Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thank You for Attending SummerScreen

Posted on Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 11:51 AM

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Five Red Hook Lobster rolls and twelve Turkey's Nest margaritas later, SummerScreen is over. What started with a girlish crush on John Cusack in Say Anything ended with a strange, pre-pubescent sexual fantasy with David Bowie in Labyrinth, with plenty of Leo, Depp, Neil Patrick Harris, and Swayze in between. Send your suggestions for next year's movies to summerscreen@thelmagazine.com. But let's just get one thing clear. We're not going to show Spice World. Ever.

Enjoy your seasons. See you next year.

Special Thanks To: The L Magazine, Open Space Alliance, Fandango, Rooftop Films, IFC Films, Duane Reade, Shillington School, The Film Society at Lincoln Center, San Loco, Asia Dog, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Pizza Moto, Porchetta, Brooklyn Soda Works, People's Pops, Crop to Cup Coffee, Green Mountain Energy, Verizon Fios, HBO, The New School, and Kathryn Bigelow.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

See You Tonight For The Last SummerScreen: Labyrinth!

Posted on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM

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We have a lot to do. First, we have to get new lounge chairs. Then, we have to go to McCarren Park Ballfields on N12th and Bedford. Then we have to nod our heads and appreciate live music from Steel Phantoms and Deluka. And WHILE that happens, we have to eat foods from San Loco, Pizza Moto, and Asia Dog all at the same time. And only when we've washed it down with an ice-cold Sixpoint can we watch the final SummerScreen movie of the season: Labyrinth. So yeah, we can't talk right now. Kinda swamped. See you at SummerScreen.

SummerScreen Band Spotlight: Steel Phantoms

Posted on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEN MCMANUS
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Tonight, before the muppets, before the mom jeans, and before that scary scene where those birds take off their heads, please enjoy a live musical performance from Brooklyn boy toys Steel Phantoms when they open for co-ed rockstars Deluka. They go on at 6:30, Deluka will be shortly after. We don't have a video for them, but be sure to check out their myspace. See you all for Labyrinth tonight. It's definitely not going to rain in Brooklyn, and if it does, it will just be symbolic.

SummerScreen Band Spotlight: Deluka

Posted on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Deluka's so great. They have a smokin' hot lead singer and wear a lot of leather and eyeliner. Their songs are catchy and their drummer has a beard. And not many people make Bangles-style music videos with hand held cams moving side to side while a bunch of lights flash, but Deluka does. They're just so great, so Free Williamsburg booked them for tomorrow's SummerScreen to play a set play right after a performance by Steel Phantoms. So load up on tacos, top your hot dogs with pizza, wash it down with a beer and be prepared to regret not bringing your leather jacket to sweat in. Enjoy summer while it lasts.

Deluka - Cascade from Deluka on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

If You Want to Pick Up Hot Hipster Chicks Come See Labyrinth at SummerScreen Tomorrow

Posted on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 3:50 PM

It was only a matter of time before American Apparel brought back mom vests.
  • It was only a matter of time before American Apparel brought back mom vests.
It's true. Any girl who was a little too counter-culture to like the Disney princesses but feminine enough to rock a crop top from American Apparel undoubtedly has an obsession with the movie Labyrinth. And all of them, all of them are going to be writhing on itchy Mexican blankets tomorrow night waiting for you to tell them "Hey, you remind me of the babe." And then they'll be blown away at your sensitivity to their nostalgia, and since you are probably skinny and have side swept bangs they'll momentarily project their secret attraction to David Bowie onto you, and then you can all go make out in the garden at Pete's Candy Store, and someone will take a Polaroid of it.

But before any of that happens, we all have live music to listen to, food to scarf, beer to drink, and Jennifer Conneley's mom jeans to envy. Bring your be-spandex'd selves to McCarren Park Ballfields (on N12th and Beford) at 6 pm to check out music from hometown heroes Steel Phantoms and the ethereal beauties of Deluka. We're crossing our fingers that one of them will play a Bowie cover or eight.

While you're painting a lightning bolt on your face, don't forget to enter our Fandango Contest, and drink some Sixpoint and eat enough San Loco, Pizza Moto, and Asia Dog to make Major Tom proud.

And for all of you Ren-fair nerds who aren't going to go home and work on your personal muppet art projects after the movie, Pete's Candy Store is having an after party with $3 pints of Six Point Sweet Action and a $9 Panini and Six Point special for the first 50 Pete's cardholders. You can pick up your Pete's card at the SummerScreen front desk at the entrance to the park.

