During this week’s A Thirsty Thursday at Videology, you’re going to party like it’s 1999 with a NYC classic of sorts, Cruel Intentions. No, you can’t just sit and watch the movie and sip at your own leisure: this is a Cruel Intentions drinking game, and you’re going to play by the rules, which means drinking Long Island Iced Teas out of a complimentary Krazy Straw.
Admission to the 8:30 p.m. show is free; come in early to pre-game with a 6:30 p.m. screening of Dangerous Liaisons (both movies are based on the book Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and get a free shot with your iced tea. Show up in your private school uniform (you rich jerk!) and your LIT’s are free.
It’s going to be a bitter-sweet symphony in more ways than one when the movie — starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair — ends and the credits begin to roll. But join in the merriment anyway and then catch some of the other NYC based flicks, banned movies and documentaries we’re reel psyched about this week.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
When Comedy Went to School
This doc takes a look at one of the breeding grounds for America’s best comedians – the Catskills. And all this time we thought it was just a good place to take mushrooms and stare at mountains. Hear entertaining memories from Jerry Stiller, Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason and more.
indieScreen, 289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg; 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.; $12
Captured + a discussion with Clayton Patterson
Remember when you actually thought a Tokyo-style cat café was coming to Williamsburg? Yeah, sorry about that, but a B+B interactive newsroom with movie screenings, readings, and performances is surely the next best thing. This Tuesday, catch the film documenting Clayton Patterson’s photography of Lower East Side and its denizens. Drag queens, skinheads, bikers, punks, Ed Koch and more. It’s free; just let us know you’re coming.
Bedford + Bowery Newsroom, 155 Grand St., Williamsburg; 7 p.m.; Free
Paths of Glory (Part of Vice Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series)
Stanley Kubrick’s first large-scale feature was an anti-war film based on the book of the same name written by Humphrey Cobb. When French soldiers refuse to leave the trenches for a suicidal attack on Germany’s heavily guarded Ant Hill during WWI, three of the soldiers are then sentenced to death as an example to others to obey orders. The film was banned in France until 1975, Spain until 1986 and Germany until two years after it was made.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; 9:30 p.m.; $16
Out of Print with Vivienne Roumani and Jason Merkoski (possible intro)
What kind of impact do the Internet, corporate greed and copyright policy have on our capacity to ingest information and fully understand what it is we are doing? Documentarian Vivienne Roumani poses this question and numerous others about future generations, 500 years of print and the impending doom surrounding its near death. The film features the Strand’s owner Fred Bass, and is narrated by Meryl Streep.
The Strand, 828 Broadway, East Village; 7 p.m.; $15 gift card to attend
Shepard & Dark
Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and have remained friends ever since. Shepard went on to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an actor, while Dark worked odd jobs to make ends meet — an unlikely coupling. The doc picks up in 2010 filming their correspondence as they’ve decided to publish their letters to each other from the past 50 years.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village; $13.50
20 Years of C.U.F.F + select filmmakers in attendance
The Chicago Underground Film Festival is the longest running film festival for radical and underground films in the world. Spectacle is presenting shorts from the first 20 years, featuring select filmmakers in attendance.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S Fourth St, Williamsburg; 8 p.m.; $5
What We Are + filmmaker Jim Mickle in person
A remake of a 2010 Mexican film of the same name, the Parkers are an introverted family holding on to secret family customs and traditions that the rest of the their small town would deem unsavory. When a torrential rainstorm threatens to flood the town and certain doors begin to open, authorities start to uncover some secrets the Parkers have been holding close.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; 7:05 p.m.; $13.50
A tiny town in Alabama has given birth to some of the biggest hits of the last century: “Mustang Sally,” “Wild Horses,” and even an early unreleased version of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” were recorded here. The film features vintage footage and contemporary interviews with the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and more.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village; $13.50
Out in the Dark
A story about a love affair between two men who happen to also live on opposite sides of one of the biggest ongoing conflicts of the last century. Nimr is a Palestinian student and Roy is an Israeli lawyer.
Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th St., Greenwich Village; $11