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LAist Film Calendar: Harmony Korine, Michel Gondry, Families & Robot Vixens

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How Many Gondrys Can Fit In One Couch? | Photo courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

One of filmmaking's most chaotic spirits re-emerges this week. Harmony Korine unleashes Trash Humpers upon the Nuart this week. It's a trademark Korine faux-found-footage-freakout tracking a group of deranged rabblerousers. The twist this time is that, rather than focus on his usual disaffected youth or mentally disturbed, Korine populates Trash Humpers with a trio of thuggish, fallen elders. If you're unfamiliar with Korine's work, be warned: this is a home video from hell, that looks like it was stolen from an evidence locker. In 1993. As if that weren't classy enough, the Nuart's midnight schedule features the already-infamous Human Centipede. I'd summarize the plot, but this is a family column.

Which is just as well, since Michel Gondry brings his family to the Laemmle's Sunset with his latest, The Thorn in the Heart. In some ways the French filmmaker's finally come down to earth - the non-fiction piece traces Gondry's aunt and her unique family history, with much meditation on loss, change, and acceptance. But then, adding more Gondrys also ups the ante for wild hearts and creative spirits. The conflict between hearts and spirits is rarely executed more beautifully than in Metropolis, a truly timeless classic, playing at other Laemmle's locations. An epic silent with forbidden romance, monstrous factories, hedonistic excess, mad scientists, class conflict and robot vixens, it's got something for everybody. Thanks to a miraculous film discovery of 25 minutes of lost footage in Buenos Aires, the film screens in its complete form for the first time in over 80 years. Now I know what that soul was worth on the open market.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!