Friday, June 12, 2009
Music-Related Film Screenings in Brooklyn Bridge Park; McCarren Park ballfields
One of the benefits of living in an urban oasis is a surfeit of free summer film screenings. Cineastes can be reassured that the annual Brooklyn Bridge and McCarren Park series will be returning this July with plenty of -- you guessed it -- music-related films! On July 22nd, the folks at McCarren will be presenting 24 Hour Party People, Michael Winterbottom's hillarious romp about the rise and fall of preeminent British indie Factory Records (of Joy Division/New Order and Happy Mondays infamy). Steve Coogan stars as the late Tony Wilson, while Andy Serkis can be found in a pre-Lord of the Rings turn as brilliant producer Martin Hannett. One of the best music films of the decade, be sure to catch this movie for the first -- or five hundreth -- time; it's that good. Less exciting is the July 29th screening of David Lynch's Wild at Heart, but the highly underrated film -- which introduced Chris Isaak's singular neo-Orbison talent to the world -- is still worthy of your time.
The DUMBO screenings are slightly less exciting, but be sure to look out for "Rainbows Keep Falling Off My Head" in the August 13th screening of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a film that never grows old.