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Arts and Entertainment

Weekly Movie Picks: Air Guitars, Silent Films, Korean & Japanese Animé & More!

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The week begins with sassy sexploitation flicks Pretty Maids All in a Row and Revenge of the Cheerleaders, then segues into Asian action with aFearless Fighters and Supermanchu and closes with a triple bill of bloody horror: The Blood Spattered Bride, Asylum of Blood and Mary, Mary, Bloody Mary.

WHEN: Mon., March 26 - Sun., April 1; various times
WHERE: The New Beverly: 7165 Beverly Blvd. (1 block West of La Brea Ave.)

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King of Documentary
Cinespace will be hosting a screening of the three winning films in the Tokion's King of Documentary contest: Georgie Greville's The Red Room, Marie Bendl's Uu — The Problem With The Car and Brian Cassidy's Call Center. Complimentary libations will be provided by Dewar's following the screening. Finally, a Cinespace event that might be worth attending.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27; 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
WHERE: Cinespace: 6356 Hollywood Blvd. (between Caheunga & Vine)


Rediscover Silents
Marion Wong's 1916 film The Curse of Quon Gwon, the first known feature made by Chinese-Americans, and Her Wild Oat (1927) starring quintessential 1920s flapper Colleen Moore, will unspool as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Lost and Found” film series. Both films will be accompanied by live music performed by Michael Mortilla.

WHEN: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: AMPAS, Linwood Dunn Theater: 1313 North Vine St. (Hollywood)
COST: Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.


Battleship Potemkin
Sergei Eisenstein's landmark 1925 silent film presents a dramatized account of a naval mutiny that occurred during the Russian Revolution of 1905. In Eisenstein's version the mutiny aboard the titular Battleship Potemkin sparks street riots that are eventually quelled when police massacre demonstrating civilians. The film was so powerful in its day that a number of governments including the Soviet Union banned it from being screened believing it could incite riots. 82 years after it's debut the film, especially the famous Odessa steps sequence, is still referenced by filmmakers everywhere.

WHEN: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave. (1 block South of Melrose)
COST: Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.

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Air Guitar Nation
The Nuart hosts the L.A. theatrical premiere of Alexandra Lipsitz's Air Guitar Nation, a documentary about, you guessed it, chronicling the birth of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships and the fierce rivalry between two of the scenes reigning champs, C. Diddy (David Jung), a samurai warrior in a "Hello Kitty'' breast plate, and Björn Türoque (Dan Crane). The screening will be followed by an Aireoke (it's like karaoke for air guitarists) after-party at the Westwood Brewing Company.

WHEN: Friday, March 30, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Nuart Theater: 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Sawtelle Blvd. in West LA)


Korean & Japanese Animation
This free program starts in the morning controversial Korean film Aachi & Ssipak, a 2006 feature directed by Bum-Jin Joe about a futuristic city that converts human waste to energy. This will be followed by a reception with drinks and snacks at 12:30 PM. The afternoon will feature a screening of Mamoru Hosoda's time-traveling-teenage-girl odyssey, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, which features character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion) followed by a panel discussion with Bum-Jin Joe, Mamoru Hosoda, USC professor Mimi Ito and moderator Ken Duer.

WHEN: Saturday, March 31 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WHERE: American Cinematheque at The Egyptian Theater: 6712 Hollywood Blvd., (1 block East of Highland Ave. in Hollywood)
COST: Free but attendees must RSVP ahead of time on the Japan Foundation's Web site. Tickets available for pick-up on the day of the event.