Musicals, cults, revenge, psychedelic space journeys, and little kids running amok searching for pirate treasure? Sounds like the next installment of weekend midnight movies at the Egyptian Theater on Seattle’s Capital Hill. It also sounds like a damn fine time. This installment takes us through the holidays, right up to the New Year.
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, November 9 and Saturday, November 10
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Adapted from John Cameron Mitchell’s critically acclaimed off-Broadway rock theatre hit, this dazzling film tells the story of Hedwig, an â€˜internationally ignoredâ€ rock and roll songstress hailing from Communist East Germany. Born a boy named Hansel, whose life dream is to find his other half, he submits to a sex change operation in order to marry an American GI and get over the Wall to freedom. The operation is botched, leaving her with the aforementioned angry inch.â€ Through a collage of songs, flashbacks and animation, a bitter yet witty Hedwig tells her life story…
Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
In director Steven Spielberg’s prequel to his smash adventure epic Raiders of the Lost Ark, in 1935 archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) searches for mystical stones stolen from an Indian tribe. After barely escaping a raging Shanghai nightclub brawl, Indy crash-lands into the wilds of India where he uncovers a sinister scheme that has enslaved a remote village’s children in a fortress-like mine. Indy must save the children and avoid becoming a slave himself to the evil Thuggee cult. Along for the raucous rescue attempt is Indy’s pint-sized sidekick, Short Round (Ke Huy Quan) as well as a reluctant nightclub singer, Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw).
Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24
2001: A Space Odyssey
Kubrick’s brilliant meditation on man and his place in the mysterious universe concerns two astronauts (Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood) who become imperiled by their hyper-intelligent shipboard computer (HAL 9000) while on a mission in the depths of space. Kubrick’s visionary approach to science fiction features Oscar-winning, mind-tripping special effects and a thoughtful, spare script by the director and Arthur C. Clarke.
Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 01
While always a well-liked family adventure film, this tale of suburban kids battling frighteningly funny bad guys for the claim to an ancient pirate treasure has become a popular cult favorite in recent years. Whether you’re a grown-up nostalgic for the â€˜80s, or a youth yearning for a respite from smarmy post-ironic humor, there’s enough high energy and gee-whiz optimism to make you both laugh at and cheer with the teens (Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton) who take down the nasty cutthroats. Co-written and co-produced by Steven Spielberg. From Richard Donner, director of Superman.
Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of the macabre stars Anthony Perkins as the troubled Norman Bates, whose â€œold dark houseâ€ and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Janet Leigh, the film’s ill-fated heroine who is victimized in the now-notorious â€œshower scene.â€ Trust us, the tension in this film has never been duplicated, thanks to the master’s superb direction, the crisp black and white cinematography and Bernard Herrmann’s unsettling score. Vera Miles, Martin Balsam, John Gavin and John McIntire co-star. Screenplay by Joseph Stefano, based on the novel by Robert Bloch.
Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15
The Fifth Element
Bruce Willis stars as a 24th century N.Y. cabbie and former Special Forces agent who joins â€œperfect beingâ€ Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) to save the world from imminent destruction. Astounding visual effects add punch to this quirky and fantastical sci-fi adventure. Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker and Ian Holm co-star. Directed and co-written by Luc Besson (The Professional, La Femme Nikita).
Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29
Sergio Corbucci’s influential 1966 spaghetti Western, long unseen in theatres, inspired Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs‘ infamous ear-cutting scene is a direct reference) and is now being tributed in Tarantino’s newest, Django Unchained, opening at Christmas. It’s time to revisit the original that spawned over 30 sequels and cemented the genre as an international phenomenon. Starring Franco Nero as the title character, a horseless, dark-clad, blazingly blue-eyed stranger dragging a coffin through the mud of a desolate frontier town, Django mixes up a bloody ragu of confederates, banditos, Klansmen, dance hall gals, and a bloody trail of too-slow-on-the-draw bad men. Says Time Out: â€œRates alongside Leone’s Dollars Trilogy as one of the daddies of the spaghetti Westernâ€¦Corbucci’s style is a mix of social realism, highly decorative visuals, and finely mounted action sequences. For the rest, there are enough mud-wrestling prostitutes, whippings, ear-loppings, explosions and scenes of wholesale slaughter to keep any muchacho happy. Funny, visceral, bloody, no-nonsense entertainment with a touch of class.â€