Indies and Arties: Heavy on the 'Weird'

May 12, 2010

YOU REMEMBER SPAGHETTI Westerns? Make way for the “Oriental Western” (their words; not ours). “The Good, the Bad and the Weird” is a manic, over-the-top tribute to 1966′s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” the big daddy of delirious Italian-produced oaters. Ji-woon Kim’s 2010 film follows three Korean outlaws with vastly different agendas who run into each other in lawless 1930s Manchuria. Nonstop action, wacky twists and double deals ensue. Prepare for — well, this stuff is impossible to prepare for, or to resist.

» Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; opens Fri.; 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)

It’s Raining Nichols
The 38th AFI Life Achievement Award went to German-born American director Mike Nichols for his 40-plus years behind the camera. (Believe it or not, the assured and iconic 1966 film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” was Nichols’ directorial debut.) AFI Silver honors the director with a retrospective. This weekend, take in “The Graduate,” which won him an Oscar and cemented not just his reputation in cinema, but the word “plastics” as a Me Decade punch line. Then head over to Church Street Theatre to compare it with Keegan Theatre’s live production of the story.

» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri., 4:45 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m., through Tuesday; retrospective through July 1; 301-495-6700. (Silver Spring)

Photo courtesy IFC Films

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express · May 12, 2010