Feb. 7-14, 2007

Evolution debate erupts on Capitol Hill!

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Argentina: Hope in Hard Times Local filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin went down to Argentina in 2002, when that country was plunging into economic crisis and 40 percent unemployment. Predictably, street interviewees blame the IMF, WTO, World Bank, and globalization for their woes. Nobody speaks for, or from, the Argentine government, leaving the actual matter of economic policy rather murky. "Now we have only rich and poor," says a cab driver of the same lowest-price Wal-Martization that's affecting our own country. Various digs are made at U.S. foreign policy, overlooking the fact that Argentina's cheap imports—which are decimating local industry—come from Asia, not here. Apart from snippets of a lecture from visiting American economist Joseph Stiglitz, there's precious little economic analysis here, just a lot of protest marches, solidarity rhetoric, and the occasional takeover of abandoned plants by workers. Does anyone seriously believe co-ops, collectives, and going back to the land is the answer? Argentines deserve better than that. (NR) BRIAN MILLER Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St., 282-5001. Free. 7 p.m. Sat. Feb. 10.

Conan the Barbarian According to the movie's tagline, "He conquered an empire with his sword. She conquered HIM with her bare hands." Swords, snakes, sex: Conan the Republican's 1982 role as a gladiator king now seems kinkier than ever. (R) Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 206-781-5755. $6-$9.25. Midnight. Fri. Feb. 9-Sat. Feb. 10.

Crossing Borders Northwest Folklife's first documentary film festival kicks off with anthropologist Ruth Behar's journey to her Cuban homeland in Adio Kerida/Goodbye Dear Love. Other highlights from the first weekend (of two) include Another Side of Peace, which chronicles a support group for bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families; Linda & Ali, about a traditional Islamic family with a non-traditional past; and Spirit Wrestlers, about a Russian-speaking Doukhobor community in Canada. See Web site for full listings and schedule. (NR) McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., 684-7300, www.nwfolklife.org. $20-$95 (series), $7.50 (individual). Fri. Feb. 9-Sun. Feb. 11 and Fri. Feb. 16-Sun. Feb. 18.

Keeping Score Film Music Series SEE WIRE, THURSDAY, PAGE 44.

Granito de Arena "Grain of Sand" is local filmmaker Jill Friedberg's award-winning 2005 documentary about the privatization of Mexico's public school system and the subsequent struggle for community education reform. Just returned from Oaxaca, Friedberg will speak after the film. (NR) Keystone Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., www.meaningfulmovies.org. Free. 7 p.m. Fri. Feb. 9.

Half-Cocked SEE WIRE, WEDNESDAY, PAGE 43.

The Holy Mountain The GI's salute to avant-garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky continues with this psychedelic 1973 mind-fuck. Made in Mexico, it follows a Christ-like thief whose life is turned around (or is it upside down?) by a spiritual advisor. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935. Fri. Feb. 9-Thurs. Feb. 15.

Inherit the Wind Cheeky Central Cinema invites you to celebrate Darwin's birthday (Feb. 12, 1809) with Stanley Kramer's overrated 1960 courtroom drama, which changes the names involved in the famous 1925 Scopes monkey trial. Spencer Tracy plays a slightly disguised version of attorney Clarence Darrow opposite fundamentalist preacher Frederic Marsh (repeating the words of William Jennings Bryan). Gene Kelly is the cynical journalist in the gallery, basically H. L. Mencken except in name. Hardly a great film, it's still too inflammatory to be shown in most public schools today. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 6:45 and 9:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 7-Sun. Feb. 11.

Rosita An hour-long documentary renders the emotional and political aftermath of a nine-year-old Nicaraguan girl's rape. Followed by a talk from local civil-liberties advocate Marcy Bloom. (NR) Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave., 328-3230. $5. 4 p.m. Sun. Feb. 11.

Two Daughters In this 1961 installment in a series of Satyajit Ray's films, a young man rejects an arranged marriage and falls for a tomboy. (NR) Seattle Asian Art Museum, Stimson Auditorium, 1400 E. Prospect St., 654-3121. $24-$27 (series); call for individual prices. 1:30 p.m. Sun. Feb. 11.

Thelma Schoonmaker Scorsese's Oscar-winning editor, widow of Michael Powell, presents a restored version of her late husband's Gone to Earth (1950), in which pagan nature girl Jennifer Jones suddenly finds herself courted by a local aristocrat. (NR) Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E, 654-3121, www.seattleartmuseum.org. $7-$10. 7:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 13. The following night, she'll introduce Powell's Age of Consent, the 1969 film that started Helen Mirren's screen career with a typically bold, bare-all performance. And if you're lucky, on both nights she may talk about both her and Scorsese being nominated (again) for The Departed. 7:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 14.

The Seven Year Itch SAM's salute to Billy Wilder continues in Montlake with this pretty good 1955 adaptation of a so-so stage comedy (by George Axelrod) that created an iconic image of Marilyn Monroe cooling her overheated womanhood above a NYC subway gate, while wannabe adulterer Tom Ewell leers at her. It's not her best collaboration with Wilder (that would be Some Like It Hot), but she shyly rules the picture, making a farce of male fantasies. (NR) Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E, 654-3121, www.seattleartmuseum.org. $58-65 (series), call for individual price. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. Feb. 8.

Utamaro and His Five Women The NWFF's series of seven classic titles from Kenji Mizoguchi continues with the story of an artist who finds his subjects in the brothels of Tokyo. From 1946. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380, www.nwfilmforum.org. $35-50 (series), $5-8 (individual). 7 and 9 p.m. Mon. Feb. 12-Tues. Feb. 13.

 
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