calamariup.jpgGothamist is definitely interested in films which take creative risks, particularly when it involves a ginormous squishy underdog fighting for love, respect, and glory in wrestling rings. That's why we're going to check out The Calamari Wrestler; a comedy following an ambitious, oversized restaurant-appetizer who revitalizes the Japanese pro wrestling industry by triumphing in their title championship. Directed by Japan's self-proclaimed “Roger Corman” or “Ed Wood, Jr. with talent," this Rocky-meets-Little Shop Of Horrors, has critics praising its charming absurdity and the Calamari’s tender unrequited-love subplot. At 8:00 and 10:00 PM, ImaginAsian Theatre, 239 East 59th Street, between 2nd and 3rd

Tonight’s Yo La Tengo: The Sounds of Science features the indie rock favorite performing to surrealist oceanographer-documentarian Jean Painleve's film-shorts. 8:00 PM, Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall Theatre, Broadway at 60th St., (212) 721-6500, $40

TONIGHT:
Legendary filmmaker Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria was a “love letter to his wife,” and tells the story of a sympathetic prostitute hypnotized, roaming the streets in search of love. The final scene of this episodic melodrama is one of the most famous endings in cinema (remember Diane Lane referencing it in Under the Tuscan Sun?). Showings: 1:00 PM today and tomorrow, at Film Forum, 209 West Houston St. at Sixth Ave, $10

The New York Public Library presents Godard’s post-modern drama, Breathless, the sensual tale of a thug on the run from the police who turns to his American girlfriend. 2:30 PM, at the Donnell Media Center, 20 W. 53rd St. at Fifth Ave., FREE

Acclaimed 50’s director Charles Laughton’s disturbing thriller The Night of the Hunter, plays at 8:15 PM @ the MOMA, 11 W. 53rd St, and Fifth Ave, $10

In a Lonely Place, where Bogart sheds his smooth operator persona to play an anxious murder suspect in Hollywood, plays at Two Boots Pioneer Theatre, 155 E. 3rd St. at Ave. A, $9

THURSDAY:

Chelsea Classics presents the classic 1951 Elizabeth Taylor flick A Place in the Sun, based on An American Tragedy, at 7:00 PM.

As part of the Once Upon a Time: Sergio Leone festival, BAM Cinema shows the 1965 western classic For a Few Dollars More, in which Clint Eastwood plays a bounty hunter tracking down a ruthless criminal with the help of a former rival. 7:30 PM @ Bam Cinemas, 30 Lafayette, Bklyn

The Onion Film Series presents Shakes the Clown, who "is first seen in clown regalia waking up next to Florence Henderson with a horrible hangover. From here, Shakes can only rise up and sober up in order to wrest control of a popular children's show from the clutches of the evil Binky the Clown.” 8:00 PM @ the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., $8

Pot fans might be interested in the 1925 documentary Grass: A Nation's Battle for Life, chronicling the Bakhtiari tribe in northern Iran, and directed by those who brought you King Kong. 6:00 PM at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 w. 53rd St

Legendary filmmaker Michael Powell’s 1940 suspenseful, romantic adventure Contraband, plays at 6:30 PM, Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W. 65th at Broadway