Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2006

Jazz cats and architects caught on film. It's crazy theory, man!

Send listings two weeks in advance to film@seattleweekly.com Oddballs, Events, & Rep An Oily Sky/Changing Course Skykomish High School students produced An Oily Sky, concerning an oil spill in their town; in Changing Course, students study the Duwamish River as its cleanup begins. Followed by Q&A. (NR) Antioch University, 2326 Sixth Ave., 206-441-5352. Free. 6 p.m. Fri. Oct. 27. Bad Taste Before Peter Jackson became lord of Middle Earth, he made this foray into the world of low-budget gore; the havoc his aliens wreak on a small town makes Bad Taste more than a cheeky title. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 9:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 26-Sun. Oct. 29. Billy in the Lowground Director Mary Simpson, writer Fionn Meade, and musicians Foghorn String Band combine forces in this multimedia screening event. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $5-$8. 8 p.m. Wed. Nov. 1. Blue VelvetMulholland Drive signaled a welcome return to form for David Lynch, and his 1986 breakthrough shows just where that form originates—deep, deep within the subconscious pathologies that shadow even the sunniest exteriors. In a sense, Velvet is a love story, or two of them, with Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini in the secondary, subplot romance. Hopper's Frank is a predatory ear-slicing monster, of course, but Rossellini's Dorothy is no simple victim. As our innocent voyeuristic hero (Yakima native Kyle MacLachlan) learns, "It's a strange world," and one that Lynch perhaps means to be no more real or representational than the Hollywood of Betty/Diane in Mulholland. (R) BRIAN MILLER Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 9:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 26-Sun. Oct. 29. Camp Death/Tourist Trap Performance art trio Blood Squad hosts Camp Death, a teen slasher film improvised onstage, which screens with Tourist Trap—a schlocky tale of road-trip horror. 21 and over. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $7.50-$10. 10 p.m. Fri. Oct. 27-Sat. Oct. 28. Earshot Jazz Festival Films Highlights include Cecil Taylor: All the Notes, a profile of the great free-jazz pianist; Jazz Transmissions, a compilation of 1960s TV footage of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Theolonious Monk; and the 1961 feature Paris Blues, with Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier as American jazz cats living and loving in the City of Lights (scored by Duke Ellington). See Web site for full schedule and details. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380, www.nwfilmforum.org. $5-$8. Thurs. Oct. 26-Mon. Oct. 30. The Ghost & Mr. Chicken Younger guys and ghouls will enjoy this 1966 Don Knotts vehicle about a man who aims to confront his demons by spending a night in a haunted house. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. Thurs. Oct. 26-Sun. Oct. 29. He Ran All the Way This 1951 noir stars John Garfield (in his final role), Shelley Winters, Wallace Ford, and Selena Royle. Note: The SAM series may be sold out. (NR) Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-654-3121. $58-$65 (series), individual ticket price not provided. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 26. Michael Parenti: The Struggle for History Author and activist Parenti lectures on how the past is "manipulated" to control the present. KEXP's Maria Gilardin will join the discussion afterward. (NR) Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., www.meaningfulmovies.org. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. Oct. 27. Mille Gilles: A Thousand Gilles The writings and lectures of philosopher Gilles Deleuze are examined by architects, musicians, artists, and software designers in this documentary. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $2.50-$5. Fri. Oct. 27-Thurs. Nov. 2. Mom's Apple Pie A short documentary profiles the Seattle-based Lesbian Mothers Defense Fund, founded in the '70s as a resource for women who were denied custody based on their sexuality. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 25. Monster on the Campus Like a real-life MST3K, Twisted Flicks deletes a B-movie's soundtrack and contributes dialogue and effects based on audience suggestions. This month's monstrosity promises co-ed captives and campus terror! (NR) University Theater, 5510 University Way N.E., 206-784-5761. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 27-Sat. Oct. 28. Night of Terrors The Kung-Fu Grindhouse series gets into the Halloween spirit this week with three early-'80s Italian zombie flicks: Nightmare City's got a reporter running for his life; Burial Ground turns the tables on an archaeologist; and Lucio Fulci's Zombie is a voodoo sequel to Dawn of the Dead. The films are screened back-to-back—watch yours. 21 and over. (NR) Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave., 206-784-4880. 6 p.m. Free. Mon. Oct. 30. 101 Reykjavík In this charmingly oddball 2000 Icelandic feature, our resolutely lazy hero falls for his mother's lesbian lover (Almodóvar vet Victoria Abril, an unstoppable force of eros), and possibly impregnates her. Other complications ensue (mostly sexual), but the path to eventual redemption is saved from cliché by Reykjavík's weird fusion of ancient landscapes and modern rave-going kids. Hand-held cameras push through endless, smoky, alcohol-fueled, and ridiculously overcrowded house parties, accompanied by a genuinely eccentric soundtrack by Blur's Damon Albarn and the Sugercubes' Einar Örn. (NR) BRIAN MILLER Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-3271, www.nordicmuseum.org. Free. 7 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 26. Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said This documentary on Palestinian activist and intellectual Said was made weeks before his death in 2003. (NR) Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Pl. N., 206-632-6021. Free. 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 28. The Shining Stephen King has never been given a more memorable, disturbing, boldly surreal movie adaptation, so go figure: He can't stand Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece. The rest of us know better. Fans have a laundry list of shock-and-awe moments to anticipate, from the eerie natural sound of little Danny's Big Wheel rumbling over the Overlook's floorboards to—old-school spoiler alert!—that primal ax swing to Scatman Crothers' chest. Just in time for Halloween. (R) ANDREW BONAZELLI Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Midnight. Fri. Oct. 27-Sat. Oct. 28. 24-Hour Film Challenge: Curiosities Local filmmakers show the results from this year's day-long production frenzy, which took place on Friday the 13th. Here's hoping some crazy shit went down as they stalked the city on their movie missions. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 206-267-5380. $5-$8. 8 p.m. Tues. Oct. 31.

 
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