Sept. 20-27, 2006

The Bad Brains, I-horror, the final spawn of Project Greenlight, and a rare old family film from Jacques Tourneur.

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The Bad Brains Live at CBGB 1982 Screened at two locations at the same time, this concert documentary captures the seminal punk band in its prime at a Christmas Eve show at the soon-to-be-defunct N.Y.C. institution. DVDs of the gig will also be sold, and there's an encore screening of a Dead Boys gig at the same venue. RIP. (NR) Easy Street Records, 20 Mercer St., 206-681-3279. Easy Street Records (West Seattle), 4559 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-3279. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 21.

Cineoke Sing along to your favorite scenes; Miss Sylvia O'Stayformore is emcee. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 6 p.m. Sat. Sept. 20.

Mariano Baino The Italian horror director will be on hand to sign your two-disc DVD release of his 1994 Dark Waters (not to be confused with the J-horror Dark Water or its remake). Working in the tradition of Mario Bava and Dario Argento (call it I-horror?), Baino has an Englishwoman travel to a remote island convent on the Black Sea, where she runs afoul of nuns and a sea demon. Expect lots of Catholic iconography and Gothic atmosphere, after which plot runs a distant third. Scarecrow Video, 5030 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-524-8554. 6 p.m. Tues. Sept. 26.

Borderless Sounds International music is the focus of this weeklong collection of seven titles (most produced in Switzerland). Accordion virtuosos, klezmer masters from Brooklyn, and the curious Swiss alphorn (think Ricola commercials) are featured. Also look for a portrait of avant-gardist Fred Frith, Swiss jazz pianist Irène Schweizer, and a fusion of musical styles in Namibia. Some live performances may attend individual screenings; see Web site for full schedule and details. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380, www.nwfilmforum.org. $25-$35 (series), $5-$8 (individual). Fri. Sept. 22-Thurs. Sept. 28.

Favela Rising Working with fancy post-prod digitals courtesy of HBO, filmmakers Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary bring the Brazilian ghetto experience to Middle America, complete with harsh-contrast City of God cinematography, bloody violence, and suspiciously manipulative editing. Rising has an authentically inspirational tale to tell: Something, it seems, had to emerge from the '90s drug hell of the Rio favelas as a counterforce, and it was AfroReggae, a communal group for ethnic empowerment begun, with no funds, as a music newspaper. Over the next 10 years or so, AfroReggae became a top-selling music ensemble (eventually signing with Universal Records). All in all, the movement turned out to be a godsend for Rio natives, but the film is merely a pep rally. 21 and over. (NR) MICHAEL ATKINSON Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., 206-781-5755. Free, but RSVP to www.scion.com/route. 7 p.m. Tues. Sept. 26.

Feast Not the least bit artful but gleefully gruesome, Feast may be all one can ask of a no-budget monster movie. A freaked-out stranger bursts into an isolated desert tavern to warn that man-eating creatures, possibly from another planet, are heading their way. Viewers of the reality series Project Greenlight know that Feast is the long-shelved byproduct of the show's final season, and that its endearingly timid director of choice, John Gulager, couldn't decide what form their onscreen demons should take. That probably explains why they appear, at various points in the movie, to be horny gremlins, or the wayward progeny of the creature from the Black Lagoon. They're vicious, though, and while most of the action sequences are too dark and frenzied to track, Feast delivers some wittily nasty moments, such as the yanked-out eyeball scene, and a creature vs. pissed-off-mom showdown that's gooey and gross. They should premiere this movie at a Midwest drive-in. (R) CHUCK WILSON Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Midnight. Fri. Sept. 22-Sat. Sept. 23.

Four Eyed Monsters This festival-circuit indie is screened on four successive Thursdays in September. Co-directors Arin Crumley and Susan Buice evidently incorporate part of their own dating history in their tale of two NYC artists who meet over the Internet, then decide to continue their romance via paintings, sketches, e-mail, videos—anything other than talking directly, in other words. It's probably no less improbable than any number of other love stories among the Funny Ha Ha/Meetup.com generation. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $5-$7.50. 8 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 21.

Free Italian Movies Screened as part of Seattle Center's Festa Italiana, Saturday's Rocco and His Brothers (1960) is one of the great works of neorealism, directed by Luchino Visconti and tremendously admired by Martin Scorsese and just about anyone else who's ever picked up a movie camera. This is the restored three-hour version of a southern family's difficult adjustment to life in the big, uncaring city of Milan. On Saturday, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Wide Blue Road (1957) stars Yves Montand as a Dalmatian fisherman forced to use illegal dynamite to support his family (including wife Alida Valli, herself pretty explosive). Montand wears a haunted expression throughout the picture; he knows he's doing wrong, but loves his family too much to quit. He's a virile, existential figure, appropriate to the period, one who won't shirk his responsibilities—or his fate. This should also be the restored color print, a treat. (NR) Experience Music Project (JBL Theater), 325 Fifth Ave. N., 206-367-5483. Free. 3 p.m. Sat. Sept. 23-Sun. Sept. 24.

Head Trauma A man returns to his family homestead after a long absence in this indie horror flick. There are past signs of bloodshed evident, but an injury to his cranium causes him to question whether the violence isn't continuing to the present day—and whether he himself may not be implicated in it. J-horror aficionados will detect some familiar themes in the dank, dripping basement. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $5-$7.50. 11 p.m. Fri. Sept. 22-Sat. Sept. 23.