So do up that hair and don't be afraid of showing a little bulge. We can almost guarantee that you'll get laid if you memorize a few of the songs in this movie. See you Wednesday, babe.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Last SummerScreen of The Year: Labyrinth

Just think, in a few weeks, a bunch of guidos will be singing about this in their outdoor high school cafeteria, reminiscing how much making out was done at SummerScreen!

Posted on Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 3:38 PM

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Well folks, summer is over. The food trucks are hinting via twitter to their much needed vacations, rooftop barbecues have become just a tiny bit boring, and everyone in Williamsburg is lining up outside Urban Outfitters for their inevitable back-to-school sale on flannel button-downs. And because we participate in trends, the last SummerScreen will be this Wednesday.

Luckily, we have the perfect movie to get drunk and sing along to end this summer right (NOT SPICE WORLD PLEASE STOP EMAILING ME). Labyrinth has been giving us nightmares for ages, and now we can drink some Sixpoint and scream sweet nothings at those mischievous muppets without conviction. Can you do any of that in the winter? Hell no! Let's Go Team Summer!

So bring your friends, your lovers, and your itchy Mexican woven blankets to McCarren Park Ballfields (on N12th and Beford) at 6 pm to check out the live music shows curated by Free Williamsburg. This week, the fancy-pants nymphs of Deluka prepare our ears for Bowie and our eyes for frosted wigs and glitter (AGAIN, WE ARE NOT SCREENING SPICE WORLD).

Don't forget to enter our Fandango Contest, and drink some Sixpoint and eat all the San Loco and Asia Dog you can fit into the shoulder pads of your Abba-like catsuit.

And for all of you Ren-fair nerds who aren't going to go home and work on your personal muppet art projects after the movie, Pete's Candy Store is having an after party with $3 pints of Six Point Sweet Action and a $9 Panini and Six Point special for the first 50 Pete's cardholders. You can pick up your Pete’s card at the SummerScreen front desk at the entrance to the park.

Please join us as we say Goodbye to Summer and Hello to Having to Pay for Movies. See you Wednesday, babe.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reminder: Point Break in McCarren, Booze for Sale, Lobster Rolls for Eating

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Tonight at the McCarren Park Ballfields (on N12th and Beford), there will be booze, there will be Brooklyn Soda Works, there will be tacos, there will be gourmet hot dogs, there will be lobster rolls, and there will be live music, and there will be an after party. AND...THERE...WILL....BE....POINT BREAK!!! Bands start at 6:30, movie starts at sundown. See you there, brah.
Sorry to recycle this picture, it's just really awesome.
  • Sorry to recycle this picture, it's just really awesome.

SummerScreen Band Spotlight: Red Romans

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Tonight, before the Swayze, before the Zuma, and before we all talk about how 90s-hot Lori Petty is, come enjoy the live music curated by Free Williamsburg. Opening for Total Slacker tonight is Red Romans, a side project from Chris Burke from Beach Fossils. The band is so new that they only have 318 friends on Myspace and their album, which is "hand-sewn, self released, CD-R" is already "out of print." That's how new they are. That's how Brooklyn they are. So check em out tonight at 6:30 at the McCarren Park Ballfields on N 12th and Bedford. And don't forget to stay for Point Break you filthy animal. See you there!
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SummerScreen Band Spotlight: Total Slacker

Posted on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 12:21 PM

If we could, we would show tonight's SummerScreen movie, Point Break, on a loop from now until those shirtless guys from McFadden's come to the McCarren Park ballfields (on N 12th and Bedford) for their morning basketball game, but we lack the proper permits. Plus, the light from the sun might cause Patrick Swayze's hair to blend into the sky, hence the reason why we wait til sundown to play the movie. But we'll be there at 6, and because it'd be kind of weird to just sit on the asphalt and pound some Sixpoint before the film begins, our friends at Free Williamsburg have provided us with some live music while we wait for the sun to go down. Below is a very short video of what will entertain you when you come see Total Slacker perform tonight after Red Romans. Bands go on at 6:30, stretch class starts at the same time.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Red Hook Lobster Rolls are Coming Back to SummerScreen

Posted on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Our friends at Red Hook Lobster Pound were MIA last week. Word is that the violence in Starship Troopers scared them and they opted to spend the evening watching The Little Mermaid in their big warehouse lofts on the water. Regardless, we are quite elated to have them back for Wednesday's SummerScreen along with the loyalists: Sixpoint beer, San Loco, and Asia Dog, as well as a newbie: fancy fizzy drink concoctions from Brooklyn Soda Works. Bro-n Appetit.
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Hating on Tank Tops: The Point Break Edition

We'll Still Believe You're in a Band, even with your shoulders covered.

