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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FRIDAY (Dec. 9): S.F. IndieFest presents a "Rock 'n' Roll Horror Show" featuring the Hammer horror Kiss of the Vampire (1962) 8 p.m. , followed by the bands Stolen Babies and the Graves Brothers Deluxe at 10 p.m.
ACT I & II
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. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 9-15): 39 Pounds of Love (Dani Menkin, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 7): Single mom Ariane Ascaride (Jeannette) steals paint from the abandoned cement factory guarded by Gérard Meylan (Marius); love and painting are the result in Marius and Jeannette (Robert Guédiguian, France, 1997) 7 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.
SATURDAY (Dec. 10): A "Sid Davis Retrospective" showcases the oeuvre of "cinema history's most psychologically twisted educational-film producer," whose works screening tonight include Boys Beware, Dangerous Stranger, Seduction of the Innocent, and Alcohol Is Dynamite. Todd Southern's survey SidVision precedes the unveiling. $6.66 8, 10 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 13): "Exquisite: This is what we are now," the senior show of California College of the Arts' film/video/performance department 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Samurai!," a festival of famous and little-seen Japanese martial arts classics, continues with Akira Kurosawa's splendid Macbeth adaptation Throne of Blood (1957; 12:50, 4:50, 8:50 p.m.), on a bill with New Tale of Zatoichi (Tokuzo Tanaka, 1963; 3, 7 p.m.), third in the series and the first color film featuring the blind swordsman. See Night & Day Friday for more. Also, on screen 2, A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003) 12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7:10, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "Samurai!" -- Genre master Hideo Gosha's debut, Three Outlaw Samurai (1964; 2:40, 7:15 p.m.), plus Kurosawa's epic The Hidden Fortress (1958; noon, 4:35, 9:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY & MONDAY: "Samurai!" -- Samurai Saga (Hiroshi Inagaki, 1959; 2:45, 7 p.m.) casts Toshiro Mifune as Cyrano in this big-nosed adventure, screening with Masahiro Shinoda's Assassination (1964; 12:40, 4:55, 9:10 p.m.), about a master politician/swordsman and his equally skilled stalker.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 13 & 14): "Samurai!" -- Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (Gosha, 1978; 3:25, 8:15 p.m.), nearly three hours of all-star intrigue, screens with the peppy, 86-minute Zatoichi the Fugitive (Tanaka, 1963; 1:40, 6:30 p.m.).
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 7): "Overdoing the Movies: A Big Band Covers the Standards" as Ted Brinkley and his ensemble play new music for scenes from films shot in San Francisco, "a reverse visual kino-karaoke." Stars glimpsed include Chaney, Crawford, Bogart, Hayworth, Stewart, Eastwood, McQueen, and Streisand; genres listed are "the newsreel, the film noir, the foot-chase, the car-chase, and psychedelic'" 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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Three of Hearts (Susan Kaplan, 2004) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY: A David Lynch series offers three double bills from the sultan of surrealism, or more accurately the hyperacute sensibility of lucid dreaming. His masterpiece to date, Mulholland Drive (2001; 7 p.m.), screens with the very-hard-to-see theatrical prequel to his television series, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992; 9:40 p.m.), unpopular in its day but blazing a trail for what would follow. Highly recommended. And let's not forget Lost Highway (1997); separate admission midnight.
SATURDAY: David Lynch -- Laura Dern puts herself out there as the good girl in Blue Velvet (1986; 2:15, 7 p.m.), a dossier of Lynchian obsessions, and as wild Lula in Wild at Heart (1990; 4:30, 9:15 p.m.), an overcooked self-parody. Lynch regulars Isabella Rossellini and Jack Nance also make their presence felt.
SUNDAY: David Lynch, inside the Hollywood system he'd later critique, directing the prestigious and quite good The Elephant Man (1980; 2, 7 p.m.) and the at once distended and compressed science-fiction epic Dune (1984; 4:20, 9:20 p.m.)
STARTS MONDAY: Call theater for program.
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): Forget Conan, follow Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August, Denmark/Sweden, 1988), screening through Dec. 23. Max von Sydow stars as a struggling farmer. "First showing" of this 150-minute movie at 6:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
SUNDAY (Dec. 11): "Yiddish American Theatre of the 1930s" -- Theater historian Joel Schechter shows film clips of Yiddish puppet plays of the Depression, and klezmer musician Gerry Tenney sings songs from the time. Free 3 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.
FRIDAY: "Three suburban dads become filmmakers in search of the meaning of life" in Ward Powers' documentary One ... the Movie (2005), premiering here tonight. See Opening for review; $25 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: The premiere of David (Hoosiers) Anspaugh's The Game of Their Lives (2005), about a miracle 1950 U.S. soccer team. See Opening for review; $15 8:45 p.m.
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: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 9-15): 39 Pounds of Love (Dani Menkin, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org; 552-5950 for advance tickets to this program (recommended). $10.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 7): An "Alive@9th Street" series offers a program of "Cultural Secrets" 7 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.
FRIDAY: When Sam Peckinpah tells you Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974; 7 p.m.) you'd better listen! The last of the director's major achievements, and a suitably nihilistic close to a great run, it screens with The Killer Elite (1975; 9:15 p.m.), the first of his later attempts to whip something of interest out of studio leftovers.
