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.
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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays for 10 weeks. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Oct. 19): Kevin Smith's no-budget comedy debut, Clerks (1994), with a comic duo in the lead roles much funnier than the Jay and Silent Bob team, which also debuted here, whose charms Smith has subsequently run into the ground midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 16): Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault co-star as a gay odd couple in the hugely popular farce La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1978) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 19): La Cage aux Folles 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 (Oct. 17): "Rhythm From Wreckage," a program of "kinetic engineering" designed to impress "new thoughts, new ways of thinking upon your retinas" with such efforts as real-time reconstructions of Frankenstein films and new works by Carl Diehl, Sue Constabile, and others. Scary! 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 18): Wholesome Goodness Productions, a San Francisco-based media organization "dedicated to good instead of evil," offers Fed Up!, a video by Angelo Sacerdote on modern food production. Scary! 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 19): Author Erik Davis proffers "Attack of the Psychedelic," a clip show of trip-out sequences from Hollywood and experimental films. Real scary! 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 20): Travis Wilkerson's experimental documentary An Injury to One (2002), on the Butte, Mont., lynching of Wobbly organizer Frank Little some 80 years ago. Screens in 16mm 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to see second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for the Balboa's other screen.
DAILY: Two classic farces play through Oct. 24, Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959; 12:45, 4:45, 8:45 p.m.) and The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1968; 3, 7 p.m.) -- go and laugh.
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: A 21-day series of Akira Kurosawa's film collaborations with Toshiro Mifune continues with High and Low (1963), an excellent thriller adapted from one of Ed McBain's policiers. An hour of talk is followed by an exciting action sequence on a bullet train, with lots more to come -- and you're never bored 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- A loose adaption of Hamlet set in the realm of corrupt corporations, The Bad Sleep Well (1960) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- The hugely enjoyable samurai black comedy Yojimbo (1961) 7, 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- Another popular action adventure, The Hidden Fortress (1958), used by Lucas to model the original Star Wars. The much-praised comic relief (R2D2 and C3PO in peasant garb) does wear out its welcome, though 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- It's well known that Yojimbo was the model for the first of the spaghetti westerns, A Fistful of Dollars. That transcription worked, but Yojimbo's sequel, Sanjuro (1962), while equally enjoyable, would have been impossible to rework as a western, given that it's built around the rude samurai invading the world of courtiers 7, 9:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- In their last collaboration, Mifune is a noble doctor, Red Beard (1965) 7:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0870, www.landmarktheatres.com. An eight-week "8 Tales" midnight series continues; see www.8tales.com for more. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 18 & 19): Five bodyguards (Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Lam Suet, and Roy Cheung) are on The Mission (Johnny To, Hong Kong, 1999), screening with shooting games and a special surprise midnight.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY: Robert Rossen's Body and Soul (1947; 7:30 p.m.), a boxing drama with a social conscience, screens with Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980; 9:40 p.m.), about a boxer with no conscience at all.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 17-23): Monteith McCollum's Hybrid (2000; 7:30 p.m.), reportedly an entertaining look at a hundred-year-old developer of hybrid corn, plays with Alexander Dovzhenko's lovely hymn to nature, Earth (U.S.S.R., 1930; 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 6:15 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: An opera-loving thief bootlegs a performance by a technophobic Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1982), screening through Oct. 27 at 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Arthur Dong's Family Fundamentals (2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.