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April 3, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To John Waters' real fans, not the Johnny-come-latelys who raved over the studio-financed "Cry-Baby" in 1990, the underground movie maverick can be summed up in two words: "Pink Flamingos." Waters' sleazy, taboo-crunching X-rated flick, released in 1972 and costing only $10,000, reveals what he's really all about. Shot in the learning-to-walk stage of his peculiar career, "Pink Flamingos" hides nothing of his trash-talking, shock-therapy style.
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April 3, 1992 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To John Waters' real fans, not the Johnny-come-latelys who raved over the studio-financed "Cry-Baby" in 1990, the underground movie maverick can be summed up in two words: "Pink Flamingos." Waters' sleazy, taboo-crunching X-rated flick, released in 1972 and costing only $10,000, reveals what he's really all about. Shot in the learning-to-walk stage of his peculiar career, "Pink Flamingos" hides nothing of his trash-talking, shock-therapy style.
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November 13, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Now that "Boogie Nights" has made the subject of porn films safe for mainstream viewing, the sexual devices in "Girl," which opens the cleverly titled "Women in Shorts" film program Saturday at the Huntington Beach Art Center, seem as dated as love beads. In its own dopey way, Amanda Michener's 17-minute movie is so puerile that it's actually anti-pornographic.
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January 8, 1998 | JAN HERMAN
Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's "Ikiru" (1952), about a bureaucrat who learns he has only a year to live, will be presented Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. by the UC Irvine Film Society at the UCI Student Center's Crystal Cove Auditorium. $2.50-$4.50. (714) 824-5588. Out on Screen: Queer Film and Video, a new series of mainly short films reflecting varied perspectives within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities, begins today at 7 p.m.
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April 5, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The UC Irvine Film Society's "Offbeat Comedy" film series: Tonight--"Love and Anarchy" (Italy, 1973), by Lina Wertmuller. April 12--"Yojimbo" (Japan, 1961), by Akira Kurosawa. April 19--"Something Wild" (U.S., 1986), by Jonathan Demme. April 26--"Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands" (Brazil, 1978), by Bruno Barreto. May 3--"This is Spinal Tap" (U.S., 1984), by Rob Reiner. May 10--"Lair of the White Worm" (Great Britain, 1988), by Ken Russell.
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November 15, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly covers film for The Times Orange County Edition
A lifetime of regret reaches out and spooks an old man in "Wild Strawberries," the film that cemented Ingmar Bergman's reputation as one of the world's important directors. "Wild Strawberries" is an astute choice for the UC Irvine Film Society's Directors' Personal Portrait series. With the possible exception of "The Seventh Seal," it may be the movie most intimately associated with this masterly Swedish filmmaker.
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October 3, 1986 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
The UC Irvine Film Society will screen nine films spanning 33 years and representing seven countries in its fall film series entitled "The Eyes of Innocence," which looks at life from the perspective of children. The series opens today with Martin Bell's 1985 American documentary "Streetwise," which was nominated for an Academy Award as best documentary for its striking portrayal of young runaways living among the drug dealers and prostitutes in downtown Seattle.
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May 10, 1995 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The city's Intercultural Advisory Committee and the UC Irvine Film Society are sponsoring "Multiculturalism Goes to the Movies!," a four-film series that starts tonight with Gregory Nava's acclaimed "El Norte." The series, which includes speakers at each screening, aims to bring people of different backgrounds together. "Can the movies lead to greater understanding? We think so," said Alice Parsons, one of the organizers.
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September 21, 1988 | JAN HERMAN, Times Staff Writer
After a year of poor attendance, student leaders of the UC Irvine Film Society hope to find a larger audience this fall with a series of landmark films shaped by the common theme of "man's search for self." "We want to revive the society--it was moribund," Randy Lord, a member of the film selection committee, said Tuesday. "The only thing that moviegoers usually get here in Orange County is the mainstream commercial stuff. That's not enough." The society will launch its fall series on Sept.
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May 16, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, Mark Chalon Smith is a free-lance writer who regularly covers film for The Times Orange County Edition.
Anyone who loves opera, and especially those firebrand directors who live to take chances with the classics, should appreciate the humor in Suzanne Osten's clever "The Mozart Brothers."
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January 10, 1996 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Keeping an international perspective in selecting movies makes sense to UC Irvine Film Society coordinator Alice Parsons. "Given our cultural mix [on campus], it just seems natural that we would appeal to a broad cultural background," said Parsons, who oversees programs organized each semester by a handful of movie-loving students. "We've been devoted [to a world view] for a long time. We feel we should be educational as well as appealing."
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