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 10-week midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes"). 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 (Oct. 1): A François Truffaut series opens with the all-star, World War II drama The Last Metro (1980) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 4): The Last Metro 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.
THURSDAY (Oct. 2): Arnold Schwarzenegger, smoking pot, psyching out opponents, and Pumping Iron (George Butler, 1977). Unfortunately Two-Ton Cruz, the Mighty Arianna, and Tom Tom McClintock are harder to scare off than Lou Ferrigno 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 3): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival offers "Cut Snip Ooze," a program of animated films, including Sarah Jane Lapp's Chronicles of an Asthmatic Stripper, Nancy Andrews' Monkeys and Lumps, and Gabriela Golder's Cows. Program repeats at the PFA on Sunday. $7-20 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 4): ATA's Other Cinema gives us "Life as an Advertisement," a program on subliminal commercials that includes Peter Conheim and Steve Seid's Value-Added Cinema, a compendium of product placements drawn from Hollywood movies 8:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. $7.
SUNDAY (Oct. 5): "Wild Space" is billed as "a retinal safari" on the theme of how moving-image space is constructed. Films include Ken Jacobs' Flo Rounds the Corner, Leslie Thornton's Have a Nice Day Alone, and the premiere of Michael Snow's shortened version of his 1967 avant-garde classic Wavelength, which was comprised of a slow, 45-minute zoom across a room. His new version is the presumably quicker WVLNT (Wavelength for Those Who Don't Have the Time) 7:30 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 & THURSDAY: Jacques Becker's crime thriller Touchez pas au Grisbi (Don't Touch the Loot, France, 1954), with Jean Gabin 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; www.8tales.com for this series. A weekend midnight movie series continues. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 3 & 4): Tim Burton designed and wrote -- but Henry Selick directed -- the already classic Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). "I am the Pumpkin King!" Come for extra fun Saturday midnight.
DANGER & DESPAIR KNITTING CIRCLE
182 Second St. (at Howard), Third Floor, 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve seats. Free with reservation; don't come without one. A "16mm Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens in this new location every Thursday, with round-table discussion to follow. Come at 7 p.m. for no-host bar; lobby doors locked at 8:15 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 2): A "Film Noir Bad Girls" series screens Bad Blonde (aka The Flanagan Boy, Reginald LeBorg, 1953), with Barbara Payton as a boxing promoter's wife out to seduce and destroy 8 p.m.
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, www.filmarts.org for this program. $7.
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.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Embalmer (Matteo Garrone, Italy, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 3-9): Prey for Rock & Roll (Alex Steyermark, 2003); see Opening for review. Call for times.
MAIN POST THEATRE
SATURDAY (Oct. 4): "Film in the Fog" screens The Blob (Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., 1958), about "a malevolent dollop of marmalade" that attacks a small town. Teens are rallied by "Steven" McQueen to save it. Preceded by a newsreel and Chuck Jones' great cartoon Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century (1953). Festivities begin at 7 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing hosts an ongoing film series on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and www.metreon.com for venue, 788-7142 ext. 18 for reservations for this series. As part of San Francisco's "Celebrazione Italiana," the first Italian Animation Film Festival screens here; see www.focusitalia.org for more. $5 donation, reservations suggested.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 1): Children's toys rebel in a Christmas story, The Blue Arrow (Enzo d'Alò, Italy/Switzerland, 1996). The high concept behind this film is so good we expect a cheesy Hollywood remake any time now 7 p.m.
MOVIE PALACE AUCTION SALES ROOM
FRIDAY (Oct. 3): Alfred Hitchcock's fatally compromised but remarkably underrated Suspicion (1941), with Cary Grant a con-man husband who may or may not be planning to terminate his "Monkey Face" wife (Joan Fontaine) 7, 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 4): Billy Wilder's evergreen sex farce Some Like It Hot (1959) 7, 9:30 p.m.
