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Michel Gondry | Photo courtesy of wv via flickr

Japanophiles unite! This week marks not one, but two free previews of Tokyo!, a new anthology work featuring contributions from Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind), Bong Joon-ho (monster-masterpiece The Host) & Leos Carax (The Lovers On The Bridge). Opening later this month at the Nuart, use these screenings to get the jump on your otaku buddies & save a few bucks along the way. For the purists, perplexed by the lack of a single Japanese name amidst that trio, take heart in LACMA's premiere of Tokyo Sonata, featuring the writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (no relation to Akira) as special guest, or any of a number of programs featuring experimental video artist Takahiko Iimura.

There's also a nice amount of Germania to be found across town. The Hammer pairs two of Herzog's more recent works that play off his sly, cynical exploration of nature & chaos. The Silent Movie Theatre sports a fetching presentation of German Expressionist horror The Haunted Castle, and the Goethe-Institut has a number of historical films, including a new documentary on the real-life Valkyrie players. But if that last image just makes you uber-laugh, you can distill the seriousness of it all through the Bronx, a healthy dose of Jewish humor, and pay tribute to writer/director Carl Reiner in his "The One And Only Carl Reiner" series at the Aero.

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Werner Herzog | Photo courtesy of wnyc via flickr

All Week
12 (2007) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Between Love & Goodbye (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Limited Engagement)
Harvard Beats Yale: 29-29 (2008) (Nuart Theatre)

Thursday 3/5
Herzsprung (1992) (Free Event) (w/ Director Heike Misselwitz) (Goethe-Institut)
The International (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Hollywood)
LA Comedy Shorts Festival (Downtown Independent)
Ma: A Japanese Concept (1977-1989) (w/ Filmmaker Takahiko Iimura) (Free Event) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Parasomnia: Dreams Of The Sleep Walker (2008) (w/ Panel Discussion) (Egyptian Theatre)
Personal Effects (2009) (w/ Director David Hollander, Actor Ashton Kutcher & other guests) (Aero Theatre)
The Punk Rock Movie (1978) / The Blank Generation (1976) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Shall We Kiss? (2007) (Free Event) (Melnitz Movies)
Takahiko Iimura: Works From The Late 1960s-Early 1970s (Free Event) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Taken (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008) / Volver (2006) (New Beverly Cinema)

Friday 3/6
Charlie Chan At Treasure Island (1939) (Old Town Music Hall)
Christmas On Mars: The Flaming Lips Movie (2008) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
The Godfather (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
Gone In 60 Seconds (1974) (Midnight) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988) (Art Theatre Of Long Beach) (Mondo Midnights)
LA Comedy Shorts Festival (Downtown Independent)
The Loves Of A Blonde (1965) / The Firemen's Ball (1967) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Man With Two Brains (1983) / Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) (w/ Director Carl Reiner) (Aero Theatre)
OutFest Presents Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People Of Color Film Festival (Egyptian Theatre)
Pulp Fiction (1994) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Shelter: A Squatumentary (2008) (w/ Filmmaker Hannah E. Dobbz) (Echo Park Film Center)
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962) / What's The Matter With Helen? (1971) (7:15PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)

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Saturday 3/7
REDCAT International Children's Festival (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
* Rise And Shine! (12PM)
* Living Large: Folktales To Remember (1:30PM)
* Gutsy Guinea Pigs (3PM)
* The Red Jacket (4:30PM)
Aliens (1986) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Charlie Chan At Treasure Island (1939) (Old Town Music Hall)
Death Wish 3 (1985) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Godfather (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
The Godfather Part II (1974) (The Bay Theatre)
The HollyShorts Film Festival (Echo Park Film Center)
J'Entends Plus La Guitare (1991) (7:30PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
The Jerk (1979) / All Of Me (1984) (Aero Theatre)
LA Comedy Shorts Festival (Downtown Independent)
The Loves Of A Blonde (1965) / The Firemen's Ball (1967) (New Beverly Cinema)
OutFest Presents Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People Of Color Film Festival (Egyptian Theatre)
The Red Balloon (1956) / The White Mane (1953) (Family Matinee) (Aero Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)

Sunday 3/8
REDCAT International Children's Festival (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
* Gentle Planet (12PM)
* Gentle Changes: Films About Growing Up (1:30PM)
* Animated Genius: The Films Of John And Faith Hubley (3PM)
A History Of Violence (2005) / Straw Dogs (1971) (w/ Screenwriter Josh Olson) (New Beverly Cinema)
A Tribute To Forrest J. Ackerman: 1916-2008 (3PM) (Free Event) (Egyptian Theatre)
Charlie Chan At Treasure Island (1939) (Old Town Music Hall)
Famous Monster: Forrest J. Ackerman (2007) / The Time Travelers (1964) (7PM) (Egyptian Theatre)
The Godfather (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
The Godfather Part II (1974) (The Bay Theatre)
The Haunted Castle (1921) (w/ Live Score By Manuel Göttsching) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
LA Comedy Shorts Festival (Downtown Independent)
Takahiko Iimura: Recent Works (Egyptian Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Where's Poppa? (1970) / The One And Only (1978) (Aero Theatre)

Monday 3/9
A History Of Violence (2005) / Straw Dogs (1971) (w/ Screenwriter Josh Olson ) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Count And The Comrade (2009) (w/ Filmmaker Ilona Ziok) (Goethe-Institut)
Fight Club (1999) (Arclight Hollywood)
The Godfather (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
Poltergeist (1982) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
Takahiko Iimura: On Time In Film (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
This Is The Life (2008) (Space15Twenty) (Amoeba's Monday Movies)
Tokyo Sonata (2008) (w/ Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa) (LACMA)

Tuesday 3/10
Adam's Rib (1949) (Free Event) (Skirball Cultural Center)
The Architects (1990) (Free Event) (Goethe-Institut)
The Boneyard Collection (2006) (Forrest J. Ackerman Memorial World Premiere) (Fine Arts Theatre)
Encounters Of The Spooky Kind II (1990) / Skinny Tiger And Fatty Dragon (1990) (New Beverly Cinema) (Grindhouse Film Festival)
The Godfather Part II (1974) (The Bay Theatre)
Grizzly Man (2005) / Incident At Loch Ness (2004) (Free Event) (Hammer Museum)
Jaws (1975) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
Tokyo! (2009) (Free Event) (Melnitz Movies)
The Verdict (1946) (Matinee) (LACMA)

Wednesday 3/11
The Cake Eaters (2009) (w/ Actors Bruce Dern, Aaron Stanford & Cast) (Egyptian Theatre)
Ed Wood (1994) / Problem Child (1990) (w/ Screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski) (New Beverly Cinema)
Enter Laughing (1967) / The Comic (1969) (Aero Theatre)
The Godfather (1972) (The Bay Theatre)
Our Hospitality (1923) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Rear Window (1954) (Arclight Hollywood)
The Wall (1991) (Free Event) (Hammer Museum)

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That's all for this week. Love it or Netflix it.

As always, compiled by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins!