Special Screenings

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Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. Now, I'm no prude, but I've always preferred the non-sick and twisted festival. It seems like more energy is spent being offensive than being creative in the Sick and Twisted showcase, but hey, that's got its place as well. Make sure to leave the kids at home . . . this stuff would make Walt Disney spin in his freezer. Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Fri., 8 p.m. $8.

The World. This 2004 film from China is an examination of modern Chinese life as experienced by the employees at Beijing's World Park, described in the press release as "a bizarre cross-cultural pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center." Throughout the course of the film, director Jia Zhangke (channeling at times legendary Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu) portrays his characters' malaise in the face of a world which is changing much faster than human psychology is meant to endure. This screening is being presented as part of the UC Irvine Film and Video Center's Winter Program and will be preceded by a lecture titled "Fantasy and Reality of a Virtual China in Jia Zhangke's Film: The World" given by Professor Lu Tonglin of the University of Montreal. UCI Humanities Instructional Building 100, Irvine, (949) 824-7418. Thurs., Jan. 25, 7 p.m. $3-$5.

Mail your press releases (and a videotape or disc, if available) to Special Screenings, OC Weekly, 1666 N. Main St., Ste. 500, Santa Ana, CA 92701-7417. Or send e-mail to tchild@ocweekly.com. All materials must be received at least two weeks before the screening.

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