Welcome to Reel Psyched, our weekly rundown of movies we’re especially excited to see.
Escape from New York
Get served Greenpoint brews and an array of appetizing plates while watching Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) save the president from a dystopian “future” (1997) Manhattan.
Wednesday, June 11, 7:30pm at Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave); $65 for four-course meal and beer pairings as part of the Film Feasts series; also showing Saturday June 14, 12:15am (minus the booze and food)
It wasn’t so long ago that you might actually get stabbed on a night-time wander through Washington Square Park—now, you can go and leisurely watch other people’s grizzly demises, courtesy of Films on the Green. Buffet Froid—or “Cold Cuts”—is a blackly comedic romp written and directed by Bertrand Blier and starring Gerard Depardieu. Featuring film noir characters, absurd encounters, and a string of murders, but no underlying motivations or explanations.
Friday June 13, 8:30pm; Washington Square Park
A Coffee in Berlin
“Like Frances Ha with a guy” (and presumably German-speaking people) was Variety’s verdict, so if you were drawn to Greta Gerwig’s clumsy charisma as she ambled across New York you’ll probably also like Tom Schilling’s equally slapstick meanders through Berlin and into adulthood.
Opens Friday June 13 at Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston Street)
Flight of the Navigator
A 1986 comic sci-fi flick that combines time dilation, NASA, telepathy and Sarah Jessica Parker. David (Joey Cramer) is a normal boy plucked from his wholesome American life by a freak accident and a UFO, who goes rogue with his alien captors.
Monday June 16, 9pm at Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand Street); 2-for-1 drinks and popcorn when you sign up for Movie Membership
A Tribute to Summer Camp Movies
The boys from Jews & Reviews bring you a compilation of clips from their favorite summer camp movies—accompanied by drinking games and trivia.
Friday June 13, 8:30pm at Videology (308 Bedford Ave), FREE
Do you miss “Girl Power!”? Are you nostalgic for ’90 fashion, with a heavily Britannia-phile edge? Then get thee to the one-off screening of “camp classic” Spice World, which serves up not only Sporty, Posh, Baby, Scary and Ginger, but also an assorted bag of British famousness: Alan Cumming, Elvis Costello, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie AND MORE…
Thursday, June 12, 12:10am at Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave)
If “abortion comedies” and awkward, drifting Brooklyn twenty-somethings are your bag, then this one’s for you—starring comedian Jenny Slate and directed by Gillian Robespierre.
Opening Friday June 13, at Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave)
1977 psychedelic ghost yarn directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi, in which schoolgirls visit a dilapidated country house. David Edelstein of New York says, “My language cannot do justice to [House]. You’d have to imagine Pee-wee’s Playhouse with a witch that eats schoolgirls, only amped up by a factor of 100.”
Midnight screenings Friday and Saturday at IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas)
Two young boys struggle to deal with their mother’s death, while their widower dad descends into alcoholism. Directed by Cat Kandler, with a breakout performance from young Josh Wiggins and support from Breaking Bad’s Jessie (Aaron Paul).
Opens Friday June 13 at IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas); at the sneak preview on Thursday (8pm), Kat Candler and Aaron Paul will be available for Q&A. Candler and other members of the creative team will also be present at Friday and Saturday screenings.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014
Focusing on human rights violations and those campaigning against them, this festival brings stories of courage to the IFC. Picks include Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me (showing Friday June 13, with director Khalo Matabane present); Return to Homs, about the embattled Syrian city (filmmakers will be at both the Friday and Saturday showings); and Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, about the former Navy SEAL and transgender activist (showing Saturday June 14).
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival screens June 13-19 at IFC Center (323 Avenue of the Americas)
IFC Center presents Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry IV: Part I (Saturday June 14 at 10:45am), the thespian’s lauded production of one of the Bard’s greatest works. If that all sounds a bit stuffily historical, why not delve into more fantastically murderous waters with Roman Polanski’s dreamily shot 1971 Macbeth (playing Saturday, Monday and Tuesday).
For showtimes see IFC Center’s website
Charlie Chaplin takes over
If you’d choose silence over soliloquies, why not make a day of it (or two days of it!) with Mr. Chaplin. The Man with the Moustache will be mooching across the Anthology Film Archives’ screens throughout the weekend: Saturday will be given over to short reels, while on Sunday both The Gold Rush and The Circus will make an appearance.
See Anthology Film Archive for screening times (at 32 Second Ave)
Seventies “Porno chic”
If you’re actually more interested in seduction than slapstick, the In the Flesh series is for you—showcasing a golden era when “sexually explicit films mixed hardcore sex with top-notch production values and compelling stories.” Each of the films selected were made by gay men, in a nod to the forthcoming Pride festivities: MISBEHAVIN’—Tribute to Gloria Leonard! and Roommates were both directed by Chuck Vincent, while Blonde Ambition was the work of John and Lem Amero. Each screening will also apparently involve “once-in-a-lifetime cast and crew reunions.” Sounds steamy.
June 13-18 at Anthology Film Archive (32 Second Ave). For showtimes, visit Anthology Film Archives
And if that’s not enough for you voracious film viewers, assorted festivals are kicking around this week: including the Lower East Side Film Fest; KINO! Festival of German Films; and Northside’s film offerings.