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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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 additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (March 8): "Weird Al" Yankovic takes over a TV station in UHF (Jay Levey, 1989) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 5): Lebanese-born filmmaker Maroun Bagdadi's last movie, La fille de l'air (France, 1992), involves a jailed couple in love. Subtitled 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 8): A French Canadian film, Blanche (Charles Binamé, 1992) screens sans English titles 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Buchanan), 931-9800. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. For more info, see www.naatanet.org. Festival tickets $9, before 5 p.m. $6, save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
THURSDAY: Opening Night -- Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, U.K., 2002). Screening only $25, Screening and reception $45, Reception only $20 7 p.m. Also, Greg Pak's Robot Stories 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Four Indo-Canadians are Bollywood Bound in Nisha Pahuja's documentary (Canada, 2002) 4:45 p.m. "This Is the Space and Place" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. To be Asian in Germany is to be Neither Fish nor Fowl (Matthias Keilich, Germany, 2001) 7 p.m. Three San Franciscans learn The Book of Rules (Sung Kim, 2003) 7:15 p.m. No One's Ark (Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan, 2002) 9:30 p.m. "Crouching Asian, Hidden Cheese" (shorts) 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: The animated My Life as McDull (Toe Yuen, Hong Kong, 2001) noon. "All in the Family" (shorts) 12:15 p.m. Religious warfare's the subject of Marilou Diaz-Abaya's drama New Moon (Philippines, 2001) 2 p.m. A documentary on Orange County's anti-communist refugees, Saigon, USA 2:45 p.m. Another doc is Searching for Asian America 4:45 p.m. Chicken Rice War (CheeK, Singapore, 2001) 5 p.m. Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music 7 p.m. Eric Byler's Charlotte Sometimes (2002) 7:30 p.m. "This Is the Space and Place" 9:30 p.m. Neither Fish nor Fowl 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: YMCA Baseball Team (Kim Hyunseok, Korea, 2002) noon. Suburban video-gamers compete in Tamara Katepoo's Bang the Machine (2002) 12:15 p.m. Emiko Omori's documentary about Oceania tattoos, Skin Stories (2002) 2:15 p.m. Eliana, Eliana (Riri Riza, Indonesia, 2002) 2:45 p.m. "3rd I South Asian Short Films" 4:15 p.m. Bus passengers act out soap operas in the surreal I-San Special (Thailand, 2002) 4:45 p.m. Refugee (Spencer Nakasako, 2002) 6 p.m. "Love! Love, Love?" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. A FOB crashes the cool parties in the Indo-American precincts of Houston in Where's the Party, Yaar? (Benny Mathews, 2002) 7:15 p.m. "The Dreamlife of Asians" (shorts) 9:15 p.m. Charlotte Sometimes 10 p.m.
MONDAY: Refugee 1 p.m. An Untold Triumph: The Story of the 1st and 2nd Filipino Infantry Regiments, U.S. Army 6:30 p.m. The L.A. riots of 1992 from a Korean perspective, Wet Sand (Dai Sil Kim-Gibson, 2003) 7 p.m. My Life as McDull 7:15 p.m. New Moon 7:30 p.m. Chicken Rice War 8:45 p.m. "Just Another Toothpick in the Wall" (shorts) 9 p.m. No One's Ark 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: The Chinese Cultural Revolution's relived in Morning Sun 6:45 p.m. "Spotlight on Curtis Choy" honors the filmmaker 7 p.m. YMCA Baseball Team 7:15 p.m. Eliana, Eliana 7:30 p.m. Book of Rules 9:15 p.m. "Music Video Asia" 9:30 p.m. Daryl Fong's spoof Kung Phooey (2003) 10 p.m.
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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 (March 7): "Baby Songs for Robot Children" offers live music by the Zagmen trio "tuning into the robot mindstate," accompanying animation by Monk-Monk and "the something cinema of c.diehl" 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 8): Other Cinema bombards us with the "Attack of the 50 Foot Reels," a program of in-camera-edited Super 8 movies, three minutes apiece 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood, independent, and foreign fare. See our Showtimes page for regular programs.
FRIDAY (March 7): Famed animator Bill Plympton introduces a program of short cartoons by himself and Don Hertzfeldt, "The Don and Bill Show -- Slightly Bent." Not for children. $7.50 midnight.
SATURDAY (March 8): Plympton returns with his latest feature, Mutant Aliens. $7.50 midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8; $9 for San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screenings Friday and Saturday. For more info on these, see www.naatanet.org. 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: The American Film Theatre series of filmed plays continues with Harold Pinter's The Homecoming (Peter Hall, 1973), with Cyril Cusack and Ian Hold 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Frameline-hosted series "Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema" offers an evening with documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk, The Celluloid Closet), interviewed onstage by Michael Sragow. $12 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens Mango Soufflé (Mahesh Dattani, India, 2002) 6:45 p.m. From Bollywood, a melodramatic musical, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Karan Johar, India, 1998) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Soccer, North Korean-style, in The Game of Their Lives 1 p.m. A famed 1950s Bollywood epic, Mother India (Mehboob Khan, India, 1957) 3:30 p.m. Mekhong Full Moon Dinner Party (Jira Maligool, Thailand, 2002) 7:15 p.m. "GAM/F ISO Same" (shorts) 10 p.m.