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!
What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?
Decide for yourself this Tuesday at the pier when John Cusack will wax philosophical about life, love, and music in Stephen Frears’ adaptation of Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel, HIGH FIDELITY! Also starring Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Lili Taylor, Tim Robbins, and a walk-on part by The Boss, HIGH FIDELITY is brought to you by PICKETT FURNITURE and BROOKLYN ICE HOUSE. ICE HOUSE will be on hand serving up smoked pulled-pork sandwiches($6), and mac & cheese ($4), and sodas and water; and STEVE’S KEY LIME PIES will be staying open late to serve their pies, swingles, and limeades.
See you at the pier!
Come find out what happens when four pampered, urban zoo animals are accidentally shipped back to Africa in MADAGASCAR. The 2005 animated film features the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Sacha Baron Cohen and is brought to you by PICKETT FURNITURE and BROOKLYN ICE HOUSE. As always we’ll have a delicious dinner in store for you all. Ice House will be on hand with a fabulous BBQ menu (pulled pork, cole slaw, and mac n cheese–$5 each), and there’ll be pies and tarts from STEVE’S KEY LIME and goat milk ice-cream bars from King Leche Cremes! MMMMM. See you at the pier!
More exciting news about tomorrow’s screening of DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD! Red Hook Flicks has partnered with African Film Festival, Inc. to show a short film called “Bongo Barbershop” before tomorrow’s main event. Here’s a brief description:
An East African MC, Balozi Dola, wanders into a Bronx barbershop on his pilgrimage to find “the real hip hop.” Stumbling upon the pioneers of the New York hip hop scene, including Grandmaster Flash’s original partner DJ Easy Mike, Balozi enters the scene rhyming with Grandmaster Caz. “Bongo” is the Swahili expression for “Brain” used in local hip hop slang.
African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) is dedicated to advancing an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image. It offers diverse platforms for the wide distribution of African media through its flagship annual film festival and complementary year-round programming. AFF is committed to increasing visibility and recognition for African media artists by introducing African film and culture to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, bypassing economic, class and racial barriers.
We’re psyched to be closing out our season by teaming up with this awesome organization to show this film. Our sponsors, Home/Made and Pickett Furniture, are bringing us a delicious menu of foccacia with figs from Jeremy Pickett’s own backyard, and Home/Made is bringing back their popcorn for those of you who have been missing it this year. We’ll also have Paletas, Mexican ice pops, from neighbor La Newyorkina, and Walter Youngblood will be on hand with his popsicles again, so there’ll be no shortage of delicious treats on our final night! The weather report is looking good, so we’ll see you at the pier!
Hard to believe it, but the final movie of this year’s Red Hook Flicks is nearly upon us! Come out to the pier one last time for DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD, voted the Audience Choice film at our fundraiser, back in June a million years ago. DON’T TELL MOM, a cult classic starring Christina Applegate in her prime, is sponsored by Pickett Furniture and Home/Made. In addition to whatever deliciousness Home/Made is serving for dinner, Steve’s Key Lime will be open late selling tarts, pies and swingles.
The film starts at 8:30. If there’s any chance of rain, check back here for updates on any possible location change. In the meantime, let’s all keep our fingers crossed for good weather…
I love, love, love How to Train Your Dragon. I resisted seeing it — because it’s animated — and left wondering why I’d ever hesitated. The story is great, the dragons are adorable and it’s fun for everyone.
Don’t miss your chance to see it down at Valentino Pier on July 24. It will be memorable. It’s not just for kids. Trust me; you’ll be crying.
Plus, the main dragon looks just like Mr. Red Hook Flicks’ (that’s The Colonel to Red Hookers) cat, Dakota. It’s uncanny really.
Sponsors Brooklyn Ice House and Pickett Furniture are bringing the food. The menu isn’t set yet, but they always do kid-friendly fare (an adult guilty pleasure). Think mac and cheese, pulled pork and more.
We start the show with a Popeye cartoon brought to us by Sunny’s Bar.
Don’t forget the popcorn, either, from Home/Made and Key Lime Pie from Steve’s. Excellent snacks. We’ll also have kid-appropriate drinks on hand.
Film rolls around 8:30 p.m. (or when the light allows).
- Quiet, leashed dogs are welcome
- Move lawn chairs to the back and sides of the screening area
- Bikes should be locked to the fence, not brought on the lawn
- Drink at your own risk. The cops ticket
- The nearest bathroom is at Fairway
- Have fun!
There can be only one!
Watch the immortals fight to the end — in kilts! Plus, it’s a great film for New York City spotting. And, there’s the Queen soundtrack.
(When I first moved to the city, I wanted to live on Hudson Street because the Highlander is an antiques dealer on Hudson Street. And he had a *sweet* pad. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the trailer. You won’t be able to resist.)
Join us at 8:3o p.m. on September 6 for HIGHLANDER, brought to us by Pickett Furniture.
DUE TO THE RAIN WE WILL BE AT BAIT AND TACKLE, located on the corner of Pioneer and Van Brunt Streets.
And here’s Jeremy Pickett, our sponsor, doing his best highlander impression.