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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Aug. 9): The Return of the Tall Blonde Man With One Red Shoe 2 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 (Aug. 8): Gray Davis stars as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, with Darrell Issa as Riff Raff and Arnold Schwarzenegger as himself, in this timely reissue of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) 10 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $7.
SATURDAY (Aug. 9): Set your phasers on stun! Well, that might not be the right cultural reference for Carrie (Brian De Palma, 1976), but it suggests the approximate effect of Ms. Christ's presentations midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted. 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 8-14): The history of the band They Might Be Giants is recorded in Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (A.J. Schnack, 2003); see Opening for review. Schnack and comedian Josh Kornbluth in person opening night 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
27 Sutter (near Market and Sansome), two doors down from the Flatiron Building. Free with reservation; call 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve seats. A "16mm Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens here every Thursday in August, with round-table discussion to follow.
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): Jean Cocteau's lovely adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946) screens through Aug. 17 8:30, 10:30 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, and Aug. 7-28, its seventh annual Asian Film Festival. $6 regular admission, $8 for AFF screenings.
THURSDAY: AFF -- Nightclub singers over four decades learn I Have a Date With Spring (Clifton Ko, Hong Kong, 1994) noon. Zhang Yuan's I Love You (China, 2002), photographed by Christopher Doyle 1:55 p.m. What's With Love? (Rudi Soedjarwo, Indonesia, 2002) 3:55 p.m. Sorrow of Brooke Steppe (Saifu Mailisi, China, 1997) 6:05 p.m. Fruit Chan's Public Toilet (H.K., 2002) 7:15 p.m. Bounce Ko Gals (Masato Harada, Japan, 2002) 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: AFF -- Hubog (Joel C. Laman and Assunta de Rossi, Philippines, 2002) 12:30 p.m. Li Lihua stars in a revival of the Cantonese melodrama Between Tears and Smiles (H.K., 1966) 2:45 p.m. Love for All Seasons (Johnny To, H.K., 2003) 5:40 p.m. Somewhere Over the Dreamland (Cheng Wen-tang, Taiwan, 2002) 7:45 p.m. Bounce Ko Gals 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFF -- Between Tears and Smiles 12:15 p.m. The historical epic Burning of the Imperial Palace (Li Hanhsiang, H.K., 1983) 3:10 p.m. Hanhsiang's sequel, Reign Behind the Curtain (1983) 5:20 p.m. A samurai comedy, Vengeance for Sale (Kihachi Okamoto, Japan, 2001) 7:30 p.m. School Day of the Dead (Shinohara Testuo, Japan, 2000), a high school-set horror film no doubt due for a remake with Ashton Kutcher 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: AFF -- A young Brigitte Lin stars in The Marigolds (Taiwan, 1980) 12:30 p.m. Pretty Big Feet (Yang Yazhou, China, 2002) 2:45 p.m. What's With Love? 4:45 p.m. Public Toilet 7 p.m. Devdas (Sanjay Leel Bhansali, India, 2002) 9:05 p.m.
MONDAY: AFF -- Devdas 12:30 p.m. School Day of the Dead 3:40 p.m. Lover's Grief Over the Yellow River (Feng Xiaoning, China, 1999) 5:45 p.m. Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (Chito S. Rono, Philippines, 2002) 7:40 p.m. Seijun Suzuki's bizarre shoot-'em-up Pistol Opera (Japan, 2001), a third-of-a-century-later sequel to his cult hit Branded to Kill. Stylish but insane 9:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: AFF -- Lover's Grief Over the Yellow River 12:30 p.m. I Have a Date With Spring 2:45 p.m. It's kinda like Freddy vs. Jason when cult samurai heroes hook up in Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan, 1971) 4:35 p.m. Somewhere Over the Dreamland 6:45 p.m. Devdas 8:45 p.m.
