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My Adventures at the Crest Cinema Theater

Crest Theater SHR

If you live in the Seattle area, you may have heard of the Crest Cinema Theater. Maybe you are a film fan and have been there many times, or maybe you’ve only heard people rave about how cool this particular theater is but have never been yourself.  Either way, the Crest has something to offer for everyone, and several unique features that make it one of the best places to see a film around Seattle.

I recently made my first trip to the Crest to see the movie Big Eyes.  Now you may be thinking, “you saw Big Eyes there? It isn’t in theaters anymore and it’s not on DVD yet!”  Well, that is one of the features of the Crest that makes it so unique: it shows films that have been out for some time and aren’t in the major theaters anymore.  The Crest is also currently showing Gone Girl, which is already out on DVD, and The Penguins of Madagascar in 3D, among others.  So if you missed seeing in a theater that really great movie that all your friends have been talking about, try the Crest, it might be playing there.

One incredible benefit of showing movies that have been out for some time is that tickets are SUPER cheap. We’re talking $4 here compared to the $11.50 that you would pay at any other theater. This means that even students can afford to go out to the movies! Continue reading

Favorite Holiday Movies

Christmas Story Ralphie

The Northgate staff recently had our December meeting and chatted about several things.  Our holiday “favorites” came up and we discussed places, food, and then movies.  When everyone had shared their favorites I was surprised when we all had a different one!

Here’s Northgate’s favorite holiday movies of all time….drum-roll, please!

Whew.  So many movies!  And the library’s got ’em all.

What’s your favorite (or least favorite) holiday movie?

All the libraries are closed today and tomorrow, but come and see us on Thursday!

Film: Wes Anderson

I adore Wes Anderson films. They are my comfort food with those recurring color palettes, the lovable quirkiness of every character, and Bill Murray’s acting. There are many beautiful movies out there, ones I love to watch simply for that reason. But they never compare to writer, director, and producer Anderson’s, because his story lines never fail to be compelling. The evidence is clear based on his previous constructions: a dapper fox arguing with his counterpart in a tube sock whilst outsmarting farmers (Fantastic Mr. Fox); two twelve-year-olds running away on an epic New England adventure, eventually proving themselves more mature than any of the film’s adults (Moonrise Kingdom); and the most charming high school student [probably ever] named Max Fischer, who saved Latin (Rushmore). There’s something about disappearing into another world through film, a world somewhat resembling reality yet not quite. It’s a vibrant creation where every word makes an impact and life moves to a soundtrack of Françoise Hardy and Elliott Smith. Anderson and his masterpieces are critically acclaimed and his talent is hardly breaking news. But in the words of Steve Zissou (The Life Aquatic), “I’m not big on apologizing. So I’ll just skip it if it’s all the same to you.”

Now I shall patiently await the March 2014 release of Anderson’s latest: The Grand Budapest Hotel

– Greta, 16, Teen Center Adviser
Image: still from Moonrise Kingdom (2012). 

Come to THE SHOWING!!!!

Come to The Showing on Friday, February 11 at Ballard High School!!! Tickets are $5. The Showing begins at 7 pm.

See the latest productions from the Ballard High School Video Production Program! Many productions screened at The Showing have gone on to win honors and awards at numerous film festivals. Included are short comedies and dramas, PSA, and commercials!


-Mack, 16

Teen Center Advisor

Film Review: Bilal's Stand


We all know applying to college is stressful. Now imagine that you come from a poor family where no one has ever tried to go to college, and no one expects you to try, either. Instead, they expect you to run the family taxi stand. But you dream of a better life, a better future for yourself and your family – so you apply to college in secret. Things get even more complicated when you find out you’ve been accepted. How are you going to explain to your family that you want to leave them behind?

            Well, that’s the conflict behind the new film Bilal’s Stand, the true story of a high school student (the director himself, Sultan Sharrief) growing up in the ghettos of Detroit, fighting to make it to college against all odds. For those of us who don’t know what it’s like to grow up surrounded by poverty, this film is a rare look at what poor teens struggle with in order to achieve social mobility. It’s fairly obvious that Bilal’s Stand was made by amateur filmmakers (in fact, the film was organized as a chance for young adults to learn the art of filmmaking), but the less-than-perfect acting, camera work, and sound only adds to the reality of the film. At times, you almost feel like you’re watching a documentary. Yet despite the realism and seriousness of the piece, the protagonist, Bilal, keeps the mood fairly light with his clever narrative. It’s hard not to admire him – he works hard to support his family in addition to maintaining high grades at school, all while navigating the rough environment of the ghetto. He even takes up ice-carving as a way to win scholarship money. His conflict over going to college or staying to help his family is a truly thought-provoking issue, and this film will definitely result in long discussions afterwards. Bilal’s Stand also has a great soundtrack with a mix of alternative and rap, all from bands local to the Detroit area.

            Though I myself don’t know what it’s like to grow up in poverty, this film gave me a glimpse into such a life. It made me realize how difficult it is to try to move up in the world, and how important the support of family is to success. I think any college-bound teen will appreciate Bilal’s struggle. It’s a truly inspirational story about an underdog going above and beyond the expectations set for him by society.

             If you’re interested in seeing Bilal’s Stand, it will be showing at the Seattle International Film Festival in the coming weeks (bring your Teen Tix pass, and you can get in for only five bucks!). Watch the trailer and check the schedule here

Review by Callan, teen blogger