75 Years of Seattle Movies

75 Years of Seattle Movies <p>The world knows we&rsquo;re a movie-loving city, but Seattle has a criminally unheralded history as a movie <em>making</em> city, too. Here are the films that defined Seattle&rsquo;s cinematic persona, from <em>Tugboat Annie</em> to <em>Sleepless in Seattle</em>. Plus, the true story of how Seattle made <em>The Stunt Man</em>. Also: For the Cle Elum Seven, the road to heaven is paved with bananas. And in Seattle, seniors and their families face abundant new options for places to live and varieties of care.</p>

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


Nerd for Life

Rainn Wilson, star of NBC’s The Office, speaking to students at the University of Washington



Screen Player

Mark Vrieling, who launched ScreenPlay in 1990, streams video to thousands of stores. And he’s not done yet.

11/17/2009 By Manny Frishberg

On the Town

Red Hot

Seattle’s John Myhre dissects his design work in the new movie Nine starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, and Penélope Cruz.

11/17/2009 By Matthew Halverson


A Germaphobe Is Born

Swine flue has a newly paranoid germophobe pondering, What’s worse: pandemic or fear of pandemic?

11/17/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

On The Town


In the Akira Kurosawa-Toshiro Mifune movie Rashomon, four witnesses offer four differing accounts to tell the story of a man murdered and his wife raped by a bandit.

11/17/2009 By Laura Dannen


The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: Amber Lancster, David Fleming, Richard Price, Mike Gillis, Stephanie Hervey, Bob Saget, Grace Crunican, and Steve Wiecking.



The Movie Seattle Saved

Thirty years ago, The Stunt Man starring Peter O'Toole was gathering dust in a vault. Its producers hated it and no studio would touch it. Then Seattle audiences made it the star of one of Hollywood’s greatest underdog stories.

11/13/2009 By Matthew Halverson


Home Movies

The world knows we’re a movie-loving city, but Seattle has a criminally unheralded history as a movie making city, too. Here are our picks for the 11 films, in chronological order, that defined Seattle’s cinematic persona—and 10 more guilty pleasures th

11/13/2009 By Steve Wiecking

Eat & Drink


Dinner Plans

Architect Tom Kundig and chef William Belickis pair up to make MistralKitchen—from scratch.

11/18/2009 By Jessica Voelker


Do-Goodie Foodies

When is it selfless to go out to eat? When the restaurant is renowned for giving back. ’Tis the season, diners!

11/18/2009 By Kathryn Robinson


Grill of My Dreams

John Howie stakes out a niche at the Bravern for the fourth steak house in Bellevue.

11/18/2009 By Kathryn Robinson


Show Us Your Booze!

A team led by Gig Harbor residents Pat Finley and Dan Wachtler break pub crawl records.

11/18/2009 By Calise Cardenas


Under Pressure

The King County health department is cracking down on sous-vide cooking. Chef Jason Wilson of Crush already has his head above water.

11/17/2009 By Jessica Voelker


Holiday Spirit

Consider these two approaches to making eggnog: the old family recipe that ferments in the garage, and a contemporary recipe from Kathy Casey.

11/17/2009 By Jess Thomson

Editor's Note


A Note from the Editor

Exit Lines

11/18/2009 By Katherine Koberg

Health & Wellness


The New Old Age

Here in Seattle, new models for senior lifestyles abound, rejecting the outdated institutional vibe and revitalizing retirement living. The options are endless, the fit is individual, and everyone we talked to agrees it’s best to start the search early. H

11/13/2009 By Kristin Cordova

Home & Real Estate

Fraudulent Flippers

How Naive Investors Aided the Biggest Mortgage Scam in State History

How naive investors aided the biggest mortgage scam in Washington state history. Plus, Sound Transit’s Central Link light-rail line expansion to Sea-Tac Airport makes Columbia City/Beacon Hill a hot neighborhood.

11/18/2009 By Matthew Halverson



Letters to the Editor

Letters about previous articles from the Seattle metropolitan community.


News & City Life


Crash Test Smarties

A partnership with Lamborghini, an Italian sports car maker, launches fast times at UW engineering.

11/19/2009 By Karen Quinn


Entrepreneur of the Month

ChefStack makes pancakes—lots of them. Try 200 in an hour.

11/19/2009 By Karen Quinn


Logging Off

The nation’s first Internet rehab center, ReStart, is in Seattle, the nation’s web mecca.

11/19/2009 By Karen Quinn


Nissan Sockets It to Seattle

Nissan’s first all-electric car gets a test drive in the Emerald City.

11/17/2009 By Karen Quinn


Green Christmas

Seattle’s most festive street, Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna, cuts the watts.



Why Is This Chimp Smiling?

Seven apes arrived last year in Cle Elum at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. They’d been used up by medical science and the entertainment industry—and left to rot in tiny cages. Then one man, Keith LaChappelle, showed them the depths of human kindness.

11/13/2009 By James Ross Gardner

Style & Shopping


Good Cheer

Piggy banks, polar bear hats, dog mittens, and more: playful gifts for kids of all ages—and less than $45.

11/19/2009 By Laura Cassidy


Eat, Drink, Buy Merry

Giving sweet nothings and savory treats? Schlepping to a last-minute potluck? These five shops stock edible gifts for the holidays.

11/17/2009 By Laura Cassidy

Web Exclusives


Party Pics

Snapshots from recent community events.


Web Exclusive

I Spy

Watch these video samples from movies filmed in our hometown and see if you can spot the locations.