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LAist Film Calendar: Bad Biology, Good Awards

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Frank Henenlotter is the J. D. Salinger of exploitation cinema - a few game-changers and he's gone. Sure, Brain Damage (about a hallucinogenic space worm), Frankenhooker (a romantic retelling of Frankenstein with dismembered hookers) and the Basket Case series (horror-comedies starring homicidal siamese twins) may not be required reading at your local high school, but his latest, Bad Biology, is required viewing at your local Cinefamily. It's a black-humored, black-hearted love story, with an oversized genitalia, an overabundance of clitorides, and more mutant babies than a playdate with Trig Palin. And if that's not enough to get your butt in the seat, Frank himself will make a rare in-person appearance. He'll also be at Burbank's Dark Delicacies earlier in the day, in case you want two signatures before he disappears again.

In other news, some Academy says there's some films that might win some awards, or something. By day, Jeff Bridges is nominated for crash-and-burned rocker Bad Blake. By night, he's already won (our hearts) for crash-and-burned detective-of-sorts Jeff Lebowski. For your consideration, the Art Theatre features both films, and the opportunity to put yourself before the judges with bowling and a costume contest! The New Beverly features the midnight movie cum best-picture nom Inglourious Basterds, as well as last year's Austrian submission, Revanche. And, even though it has nothing to do with best-picture nom District 9, District 13: Ultimatum benefits from my trying to create buzz for a District 9 upset. It's also got lots of guys flying into other guys' faces. Never a bad thing.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!