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I would totally bone her. | Photo courtesy of Miramax

There's something incredible at the corner of Olympic and La Cienega. Something shocking. And inspiring. Everything in this town traces back to the cinematic, and yet truly independent film promotion is rare (mini-majors like Fox Searchlight don't count). Which is why I'm entranced with Polanski, opening this Valentine's weekend at Laemmle's Sunset 5. Taking its cue from The Room, the brazen billboard sports writer/producer/director/actor Damian Chapa (of Street Fighter & Under Siege fame) gazing deep into the viewer's soul as he forces himself onto a little girl. It's doubtful the production will help the tragic auteur's legal situation (there's a reason this gift is wrapped with "Unauthorized"), it should make for quite the Valentine. Go with someone you love.

Or maybe you're just not that into romance. Wow, this is not your week. Every theater has their own spin on the lovey-dovey line-up, but if nothing old (The Princess Comes Across, Roman Holiday), new (Almost Love, Amelie), borrowed (Now, Voyager, One Hour With You), blue (Harold & Maude, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), tragic (Romeo & Juliet & Sid & Nancy), or creepy (Peter Lorre & a man-baby - alas, not in the same movie) appeals to you, shore up and wait for the divorce - it's me or the dwarves!