Arguably Alfred Hitchcock's most famous film, if you aren't at least passingly familiar with it, you probably aren't breathing. Shot with a deliberately scaled down television production crew and budget, Psycho concerns a boy and his mother and the motel they run. Oh, and did I mention . . . MURDER? During initial screenings, Hitchcock requested that theater owners not allow late patrons into the film in an effort to preserve the experience of seeing the entire film start to finish. Anthony Perkins delivers an incredible performance that he never quite lived down throughout the rest of his acting career, and the story is still compelling decades later. Despite the rather tacked on ending—and a rather politically incorrect take on transvestism—Psycho stands as a landmark film in world cinema. Edwards University Town Center, 4245 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-8818. Tues., 9 p.m. $6.
The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian, Save the Man. Haven't seen this one, so I'm going to have to go off the press release. “The Canary Effect takes an in-depth look at the devastating effect that U.S. policies have had on the indigenous people of America. Using beautifully crafted imagery, it presents a chilling case to what many believe is an ongoing genocide of the American Indian. Featuring interviews with some of the leading scholars and exponents of indigenous struggles, alongside revealing insight from those who work and live on reservations today.” The film is being screened in conjunction with Cal State Long Beach's 37th annual Pow Wow. Cleveland Indians fans need not apply. Cal State Long Beach, University Theater, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 985-8528. Thurs., March 8, 8 p.m. Free.
Les Girls. George Cukor directs, Cole Porter writes the music, and Gene Kelly hops about in this 1957 film about two rival dancers accusing each other of dalliances with Kelly. The same story is told three times from each of the main character's perspectives. It's like Rashomon with shorter hemlines. Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
Moulin Rouge. This hyperkinetic musical was a little too overdone for my taste when I saw it on the big screen, but with time I've grown to appreciate what director Baz Luhrmann was going for. Mixing 20th century pop music with a plot line lifted from opera and featuring real-life figures such as Toulouse Lautrec, Moulin Rouge is a film over saturated with color and emotion and definitely not for the cynical. Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Thurs., March 1, Sat., March 3, N Mon.-Thurs., March 5-8, 8 p.m. Fri., March 2, 6 p.m. Call for cost.
My Darling Clementine. Henry Fonda, Victor Mature and Walter Brennan star in this 1946 John Ford western that concerns the notorious gunfight at the OK Corral, but puts more of an emphasis on the everyday lives of the legendary characters involved. The film is being screened as part of Orange Coast College's Friday Night Film Series and will be hosted by Keith Hall. Orange Coast College, Fine Arts Building, Room 119, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5599. Fri., 6:30 p.m. $5-$6.
The Olive Harvest. This Palestinian film wraps up the UCI Film and Video Center's Winter series. Older brother Mazan develops romantic feelings for his childhood friend, Raeda, who is secretly engaged to Mazen's younger brother Taher. Each of the three central characters find themselves painfully torn between conflicting choices in this tale of love and loyalty to family, to those that they love, and to the land that they are connected to. Associate professor of Film and Media Studies, Fatimah T. Rony, introduces the film. There will be a Q&A with director Hanna Elias after the screening. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., March 8: Reception, 6:30 p.m.; screening, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
Raise the Red Lantern. Bowers Museum returns its Asian themed dinner and a movie night this month with Zhang Yimou's Oscar-nominated film starring Gong Li. Raise the Red Lantern tells of an educated woman ready for the modern world of the 1920s when she suddenly finds herself betrayed by her mother and sold as a concubine. Notable for its costumes and distinctive visual style, the film was banned in China upon its release due to political controversy. Bowers Museum, Nora Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3679; www.bowers.org. Thurs., March 8, 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. For reservations to the pre-film dinner, call Tangata Restaurant at (714) 550-0906.
Rocky Horror Picture Show. Haven't already seen this movie a million goddamn times? Then come on out for the requisite midnight screening. Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Sat., midnight. $8.
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. Call for cost.
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