Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 5): Lebanese-born filmmaker Maroun Bagdadi's last movie, La fille de l'air (France, 1992), involves a jailed couple in love. Subtitled 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 8): A French Canadian film, Blanche (Charles Binamé, 1992) screens sans English titles 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Buchanan), 931-9800. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. For more info, see www.naatanet.org. Festival tickets $9, before 5 p.m. $6, save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
FRIDAY: Four Indo-Canadians are Bollywood Bound in Nisha Pahuja's documentary (Canada, 2002) 4:45 p.m. "This Is the Space and Place" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. To be Asian in Germany is to be Neither Fish nor Fowl (Matthias Keilich, Germany, 2001) 7 p.m. Three San Franciscans learn The Book of Rules (Sung Kim, 2003) 7:15 p.m. No One's Ark (Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan, 2002) 9:30 p.m. "Crouching Asian, Hidden Cheese" (shorts) 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: The animated My Life as McDull (Toe Yuen, Hong Kong, 2001) noon. "All in the Family" (shorts) 12:15 p.m. Religious warfare's the subject of Marilou Diaz-Abaya's drama New Moon (Philippines, 2001) 2 p.m. A documentary on Orange County's anti-communist refugees, Saigon, USA 2:45 p.m. Another doc is Searching for Asian America 4:45 p.m. Chicken Rice War (CheeK, Singapore, 2001) 5 p.m. Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music 7 p.m. Eric Byler's Charlotte Sometimes (2002) 7:30 p.m. "This Is the Space and Place" 9:30 p.m. Neither Fish nor Fowl 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: YMCA Baseball Team (Kim Hyunseok, Korea, 2002) noon. Suburban video-gamers compete in Tamara Katepoo's Bang the Machine (2002) 12:15 p.m. Emiko Omori's documentary about Oceania tattoos, Skin Stories (2002) 2:15 p.m. Eliana, Eliana (Riri Riza, Indonesia, 2002) 2:45 p.m. "3rd I South Asian Short Films" 4:15 p.m. Bus passengers act out soap operas in the surreal I-San Special (Thailand, 2002) 4:45 p.m. Refugee (Spencer Nakasako, 2002) 6 p.m. "Love! Love, Love?" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. A FOB crashes the cool parties in the Indo-American precincts of Houston in Where's the Party, Yaar? (Benny Mathews, 2002) 7:15 p.m. "The Dreamlife of Asians" (shorts) 9:15 p.m. Charlotte Sometimes 10 p.m.
MONDAY: Refugee 1 p.m. An Untold Triumph: The Story of the 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, U.S. Army 6:30 p.m. The L.A. riots of 1992 from a Korean perspective, Wet Sand (Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, 2003) 7 p.m. My Life as McDull 7:15 p.m. New Moon 7:30 p.m. Chicken Rice War 8:45 p.m. "Just Another Toothpick in the Wall" (shorts) 9 p.m. No One's Ark 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: The Chinese Cultural Revolution's relived in Morning Sun 6:45 p.m. "Spotlight on Curtis Choy" honors the filmmaker 7 p.m. YMCA Baseball Team 7:15 p.m. Eliana, Eliana 7:30 p.m. Book of Rules 9:15 p.m. "Music Video Asia" 9:30 p.m. Daryl Fong's spoof Kung Phooey (2003) 10 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (March 7): "Baby Songs for Robot Children" offers live music by the Zagmen trio "tuning into the robot mindstate," accompanying animation by Monk-Monk and "the something cinema of c.diehl" 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 8): Other Cinema bombards us with the "Attack of the 50 Foot Reels," a program of in-camera-edited Super 8 movies, three minutes apiece 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood, independent, and foreign fare. See our Showtimes page for regular programs.
FRIDAY (March 7): Famed animator Bill Plympton introduces a program of short cartoons by himself and Don Hertzfeldt, "The Don and Bill Show -- Slightly Bent." Not for children. $7.50 midnight.