Matador Finishing the Pedro Almodóvar retrospective is his black comic 1986 collision between sex and death. Virginal would-be matador Antonio Banderas faints at the sight of blood; naturally he gets involved with a sexy serial killer (Assumpta Serna). And his bullfighting mentor (Nacho Martinez) is also a serial killer—a perfect romantic match. Oh, and another thing: the mother-dominated Banderas is also clairvoyant. And if that weren't enough, Almodóvar also tosses in a climactic quotation from Duel in the Sun. The whole movie is heated beyond overheated, baked in an oven of eros thanatos. And in case you need reminding, Almodóvar's latest, Volver (with Penélope Cruz), opens Nov. 22. (NC-17) Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Fri. Sept. 22-Thurs. Sept. 28.

Movies at Central Cinema All screened on video. The documentary At Highest Risk examines maternal health care in the Peruvian Andes. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 23-Sun. Sept. 24. From Belgian director Alain Berliner,Ma Vie en Rose is a somewhat charming, somewhat naïve plea for the acceptance of pre-teen, pre-sexual gay behavior. Seven-year-old hero Ludovic (Georges DuFresne) is a self-assured marvel, though the adults around him tend to be cast as caricatures. (R) $5. 7 p.m. Wed. Sept. 20-Sun. Sept. 24.Another charming plea for gay sexuality… oops, wrong movie; it's actually Dirty Harry, which made Pauline Kael and liberals everywhere hate the now-revered Clint Eastwood. Who, let's remember, didn't write that iconic role, and whose mature films as director have since shown all the ambiguities of violence and revenge (see Mystic River especially). (R) $5. 9:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 20-Sun. Sept. 24. A fundraising screening of Chasing Daybreak promotes mixed-race identity as a bunch of Gen Y kids pile into an RV, meeting senator Barack Obama during their travels. (R) $10. 6:30 p.m. Tues. Sept. 26. Wishful thinking for 2008?The Road to Clean Elections is a documentary sponsored by Washington Public Campaigns. Discussion follows. (NR) Donations accepted. 6:30 and 8 p.m. Wed. Sept. 27.

Ray of Darkness Seen at last year's Local Sightings festival (which returns Oct. 6), J.K. Realms' indie suspense flick takes place in an ominously reimagined Inland Empire—that is, that strange land east of the Cascades, where Seattle investigators stumble upon a dreadful secret out of The X-Files. Realms is scheduled to attend the screening. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $5-$8. 11 p.m. Sat. Sept. 23.

Reel Rock Famous big-wall climber Timmy O'Neill will be on hand to discuss this traveling road show of two climbing flicks, First Ascent (in which he appears) and Dosage Vol. 4. Scenic—and for some, vertigo-inducing—locales include the Himalayas, Yosemite, Squamish, and Hueco Tanks, Texas. There is no need to bring your chalk bag and harness for admission. (NR) Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 206-781-5755. $10. 7 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 21.

Screenwriters Salon The subject is "Chekhov's Gun," i.e., if you introduce it in the first act, you've got to use it in the third. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 206-322-7030. $2-$5. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 20.

Sir! No Sir! David Zeiger's impassioned documentary never mentions the words Iraq or Afghanistan. It doesn't have to. Zeiger's actual subject, which he says has been on his mind for decades, is the GI antiwar movement of the late '60s and early '70s, a phenomenon far more powerful than Swift boaters and neocon revisionists would have us believe. Sir! No Sir! recalls the follies and failures of one American war, but disturbing parallels to the current one are inescapable. For Zeiger, who as a young activist helped organize demonstrations of veterans against the war, the time is right to remember. To that end, he has assembled a collection of grizzled servicemen who have plenty to say about what happened to them. The film is a potent mix of outrage, residual anger, and sorrow that speaks not just to the legacy of our misadventures in Vietnam but to the entire uncertain future of a nation at war. (NR) BILL GALLO Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. N., 206-632-6021. Free. Fri. Sept. 22.

Stars in My Crown The NWFF begins two weekends of kid-friendly fare with this somewhat obscure 1950 film by Jacques Tourneur, the studio stylist famed for working in a variety of genres on generally low budgets. Joel McCrea plays a preacher and Civil War veteran who stands up to the bigotries of his small town, as remembered by his nephew (Dean Stockwell, who started out, let's remember, as a child actor). McCrea's character faces down the Klan and ministers to his flock during a typhoid outbreak, too—although some may find his conflict with the more progressive town doctor reminiscent of The Republican War on Science. It's a nice scene-setter for the similar yet superior To Kill a Mockingbird, screened next week. (G) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $5-$8. Fri. Sept. 22-Sun. Sept. 24.

The World According to Sesame Street In this long, tedious, and frequently digressive documentary, teams of Westerners try to bring Sesame Street to the poor children of Bangladesh, Kosovo, and South Africa. Thus we leap from country to country to watch the barriers Westerners unexpectedly breach (or don't) abroad. If bringing socially conscious puppetry to underprivileged Third World children is a career choice you're considering (that means you, idealistic liberal arts majors), you better sit through this doc. Here's a surprise—even among the palm trees and needy children, there are still lots of bureaucratic hoops to jump through. Viewers will also cringe in recognition of board meetings that go nowhere; applaud the impact of Kami, the HIV-positive South African Muppet; and possibly fall asleep. (NR) KATIE BECKER Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. Free with RSVP: rsvp@communitycinemaseattle.org or 800-930-6060. 4 p.m. Sat. Sept. 23.

 
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