A weekly round-up of what else is playing around town
Haverford Township Library
Free. 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown. 610.446.3082. freelibrary.org
Empire of the Sun
(1987) (Shown on DVD): The last time you can catch the centerpiece of the One Film, One Philadelphia project--Steven Spielberg's not-too-splashy take on J.G. Ballard's novel about a boy trying to survive on his own in Japanese- occupied China. B- Wed., March 5, 2pm.
Free. 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.ihousephilly.org
Bread and Milk/ Gravehopping
(2001/2005) (Shown on film): Slovenia isn't a country you hear much from cinematically, but director Jan Cvitkovic is out to change that. Cvitkovic visits I-House with two of his wares in tow: 2001's well-received recovering alkie saga Bread and Milk and Gravehopping, his most recent feature. Only Gravehopping was available for screening, and it's a strange one. The tale of a middle-aged professional funeral speaker and his friends and family, the film begins like one of those well-observed and slightly naughty comedies � la the Czech New Wave favorite Closely Watched Trains. But around the hour mark it takes a steep drop into darkness and never bothers coming back. The violent tonal shift is more than a touch questionable--a ploy for attention on today's overcrowded fest circuit?--but its shattering finale atones for most of the conceptual kinks. Either way, a man--and a country--to watch. (Not reviewed)/B- Wed., March 5, 7pm.
My Name Is Albert Ayler
(2007) (Shown on video): A free jazz contemporary of Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane, saxophonist Albert Ayler had a career that lasted only seven years, ending when he was found dead after disappearing for several days. This Swedish doc examines his life, with much use of priceless archival footage. (Not reviewed.) Thurs., March 6, 7pm.
$5. 7141 Germantown Ave. 215.247.3020. www.mtairyvideolibrary.com
In the Valley of Elah
(2007) (Shown on DVD): Remember when Jon Stewart cracked at the Oscars about how Hollywood should keep the failing Iraq War in the theaters so as not to "embolden the audience" and the producers cut to intimidating Elah star Tommy Lee Jones actually laughing? That was awesome. C- Fri., March 7-Sat., March 8, 8pm; and Sun., March 9, 7pm.
Free. 22 S. Third St. www.philebrity.com