Paprika Paprika

Geeks will have plenty to be thankful for this year. After you awaken from your post-Thanksgiving food coma, you should head over to the Crest Theatre for an anime feast that will be a treat for your eyes. You’ll have two chances to see Hayao Miyazaki’s classic Nausicaä on Nov. 26 (dubbed in English at 1 p.m. or in the original Japanese language version with subtitles at 3:30 p.m.). Other films include Rintaro’s Metropolis (based on the 1927 German silent film of the same name) on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.; Steamboy, a steampunk action-adventure story by Katsuhiro Otomo, on Nov. 27 at 4 p.m.; and Miyazaki, once again, with Castle in the Sky, on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Any one of these would be a great introduction to the rich and diverse world of Japanese animation, but if you’re looking for something truly outside-the-box, check out Satoshi Kon’s Paprika, this writer’s personal favorite, which will be shown at the festival on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m. This wonderfully surreal film is a perplexing and beautiful dreamscape that will warp your sense of reality. Seeing it on the big screen is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often, so don’t miss it. You can purchase an all-weekend pass ($35–$40) at