It’s time for another fine collection of late-night weekend films at the Egyptian Theater on Seattle’s Capital Hill. As usual, the lineup features a wide array of modern, cult, and camp classics. Among other things, this go round delivers mind-bending romance, epic adventure, and, of course, genetically engineered dinosaurs.
The Egyptian is located in Capital Hill at 805 East Pine, general admission tickets are only $8.25, and all shows begin at midnight.
Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8
The Royal Tenenbaums
The dysfunctional Tenenbaums are a New York family of former child prodigies who are now neurotic adults. The children are Chas (Ben Stiller), Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Richie (Luke Wilson). The family patriarch, Royal (Gene Hackman) is a bit of a rogue, so his children and ex-wife Etheline (Anjelica Huston) blame him for all of their misfortunes. Poverty, old age and loneliness compel Royal to make things right with his estranged family and the movie follows his attempts to win them back. The third feature from director Wes Anderson (Moonlight Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket), who co-wrote the screenplay with actor Owen Wilson (featured in a small role). Supporting players include Danny Glover and Bill Murray.
Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15
An adventure 65 million years in the making! On a remote island, a wealthy entrepreneur (Richard Attenborough) secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. But when the park’s security system breaks down, the prehistoric creatures break out and run amuck, wreaking havoc on unsuspecting visitors Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. A triumph of imagination and suspense from director Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws) and writer Michael Crichton.
Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
The sole survivor of Evil Dead‘s fateful camping trip (Bruce Campbell of Bubba Ho-tep) returns to the remote cabin in the woods to once again do battle with sadistic warriors of the spirit world. As in the previous film, the non-stop thrills are fast and furious, but with equal parts humor and horror. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man).
Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Globetrotting archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) races the Nazis for possession of the long-lost Ark of the Covenant in this breathtakingly exciting adventure. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of his old friend, whose daughter Marion (Karen Allen) evidently has a â€œhistoryâ€ with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark.
Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6
Michael Cera and Jonah Hill star in this hilarious raunchy comedy as two co-dependent high-school seniors who hope to score booze and babes at a party but are handicapped by separation anxiety. Co-written by Seth Rogen.
Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased, so he contacts Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson) to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel’s memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew (Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood) give chase, it’s clear that Joel just can’t get Clementine out of his head. Academy Award Winner for Best Original Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation).
Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27
Let the Right One In
Fragile and anxious, 12-year-old Oskar (KÃ¥re Hedebrant) is regularly bullied by his stronger classmates. The lonely boy’s wish for a friend seems to come true when he meets Eli (Lina Leandersson), also 12, who moves in next door to him. A pale, serious young girl, she only comes out at night and doesn’t seem affected by the freezing temperatures. Coinciding with Eli’s arrival is a series of inexplicable disappearances and murders. One man is found tied to a tree, another frozen in the lake, a woman bitten in the neck. Blood seems to be the common denominatorâ€”and for an introverted boy like Oskar, it doesn’t take long before he figures out that Eli is a vampire. But by now a subtle romance has blossomed between them, and she gives him the strength to fight back against his aggressors. Director Tomas Alfredson and screenwriter John Ajvide Lindqvist weave friendship, rejection and loyalty into a disturbing and darkly atmospheric, yet poetic and unexpectedly tender tableau of adolescence.