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Mashups and scares in the SFFS fall lineup

FESTIVAL Anyone who assumes the San Francisco Film Society hibernates between springtime fests is sorely mistaken. Aside from all the preparations for next year's landmark 50th SF International Film Festival, much year-round activity has been emanating from the organization's Presidio headquarters, including a recent outdoor screening of giant-ant classic Them! Next up: the first San Francisco International Animation Showcase, three days of films at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Clear your Oct. 12 calendar, for the only place your butt needs to be is sitting in a theater watching Bong Joon-ho's The Host, without a doubt the monster movie of this year's festival circuit. It features F/X by San Francisco's own the Orphanage — and a giant, hungry, nasty sea creature riddled with political and social subtext. Oct. 14 heralds a pair of shorts programs: "The Kids Are Alright," with award-winning student films like Sukwon Shin's Rock the World (George W. Bush, Colin Powell, and ... Journey?) and Luis Nieto's ingeniously seamless live action–animation hybrid Carlitopolis, about a spectacularly resilient lab mouse; and "International Panorama," with dynamic works from England, Iran, Japan, and beyond. The minifest wraps up with The Incredibles director Brad Bird's 1999 The Iron Giant, which to everyone but diehard Pacifier fans remains Vin Diesel's best family-friendly performance to date. (Cheryl Eddy)

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