The Best Flocking Video Store EVER!

Looking back at 2022, it is clear that our shared love of physical media, our shared belief in a true diversity of cinematic voices, and our shared understanding that accessibility to these voices enables true empathy are what make us (with your support) the best flocking video store ever!

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution before December 31st so that we can continue our mission to enrich movie culture in Seattle and beyond, and tackle any other unforeseen challenges in 2023.

As a special thanks to donors of $150 or more, we’re offering our latest limited-edition supporter t-shirt – an alternate verison of our Video Store Day t-shirt – which was designed by Scarecrow’s own Wil Long!

Make a note below if you’d like to claim yours before they’re gone!

 

Scarecrow Academy: The Art in Sci-Fi Part 2

Scarecrow Academy presents the second part of our in-depth look at how some great directors tackled science fiction. The Art in Sci-Fi Part 2: Science Fiction and the Director continues with its fall semester, an eight-week online discussion series in which we’ll analyze directing methods in detail, and define what makes great style in this rich, complex genre.

Discussions are led by National Society of Film Critics member Robert Horton, author of the Seasoned Ticket column at the Scarecrow blog and Scarecrow’s “Historian-Programmer in Residence.” The Zoom sessions are free and open to all; there’s no homework, but we ask that you register online in advance. We’ll be meeting on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Pacific Time, beginning October 22, 2022.

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2-for-1 Wednesday is BACK!

We’re thrilled to announce the return of 2-for-1 Wednesdays! With 7-day rentals on most of our 140,000+ titles, it’s a great way to catch up on your to-watch list or dip into new discoveries. We’ll be extending hours from 12-10 (on Wednesdays only) for all of your physical media needs! Hope to see you then.

The fine print:

– good for up to five pairs per Wednesday

– only ONE New Release per pair

– in-store browsing only (No hold requests by phone. No online reservations. No rental by mail orders.)

– free rental must be of equal or lesser value (yes, you can pay for an $11 rental and get another $11 rental for free)

The Seasoned Ticket #202

Robert Horton is a Scarecrow board member and a longtime film critic. He will be contributing a series of “critic’s notes” to the Scarecrow blog—a chance to highlight worthy films playing locally and connecting them to the riches of Scarecrow’s collection.

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MASK and THE HARD NUT are Unstreamable

Two great performances.

Unstreamable is a column where Jas Keimig and Chase Burns recommend movies and TV shows you can’t watch on major streaming services in the United States. We publish every Wednesday. 

This week… 

JAS: This weekend, I watched the Cher and Winona Ryder vehicle, Mermaids, for the first time. I genuinely thought it was about mermaids (spoiler: it’s not), but I still loved the performances. In any case, it had me reflecting on my favorite Cher performance which has to be her as Rusty in Peter Bogdanovich’s Mask. I first wrote about the film for The Stranger in January 2020 and it’s still unstreamable so I’d like to revisit it for this week’s column. 

CHASE: Meanwhile, I’m mostly catching up on episodes of Cowboy Bebop before we screen the movie next week at Northwest Film Forum. (Reserve a seat! You don’t need to watch the series to enjoy the movie. I still haven’t finished the series and I’ve seen the movie three times, lol.) But in between the binging, I’m warming up the sleigh bells and getting in the holiday spirit by putting on The Hard Nut. It’s my favorite version of The Nutcracker, with lots of Seattle connections. 

Got a recommendation? Give us the scoop at unstreamablemovies@gmail.com.

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New Releases for November 29!

New Release Tuesday! French noir, vintage 80s Euro-horror, the making of The Godfather, and more!

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The Seasoned Ticket #201

Robert Horton is a Scarecrow board member and a longtime film critic. He will be contributing a series of “critic’s notes” to the Scarecrow blog—a chance to highlight worthy films playing locally and connecting them to the riches of Scarecrow’s collection.

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Tuesday November 29 is #GivingTuesday – Please Support Scarecrow Video!

#GivingTuesday (Nov. 29th) is a global day of giving that takes place annually the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday – and it’s less than a week away. It is also the start of Scarecrow’s End-of-Year Campaign. Your tax-deductible contribution (now or on the 29th) provides critical operating support that will help us weather whatever 2023 throws at us while at the same time expanding our collection.

  Make your gift now to continue making Scarecrow Video the Best Flocking Video Store Ever!

New Releases for November 22!

New Release Tuesday! Spike Lee on Criterion, groundbreaking queer documentaries, bad superheroes, and more!

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The Seasoned Ticket #200

Robert Horton is a Scarecrow board member and a longtime film critic. He will be contributing a series of “critic’s notes” to the Scarecrow blog—a chance to highlight worthy films playing locally and connecting them to the riches of Scarecrow’s collection.

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THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE and THE APPRENTICE Are Unstreamable

Sasha Grey did great.

Unstreamable is a column where Jas Keimig and Chase Burns recommend movies and TV shows you can’t watch on major streaming services in the United States. We publish every Wednesday. 

This week… 

JAS: Have you seen the new trailer for the final installment of Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike trilogy? Go watch–it looks great. It reminded me of another great (and unstreamable) Soderbergh film, The Girlfriend Experience. It’s a perfectly moody reflection on the 2008 stock market collapse and stars none other than famous adult film star Sasha Grey. A total gem of late 2000s culture. Speaking of…

CHASE: We’ve written this column for a few years now, and it needs a little SHAKE-UP every so often. Lately, we’ve been trying to highlight unstreamable films screening at local indie theaters (like Alma’s Rainbow at NWFF) or related to new movies currently in theaters (like Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, featured in Tár). And look, I’m sorry for doing this next one, but considering “TRUMP ANNOUNCES 2024 RUN” is above-the-fold news this morning, I’m highlighting The Apprentice this week. Yes, it’s technically* unstreamable. And yes, I own it on DVD. I’m doubly sorry. 

Got a recommendation? Give us the scoop at unstreamablemovies@gmail.com.

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