‘Breathless’ in Seattle
Catch up on Best Picture nominees at AMC theaters, view past films snubbed by the Academy at SIFF, and go continental with the Goddard and Truffaut series at SAM.
Seattle Times movie critic
If you’ve fallen behind in your Oscar prep, AMC has a deal for you: The chain will be hosting its seventh annual “Best Picture Showcase” this week and next on Saturday and Feb. 23 at the Alderwood Mall, Kent Station and Pacific Place. “Amour,” “Les Misérables,” “Argo” and “Django Unchained” will screen back to back Saturday; “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” will screen Feb. 23, both starting at 10 a.m. Saturday’s package is $30 for four movies; the Feb. 23 package is $40 for five movies. For more information: www.amctheaters.com.
Speaking of the Academy Awards, SIFF has a jolly Oscar-themed event this weekend: Sunday brings an “Oscar Snubs Marathon,” featuring six movies that deserved more love from the Academy than they got: “A Star Is Born,” “Fargo,” “The Thin Man,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Blazing Saddles” and, to close, a surprise “Secret Snub” movie. It all starts with a breakfast buffet at 9 a.m., with the first movie beginning at 10 a.m.; lunch and dinner breaks will follow. Tickets are $75 for six movies plus breakfast, or $125 to also include lunch, dinner (with wine/beer) and unlimited popcorn. At the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle.
Also from SIFF this week: the return of the series “Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli,” featuring 11 Japanese animated classics including “Princess Mononoke,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and more, all in new 35mm prints. The series runs Friday through Thursday at the Uptown. And the Post Alley Film Festival, co-sponsored by Women in Film and described as a selection of “female- centric and eccentric short films,” takes place Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center campus). For more information on any SIFF event: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
Federico Fellini’s “8½,” winner of the Academy Award for best foreign-language film in 1963 (and later an inspiration for the musical “Nine”), celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Grand Illusion, screening through Thursday in a 35mm print. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
Tickets are on sale now for Seattle Art Museum’s Thursday-night spring film series: “Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut: French New Wave Masters.” The series begins April 4 with 1960’s “Breathless (directed by Godard, written by Truffaut), and continues through May 30 with “The Bride Wore Black,” “A Woman Is a Woman,” “Mississippi Mermaid,” “My Life to Live,” “Small Change,” “Masculine Feminine,” “Love on the Run” and “Pierrot le Fou,” all in 35mm and in French with English subtitles. Series passes are $68 for nine films ($63 for SAM, NWFF, TheFilmSchool and SIFF members) and available through www.seattleartmuseum.org or the museum box office at 206-654-3210.
The Northwest Film Forum series on “The Great Cinematic Clown Pierre Étaix” concludes Thursday at 7 and 9 p.m. with Étaix’s only documentary: the 1971 film “Land of Milk and Honey,” about the French on vacation. Also at NWFF this week: “My Louisiana Love,” screening Saturday at 5 p.m. as part of NWFF’s Indigenous Showcase (with director Sharon Linezo Hong in attendance), and a concert film, “Music Craft,” featuring pianist Keith Jarrett and saxophonist Jan Garbarek, screening Saturday at 8 p.m. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
“One Life,” a documentary about animal behavior from the BBC’s Natural History Unit and narrated by Daniel Craig, will have local screenings at several theaters this week, including Bainbridge Cinemas and AMC Alderwood. For more information, see www.onelifeonscreen.com.
And finally, this weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian is the 2002 black comedy “Bubba Ho-Tep,” starring Bruce Campbell as an elderly, incognito Elvis Presley and Ossie Davis as a gentleman who thinks he’s President John F. Kennedy. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or email@example.com
This article was corrected on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. An incorrect date for the screening of "Music Craft" was given in an earlier version.