Posted on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 12:04 PM

If you’re on the fence about coming to watch Point Break at SummerScreen on Wednesday, please refer to this video of the greatest 7 minute chase scene of all time. It includes cars, gas hoses, an angry housewife hitting Keanu Reeves with a broom, and a complete lack of respect for the stop, drop and roll when your tuxedo is on fire rule. If this doesn’t convince you, please leave this webpage, go to Fandango.com, and buy your Eat, Pray, Love tickets for the midnight showing.

Please arrive at the McCarren Park Ballfields (on N12th and Beford) at 6 pm to check out the live music shows curated by Free Williamsburg (This week we hear Total Slacker with some surprise guests). Drink some Sixpoint beer and Brooklyn Soda Works fizzy drinks, and eat all the San Loco, Asia Dog, and Red Hook Lobster Pound you can nourish yourself with before you drive your car through a parking turnstile. After the movie, check out the after party at Pete's Candy Store. It may not be a bonfire, but there will probably be some football game lit by headlights.

Also, it's worth noting that the innocent bystander in the cutoffs at 2:32 of this video looks a lot like everyone in Williamsburg. So, be careful.

Hasta la Wednesday.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Point Break at SummerScreen This Week. You're Welcome.

Posted on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 5:24 PM

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We liked all the other SummerScreen movies but let’s be honest, Point Break is the one. When other movies let us down, Point Break has been there, and we know that after we’ve had our fun with other flicks, it’ll be us and Point Break. That’s just the way it is and the way it always will be, because at the end of the day, you want a movie that will make you laugh, make you cry, and have a scene where a guy in a rubber Ronald Regan mask throws a pitbull at Keanu Reeves.

Whether it be the splendorous performance delivered by Patrick Swayze whilst in a free-fall skydive, the sexy deck change portrayed by the chick from A League of Their Own, or the various vehicles that are set ablaze every twelve minutes (we've timed it), every second of this film is like a warm, gentle hug from Gary Busey. And this week, you can come watch us make sweet, passionate nerd love to our favorite movie at SummerScreen.

As always, please arrive at the McCarren Park Ballfields (on N12th and Beford) at 6 pm to check out the live music shows curated by Free Williamsburg. The kinda-sorta Peter, Paul and Mary trio of Total Slacker plays this week along with someone else who has not been confirmed. We're hoping for Sheryl Crow to come sing "Hundreds of Tears," but it's don't be disappointed if she doesn't show up.

Don't forget to enter our Fandango Contest, and drink some Sixpoint and eat all the San Loco, Asia Dog, and Porchetta you can stack into your school bus getaway car.

And for all of you sons and daughters of Zuma beach who don't have a super sweet party in the valley to go to after the movie, Pete’s Candy Store is having an after party with $3 pints of Six Point Sweet Action and a $9 Panini and Six Point special for the first 50 Pete’s cardholders. You can pick up your Pete’s card at the SummerScreen front desk at the entrance to the park.

Please join us as we put Sex Wax in our hair to make it Swayze in the wind. See you Wednesday, bro.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Sign That SummerScreen is Going to Be Awesome Tonight

Posted on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM

This morning, there was a roach the size of Jake Busey's overbite crawling around The L Magazine's office floor. It did not run away when we turned on the lights, it merely stared at us as if to say, "Starship Troopers is my favorite movie, and I'll be there at SummerScreen tonight." So, if you see it listening to Grooms and Food Stamps play their live shows, sampling food and beer from our many local vendors, or laying out its chaise lounge to watch Starship Troopers, tell it we said hi.

See you tonight at McCarren Park (N12th and Bedford). Bands go on at 6, movie starts at dusk, beer starts with you.

SummerScreen Band Spotlight: Grooms

Posted on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Our dear friends over at Free Williamsburg always provide us with very excellent musical numbers before each SummerScreen movie viewing, but this week they really went above and beyond by bringing us the hunks of Grooms, a band that really should have a fold-out poster in Tiger Beat that we can put up in the office and kiss on our way to our desks. What Nick Carter, Christina Auguilera and JC Chasez did for dirty pop, these guys are doing for dark, brooding indie music. Hot, right? Come see them perform tonight after our other crushes Food Stamps and before the sweet, 90s era insect torture porn that will be our free screening of Starship Troopers. Get there at 6 (there, being the McCarren Park ballfields on N 12th and Bedford) and enjoy some Sixpoint beer, hot dogs from Asia Dog, tacos from San Loco, and pork sammys from Porchetta . And to entertain you while you get your sparkly pink notebook ready to be autographed, watch this video of Grooms performing their song "Dreamsucker."

