This Tuesday is our final movie of the season and we’re going out like gangbusters with ALIENS! It’s hard to believe ALIENS turns 30 this year. It’s one of the rare sequels that stands up to the original, in no small part because rather than trying to ape the moody, deliberate thriller of Ridley Scott’s original classic, James Cameron smartly went for a complete tonal shift with this action-packed sci-fi/horror tour-de-force. What both films do share, of course, is one of the great screen heroines of all time: Sigourney Weaver’s kick-ass Ellen Ripley. Joining her is Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, and Lance Henriksen. You don’t want to miss it.
ALIENS is brought to you by DRY DOCK and FORT DEFIANCE, who will be at the park serving dinner alongside Walter Youngblood’s KingLeche Cremes goats milk ice cream bars. Steve’s Key Lime Pies will stay open late for us serving tarts, pies, swingles, and limeades; and as a special treat for closing night Red Hook’s own Dolce Brooklyn will be there with their handcrafted gelato. It’s going to be dessert heaven.
See you at the pier!
It’s been a tough year for our idols, and the Thin White Duke was no exception. We lost David Bowie back in January, just two days after the release of his final album BLACK STAR. In his honor, we’re showing his beloved kid’s film LABYRINTH this Tuesday at the pier. Written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, directed by Jim Henson, and produced by George Lucas, the film stars Bowie as the Goblin King, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah, a young girl who must solve the titular maze and rescue her baby brother.
LABYRINTH is brought to you by SHARED BROOKLYN and POK POK NY, who will be joining us at the pier to serve a dinner of Khao Man Som Tam–green papaya salad with coconut rice, sweet shredded pork, fried shallots, and cilantro ($10). And fear not when it comes to your sweet tooth because KingLeche Cremes and Steve’s Key Lime will have your back when it comes to dessert.
As a special bonus, we’ll also be opening with a short film from Digital Media Bootcamp, a summer filmmaking workshop run in partnership by South Brooklyn Community High School, Good Shepherd Services, Red Hook Initiative, and Dance Theater Etc.
See you at the pier!
Detroit schools L.A. this Tuesday in BEVERLY HILLS COP! The highest grossing film world-wide in 1984 and the movie that cemented Eddie Murphy’s status as a superstar, BEVERLY HILLS COP also features Judge Reinhold along with brief but brilliant turns by BREAKING BAD’s Jonathan Banks, and Damon Wayans in his big screen debut. If that’s not enough, the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack features one of the great 80s synth-pop earworms of all time: “Axel F.”
So come hum along with us at the pier this tuesday where BEVERLY HILLS COP is being brought to you by The O’Connell Organization and Hometown BBQ. Hometown will be on hand serving something smokey and delicious for dinner. And, as always, Steve’s Key Lime will be open across the way serving tarty goodness in the form of his signature key lime pies, swingles, and limeade; and of course KingLeche Cremes will be slinging their hand-made goats milk ice cream bars, as well.
This Tuesday we’ll be showing the first kids’ movie of the 2016 season, THE LEGO MOVIE. The animated hit from 2014 was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and features an eclectic slew the voices of of some of our favorite actors including Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, and Elizabeth Banks (we’ll all be seeing Ms. Banks onscreen in a couple of weeks when we show PITCH PERFECT on August 16). Don’t be fooled by the “kids’ movie” label; when it came out a couple of years ago, A.O. Scott, the notoriously hard-to-please film critic at the New York Times, said THE LEGO MOVIE “hums with wit and imagination.”
THE LEGO MOVIE is presented Pickett Furniture, a beloved longtime sponsor of Red Hook Flicks, and The Brooklyn Ice House, another neighborhood staple and staunch supporter of the film series. The Ice House is serving dinner, and there’ll be some special treats available too; in addition to the traditional pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw ($5) and macaroni and cheese ($5), Ice House is serving empanadas! Short rib or green chicken chili & cheese, $5 each. For dessert there’s always Steve’s Key Lime Pie, located just outside the park, and KingLeche Cremes will be on hand selling hand-crafted goat’s milk ice cream pops.
So come down to the pier tomorrow night and enjoy the food, the sunset and the movie. See you there!
We lost Prince Rogers Nelson much too soon, and I’m sure many of you, like us, are still shedding a purple tear over his passing. So this week we pay tribute to Minneapolis’s favorite son with the movie that launched him into the stratosphere–PURPLE RAIN. Starring Prince, Morris Day and the Time, Wendy, Lisa, and the rest of the Revolution, and introducing Apollonia, the loosely autobiographical film won an Oscar for Best Original Score and the accompanying album is widely cited as one of the greatest of all time and is without doubt Prince’s magnum opus.
PURPLE RAIN is brought to you by Sunny’s and Home/Made, who will be on hand this week serving Home/Made ricotta on charred filone with fresh peaches, heirloom tomatoes, and basil; plus popcorn, lemonade, and special treats sure to make a dove cry. If that doesn’t sate you, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies is open across the way selling their pies, tarts, and swingles, and KingLeche Cremes will be selling their hand-crafted goats milk ice-cream bars. So much goodness, it’s hard to wait! But hang tough children, Tuesday will be here before you know it.
This Tuesday Red Hook Flicks kicks off the 2016 series with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Steven Spielberg’s homage to classic Saturday afternoon serial films, RAIDERS is often cited as one of the greatest movies of all time. Harrison Ford’s turn as as archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones helped solidify his rising star and adventure hero status as he outwits, out-whips, and out runs a host of nasty adversaries in a race to find the Ark of the Covenant before it falls into the hands of the Nazis.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is presented by RED HOOK BAIT & TACKLE and THE GOOD FORK, and for dinner the good people of The Good Fork are serving a special White Asp Bowl in honor of Mr. Jones and his special relationship with serpents: chilled somen noodles with kimchi spiked chili sauce, asian pear, cucumbers, summer vegetables, and soft boiled egg–what better way to beat the heat? STEVE’S AUTHENTIC KEY LIME PIES will be staying open late as always to dish out their singular key lime pies, tarts, swingles, and limeade. (Seriously, you have not had key lime pie until you’ve had Steve’s.) And Walter Youngblood is back this season with KING LECHE CREMES, his hand-crafted goats milk ice-cream bars. Sweet! The show starts at 8:30–or just as soon as it’s dark enough. See you at the pier!
We know what you’re thinking . . . it’s nearly July, and that means BBQs! Fireworks!! The opening of The Red Hook Pool!!! And perhaps most importantly–ok, maybe to us–Movies on the Pier begins!!!!
And, boy, do we have a great season opener this year: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK coming to you on July 12th. This is Spielberg and Harrison Ford at their finest. And we can’t wait to see what our friends over at The Good Fork are planning for dinner that night. In the meantime, we’re closing in on raising the funds necessary to cover our budget and bring you a full slate of eight great films this summer. We’ve got just $890 to go! To those of you who’ve shown their support already–we thank you! And for those of you who haven’t yet, we hope that if you’ve enjoyed watching a classic movie out on the waterfront on a hot summer night while eating amazing food from one of our fine local restaurants, then you’ll donate and help keep the series going.
Thanks to all and see you at the pier!