SHRIEK Women of Horror: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

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by Evan J Peterson

On Tuesday, July 5th, we’ll gather in Scarecrow Video’s screening room for another session of SHRIEK: A Women of Horror Film & Discussion Class. This month, we’ll talk about Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, a cult classic that offers us two iconic Hollywood actresses pitted against one another in a very unflattering (but superbly acted) showdown. Read More

Kleenex, Cries, and Videotape: Movies that Make Me Weep

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by Emalie Soderback

Sometimes, you know that nothing would be better for your emotional and physical wellbeing than a darn good cry. Not a silent-weeping-on-the-bus-home cry, or a hide-in-the-backroom-at-work cry (believe me, you won’t feel a hundo percent after those kind of cries)—but a solid, be the king or queen of your living room or bedroom, in front of a sizable screen, THAT MOVIE JUST DESTROYED ME cry. Sometimes you need one of those, and how many times can you watch Up before you start becoming numb to that heartbreaking first ten minutes? Here are a few cinematic treats that make me absolutely lose it. If these films can crack open my usually tough as nails exterior, I’m sure they’ll emotionally wreck you (just kidding, I’m actually a giant sensitive baby who cries at cute dogs.)

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The Glorious Discomfort of Fateful Findings

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by Andre Couture

It’s usually hard to begin sorting out your thoughts when it comes to cinema that challenges your understanding of how ideas are communicated through film. It is even harder to sort out those thoughts when the film in question is Fateful Findings. The film was written, directed, edited, stars and is distributed by Neil Breen, a man whose creative process proves enigmatic to many — even those who have been following him since 2005, when he released his first feature-length film Double Down. Fateful Findings, Breen’s third film thus far, has picked up traction as one of his most popular, and one of the most across-the-board eccentric storytelling experiences ever committed to film. And, of course, it’s his most accessible film. Remember this. Read More

The Best of DYKE TV on VHS (1993-2007)

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by Clyde Petersen

In the winter of 2014, Clyde Petersen and Paul Shin began the overwhelming task of watching and reviewing every film in the GLBTQ section of Scarecrow Video. While Paul and Clyde have only made it through a few hundred of these films so far, it’s fair to say they are slowly becoming historians in the art of the DIY Homemade Homosexual Art Films. This series will highlight a select few standouts. Find out more here: http://queerfilms.tumblr.com.

For many years I have wanted to watch DYKE TV. I perused the films at Scarecrow Video and over and over these 4 VHS tapes stood out. But no one would watch them with me and it felt lonely watching them alone.

Until one day, just weeks ago. My friend Colleen was in town for the film scholar conference. We attended a film screening at Scarecrow of a video called Adjust your Tracking. The filmmakers traveled the country interviewing total VHS addicts who binge purchase videotapes when movie stores close.

In addition to this inspiring film, Scarecrow Video had recently publicly acknowledged their financial troubles. My head throbbed.

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John Carpenter is Your God. Obey.

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by John S

On June 14, Tuesday, the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle played host to one of the greatest film music composers of our time. It just so happens this great film music composer is also one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. Who is this formidable double threat? Two clues: his first name is my first name, and his last name is the English noun for someone who builds things. And to all the comedians out there: no, his name is not “Numbnuts Architect.” It is…John Carpenter. Read More