March 8-15, 2006

This week's specialty screenings and venues.

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Academy Award Shorts Not previewed, all ten of the Academy-selected finalists are presented in two programs: live-action and animated. Among the latter category, screened at Bumbershoot last year, Shane Acker's computer-animated UCLA student sci-fi film 9 is so good that it got him a deal with Tim Burton. It's like a tabletop post-apocalyptic fable, as a little google-eyed yarn-puppet creature tries to recapture the souls of his buddies from a spider that also seems to have been assembled from the jumbled contents of an old drawer. (NR) Metro, 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Fri. March 10-Thurs. March 16.

The Breakfast Club Endlessly parodied in the 21 years since it was made, John Hughes' teen-detention melodrama is kind of like the Reagan era's Rebel Without a Cause. Granted, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, and Molly Ringwald don't quite have the sex appeal of James Dean and Natalie Wood, but the superior writing of these self-aware and sarcastic teen characters means they hold up better as people, not as icons. It's perhaps Hughes' least dated '80s hit. And today, Bryan Ferry probably wishes he hadn't turned down the movie's soundtrack hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)," sung by Simple Minds. (R) Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9. Midnight. Fri. March 10-Sat. March 11.

Cineoke Cue up a DVD of your favorite movie musical, then sing along to your friends' boozy encouragement. Or hoots of derision. (NR) Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), 2320 Second Ave., 206-441-5823. $5. 8 p.m. Mon. March 13.

The Day My God Died Of course this 2003 documentary is about a worthy and disturbing cause (Nepalese and Indian girls kidnapped into sex slavery), and you can send money to the Web sites listed at the end. But, God! It's got Winona Ryder simpering in the first person as "the voice of the children," making it an instant classic of the drop-your-jaw-in-horror variety. Sample lines: "I am a free spirit, under a free sky. The sky is my family. The stars are my friends." Not anymore, Winona. (NR) 1609 19th Ave., 206-910-3937. Free. 7:30 p.m. Sat. March 11.

Ebenezer's Posse Dave Ingraham's documentary follows around Seattle a half-dozen young female music students of Eb Boesel. First they record their impressions in notebooks; then they record an album based on their observations. (NR) Jewel Box Theater (Rendezvous), 2320 Second Ave., 206-441-5823. Free. 6 p.m. Sun. March 12.

The Erie Canal Fran Ridelberger presents his travelogue along the famous waterway of commerce. Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, 11100 N.E. 6th St., 206-547-4787. Call for price. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Mon. March 13. Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., 206-547-4787. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tues. March 14.

Eva French hooker Jeanne Moreau puts the screws to a working-class Welsh novelist (Stanley Baker) as they travel around Europe in this odd 1962 tale of obsessive (and unrequited) love, directed by Joseph Losey. It's a stylish, poison-pen valentine, rendered in black-and-white, scored to period jazz and some suitably sad Billie Holiday tunes. Screened on video; admission includes discussion and snack. (NR) Movie Legends, 2319 N. 45th St., 206-632-2092. $5. 1 p.m. Sun. March 13.

A Hard Day's Night With the Fab Four already in control of English airwaves in 1964, Richard Lester's movie today feels less like a stereotypical rock flick than a high-spirited celebration of Beatle-inspired youth culture poised at the brink of (maybe, just possibly) taking over the world. Night remains as immediate and contemporary as its stars' timeless music. The passage of time has blunted their charisma not one iota. Yet the movie treats their super-duperstardom the only way it could, like a grand joke. It's an amazing double achievement: The movie both feeds and mocks the band's legend with equal aplomb. (NR) MICHAELANGELO MATOS Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 4:45, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Sun. March 12.

Independent Exposure Twelve shorts by a dozen international directors are screened. Subjects include smoking as an act of political resistance, hideous physical deformities (all in animation), and crazy German music videos. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 7 and 9 p.m. Wed. March 8.

Living Room: Space and Place in Infoshop Culture Recent Colorado college grads Liz Simmons and Courtney Kallas present their anthropology thesis project, about the public use of non-commercialized urban spaces. Discussion follows. (NR) Wayward Café, 901 N.E. 55th St., 206-524-0204. Free. 7 p.m. Mon. March 13.

Movies at the Sunset Note all events are free, 21-and-over, and usually accompanied by drinking and trivia games. Peter Jackson started out his career with the 1992 gore comedy Dead Alive. (NR) Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-784-4880. 7 p.m. Wed. March 8. The concert doc Iron Maiden—Rock in Rio follows the band down to Brazil. (NR) 8 p.m. Mon. March 13. Always a treat, the Coen brothers' 1998 The Big Lebowski features nice comic interplay among Jeff Bridges (as the stoner turned gumshoe), John Turturro, John Goodman, and recent Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. (R) 7 p.m. Wed. March 15.

North by Northwest Buy your tickets early at Scarecrow if you want to have a chance of hearing from Pat Hitchcock, daughter of Alfred, who'll appear to introduce and discuss his wonderful 1959 chase movie. The espionage romp is one Hitchcock's absolute bests so far as pure entertainment. Criss-crossing the country from cornfield to Mount Rushmore, Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint embody every sly, sexy nuance of Ernest's Lehman's wonderful script. Sample dialogue exchange: Grant—"When I was a little boy, I wouldn't even let my mother undress me." Saint—"Well, you're a big boy now." So cool. So hot. Then there's the priceless final train shot. (NR) Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $8-$10. 7:30 p.m. Wed. March 8. ALSO: Pat Hitchcock appears at Scarecrow with her book about her mother, Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind the Man. Scarecrow Video, 5030 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-524-8554. 4 p.m. Fri. March 10.

Strangers on a Train This Seattle Art Museum screening of Hitchcock's 1951 thriller is sold out. Some tickets may possibly be available at the door, evening of show. (NR) Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. $8-$10. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. March 9.

The Wedding Banquet Fresh off his Oscar for Brokeback Mountain, you can revisit Ang Lee's 1993 gay wedding movie, in which New Yorker Winston Chao agrees to an arranged marriage to illegal immigrant May Chin to get his traditional-minded parents off his back. Of course this doesn't thrill his lover (Mitchell Lichtenstein); and while his fiancée needs citizenship, she also begins to fall in love with the idea of her perfect heterosexual man. It sounds like a farce, but Lee ably directs his characters—even including the meddlesome family—to keep their humanity and avoid the low road. (R) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 206-686-6684. $5. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thurs. March 9-Sat. March 11.

Without Warning Martin Landau, Jack Palance, Neville Brand, Ralph Meeker, David Caruso, and apparently the guy who wore the alien suit in Predator all star in this bit of sci-fi schlock from 1980. Here's the twist—again the Predator guy (this time in a different suit) is an alien killing off humankind. (R) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 206-523-3935. $5-$7.50. 11 p.m. Fri. March 10-Sat. March 11.

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