With just a few short weeks until Star Wars consumes all that is holy in our theaters, here are some juicy tidbits to enjoy before the rapture.
- At the Varsity Theater on December 3rd, RiffTrax presents Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny! Santa’s sleigh is stuck on the beach, and only one creature can help him: The Ice Cream Bunny! Marvel as this beloved fairy tale is warped into something put on by an all-inmate cast with the production values of a crime re-enactment from a 90s episode of Unsolved Mysteries. The show starts at 8pm!
- At the Northwest Film Forum on December 12th at 8pm, Twisted Flicks presents Prom Queen: Santa Clause Conquers the Martians. This special holiday edition of Puget Soundtrack features Prom Queen in Twisted Flicks, Seattle’s only live movie re-dubbing show that merges improv comedy with classic b-movies for a hilarious cinematic experience like none other. As the film plays, the improvisers create all new dialog for the characters and sound effects based on suggestions from the audience!
- At the Grand Illusion, acclaimed director Jafar Panahi takes to the streets of Tehran in the documentary Taxi. Along the way, he picks up a diverse mix of passengers whom during conversation express their own views of the world. This looks like an incredibly charming and insightful film with tons of heart, I look forward to seeing it. Playing through December 3rd.
- Also at the Grand Illusion, local experimental film group ExCinema presents The Spaces Between. EXcinema commissioned twenty films by twenty international experimental filmmakers spread across four continents to create one feature length road film. This screens Tuesday December 8th at 7pm.
- My favorite holiday film of all time It’s a Wonderful Life begins its annual month long screening at the Grand Illusion beginning December 11th.
- At the Central Cinema from Friday the 4th to Tuesday the 8th they are presenting From Here to Eternity along with a classic Christmas film Die Hard. The following week of the 11th through the 15th there will be screenings of another great holiday film Gremlins and Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
- SIFF is offering several critically acclaimed films this month including Spotlight, Heart of a Dog, Creed, and Spike Lee’s intensely relevant Chi-Raq. It think Chi-Raq is the one to see this month. Additionally, the Uptown presents an exclusive presentation of the Janis Joplin doc Janis: Little Girl Blue. This is one that has been in the making for quite some time and should be a very emotional journey highlight the short, but bright life of one of the most talented female singers of the twentieth century.