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Nov 29

Films that fight the system

This week’s films include “Fight Club,” “Slap Shot”

“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your (bleeping) khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”

– “Fight Club”

At the beginning of “Fight Club,” the nameless narrator (Edward Norton) — let’s call him Jack — is a depressed, disillusioned office drone.

Unable to sleep, he begins attending disease support groups, faking illnesses to better fit in with the likes of Bob (Meat Loaf), a large-breasted cancer patient. It’s there that he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a chain-smoking, thrift store-shopping train wreck who gets her jollies the same way.

Meanwhile, Jack forms a friendship with anarchic soap salesman Tyler (Brad Pitt).

Together, the two create Fight Club, an anonymous underground society where men get in touch with their primal side by engaging in bare-fisted brawls. As the movement grows, it becomes increasingly uncertain just how far Fight Club will go — and how determined Tyler is  to carry out his anti-social screed.

Directed by Oscar nominee David Fincher (“The Social Network”), “Fight Club” is simultaneously a stylish action flick, a dark, twisted romance and a snarling counter-culture commentary on modern masculinity, consumerism, violence and greed.

Watch “Fight Club” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Fremont movie theater, 1025 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are $8.

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Deepak Chopra, Vandana Shiva and others appear in “Thrive,” an unconventional documentary that delves into “the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives.”

Topics include the high cost of energy, unscrupulous financial institutions and secrets passed down by ancient cultures.

“Thrive” screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Palm Theatre, 817 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo. (A discussion will follow the film.) Tickets are $9 apiece.

For more information, call 762-4848 or visit www.hopedance.org.

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A minor league hockey coach struggles to turn around his small-town team in the rough-and-tumble comedy “Slap Shot,” the first film in a new screening series at the San Luis Obispo City-County Library.

Paul Newman stars as Reggie Dunlop, veteran player-coach of the ailing Charlestown Chiefs.

During yet another losing season, the team acquires the Hanson Brothers (real-life hockey players David Hanson, Steve Carlson and Jeff Carlson), a trio of bespectacled, violent thugs. Their aggressive playing and constant fighting win over the crowd, inspiring Reggie to retool the Chiefs as a rough-housing, rabble-rousing goon squad.

Watch “Slap Shot” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the library’s community room, 995 Palm St. in San Luis Obispo. This screening is free and open to the public.

The 1970s comedy series continues Dec. 10 with “Up in Smoke” and Dec. 17 with “Animal House.”

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A new documentary screening this weekend explores the “twisted, sarcastic, downright hilarious mind” of surfer Sterling Spencer.

Directed by Central Coast native David Malcolm, “Surf Madness” follows Spencer and his friends as they explore Hawaii, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and other exotic locales in search of the ultimate ride.

“Surf Madness” screens at 8 p.m. Saturday at Creeky Tiki Island Grill, 728 Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo. The screening is free and open to the public.

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