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!
Friends, we here at Red Hook Flicks are super excited for this summer’s series–not least of all because its our 10th anniversary of brining you outdoor movies in the park. And we have an amazing slate of films on deck this year–check them out here!–but we need your help to make it happen. Our costs have quadrupled in the last two years and with the support of our beloved sponsors we’re almost–but not quite–there. RHF needs to raise just $4,000 between now and July 12th to cover our projection fees–and that’s where you come in! We’ve launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the funds. So, if you love watching a great move down on the pier while the breeze comes off the bay and the sun sets over Lady Liberty, won’t you give a few dollars to help keep the little-series-that-could going? It just wouldn’t be summer without it.
Over in Westeros, winter might be on the horizon but here in Red Hook summer movies on the pier are just a few months away. Watch this space for updates on this season’s schedule of films. And if you’re interested in volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you all on the pier before too long!
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world.”
We’ve got a doozey for you to close our this year’s film series, so come on down to the pier this Tuesday and ring out the end of Summer with Martin Scorsese’s mob classic, GOODFELLAS. Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s bestselling chronicle of the rise and fall of Lucchese crime-family associate Henry Hill, the film features a who’s-who of wise-guy stars including Robert De Niro, Joe Pesce, Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, and a pre-SOPRANOS Lorraine Bracco. Widely considered one of the greatest films of all times, GOODFELLAS received six Oscar nominations, with Joe Pesci bringing home Best Supporting Actor for his career-defining role as Tommy De Vito.
GOODFELLAS is being brought to you this Tuesday by by THE O’CONNELL ORGANIZATION and HOMETOWN BBQ. The goodfellas at HOMETOWN will be at the pier selling smoked Italian sausage with peppers, onions, and provolone on a hero with chips ($9) and lemonade. And as always, STEVE’S KEY LIME will stay open across the parking lot selling their pies, tarts, swingles, and limeade. See you at the pier!
You voted and we listened! This year’s Neighborhood Choice is the 1976 comedy classic, starring Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker–a down-on-his-luck ex-minor-league ball player roped into coaching possibly the worst little league team of all time–and Tatum O’Neal as his unlikely protege Amanda Whurlizer.
THE BAD NEWS BEARS is Presented by Sunny’s Bar and Home/Made, who will be on hand selling their delicious focaccia and bruschetta, and as always Steve’s Key Lime will stay open late to bring you their tarts and swingles. See you at the pier!