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) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. A midnight series continues this week. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) will see you now. See Ongoing for review 8 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (June 18 & 19): The Animation Show, a cartoon ensemble packaged (and featuring work by) Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt, among others. $7.50 midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (June 19): La lait de la tendresse humaine 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (June 17): CUNextTuesday, a new organization of "radical women in media," screens the latest video magazine from Adbusters and Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames (1999), a futuristic tale of radical women revolting against a revolutionary socialist government of men by, among other things, setting off explosives at the World Trade Center 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 19): "Death by Twilight," a video program of non-narrative shorts: "what may be hysteria might also muse on quietude, what may frighten might also make one laugh." Artists include Yin-ju Chen, Maggie Foster, and Catherine Czacki 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SUNDAY (June 20): Round-headed Oblio is banished from the world of the pointy-heads in the animated fable The Point (Fred Wolf, 1971) 3:30 p.m. Summer Stock 5 p.m. The Philadelphia Story 7:15 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $8 regular admission (Wednesday this week); $9 general, $7 matinee (before 5 p.m.), for SFILGFF screenings, 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: The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003). See Ongoing for review 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 28th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival opens with Touch of Pink (Rashid, Canada), with gala to follow at City Hall. $90 7:30 p.m. See Night & Day, Page 33, for more.
FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- Pills, Profits, Protest (d'Adesky and Rossetti) 1 p.m. Hitler's sexuality is debated in Hidden Fuhrer (Bailey and Barbato) 3:30 p.m. Margaret Cho leads the Revolution (Machado) 6 p.m. Noah's Arc (Polk) 8:30 p.m. Shiner (Calson) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- "Fun in Boys' Shorts" 11 a.m. "Fun in Girls' Shorts" 1:15 p.m. "Freedom to Marry," a program of shorts recording last February's City Hall marriages 3:30 p.m. My Mother Likes Women (Paris and Fejerman, Spain) 5:45 p.m. Kevin Kline is a De-Lovely Cole Porter in Irwin Winkler's biopic 8 p.m. Iron Ladies 2 (Thongkongtoon, Thailand) 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- "LipSchtick" (short parodies) 11 a.m. Eating Out (Brocka) 1:30 p.m. Lily Festival (Hamano, Japan) 4:30 p.m. Fanny Ardant is Callas Forever in Franco Zeffirelli's portrait 6:30 p.m. Un Amour de Femme (Verheyde, France) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFILGFF -- The Odds of Recovery (Friedrich) 1:30 p.m. Dorian Blues (Bardwell) 4 p.m. A festival "centerpiece," the porn-star diary Adored (Filiberti, Italy). $15 6:30 p.m. "Dykes in the City" (shorts) 9 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): Girlfriend's in a coma; Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2002) screens through July 4 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star"s regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (June 18 & 19): The martial arts satire Kung Phooey! (Darryl Fong, 2001) features characters with names like Master Lock, One Ton, and Jean-Claude Croissant. Don't say you weren't warned! Director and crew in person midnight.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; see Night & Day, Page 33, for more. $9, matinees (before 5 p.m.) $7, save as noted.
FRIDAY: The Graffiti Artist (Bolton) 6 p.m. Wild Side (Lifshitz, France) 9 p.m. The Velvet Hammer Burlesque (Augusta) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Paternal Instinct (Nossel) 1:30 p.m. "Love, Your Homegirl" (shorts) 3:15 p.m. Ballroom (Bernard et al., France) 5:30 p.m. A Few Good Dykes (Herrup) 7:45 p.m. The Wind, in the Evening (Adriatrico, Italy) 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Making Grace (Gund) 1 p.m. "Las Amigas Bonitas" (Latina lesbian shorts) 3 p.m. Strangers in Our Sameness (Thimmesch-Gill) 5 p.m. Wave Babes (Knox-Nervig) 7:15 p.m. Anonymous (Verow) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Mind If I Call You Sir? (Guzmán) and shorts 6:30 p.m. Dorian Blues (Bardwell) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: Annie Sprinkle's Amazing World of Orgasm (Sprinkle and Malone) 6:30 p.m. On the Downlow (Garcia) 9 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down. Call ahead to see if the scheduled film is actually continuing, as movies play here in an open-ended run.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
MONDAY (June 21): A four-week documentary series hosted by SF Weekly contributor Michael Fox continues with Store Wars (Micha Peled, 2001), recording the debate when a Wal-Mart megastore descends like the Death Star on a Virginia community. Filmmaker in person 6:30 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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
THURSDAY: "Los Angeles Plays Itself," a June series of L.A.-shot movies, continues with the L.A. County coroner's investigations of A Certain Kind of Death (Blue Hadaegh and Grover Hancock, 2003) 7 p.m. Tony Richardson's black comic adaptation of Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One (1965) 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: L.A. plays against itself in the obscure noirs Crime Wave (Andre De Toth, 1954; 7 p.m.) and Hollow Triumph (Steve Sekely, 1948; 7:05 p.m.), as well as in the better-known tale of Burt Lancaster suffering a Criss Cross (Robert Siodmak, 1949; 8:45 p.m.).
