5380. Free. 7 p.m. Sat. Aug. 26.

Outdoor Movies at Linda's More wacky old educational films (think sex ed and driver safety) may remind you of the days of throwing spitballs, back where there were no text messages to check. 21 and over. (NR) Linda's Tavern, 707 E. Pine St., 206-325-1220. Free. Dusk. Wed. Aug. 23. Then curator Jon Behrens and friends screen some of their own avant-garde works, guaranteed not to preach or instruct or make you better citizens. Expected to participate are Doug Lane, Steve Demas, Karl Krogstad, Eric Ostrowski, and Ryan K. Adams. Dusk. Wed. Aug. 30.

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic Though last year's Magic isn't particularly artful, it's terribly cheeky, and occasionally jaw-dropping, and that's good enough—even if its star does, on occasion, tip a sacred cow that was already on its way down. Comedienne Sarah Silverman is plenty funny, but not so the series of skits that rudely interrupt her relentlessly naughty act. Silverman also repeatedly lampoons the idea that she's "a comic with something to say." Her only message is this: In a world plagued by racism, terrorism, and—perhaps worst of all—body odor, everyone would have a better time if they'd just lighten up. (NR) NEAL SCHINDLER Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Midnight. Fri. Aug. 25-Sat. Aug. 26.

Stooges-A-Poppin'! The GI continues its retrospective of the slapstick antics of the famously abusive, eye-poking, face-slapping comedians of rage and infantile regression. Short works are expected to include Hot Scots, Movie Maniacs,and Slippery Silks. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $5-$7.50. 11 p.m. Fri. Aug. 25-Sat. Aug. 26; also 12:30 p.m. Sat. July 26-Sun. July 27.

The Terminator Who knew the that the eminent Republican governor of California once worked in the movies? We had no idea. James Cameron made a star of Arnold Schwarzenegger in this tremendously enjoyable and propulsive 1984 action smash, which has spawned two sequels to date and influenced countless movies and video games. (In fact, The Terminator may have been responsible for combining those two industries.) In a masterstroke of casting, the Austrian bodybuilder plays a robot sent back in time to kill mankind's future savior. His overmuscled stiffness and puny command of the English language become the movie's strengths, of course, as Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton (the chosen mother) battle a hulk that seems unstoppable—except for a telling inability to improvise. (R) Majestic Bay, 2044 N.W. Market St., 206-781-2229. $6-$9.50. Midnight, Fri. Aug. 25-Sat. Aug. 26.

Wheel of Time In this 2003 documentary about Buddhist monks, Werner Herzog—subject of the NWFF's ongoing retrospective—presents what might be called his kinder, gentler aspect. He films gatherings in India and Austria, with the Dalai Lama visible at the latter. Monks and spiritual disciples travel from all over the world—some by prostrating themselves, one body length at a time, for hundreds and even thousands of miles—to create impermanent sand mandalas. No less arduous is a side trip Herzog takes to Tibet's Mount Kailash, where pilgrims brave the heights of the Himalayas, and where they're the ones as tiny and insignificant as grains of sand. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $5-$8. Fri. Aug. 25-Sun. Aug. 27.

 
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