Tonight: Bike-in Theater

Forking Tasty, the food fanatic pair of Jason and Anthony Anello, are bringing food, film, and foot-fueled, fossil fuel-free transportation together (too much of a stretch to get the alliteration there?) tonight when they bring a bike-in theater to Greenpoint. The movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and will be screened at India and West streets on the Greenpoint waterfront. The screening starts promptly at 8 pm. Here’s the info:

This first one is an experiment and we want you to be properly prepared. We admit to being a little bare bones, especially compared to our normal Forking Tasty Suppers, but we’ll step it up for future evenings.

1. We will have some popcorn on hand for your enjoyment. We’ll make as much as we can but it’s first come first serve. We highly encourage flavor sharing. For those Forking Tasty Supper fans, we are not providing a full dinner. Perhaps one day this becomes a Bike-In-Dinner-Theater. Baby steps for now.

2. We will have some water to sip on but feel free to bring your own drinks. Just a reminder that this is a public street and alcohol is not allowed to be publicly consumed.

3. There unfortunately isn’t a bathroom close by. Two blocks away are a bunch of bars which should do in a pinch.

4. Feel free to bring something to sit on. Blankets could work but there is not grass in this location. It’s all asphalt warehouse wall to warehouse wall. Plan accordingly.

5. In case of Rain, we will try for Sunday. In case of rain on Sunday we will try for next weekend. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know with a reminder email if the weather makes us push it out.

The Gutter Opens Doors To The Back Room

This Friday, Williamsburg’s original bowling alley will be going the route of live music– and beefing up the competition with that larger and newer fellow bowling venue around the corner.

The new 1,000 square foot space, aptly named The Back Room, will be host to what so far look like consistent $5 concerts– kicking off with The Runaway Suns, Sorceress, and Haunted Boots on opening night.

In addition to the shows, the 100 person capacity venue will be available to rent for private parties (with catering from some of our local faves like Fette Sau and Papacitos) as well as doubling as a DIY movie theater. And we couldn’t sell it better than the folks from The Gutter themselves…

Tired of sneaking sixers into the Regal Cinema at Union Square? In the Back Room you don’t have to. Your $9 admission ticket includes two cans of SlyFox beer to enjoy DURING THE SHOW! Check out our calendar or follow us on FaceBook and Twitter for upcoming screening dates and showtimes.

Two drinks and a movie for 9 bucks? Here’s hoping indieScreen will follow suit…

6 Films we're supposed to like

In order to honor the announcement of Williamsburg’s forthcoming six-screen Cineplex, The Village Voice Blog decided to make a list of six films “Average Williamsbug Residents” would like to see available on the big screens at all times, year-round. I don’t know what the “Average Williamsburg Resident” is exactly, but what do you think of the list?

1. Annie Hall
2. The Wackness
3. The Royal Tenenbaums
4. Garden State
5. 500 Days of Summer
6. A Clockwork Orange

I would’ve bumped a few of these, and included Blade Runner, Goodfellas, and The Squid and the Whale.

Basquiat, Winnebago Man and more to hit (the only) movie theater near you.

Photo courtesy IMDB.comRemember way back when we got all excited that, finally, a movie theater would be opening in Williamsburg? Well guess what? It’s finally here!

That’s right, the much-anticipated indieScreen announced it will be soft-launching this Friday, September 3, with a great lineup of films showing from September 1-5 of independent and documentary films (full list after the jump). And lest you need ANOTHER reason not to make the trek into Manhattan, let’s not forget that this cinema will also house a restaurant and full bar.

indieScreen is located at 285 Kent Avenue, on S. 2nd Street

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Weather 1, Bowie 0: Labyrinth SummerScreen Rescheduled Due to Rain

The L Magazine brings us the news we all knew was coming: “Since it’s raining like Jurassic Park outside, there will be no SummerScreen today.” They’ll be back next week with Romeo + Juliet with live performances before hand from Hank & Cupcakes and Noun.

Sisters would totally hold a boom box up outside your window.

It’s 101 degrees outside, so yeah motherfuckers, summertime is here. What does that mean for you, aside from nonstop Mr. Softie jingles and risking heatstroke as soon as you walk anywhere near your bike?

Summerscreen!

That’s right, the L Magazine-sponsored event is back, and every Wednesday all summer long you’ll be treated to great bands and free movies smack dab in the middle of McCarren park. This year it’s extra exciting — not only are all the movies based on our childhood crushes (ok, childhood for us 80s babies), but Free Williamsburg is in charge of curating the music!

