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Showing Tonight: Sex, Friendship, and Rock & Roll

The Film: The Crumbles
Screening Time: 8:00 pm
The Venue: Goethe-Institut
Run Time: 75 minutes

How many of us have said this: We should start a band? Those of us who raised our hands know that those five little words unleash a crazy mash-up of emotion and a trajectory of events that either leads to the band’s success or disbandment.

This film follows Darla, who kicks off the action of this film convincing her friend that they should start a band.

Darla’s long lost best friend Elisa, a free spirit, has just moved back to Los Angeles after a devastating break-up. Because no one else in their group of friends is willing to help her out, Darla offers up her couch. And Elisa crashes there… indefinitely.

Soon, Darla realizes that Eliza is the perfect partner for the band she’s been wanting to start up. But, once the band gets rolling things start to work against them: obsession, insecurity, heartache, and hard-to-manage egos. They both share dreams of rock stardom, but can they be more than “the greatest band in the world– that nobody’s ever heard of”?

-Cherisse Yanit-Nadal


‘Asia Trash!’ Films at Freer Gallery

TearsAn Asian western flick? A monster as cool as Godzilla? You betcha! You can see these films for free at the Freer Gallery in August. Here’s the schedule for their Asia Trash! lineup:

Thursday, August 6, 7 p.m. – The Host

Asian cinema, mainly Japan’s Toho Studios, has brought to the big screen a slew of legendary monsters such as Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah (Who? Remember that cool looking three-headed monster? Yeah, that one!) and the king of them all, Godzilla. The unnamed monster in The Host definitely could clobber any of those creatures. This film is unique because it’s a horror-comedy. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, The Host is the highest grossing Korean film ever.

Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m. – Tears of the Black Tiger

Wisit Sasanatieng is the brains behind this Thai western. The colorful scenery of Tears of the Black Tiger is reminiscent of Amelie. The violence evokes memories of Pulp Fiction. The film also pays homage to the western films of the 1960s. The story and acting is terrific. The cinematography and music are wonderful. What makes everything bizarre is that this film is an Asian western. Not sure what I like better: Watching this flick or eating at Thep Phanom, my fave Thai restaurant located in Lower Haight. Bottom line is that they’re both winners. Tears of the Black Tiger is one of the greatest films to come out of Thailand.

goreThursday, August 20, 7 pm – Tokyo Gore Police

Gory. Perverse. Bizarre. The Freer Gallery couldn’t have written a better description of this film: “Employing geysers of blood, mountains of severed body parts, mutant go-go girls, and other delights, it takes place in a Tokyo of the near future in which a privatized police force wages hyper-violent war on a new breed of cyborg criminals who can transform their wounds into weapons.” I know what you’re thinking: I am so there!

How to get your free tickets

Free tickets are required for films in the 300 seat Meyer Auditorium, located in the Freer Gallery. Up to two tickets per person are distributed at the auditorium one hour before show time. More info, visit:

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