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: A two-month series of campy takes on immorality, "Excess of Evil," screens Roman Polanski's gothic Rosemary's Baby (1968) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Moslem Mansouri'sTrial (Iran, 2002) documents a small town's amateur film productions, and The Lost Film (Khalil Joreige and Joanna Hadjithomas, Lebanon, 2002) records the filmmakers' search for the only print of their 1999 film Around the Pink House 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Czech horror-fantasy series offers Jaromil Jires' girl vs. vampire tale Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1969; 7:30 p.m. ) -- call it a hothouse Buffy -- and Morgiana (Juraj Herz, 1971; 9:20 p.m. ), about an evil sister's poisoning of a good one.
SATURDAY: The second stanza of Wang Bing's nine-hour documentary about China's northeastern industrial zone, Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks -- Part Two: Remnants (2003) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: W.C. Fields stars in Gregory La Cava's silent So's Your Old Man (1926; 5:30 p.m. ) and Clyde Bruckman's talkie The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935; 7:15 p.m.). In both (in the silent for the first time) Fields plays a put-upon average man saved from domestic tyranny by his sheer cussedness.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Stephen Dwoskin's film of his spell in intensive care, Intoxicated by My Illness (2001), plus his post-ICU films Another Time (2002) and Some Friends (Apart) (2002) 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.
FRIDAY (Aug. 8): Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Grace Kelly star in Charles Walters' musical remake of The Philadelphia Story, High Society (1956), Kelly's last film and a rather stodgy one for all that. Good music, though. Doors open at 7 p.m. , film at 8 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (Aug. 7): The birth of the modern blockbuster, and thus a sad day for us all -- Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1977). No CGI, though, which is all to the good 6:30, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 10): Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (Lee Hirsch, South Africa, 2002) looks at music's role in the fight against apartheid. Screens with a live performance by the Vukani Mawethu Choir. $10 2 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9, save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 6:30, 9:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, 2003) 8:35 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews. Also, Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire await the apocalypse in Australia in Stanley Kramer's On the Beach (1959) 6:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Spellbound, Winged Migration, and Capturing the Friedmans continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY: A Sundays and Wednesdays Claudette Colbert series commences with the "Timeless Beauty" starring in the glossy Cinderella comedy Midnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939), a good one with a clever script co-authored by Billy Wilder, and featuring John Barrymore 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: Genetically modified food leaves filmmaker Heather Rogers Fed Up! (2002) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: An evening of "tasty surf films" is promised at Wave Fest. See www.wavefest.com for more info 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Cory McAbee's cult science-fiction western The American Astronaut (2001) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Why is Renée Zellweger so scary? Why didn't they cast Christopher Walken instead of Richard Gere? Why didn't they just let Bob Fosse direct this rather than copy all his old moves? (The obvious reason aside, of course.) All these and more remain unanswered questions in Rob Marshall's "musical for people who don't like musicals," Chicago (2002) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:20 p.m.
TUESDAY: The real thing is offered up by Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) 7, 9:35 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 USA.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 8-14): Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets 6, 8 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m. Separate-admission screenings of The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003); see Ongoing for review 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Aug. 7-10): Patrice Leconte's pleasing shaggy thief story Man on the Train (France, 2001) Thurs-Sat 7, 9 p.m.; Sun 3, 5 p.m.
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: Ronald Colman stars in the original, silent version of Beau Geste (Herbert Brenon, 1926; 7:30 p.m.), a handsome production screening with a funny comedy about the power of positive thinking, When the Clouds Roll By (Victor Fleming, 1919; approximately 9:45 p.m. ), with Douglas Fairbanks. Dennis James performs on the Stanford's Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two 1950s science-fiction classics, the uplifting The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951; 7:30 p.m. ) and the still-scary Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956; 5:55, 9:15 p.m. ).
SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Aug. 9-13): The clock runs out for Gary Cooper in the western classic High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m. ), screening with John Wayne as John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952; 5:10, 9:05 p.m. ), a beloved Irish love story with Maureen O'Hara.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Continuous screenings of "Looking Is Better Than Feeling You," a loop of videos by women, through Oct. 5 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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