Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation.
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 (Oct. 4): The Color of Olives (Carolina Rivas, Palestine, 2006) documents the life of a family surrounded by the West Bank Wall 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 5): Situationist Guy Debord's aggressive Refutation of All the Judgments, Pro or Con, Thus Far Rendered on the Film 'The Society of the Spectacle' (France, 1975; 8 p.m.) precedes a screening of a new print of a newly translated version of his foundational text Society of the Spectacle (France, 1973; 8:30 p.m.), followed by a discussion.
SATURDAY (Oct. 6): Angelique Bosio's Liik Yr Idols documents early 1980s punk music and banned underground movies. Also screening, short films by and/or with Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch, Judy Nylon and Tuxedo Moon 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Oct. 9): A program of films by feminist/theorist Caroline Koebel screens Puss! The Booted Cat (1995), a revision of the fairy story, and Berlin Warszawa Express (2006) 8 p.m.
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: A series paying tribute to composer Jerry Goldsmith continues with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman on Devil's Island in Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1973; 2:05, 7 p.m.) and Jason Robards as the subject of Sam Peckinpah's elegiac western comedy The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970; 4:35, 9:30 p.m.).
THURSDAY: Goldsmith – Two lushly scored visits to Los Angeles crime scenes past, Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974; 1:55, 7 p.m.) and L.A. Confidential (Curtis Hanson, 1997; 4:20, 9:35 p.m.).
FRIDAY: "Shock-It-To-Me," a horror film fest, screens here for three days. Tonight, Hammer Studios star Virginia Carlson in person with Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (Freddie Francis, U.K., 1968) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed!0x2028(Terence Fisher, U.K., 1969). Call for times. Then, it's a midnight of bad makeup with Killer Klowns from Outer Space (Stephen Chiodo, 1988) midnight.
SATURDAY: Shock-It-To-Me – A family friendly double-bill by and with veteran director Joe Dante in person, Matinee (1993) and Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). In the evening, Dante hosts two harder-edged projects, Blood and Roses (Roger Vadim, France, 1960) and The Howling (Dante, 1981). Call for times. Then H. P. Lovecraft gets ahead in Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985) midnight.
SUNDAY: Shock-It-To-Me – "Be Afro'd! Be Very Afro'd!" with a double-bill of Blacula 0x2028(William Crain, 1972) and Sugar Hill (Paul Maslansky, 1974). A "demonic double feature" follows of The Sentinel (Michael Winner, 1977), with a great cast (Ava Gardner! Christopher Walken!) at the portal to hell, and Rosemary's Baby (Polanski, 1968). Call for times.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call for films and times.
CHINESE CULTURE CENTER
Auditorium, Hilton Hotel, Third Floor, 750 Kearny (at Merchant), 986-1822, www.c-c-c.org. This cultural center often shows films. $6; this screening free to members.
SUNDAY (Oct. 7): A documentary film series screens Four Sisters from Baima (Zhang Tongdao, 2003), about a traditional Tibetan family now performing for tourists 1 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, continues. $9.75.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 5 & 6): All the characters are named after horror film directors in the alien brain-eating slugfest Night of the Creeps (Fred Dekker, 1986) midnight.
TUESDAY (Oct. 9): A dream to create a multi-ethnic The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio (Agostino Ferrente, Italy, 2007) is realized in this documentary 7:30 p.m.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5.
SUNDAY (Oct. 7): "Bad Movie Night" begins a bad remake series with Rupert Wainwright's 2005 version of The Fog 8 p.m.
Dolores at 19th Street, 465-3456, www.sfntf.org.
The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents "Film Night"
on a giant outdoor screen. $6 donation.
SATURDAY (Oct. 6): Ready your close-ups in the Grand Guignol classic Sunset Blvd. (Billy Wilder, 1950). BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged 8 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 5-11): Vanaja
(Rajnesh Domalpalli, 2007). See Opening for review. Call for times. Filmmaker in person both evening shows Friday.
MARIN CIVIC CENTER
Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2007 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $12.
SATURDAY (Oct. 6): A romantic comedy, Matchmakers (Christian Bisceglia, 2006) 5:30, 7:45 p.m.
301 Eighth St (at Folsom), www.illuminatedcorridor.com for this event. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 3): An evening of free outdoor cinema in the alleyway outside this archive of ephemera, which turns itself "inside out" for the occasion. Screenings projected on the building include Panorama Ephemera
(Rick Prelinger), live light painting, and live music and projections by local artists. Event starts at precisely 7:16 p.m.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222 and www.cafilm.org for venue, (877) 874-MVFF and www.mvff.com for the Mill Valley Film Festival, here starting Thursday. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the California Film Institute. $9.50 regular programs, $12 MVFF save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Into the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007) 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m. In Search of Mozart (Phil Grabsky, U.K., 2006) 6:45, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 30th Mill Valley Film Festival opens here with Ang Lee's Lust, Caution (2007). $25 film only, $125 film and gala 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Mill Valley – Gilles (Verheyen, Belgium) 4 p.m. "Take This Longing" (shorts) 5 p.m. Iron Ladies of Liberia (Junge and Johnson) 6:30 p.m. A "Tribute to Ang Lee" $25, tribute and reception $60 7 p.m. Stages (deJong, Netherlands) 8:30 p.m. Control (Corbijn, U.K.) 9:15 p.m.