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Join The L in Williamsburg for our own series, featuring hipster quotables (Reality Bites), campy musicals (Fame), cult faves (24 Hour Party People), alterna-auteurs (Wild at Heart), and generational touchstones (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Plus: food from local vendors, live music — and maybe, just maybe, on Evil Dead 2 night, L Mag Art Director Cecilia Ziko's birthday party (sorry we drank all your peach schnapps during The Virgin Suicides last year, Cecilia). (summerscreen.org)
Wednesdays from July 8-August 12, at the ball fields of McCarren Park.
A handful of music-related film screenings add cinematic stimulation to this year's summer concert series. This past spring, Ethel and Gutbucket dusted off the 1959 Mexican sci-fi flick La Nave De Los Monstruos and collaborated on an original soundtrack. On June 20th, they'll be performing it during a screening of the film. In 1984, Prince made Purple Rain. On August 6th, where you at? Singing along. (briconline.org/celebrate)
Prospect Park Bandshell, $3 suggested donation.
Films on the Green
Considering modern film theory comes from France, you'd think a film festival headed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy would feature a lot New Wave classics. Non! Instead they're jumping on the green bandwagon and screening March of the Penguins among other environmental films. Fridays through July 24th at various parks
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Time Warner Cable presents a lineup of agreed-upon classics and New Classics blockbusters — from How Green Was My Valley to Dog Day Afternoon — that you've probably already seen, on cable. Now, you can watch them in a park! (bryantpark.org/calendar/film-festival)
Mondays from June 15th-August 17th at Bryant Park.
Movies with a View
This series of extremely likeable films set against the backdrop of the majestic Brooklyn Bridge includes Raising Arizona, The Maltese Falcon, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Edward Scissorhands. You've probably already seen these though, so bring someone to make out with. (brooklynbridgepark.org)
Thursdays from July 9th-August 27th at Brooklyn Bridge Park
The Narrows Botanical Gardens' Outdoor Cinema Series
Hop on the R — unless you're intern Henry and live in the Ridge (it rulz haterz!) — for scenic cinema, including every home video collection's favorite Audrey Hepburn terrorizer Wait Until Dark. (narrowsbg.org/events)
Every other Thursday from July 9th-August 6th at the Narrows Botanical Gardens.
What's that, you say? Everybody in the office is tossing out lines from Tropic Thunder and you're still laughing like you get the jokes? Beef up your pop culture education with this film series featuring last year's blockbusters. What's that, you say? Have a bunch of whiny kids that won't shut up? There's a series of movies for them too, with your-age and their-age family favorites like Ghostbusters and Kung Fu Panda. (hudsonriverpark.org/events)
Wednesdays are for grownups and Fridays are for kids each week from July 8th-August 21st at Piers 54 and 46 of Hudson River Park.
Documentaries for smarties, weird shorts and genre experiments abound at Rooftop's 13th-annual summer presentation of underground cinema, preceded by live music. Most of the films are U.S. or New York premieres with filmmaker/casts/subjects in attendance. Be the first to see it, AND flirt with the director. (rooftopfilms.com/summerseries) Weekends from now until September 20th at various locations, $9 online or at the door.
See this issue's film section and thelmagazine.com for coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival and BAM's Cinema Fest — celebrating ten years of their film programming. Early highlights of the next ten years involve weeklong runs of Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid (July 10-16) and Kurosawa's Kagemusha (July 17-23), and retrospectives featuring all five of John Cazale's droopily iconic 70s performances (July 29-August 2) and many of Cary Grant's most tuxedoed (August 3-20).