Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. $6 except as noted.
THURSDAY (Sept. 20): Agony and Ecstasy, an Open Screening with the theme of "extreme films on the edge of all possible emotional moments, places, surprises, wishes, and so on." Advance submissions recommended for next month's event, but try bringing a film anyway. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Free for artists, $5 for others 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 21): The 11th Annual Madcat Women's International Film Festival screens the U.S. premiere of My Daughter, the Terrorist (Beate Arnestad, Norway/India, 2006), about two women members of the suicide brigade of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). $7-20 7:30 p.m. Madcat presents "Close to Home," a program of shorts including The Staring Girl (Sarah Lewis, Australia) $7-20 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 22): ATA's Other Cinema screens "Daughter Knows Best," a program of films by women including Bachlorette by Kara Herold, 34. $7 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY (Sept. 24): Cinewhores, a new monthly series featuring discussions of films, sex and money, screens Marlene Dietrich as Josef von Sternberg's Blonde Venus (1932). This stimulating film should stimulate some great discussion – highly recommended. $5-$20 sliding scale. Doors 7 p.m., film 7:30 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.landmarktheatres.com. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see showtimes for listings), a midnight series this fall. $8.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 21 & 22): A sing-along edition of the musical episode of Joss Whedon's cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Once More with Feeling" (Whedon, 2001). midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. 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. $10 except as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Castro's annual 70mm festival continues with Richard Brooks' intelligent adaptation of Conrad's Lord Jim (1965) 5:30, 8:30 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A "Midnight for Maniacs" double bill of ultra-rare 70mm prints of Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984; 7 p.m.) and the bizarre Lifeforce (Tobe Hooper, 1985; 9:10 p.m.), about nude humanoids inside Halley's Comet.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: What could be a better use of 70mm than Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, U.K., 1961)? 2:30, 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Two more 1980s science fiction films in 70mm, cult favorite Starman (John Carpenter, 1984; 7 p.m.) and the trouble-plagued production Brainstorm (Douglas Trumbull, 1983; 9:10 p.m.).
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Sept. 24 & 25): In 70mm, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) 6:30, 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 1:10, 3:50 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; 346-1124 for theater box office. "The Late Night Picture Show," a midnight movie series, starts this weekend. $9.75.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 21 & 22): A 35mm of Sylvester Stallone's porn film (reissued after his later fame) Italian Stallion (circa 1970) midnight.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or email email@example.com for required reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $10 donation.
FRIDAY (Sept. 21): Peter Bogdanovich impresses Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal into his attempt to remake Bringing Up Baby as mechanical farce, What's Up, Doc? (1972) 6:30 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house. $8.50 except as noted.
WEDNESDAY: They're still dead and still evil – Evil Dead 2 (Sam Raimi, 1987) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: The S.F. premiere of Punk's Not Dead (Susan Dynner, 2007) looks at its DIY soul today 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: Call for program.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College. $9 except as noted.
WEDNESDAY: 12:08 East of Bucharest(Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania, 2006) 2:30, 4:45, 7, 8:45 p.m. On screen 2, The Darwin Awards (Finn Taylor, 2007) 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: Naturalist Ryan Patrick Killackey is Looking Into the Eye of Extinction (2007) in this eco-doc. Filmmaker in person 7, 9 p.m. Green Movie Night presents the S.F. Bike Coalition's We Are Traffic. Andy Thornley from the Coaltion in person 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 21-27): Strange Culture (Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2007). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
SATURDAY: A Frameline Best of Fest sampling of the recent S.F. LGBT Film Festival screens "Best of the Fest Shorts" 11 a.m., Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey (Vince DiPersio) 1:30 p.m., Red Without Blue (Sebold, Sills and Sills) 4 p.m., Spider Lilies (Zero Chou, Taiwan) 6:30 p.m., Glue (Alexis Dos Santos, Argentina) 9:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 except as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 19): Film Arts Foundation's screening of Girls Rock! (Arne Johnson and Shane King, 2007) is already sold out! 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 23): The 11th Annual Madcat Women's International Film Festival presents men at work in 4 Elements (Jiska Rickels, Netherlands, 2006). $9 7 p.m. "Between States," a program of short films, includes the prophetic We Will Live to See These Things (Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, U.S./Syria, 2007). $9, 8:30 p.m.