SATURDAY (March 8): Plympton returns with his latest feature, Mutant Aliens. $7.50 midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8; $9 for San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screenings Friday and Saturday. For more info on these, see www.naatanet.org. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
THURSDAY: The Frameline-hosted series "Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema" offers an evening with documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk, The Celluloid Closet), interviewed onstage by Michael Sragow. $12 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens Mango Soufflé (Mahesh Dattani, India, 2002) 6:45 p.m. From Bollywood, a melodramatic musical, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Karan Johar, India, 1998) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Soccer, North Korean-style, in The Game of Their Lives 1 p.m. A famed 1950s Bollywood epic, Mother India (Mehboob Khan, India, 1957) 3:30 p.m. Mekhong Full Moon Dinner Party (Jira Maligool, Thailand, 2002) 7:15 p.m. "GAM/F ISO Same" (shorts) 10 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Terry Gilliam's retro futurescape Brazil (1985) screens through March 23 at 6:30, 8:45, 11 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A man's announcement of his atheism causes family chaos in Blasphemy (John Mendoza, 2001) 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: OZZfest fans declaim, We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll (Penelope Spheeris, U.K., 2001) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Crank lab rats go nuts in Cookers (Dan Mintz, 2001) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Lillian Gish faces The Wind in Victor Seastrom's outstanding late silent (1928) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Mutant babies kill at will in Larry Cohen's better than you might expect It's Alive (1974) 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org/events for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a March series of courtroom dramas on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 7-13): The Son (Dardenne Brothers, Belgium, 2002); see Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Ernst Lubitsch's brilliant black comedy of actorly vanity and the German occupation of Poland, To Be or Not to Be (1942) 3 p.m. "Playback," a lecture-discussion on preserving video art, features local video artists and the preserved video artwork The Eternal Frame (Ant Farm, T.R. Uthco, 1975), a re-creation of the Kennedy assassination shot in Dealey Plaza 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Behind the Local Curtain," documentaries by UCB students from anthropology, ethnic studies, and film 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screenings of Eliana, Eliana (Riri Riza, Indonesia, 2002) and a short film by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang 7:30 p.m. I-San Special (Mingmongkol Sonakul, Thailand, 2002) 9:15 p.m. For more info, see www.naatanet.org.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Morning Sun (Carma Hinton, Geremie Barme, 2003) examines the Chinese Cultural Revolution 6 p.m. No One's Ark (Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan, 2002) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: A "Family Classics" screening of Carroll Ballard's horse story The Black Stallion (1979) 2 p.m. SFIAAFF -- Mother India 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIAAFF -- "Crossed Paths," seven experimental shorts 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Austria, 2002) 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Russian Ark and Rabbit-Proof Fence continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY: A three-day "Celebration of Chinese Cinema" screens three undistributed, non-dissident works from the People's Republic. Tonight, a father teaches his son the importance of rural mail delivery in Postmen in the Mountains (Huo Jianqi, 1998) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Chinese Cinema -- An inspirational film about the relationship between a teacher and a boy, The Tutor (Li Hong, 1999) 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: A. Sandler gets KO'd in P.T. Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love (2002) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: 1970s skateboard culture is chronicled in Stacy Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Rap and break dancing's formative years -- who'da thought break dancing wouldn't survive? -- in Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style (1982) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY: Patricia Cardoso redefines women in Real Women Have Curves (2002) 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Women's bodybuilding is documented in Sharon Pellerin's A Woman's Definition (2002), with director in person 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (March 11 & 12): Hilary Birmingham's small-town drama Tully (2002) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE
S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center (see separate entry).
SUNDAY (March 9): Music videos and other works by artist-in-person Art Jones include Love Song #1, Mama Said Knock You Out One More Time, 711, and a live VJ performance 7:30 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gus Van Sant's Gerry (2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 7-13): Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Austria, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Pre-Code series puts virtue in peril at the hands of aging roué Warren William, star of Employees' Entrance (Roy Del Ruth, 1933; 7:30 p.m.) and Beauty and the Boss (Del Ruth, 1932; 6:10, 9 p.m.). Loretta Young and Marian Marsh are featured, respectively, as Employee and Beauty.
FRIDAY: An outstanding color noir, John Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven (1945; 7:30 p.m.), stars Gene Tierney as a ruthless redhead and screens in an original nitrate, Technicolor print. Ben Hecht's reputedly offbeat Specter of the Rose (1946; 5:50, 9:30 p.m.) is a melodrama set in the world of ballet.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Two of the most classic of classic noirs -- you can get your complete screen education right here, with Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past (1947; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:45 p.m.), with Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer, representing the form at its most seductive, and Kiss Me Deadly (Robert Aldrich, 1955; 5:30, 9:20 p.m.) showing noir at its most baroque.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Continuous loop screenings by Swedish video artists through April 13 -- On Wednesdays, Annika Ström's The Artist Live; on Thursdays, Ström's Ten New Love Songs; on Fridays, Anneè Olofsson's Ricochet and The Thrill Is Gone; on Saturdays, Annika Larsson's Cigar; on Sundays, Larsson's 40-15; on Tuesdays, Olofsson's You Need Her and You Want Her Golden Hair. Free with gallery admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 6): The S.F. Cinematheque presents Dziga and His Brothers a documentary on the Kaufman brothers -- David ("Dziga Vertov"), the great Soviet experimentalist; Mikhail, also a Soviet documentarian; and Boris, who emigrated to Hollywood via France and photographed such films as Zero for Conduct and On the Waterfront. Vertov's Kino Pravda (1922), Vigo's Taris (1931), and the Samuel Beckett/Buster Keaton Film (Alan Schneider, 1965), shot by Boris, will also screen 7:30 p.m.
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