SummerScreen Band Spotlight: Food Stamps

Posted on Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Tonight, before the Denise, before the Robocop helmets, and before the co-ed naked locker room scene, the "so totally Brooklyn 2010" band Food Stamps will be performing a set off their wildly catchy EP for all of our listening enjoyments. Come crush on them with us tonight at 6 pm in McCarren Park (N 12th and Bedford) when they open for Grooms and our free screening of Starship Troopers. Drink some Sixpoint and pile your galactic military cafeteria tray with tacos, hot dogs, and pork sandwiches while you're at it. And in the meantime, check out this video for Food Stamps' song “Silence.”

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Come On You Apes, You Wanna Live Forever?

Posted on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 9:56 AM

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According to the future, which will be portrayed in tomorrow’s free viewing of Starship Troopers at SummerScreen, we will soon live in a world that is rid with fascism, deceiving war propaganda, and giant Lower-East-Side-apartment roach aliens that take many machine gun pellets to die. Oh, but don’t worry, everyone has impeccably beautiful skin and chiseled features.

Starship Troopers is the strikingly realistic account of a boy who has it all, but puts himself in terrible danger of being torn to shreds by psycho aliens just so he can have sex with a Wild Things-era Denise Richards, which is….well….yeah, that’s about right. This is one of the more realistic plot lines of our lineup this year.

Starship Troopers is one of those movies in which the obscene and blunt violence takes you by the hand and leads you through the strange emotional journey of being uncomfortable, then giggly, uncomfortable again because the aliens look like vaginas, and then forgetting any feelings at all and asking yourself “Hey, why does that blonde guy look like an albino Gary Busey?” Father Busey didn’t let his son tan I suppose, or perhaps his skin wasn’t as radiant as the other actors’ and he had to – oh good lord Neil Patrick Harris just touched that pulsating vagina bug, now I’m uncomfortable again.

As always, please arrive at the McCarren Park Ballfields (on N12th and Beford) at 6 pm to check out the live music from Grooms and Food Stamps. Enter our Fandango Contest, and drink some Sixpoint and eat all the San Loco, Asia Dog, and Porchetta you want, because according to the future, all you get to eat is pink mashed potatoes.

And for after the movie, Pete’s Candy Store is having an after party with $3 pints of Six Point Sweet Action and a $9 Panini and Six Point special for the first 50 Pete’s cardholders. You can pick up your Pete’s card at the SummerScreen front desk at the entrance to the park.

So Come on you Apes! Do you Want to Live Forever?!

Oh, and vagina bug: Insert video:

Monday, August 2, 2010

This Week at SummerScreen: Starship Troopers with performances by Grooms and Food Stamps

Posted on Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 4:01 PM

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We continue our dark journey through this collection of post-soviet films of SummerScreen with another movie that questions authority, raises concerns about one’s place in society, promotes the need for human relationships, and makes us nostalgic for the days when scenes in which actors melt in a pool of acid were considered tasteful.

No, we are not showing Robocop, but close. Join us for an intimate night of Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers, brought to you in part by the appreciators of themes of fascism and Denise Richard’s career over at Film Society at Lincoln Center. Bring your love for laughably violent war scenes but leave any notion of Neil Patrick Harris as a Brawdway Stah at home.

As always, please arrive at the McCarren Park Ballfields (on N12th and Beford) at 6 pm to check out the live music shows curated by Free Williamsburg. This week we hear the dreamy hunks of Grooms play with Food Stamps, who is one of those bands that spells their name with symbols so you kind of have to see them to appreciate that.

Don't forget to enter our Fandango Contest, and drink some Sixpoint and eat all the San Loco, Asia Dog, and Porchetta you can pack away without gaining too many pounds. You do have to look good in those co-ed locker rooms in the future, you know.

And for all of you round-helmet'd brothers and sisters who are actually kind of scared of genitalia-esque aliens and don't want to go back to their dark houses after the movie, Pete’s Candy Store is having an after party with $3 pints of Six Point Sweet Action and a $9 Panini and Six Point special for the first 50 Pete’s cardholders. You can pick up your Pete’s card at the SummerScreen front desk at the entrance to the park.

See you Wednesday!

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