07/27/16 12:17pm
Don't be an L7 weenie: Go see The Sandlot for free.

Don’t be an L7 weenie: Go see The Sandlot for free.

What I love about The Sandlot is that it’s a movie about how stories of childhood told through the eyes of an adult are filtered through the thin vaseline of nostalgic distortion, something we’re all guilty of using. This is why the story of a bunch of kids playing ball on an empty lot is suffused with hyperbolic events and characters out of proportion. The neighbor’s dog, Hercules, was never truly that big and monstrous, the fence never really that towering; Benny was a star of the friend group but rode to levels of mythic neighborhood hero on amplified waves of reverence for someone who loomed so large in their imaginations. When you’re a kid and your world is the neighborhood, even the next yard over seems like a vast unexplored chasm of unchartered territory. You look back and think, man, everything was so big then.

The Sandlot is the perfect summer movie because it lives in the sweet spot of all our collective memories of our childhood summers, those days that probably we remember with sunny glee but maybe never quite existed, running through the streets without any cares except where to find a baseball.

The good news is you’re an adult now so you can be as carefree as you choose with your time: We suggest using some of that time to go watch The Sandlot for free outdoors at Fort Greene Park on Aug. 4. Your childhood self would be proud (bring s’mores).  (more…)

We can't wait to be here with Kelso beers and good friends. via Facebook

We can’t wait to be here with Kelso beers and good friends. via Facebook

Of all the free outdoor movie series in Brooklyn every summer, the one at Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost (757 Fulton St.) remains my personal favorite. Maybe it’s the convenience of cheap alcohol and foodstuffs (CORN PORN) next door, or the colorful decor of the courtyard that sits right on the street. Or maybe it’s just the rebellious feeling that watching a movie projected onto the side of a building wall offers to an otherwise waning weirdness in present-day Fort Greene.

Whatever the reason, the Habana Outpost movie series is, IMO, the one to get pumped about. This year’s movie selection is tops, as per usual: all pre-2000 classics, with cult New Yawk flicks like The Warriors and Ghostbusters alongside lesser-known gems like John Hughes’ Weird Science and Warren Beatty’s Bulworth. So between this, the Summer Screen series at McCarren Park and the movies in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the coming season is already jam-packed with excuses to leave your house. Stay tuned for our ultimate guide to all the outdoor movies in BK this summer! And in the meantime, mark these dates on your calendar.  (more…)

04/07/16 9:42am
Eat your heart out, Mission Dolores. Photo by Etienne Froussard / BBPC

Eat your heart out, Mission Dolores. Etienne Froussard / BBPC

You’d think summer might never come, what with this unfortunate springtime chill and day after day of rainy skies. But hey, you know what they say about April Showers? That’s right, April Showers Bring Free Movies. And we loooove free movies. There’s nothing quite so definitively “summer” as picnicking on park grass or sidling into rows of folding seats to sit back and yell at watch movies on a giant screen under the starry night sky, a warm breeze at your back and fellow Brooklynites (or people you dragged kicking and screaming from Manhattan) by your side.

The countdown to summer starts now, because Brooklyn Bridge Park just released its 2016 schedule for free movies! With live DJs from Brooklyn Radio at 6pm and movies screening at sunset, BBP’s Pier 1 is about to get turnt up for a glorious two months of cinematic summer haze. Here’s the movie schedule, curated by a committee of volunteers.  (more…)

06/25/15 9:40am
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Grab your bestie and your most pastel pastels, and go see some outdoor movies

The temperature is only getting higher, you’re sweating more and your brain feels covered in a sticky film that makes critical thinking all but impossible. You might think you feel like that because you’re in love, but really, it’s summer. And nothing is better in the summer than getting together with some friends, putting down a blanket, fighting off other people encroaching on your blanket space and watching a movie outdoors. Where to do it though, and which movie to see? With this handy guide of all the Brooklyn outdoor movies this summer, you’ll always have the answers to those questions ready. At least if you keep this page open on your spacephone all the time or something. (more…)

06/17/15 9:43am
You love J-Law. See her in the park you love.

You love J-Law. See her in the park you love.

Summer’s big humid hug is wrapping around us tighter and tighter, like a large friend who doesn’t know her own strength. Don’t complain about that part, instead, take advantage of the great things it means, like being able to sit in the Long Meadow in Prospect Park and watching movies without paying a single cent. That’s right, Prospect Park has free summer movies for you to see this year too. (more…)

flicks on the beach

If you’ve got a nicer way to watch a movie, we’d love to hear it. via Flickr user David Tan

You’ve already got opportunities to watch outdoor movies in parks and in bars this summer, but seeing as how it’s beach season, maybe you want to be able to both go to the beach and see a movie and ride a roller coaster n the same day. In that case, thank your lucky stars that Flicks on the Beach will be returning to Coney Island this summer with another killer lineup of favorites both new and old. At least if you consider “old” to be movies made in 1984 to be old (which please don’t do that because it would make us feel old). (more…)

06/08/15 2:07pm
Where does he get those wonderful toys?

Where does he get those wonderful toys?

You know what no one ever says? “Oh man, MORE free outdoor summer movies that also come with bands and food options? Enough, we don’t want any more.” In the spirit of that question that’s never asked, we have good news for you: Nitehawk is bringing two more free outdoor summer movies to the people this summer, with screenings of Mallrats and Billy Madison at 50 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. (more…)

06/01/15 9:44am
Gather up the crew, it's time for some free movies

Gather up the crew, it’s time for some free movies

What’s the best way to make your summer truly fantastic? We’ve got a suggestion for you: head on down to Red Hook and sit on the Valentino Pier and watch free movies once the sun has gone to sleep. If that sounds as appealing to you as it does to us, then great news, because the Red Hook Flicks schedule is out and includes great selections for all nine weeks of its run, and with the inclusion of The Fantastic Mr. Fox you can probably use some other superlatives to describe the lineup. The word isn’t coming to us for some reason though. (more…)

What else are you doing on a Wednesday night that you can't hang out with Hans Landa?

What else are you doing on a Wednesday night that you can’t hang out with Hans Landa?

Ah, summers in Brooklyn where you can see virtually any concert or film you can imagine for free. It almost makes up for the six months of soul crushing snow. Where once stood a sad empty park there is now hundreds of sweaty bodies blocking your view. Now there are certainly times when we want to watch a movie with half of New York (hello Brooklyn Bridge Park movie night lineup) but sometimes it’s nice watch a movie when you’re not competing for seats. Luckily, the People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street) just started a free movie night this summer, so check classics playing every Wednesday from May through July in PRB’s beer garden, starting around 9:30pm. (more…)

09/02/14 9:28am
dirty dancing

Table 87 won’t put summer in a corner, they’ll show you Dirty Dancing outdoors

1. BookCourt releases Cold Type, a Death of a Salesman-esque father-son tale. (Tuesday)

2. It might be past Labor Day, but there are still outdoor movies to enjoy, like Dirty Dancing at Table 87 in Gowanus. Have the time of your life. (Tuesday)

3. Voodoo Boogaoo’s eccentric neo-soul is sliding over to The Way Station. (Wednesday) (more…)