SATURDAY: "Taisho Chic on Screen," a series of early Japanese films, screens Hiroshi Shimizu's Mr. Thank You (1936), a slice of lifestyles of bus passengers traveling across Japan 5:20 p.m. Kinuyo Tanaka is The Dancing Girl of Izu (Heinosuke Gosho, 1933), another journey film, this one with a shabby dance troupe. Live musical accompaniment by Mark Izu and friends 7 p.m. Isuzu Yamada's an ambitious switchboard operator in the big city of Osaka Elegy (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936), one of the director's best prewar films 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Taisho Chic" -- The series closes with Mizoguchi's companion piece to Osaka Elegy, the tale of geisha Sisters of the Gion (1936) 5 p.m. Yasujiro Ozu's comedy of suburban mores, What Did the Lady Forget? (1937) 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
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. $7 save as noted.
THURSDAY (Dec. 8): Thrillville's "Holiday Tiki Monster Mash" screens the Japanese monster mash Mothra (Ishiro Honda, 1961), about a giant caterpillar, two tiny girls, and nature's way. A new print is promised, as is live music by the Maikai Gents, featuring the Mysterious Miss Mauna Loa 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 13): The Parkway's "Audience Appreciation Night" expresses its gratitude with Akira Kurosawa's tale of a bandit turned hero, Yojimbo (1961). Free 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
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: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 6:30 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 7 p.m. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005) 8:50 p.m. A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003) 9:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A Michael Powell series screens A Matter of Life and Death (aka Stairway to Heaven, Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1946), with aviator David Niven's life in the balance in a heavenly court. A new print is introduced in person by its 91-year-old cinematographer, Jack Cardiff, who's very much alive and still working. $10 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940) 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: 39 Pounds of Love (Dani Menkin, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY: A "Reel Politics" series screens Warren Beatty's fairy tale of noble Russian revolutionaries, Reds (1982), introduced by U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey 1 p.m. "Beyond Borders," a family film series, screens E. Nesbit's fairy tale of a cranky sand fairy who reluctantly grants wishes, Five Children and It (John Stephenson, U.K., 2004) 4 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.
THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Graffiti art immortalized, Piece by Piece (Nic Hill, 2005). See Night & Day Saturday for more 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: Southern Exposure's sixth annual film/video juried screening, "Mayhem," explores the titular theme, "conceived in response to the current political and social climate." See www.soex.org/mayhem for more info 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Killer" Kane is the New York Doll (Greg Whiteley, 2005) 6:15, 8 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. All Dolled Up, 1970s footage of the Dolls video'd by Bob and Nadya Gruen 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m. The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 7:15 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
THURSDAY (Dec. 8): "Down the Aisle: Local Looks at Same-Sex Marriage," a collection of shorts on this popular theme, including Debra A. Wilson's Jumpin' the Broom and Stuart Gaffney's Muni to the Marriage 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): A Kiki Smith exhibit offers Art:21:Stories (PBS, 2003) through Jan. 29 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Marian Cajori, 1997) through Feb. 28 4 p.m.; Thurs 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Dec. 8): In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, "Conner Obscura: Part I" screens roughly half of the collected work of local collagist Bruce Conner, followed by a conversation between Conner and critic Tony Reveaux. Films include Mea Culpa (1980), two versions of Report (1963-7), Television Assassination (1963/1995), and a visually stunning portrayal of atomic bomb test footage, Crossroads (1976). $15 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 10): In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, "Conner Obscura: Part II" includes Conner's breakthrough A Movie (1958), Mongoloid (1978), and another version of Report. Filmmaker in person. $5 2 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (Dec. 8): "Down in New Orleans," a film series set in the landscape formerly known as the Big Easy, screens Pretty Baby (Louis Malle, 1977). Last week vampires, this week child prostitutes -- this New Orleans series seems designed to prevent any conservative support for rebuilding noon.
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. Closed Monday through Wednesday.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Gina Lollobrigida and Rock Hudson share an Italian villa with Sandra Dee and Bobby Darin in the frothy Come September (Robert Mulligan, 1961; 7:30 p.m.). It screens with Bread, Love and Dreams (Pane, Amore e Fantasia, Luigi Comencini, Italy, 1954; 5:45, 9:35 p.m.), with Lollobrigida pursuing village bigwig Vittorio De Sica.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Things take a supernatural turn as Don Ameche avers Heaven Can Wait (Ernst Lubitsch, 1943; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:45 p.m.) to satanic Laird Cregar, while Jennifer Jones sits still for the time-traveling romance Portrait of Jennie (William Dieterle, 1948; 5:30, 9:35 p.m.).
WEDNESDAY: Green Cine marks the second anniversary of its video-on-demand service with Mau Mau Sex Sex (Ted Bonnitt, 2000), its very first title offered for rent. It's a documentary on exploitation film pioneers Dan Sonney and David Friedman. Bonnitt and scenarist Eddie Muller in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Gregory Pickup's Pickup's Tricks (1973), an improvised "document of the post-Haight era in San Francisco," set amongst the wonderful Angels of Light theater troupe. Filmmaker in person 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: San Francisco Cinematheque's "The Drowned World," a program of "live text/sound works" fusing video and poetry with "immersive sound environments." Performances include Scott Arford's Song of the Station, Kenneth Atchley's de Quincey Levitation, and Josh Russell's Wall Mounted Gas Heater Overheating and Shutting Down 7:30 p.m.
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