First up, playing before for the 1989 classic movie Say Anything (starring a young dreamy John Cusack) is the noise pop duo Sisters (with the Sundelles opening). (ps – the movie for next week is Labrynth. Five points if you can guess who we’ll have play then).

Free Williamsburg sat down with Aaron Pfannebecker (vox, guitar) and Matt Conboy (drums, keyboards) of Sisters to talk about summertime in Brooklyn, their music, and whether the new McCarren park pool will be gross or not.

Summerscreen is every Wednesday at 6pm in the Mccarren park ballfields.

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The May 2010 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
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Scarlett Johansson, Iron Man II
Either I’m getting too old for this, or this is the least exciting launch to blockbuster season since, um, last year.
MAY 7
IRON MAN 2
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
He hates Iron Man, duh-de-duh-de-duh-duh, Mick-ey Rourke!
WILL IT SUCK?
Jon Favreau is back and is a known and welcome quantity as a director. Justin Theroux only has one other screenplay under his belt, but it’s Tropic Thunder so I’m satisfied. Whole cast (minus Terence Howard) is back plus Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Don Cheadle, and John Slattery.
Early buzz is mildly disappointed, but still happy.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Summer may blow its load early. Be surprised if anything actually beats this (Toy Story 3 or Twilight: Eclipse stand a chance). $444mil.
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BABIES
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Doc about four babies growing up in Namibia, Mongolia, Japan, and the US, respectively.
WILL IT SUCK?
Hard to get a read on this one since not much is known about the filmmakers. That having been said, if you like babies, you’ll get your fill. Cute trailer.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
I don’t know about releasing it wide, but this is certainly good counter-programming for Iron Man. $1mil.
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MOTHER AND CHILD
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Ensemble drama about several mothers/would-be mothers (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington).
WILL IT SUCK?

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The April 2010 Movie Preview

by Dave Thomas
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Kick-Ass
Think of April’s line-up as the opening acts for the summer blockbusters.
APRIL 2
Wide
CLASH OF THE TITANS
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Wow, Harry Hamlin really pulled it together and…oh, no, wait, this is a new guy.
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good. I’m surprised because for every The Thing, there’s twenty any remake you can think of off the top of your head that sucks. That having been said, Louis Leterrier is a solid action director. He won’t make you think, but he will keep you entertained. Good cast, too: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicholas Hoult, Pete Postlethwaite, and Danny Huston.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Originally this was supposed to come out March 26th, but then they decided to make it 3D which, apparently, takes a week to add. So now it has to vie for space on 3D screens with the second frame of How to Train Your Dragon. This, however, is a rich person’s problem. $157mil.
THE LAST SONG
(3/31)

WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Man, that Notebook guy sure wrote a lot of books.
WILL IT SUCK?
This is the first time that Nicholas Sparks has had a hand in the screenplay adaptation of one of his novels. No idea what impact that will have. Director has done some good TV (Pushing Daisies, Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds). Greg Kinnear is, you know, Greg Kinnear. Yeah, I’m not that psyched.
However, this is called Not Without My Daughter 2 in the Philippines, so it has that going for it.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Combining the Miley Cyrus crowd with the Sparks crowd with an inexplicable two-day head start should be successful counterprogramming to a bunch of CG scorpions. $70mil.
TYLER PERRY’S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Finally someone brings back the use of the word “too” in a sequel title.
WILL IT SUCK?
You know by now whether or not you like the Tyler Perry.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
The audiences have already decided that they like the Tyler Perry. $58mil.
Limited
THE GREATEST
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Boy meets girl (Carey Mulligan). Boy dies in car crash. Boy’s family tries to cope with the fact that the girl is now preggers.
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is good but not great. Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan play the parents.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?
Mulligan is a hot indie property, and with Leaves of Grass suddenly pushed from this weekend to the summer, the field is suddenly wide open. $8mil.
THE WARLORDS
WHAT’S THE PITCH?
Here’s a history lesson. Jet Li, Andy Lau, and Takeshi Kaneshiro were there for the Tapei Rebellion of the 1860s.
WILL IT SUCK?
Early buzz is mixed, but the reuniting of Lau and Kaneshiro for the first time since House of Flying Daggers is enough to get me interested even before you throw Li into the mix. Not for nothing, but the flick won Best Actor (Jet Li) Best Director, Best Film and five other awards (nominated for a total of 13) at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
HOW WELL WILL IT DO?

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