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: L.A. stories -- Laurel and Hardy move a Music Box up a flight of stairs in James Parrott's 1932 classic short comedy, screening with experimentalist James Benning's Los (2000), 35 two-minute-30-second takes of L.A. locales 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. 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 (June 18): Raging Kirk Douglas does Hollywood as the front half of The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minnelli, 1952), with Lana Turner and Gloria Grahame filling out the bill. 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; for SFILGFF programs, (925) 866-9559, www.frameline.org/festival, $9. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs; this week the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival screens here Monday and Tuesday. See Night & Day, Page 33, for more.
MONDAY (June 21): SFILGFF -- Goldfish Memory (Gill, Ireland) 6:30 p.m. Lily Festival (Hamano, Japan) 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 22): SFILGFF -- You I Love (Stolpovskaya and Troitsky, Russia) 6:30 p.m. Wild Side (Lifshitz, France) 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), 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: Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: Word Wars (Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo, 2003) 6:30 p.m. The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, Canada, 2003) 8:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Control Room, The Corporation, and The Saddest Music in the World continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The Visual Effects Society offers VES 2004, its sixth annual presentation of panels and programs designed for Bay Area digital professionals. Panels include "Mars: Science Fiction/Science Fact" and "Makeup Effects in a Digital World." For info, see www.vesfestival.org or call (310) 822-9181. General admission $25, full festival pass $300.
MONDAY: A four-day series devoted to the films of France's Patrice Leconte begins with his excellent thriller Man on the Train (2003) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: Leconte's Versailles-set social drama Ridicule (1996) 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: The best work of San Francisco State's cinema students screens in the 44th annual Film Finals. Speaking as a non-biased instructor at the school, this is the best program in some years 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: A program of "Academy Award Nominated Shorts" screens Oscar-winning or -considered films, including Adam Elliot's winning Harvie Krumpet (Australia) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com for regular programs (Wednesday and Thursday this week); (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $8 for regular programs; $9, $7 for matinees (before 5 p.m.), for SFILGFF programs, save as noted. See Night & Day, Page 33, for more on the SFILGFF.
FRIDAY: The SFILGFF screens Beaver Run Cafe (Gouloomian) 6 p.m. When Ocean Meets Sky (Robey) 8 p.m. "Queeruption" (shorts) 10:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- Lesbian Centennial Project (Beranich) 11 a.m. "Trans Lucent" (shorts) 1 p.m. "In Any House" (shorts) 3:15 p.m. 4 Rent Boys and a Sangoma (Muller, South Africa) 6 p.m. Jim in Bold (Holsten) 8 p.m. RTFM (Winkler, Germany) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- The Experiment: Gay and Straight (Saxenmeyer) 11:30 a.m. Let's Get Real (Chasnoff) 1:30 p.m. I Look Up to the Sky Now (Bickart) 3:15 p.m. "Who's That Girl?" (shorts) 5:30 p.m. "Marlon Riggs: 10 Years After" screens Tongues Untied (Riggs, 1989) and discusses his legacy 7:30 p.m. Jackie Curtis is the Superstar in a Housedress (Highberger) 10 p.m.
MONDAY: SFILGFF -- Forerunners (Hayl and Shaked, Israel) 6 p.m. The Lost Generation (Walsh) 8 p.m. The Safety of Objects (Troche, 2001) 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFILGFF -- Bola de Nieve (Sánchez-Montez, Spain) 6 p.m. "We Got the Beat" (musical shorts) 8 p.m. Bedroom and Hallways (Troche, 1998) 10 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (June 18-20): Producer Michael Todd's cameo-laden spectacle Around the World in 80 Days (Michael Anderson,1956) screens as an alternative to the Jackie Chan-laden remake 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (June 16): A Film Arts Festival screening of Who Is Bozo Texino? (Bill Daniel, 2004), about a mysterious graffiti artist traced by the filmmaker. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 18): A series of the no-budget films of Philly-based "Janitor of Lunacy" Andrew Repasky McElhinney (described by the YBC as "an unholy melding of Fassbinder, Edgar Ulmer and Ed Wood") concludes with A Chronicle of Corpses (2001), a tale of the last days of a dying aristocracy 7:30 p.m.
The monthly "Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema" makes its debut this Friday, June 18, with a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) on Washington Street between Ninth and 10th streets. Limited seating provided; BYO chairs and blankets. Free parking at Eighth and Washington. For more information, call (510) 238-4734 or visit www.filmoakland.com. Free. Live music 5 p.m., shorts and feature 8 p.m.
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