BRYANT PARK FILM FESTIVAL
Mondays at sunset (rain dates on Tuesday), Bryant Park, 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, 212.512.5700, digitalcity.com/newyork/hbobryantparkfilm
JUNE 21 American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973)
JUNE 28 The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934): This adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s last completed novel is not exactly a thriller, but it does epitomize a certain speakeasy elegance, especially since William Powell and Myrna Loy play the best-matched married couple in Hollywood history. They’re a classy double date.
JULY 5 All the President’s Men (Alan J. Pakula, 1976): The classic Watergate thriller, with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as the most glamorous reporters in Hollywood history, is rich with election year nostalgia—and could extend the patriotic rhetoric of the long Independence Day weekend another day.
JULY 12 Cat Ballou (Elliot Silverstein, 1965)
JULY 19 Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
JULY 26 Love Story (Arthur Hiller, 1970)
AUGUST 2 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Victor Fleming, 1941)
AUGUST 9 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939)
AUGUST 16 Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
AUGUST 23 The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946): Perfect for chilling a heat-sizzled brain, Hollywood’s lushest immersion in Chandlerland reunited lovers Bogart and Bacall as a wisecracking shamus and a classy dame of mystery. This movie is the original Mulholland Drive—fun and beyond any rational ken.
Thursdays at 7:30, Prospect Park Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West, 718.855.7882, ext. 45, celebratebrooklyn.org
JULY 15 The General (Clyde Bruckman, 1927): With live music by Alloy Orchestra.
JULY 22 TBA
JULY 29 Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931): More chill from the celluloid crypt, this is the 1931 original—with new live music by the BQE Project. The movie creaks, but as the mad doctor says of his monster, “it’s alive“—at least every time Boris Karloff lumbers on-screen.
AUGUST 5 Thunderball (Terence Young, 1965): (with live music by Loser’s Lounge) Full of high-altitude shenanigans and underwater exploits, the most spectacular of the early Bond films is a bit weighty—it takes its cues from the pop art gravitas of the Tom Jones theme—but its evocation of terrorist megalomania is newly relevant.
‘MOVIES UNDER THE STARS’
Wednesdays at dusk, Pier A Park, 1st Street and Frank Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201.420.2207, hobokennj.org
JUNE 2 Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003): Lyrical, moody, and gently discombobulated, Sophia Coppola’s poignant reverie considers a bittersweet encounter at the Tokyo Hyatt—but it might be even more romantic watched from the perspective of Frank Sinatra Drive, with the Manhattan skyline framing the screen.
JUNE 9 Mona Lisa Smile (Mike Newell, 2003)
JUNE 16 Something’s Gotta Give (Nancy Meyers, 2003)
JUNE 23 Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003)
JUNE 30 Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)
JULY 7 Love Actually (Richard Curtis, 2003)
JULY 14 Cold Mountain (Anthony Minghella, 2003) (still to be confirmed)
JULY 21 The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, 2003) (still to be confirmed)
JULY 28 Seabiscuit (Gary Ross, 2003)
AUGUST 4 The School of Rock (Richard Linklater, 2003): Jack Black hurls himself into the role of a pop pedagogue. He’s consistently hilarious and, piloted by his endearingly obnoxious true believer, The School of Rock successfully navigates between the sentimental Scylla of Dead Poets Society and the cloying Charybdis of The Bad News Bears. It’s a midsummer multigenerational best bet.
AUGUST 11 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Joe Dante, 2003): See “River Flicks.”
AUGUST 18 Good Boy! (John Robert Hoffman, 2003)
AUGUST 25 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Robert Rodriguez, 2003)
‘ON THE WATERFRONT: CELEBRATING THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY OF QUEENS’
Wednesdays with a live musical act at 7 and film beginning at sunset, July 9-August 11, Socrates Sculpture Park, Vernon Boulevard and Broadway, Long Island City, Queens, 718.956.1819, socratessculpturepark.org
Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30, Pier 54, West 13th Street and West Side Highway;
Pier 25, North Moore Street and West Side Highway, 212.533.PARK, hudsonriverpark.org
JULY 7 The Ring (Gore Verbinski, 2002)
JULY 14 The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
JULY 21 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Nathan Juran, 1958)
JULY 28 Freaks (Tod Browning, 1932): One time circus-boy Tod Browning directed this, the most incendiary film of 1932, in which a collective of sideshow freaks (the stars of the midway, playing themselves) rise up in rebellion against the “straights” that would persecute them. If you bring kids, expect a lot of questions.
AUGUST 4 Scream (Wes Craven, 1996)
AUGUST 11 Creepshow (George A. Romero, 1982)
AUGUST 18 House of Wax (André De Toth, 1953)
AUGUST 25 Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton, 1999): Tim Burton brings the chill of autumn and controlled mise-en-scène of a vintage Disney studio animation to a revised version of Washington Irving’s all-American gothic shocker. This is Burton’s most literary film but, comic, creepy, and inventive, it’s a splendid contraption.
JULY 9 Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981)
JULY 16 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ken Hughes, 1968)
JULY 23 The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985)
JULY 30 Beetlejuice (Tim Burton, 1988)
AUGUST 6 Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971)
AUGUST 13 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (Joe Dante, 2003): Unlike the crass Space Jam of some years back, arch-fan Joe Dante’s attempt to resuscitate Bugs, Daffy, et al. in the context of Steven Martin and Jenna Elfman is a labor of love—corny, manic, and compulsively self-referential. Screening it as an al fresco installation should only improve things.
AUGUST 20 A Little Princess (Alfonso Cuarón, 1995)
AUGUST 27 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Chris Columbus, 2002)
‘2004 ROOFTOP FILMS’
June 18-September 3, River Project, Pier 26, North Moore Street and West Side Highway, riverproject.org; Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd Street, Brooklyn, xoprojects.com; Asterisk Art Project, 258 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, asterisk-nyc.org; Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, bchildmus.org; 877.786.1912, rooftopfilms.com
JUNE 18 ‘This Is What We Mean by Short Films’
JULY 4 ‘The Non-American Film Festival’
AUGUST 13 ‘Youth Power’
AUGUST 20 ‘New York Non-Fiction’
SEPTEMBER 3 ‘Rooftop Shots’
Old American Can Factory
JUNE 25 ‘Home Movies’
JULY 2 ‘Rural Route Films’
JULY 9 ‘High-Concept / Low Budget Film Festival’
JULY 16 ‘Animation: Sketches, Scratches, and Cartoons’
JULY 23 ‘ImageNation’
JULY 30 ‘Polyflick’
Asterisk Art Project
AUGUST 6 ‘Clash of Cultures: Music Films’
AUGUST 27 ‘This Is What Democracy Looks Like’
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
AUGUST 14 ‘Youth Power’
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 4, 2004