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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (Aug. 25): The "Sizzling Summer Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" presents 14 films from six countries -- England, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, and Berkeley. Titles include Chris Spears' Famous Crimes of Passion, Thomas Muller's My TV Hates Me, and Colin Graham's Mr. Slow Burn In: Drinking Problem 8 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 20): François Ozon's family comedy, with a gay son, Sitcom (1998) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 23): Sitcom 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.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 20): A program of "Alternative Representations in Documentary Production," films from San Francisco State University by Vanessa Phuong, Ari Liebowsky, Lee Mansala, Deann Borshay Liem, Angela McCann, Ryan White, Angel Vasquez, and others. $3. Reception 7:30 p.m. , films 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 21): The anti-war group ANSWER sponsors a screening of the Third World revolutionary classic The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy/Algeria, 1966) 8 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A series of Luis Buñuel's sardonic late ventures into French cinema screens career highlight The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), a series of interrupted dinner parties. Let's do a remake and film it at PlumpJack's 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Buñuel's last film, That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), casts two different women as the temptress who drives Fernando Rey mad in this remake of Sternberg's The Devil Is a Woman 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 22-28): Errol Flynn stars in Warner Bros.' highly enjoyable The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, 1938), a high point of Hollywood entertainment in glorious Technicolor 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 21): Michael Savage take note! Suave radio host Claude Raines contemplates homicide in The Unsuspected (Michael Curtiz, 1947) 8 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.
NIGHTLY (Closed Mondays): Pedro Almodóvar's engrossing weepie All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) screens through Sept. 7 8:15, 10 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This innovative theater screens second-run movies and, through Aug. 28, its seventh annual Asian Film Festival. (Note: Some films are projected video.) $6 regular admission, $8 for AFF screenings.
WEDNESDAY: The Asian Film Festival screens a warrior's tragedy, Kun Pan: Legend of the Warlord (Thanit Jintanukul, Thailand, 2002) noon. A young woman sees spirits in Inner Senses (Lo Chi Leung, Hong Kong, 2002), co-starring the late Leslie Cheung 1:50 p.m. Le Hoang's Golden Key (Vietnam, 2001), set during the American bombings of 1972 3:45 p.m. Director Phi Tien Son's autobiographical film about an army deserter, Heading South, Going North (Vietnam, 2000) 5:35 p.m. Evans Chan's digital indie The Map of Sex and Love (H.K., 2001) charts both gay and straight 7:25 p.m. A prisoner escapes into the "forest of resurrection" in the fantasy Versus (Ryuhei Kitamura, Japan, 2002) 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: AFF -- Mother and daughter bicker and bond in Eliana Eliana (Riri Riza, Indonesia, 2002) noon. The life of a legendary criminal of the 1950s, Dang Bailey's and Young Gangsters (Nonzee Nimibutr, Thailand, 1997) 1:45 p.m. Kun Pan 3:50 p.m. A Mongolian clan fights Japanese invaders in Sorrow of Brooke Steppe (Saifu Mailisi, China, 1997) 5:45 p.m. Rural female teacher helps locals in Pretty Big Feet (Yang Yazhou, China, 2002) 7:35 p.m. Inner Senses 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY: AFF -- Inner Senses 12:30 p.m. Heading South, Going North 2:35 p.m. Versus 4:30 p.m. King Hu's martial arts classic Touch of Zen (Taiwan, 1969) 6:45 p.m. An evil cell phone makes callers cranky in a top Korean grosser, The Phone (Ahn Byung-Ki, 2002) 10:05 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFF -- Samo Hung stars in Flying Dragon, Leaping Tiger (Allen Lan, H.K., 2002) noon. It's Freddy vs. Jason when cult samurai heroes hook up in Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan, 1971) 1:50 p.m. A wife takes her husband's love affair with another man poorly in Desire (Kim Eungsu, Korea, 2002) 3:45 p.m. Sorrow of Brooke Steppe 5:35 p.m. A kidnapping stirs up Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chan-Wook, Korea, 2002) 7:20 p.m. Koreans journey home through China 600 years ago in Musa: The Warrior (Kim Sung-Su, South Korea, 2001) 9:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: AFF -- A warm family comedy, 25 Kids and One Dad (Wang Hong, China, 2002) 12:20 p.m. Musa 2:30 p.m. Heading South, Going North 5:40 p.m. Desire 7:40 p.m. Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (Chito S. Rono, Philippines, 2002) 9:30 p.m.