Now you’ve finally made it through OITNB, maybe you’re ready for some big-screen action?
If Super Size Me, Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and the collected works of Michael Pollan have yet to convince you of the evilness of Big Food, why not hit up Fed Up? The tagline is “Congress says pizza is a vegetable,” and it only gets better from there. Brought to you by Katie Couric, Stephanie Soechtig and Laurie David (the producer behind An Inconvenient Truth), this doc delves into America’s obesity epidemic and the creepy corporations behind it. Apparently guaranteed to “change the way you eat forever.” So if you treasure your customary diet, maybe skip it…
Thursday June 26, 11am, Village East Cinema (189 Second Ave), $7.50. LAST CHANCE!
Hated: G.G. Allin and the Murder Junkies
Punk rock sensation G.G. Allin was renowned for his outlandish live performance antics—which involved defecating on stage, self-mutilation, nudity, and attacking audience members. He typically ended sets smeared in various bodily fluids. Despite poor reviews, Allin attracted a cult following over his career, as he strived to inject a little danger into rock. He eventually died from a drug overdose while this 1993 biopic was in post-production. Hated was the first film from director Todd Phillips (Old School, Starsky & Hutch, The Hangover), and he will be present for a Q&A after the one-night-only screening.
Thursday June 26, 9:30pm, Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn), $16, Q&A with director Todd Phillips after the screening.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
This Oscar-winning crime caper follows the trail of a top cop (Gian Maria Volonte) who kills his mistress (Florinda Bolkan), then tests whether he’ll be charged with the crime. The corruption-riddled and flashback-strewn satire is a suspenseful, angry examination of systematic misconduct and impunity for those in power. The screening is part of “The Italian Connection: Poliziotteschi and Other Crime Films of the 1960s and 70s,” a series focusing on Italy’s noir-ish urban cop flicks of that era.
Thursday June 26, 9 p.m., Anthology Film Archive (32 Second Ave), $10.
Head to Tompkins Square Park on Friday night for a couple of hours with classic French bad boy Vincent Cassel. Sound romantic? It won’t when you factor in Parisian riots, police brutality, macho retribution and its inevitable fallout. With this black and white 1995 drama directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, Films on the Green continues its exploration of French cinematic emblems of masculinity.
Friday June 27,8:30pm, Tompkins Square Park (Avenues A and East Seventh Street), FREE, from Films on the Green.
The Bicycle Film Festival
The Bicycle Film Festival is just what one might expect: a festival devoted to films featuring this beloved form of transport. The fest originated at Anthology Film Archive in 2001, and has since whirred through over 60 cities worldwide; it now returns to its birthplace for its 14th reiteration. This year’s selection will see the beautiful machine appearing in an eclectic array of shorts and features: peddled across southern Africa in Lucas Brunelle Goes to Africa, under the bony (and drug-free) bottoms of the Argos-Shimano team as they wend their way through the 100th Tour de France in Clean Spirit, and wielded by wildly talented (but under-appreciated) women professionals in Half the Road. Hop on your trusty two-wheeled steed and get over here, stat.
June 27-29, 7pm, Anthology Film Archive (32 Second Ave),
OK, so we know this is hardly in our ‘hood, but the promise of going to space via Coney Island (gratis!) just proved too great a temptation. Hang out in a deep space disaster zone with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, while director Alfonso Cuaron keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Monday June 30, 7:30pm, Coney Island Beach near West 10th Street (3059 West 12th Street, Brooklyn), FREE, from Rooftop Films.
You may not be able to hustle up the cash for a quick jaunt to London’s Royal Opera House (or even, for that matter, to our very own Met) but that doesn’t mean you need be deprived of the wondrous, visceral, weirdly compelling force that is opera. This weekend, the Royal Opera House’s performance of Verdi’s La Traviata (Fallen Woman) comes to a screen near you. Based on the real life romance between Alexander Dumas and Marie Duplessis, this three-act spectacle centers on the doomed love between Paris’s most famous courtesan and the man for whom she abandons her luxurious, lascivious lifestyle. Spoiler: tuberculosis features prominently.
Saturday June 28, 11 a.m., Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston St), $13.50. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Just Labrynth. You know you love it. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you should probably go to this screening for reals. Because this is cultural knowledge you need—complete with David Bowie in full weirdo (read: Goblin King Jareth) regalia and Jennifer Connelly as a girl on the brink of womanhood. Also puppets. Lots of puppets.
Monday June 30, 9pm, Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St, Brooklyn). 2-for-1 popcorn and popcorn when you sign up for movie membership.