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.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 6): Pierre Richard stars in the sequel to a popular farce, Yves Robert's The Return of the Tall Blonde Man With One Red Shoe (1974) 7 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 7): Dorothy McGuire's crook husband comes after her in Make Haste to Live (William Seiter, 1954) 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.
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.