This weekend at indieScreen, the second annual Philip K. Dick Film Festival pays homage to the sci-fi master whose work led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, The Adjustment Bureau and Minority Report, among others. Here, you can catch the adaptation of his short story “The Crystal Crypt” as well as blocks of films (in the genres of supernatural, horror, metaphysical, and sci-fi) inspired by the likes of Kafka, Borges and Calvino — writers that explored life through a unique lens that teetered on the strange and surreal. A three day pass is only $55 (day passes and individual tickets are available as well).
Here’s what else we’re Reel Psyched about this week.
It’s My Girlfriend’s Birthday: Risky Business, Punch-Drunk Love, Sixteen Candles, Snatch
Every Tuesday night at the old home of Life Café, 983 Bushwick’s Living Room screens four movies with a theme — with popcorn, food and themed drinks to match. Catch films starring Molly Ringwald, Tom Cruise (pre-Scientology), Drew Barrymore, Brad Pitt and more this Tuesday.
983 Bushwick’s Living Room, 983 Flushing Ave., Bushwick; 4 p.m.; Free
RADAR: Exchanges in Dance Film Frequencies
Curated by filmmaker Adam Sekuler and choreographer Shannon Stewart, RADAR is a program that explores dance in film through shorts that are rooted in motion, movement and/or performance. The program will connect each short scene-by-scene and allow the filmmakers to meet, discuss and comment on each other’s work.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S Fourth St, Williamsburg; 8:00 p.m.; $5
Fangoria presents: Silent Night Deadly Night
Christmas isn’t all cookies and milk for Billy Chapman. As a young child he witnesses the murder of his parents at the hands of a robber in a Santa outfit. He’s abused at the orphanage where he grows up, and after getting out, he loses it and exacts revenge in a Santa suit of his own. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, just run!
Village East Cinema, 189 Second Ave., East Village
Out of the Furnace + Director Scott Cooper in person
When Russell Blaze’s (Christian Bale) brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns from serving in Iraq he gets caught up in a dangerous crime ring and disappears. Since police seem to not want to get involved, Blaze needs to take matters into his own hands and find out what happened to his brother. Woody Harrelson plays a total badass and only disappoints because after watching so much Cheers on Netflix we really wish he would bring Woody Boyd back for just one movie… a Cheers reunion?
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; 7:45 p.m.; $13.50
Sidewalk Stories + Director/Star Charles Lane in Person
An homage to Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, Sidewalk Stories is a silent black-and-white film about a man who takes care of a child on the streets of New York after the murder of the child’s father.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; 7:30 p.m.; $15
Food & Film Fest presented by Larks and Japes
Join host Tom Schiller for a night of short films and clips that revolve around food, etiquette and entertaining. The night promises some of the strangest, funniest and obscure food flicks you’ve ever seen, all paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by the cocktail party chef. Ticket price includes a free drink, popcorn and food.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 7:30 p.m.; $25
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum,” says Nada in John Carpenter’s They Live, a line Rowdy Roddy Piper came up with himself. Whose ass is he kicking? Aliens disguised as yuppies, enslaving the masses though subliminal messaging. Nada’s got a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see the messages transmitted through TV, billboards and movies, and the aliens themselves. Does this not sound like the greatest thing ever?
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village; $13.50
A Tim Burton classic, Edward (Johnny Depp) was born with scissors for hands and left orphaned by his creator (Vincent Price). He’s welcomed into town by Peg and her family, and is a hit with the neighbors at first, but things eventually take a turn for the worse.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; midnight; $13.50
Meet a Real Life Wolf + An episode of Frozen Planet
Yes, you read that correctly, there will be a real life wolf in the screening room at Videology. First you’ll watch an episode of Frozen Planet featuring arctic wolves, and then be joined by the Wolf Conservation Center. They’ll be dropping knowledge about wolves and bringing their pal, the 11-year-old ambassador wolf Atka, for a meet and greet.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 7:00 p.m.; $25