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. $9.25.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A kleptocrat becomes rich and gains power in Tycoon (Pavel Lounguine, Russia, 2002), something that could never ever happen here. See Ongoing 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: A series of films by Peruvian-born Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann opens with Crazy (1999), interviews with Dutch peacekeeping soldiers who've served in trouble spots around the world. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations offers Kathy High's Underexposed: The Temple of the Fetsu (1994), a work of feminist speculative fiction, plus shorts 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Heddy Honigmann's fictional Mind Shadows (Canada, 1988) follows the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens here this weekend. Tonight, "Traditions and Trajectories," a program of 35mm films on various topics, including Donna Cameron's Matisse homage Jazz Elegy 7 p.m. "Educated Ladies," a program of instructional films made by women drawn from the PFA collection, including the UCB physical education department's Springboard Diving (c. 1950s) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: MadCat -- "Clear Visions, Silent Filmmakers" screens early short films by women, including Nell Shipman's White Water (1924), Lois Weber's Suspense (1913), and Cleo Madison's Her Defiance (1916). Live music by Epic [Abridged] 5:30 p.m. "Cut Snip Ooze," a program of animated films, includes Marianna Ellenberg's titular effort. See the Friday entry at ATA for more details 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A three-Tuesday series of experimental films by Ernie Gehr begins with his formal explorations Field (1970), Serene Velocity (1970), Crystal Palace (2002), and Mirage (1981), wherein Gehr replaced his camera lens with a piece of plastic found in a junk bin ... a technique I'd recommend to Joel Schumacher for his next several movies. Filmmaker in person 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 (Oct. 3): Restored and revoiced, Sergio Leone's Civil War western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966). 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.
SUNDAY (Oct. 5): The locally made, freshly re-edited Heavy in the Game (2002-03), a docudrama about gang life, with filmmaker Goldie the Poet in person 3 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 7): "Two drunken Man-Boys" undergo Sensitivity Training (2003) in this locally made movie. Filmmakers in person 9:15 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: Surfers Step Into Liquid (Dana Brown, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 6:30 p.m. Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's "The Animation Show" 8:45 p.m. Postmen in the Mountains (Huo Jianqi, China, 1998) 6:45 p.m. The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, 2003) 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 26th Mill Valley Film Festival opens here with John Sayles' Casa de los Babys (2003). Film $20, film and party to follow $125. The movie screens at 7, 9:15 p.m. Madame Brouette (Absa, Senegal) 8 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Daily screenings of Mill Valley Film Festival continue here and at the Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley through Oct. 12. See Zoom Lens box on Page 58 for commentary and www.cafilm.org for programs.
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: That "'70s Cinema" -- The still underrated Hal Ashby's sex and politics farce Shampoo (1976) 2, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY: "'70s Cinema" -- Robert Altman's surgical comedy MASH (1970) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Jeffrey Blitz's absorbing documentary about kids who are Spellbound (2003) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 7 & 8): A program of new anti-war shorts precedes a documentary of last spring's protests, We Interrupt This Empire... (2003) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
DAILY: George Butler's strongman doc Pumping Iron (1976) shows Arnold Schwarzenegger doing to his rivals what he'll do for the state of California 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. 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: A scoundrel becomes rich in Tycoon (Pavel Lounguine, Russia, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 3-9): China's role in Tibet is condemned in Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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 SATURDAY (Oct. 2-4): Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler is critiqued for not Taking Sides (István Szabó, Germany, 2002), the most recent of Piano scenarist Ronald Harwood's music-themed revisitings of World War II. See Ongoing for review 7 p.m.; also Sat 9:15 p.m.
Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus; www.aff.org and (925) 866-9559 for festival information. This college theater hosts screenings from Cinemayaat, the seventh annual San Francisco Arab Film Festival. $9.
SATURDAY (Oct. 4): Planet of the Arabs (Salloum) 2 p.m. Souha Surviving Hell (Sabbag, Lebanon) 3:45 p.m. Under the Sky of Baghdad (Balsamo and Scialotti, Italy) 5:30 p.m. Forget Baghdad (Samir, Germany, 2002) 7:15 p.m. Closing Night Party 9:45 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Oct. 1-5): Continuous daily screenings of "Looking Is Better Than Feeling You," a loop of videos by women 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 2): A program of films by Naomi Uman includes a hand-processed portrait of life on a dairy ranch in central Mexico, Leche, and its sequel, Mala Leche, following members of the same family to Central California. Uman in person 7:30 p.m.
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