Every summer, parks across the city hold screenings of free movies, usually starting at dusk. One of the best places to catch one of these free showings is at Hudson River Park. There are two HRP options for moviegoers, River Flicks for grown-ups, shown on Wednesday at the Pier 63 Lawn, and River Flicks for kids, shown on Fridays on Pier 46. The movie selection is great, including such recent hits as The Social Network, Toy Story 3, and (what I’m personally most excited for) Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Perhaps you saw this movie when it came out last August. I certainly hope you did because it was hilarious. You guys have probably all seen the trailer: Scott Pilgram, played by Michael Cera, falls for the alluring Ramona Flowers, yet has to duel all of her ‘Evil Exes’ in order to date her. Maybe you’ve grown tired of Michael Cera’s awkward-teenage-boy-who-tries-to-get-the-girl act, or perhaps you enjoy it now more than ever (The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg sure still has me going), but in either case, I think this movie is worth your time. The exes that Scott has to battle (including his own ex-girlfriend, Knives) keep the story moving and the laughter flowing, from the guy who has psychic vegan powers to an ex-girlfriend bitter from being labeled an ‘experimental phase.’ Throw into the mix a funny gay roommate, an ex with the power of mind control, a constant garage band musical background, and a comic book theme to tie the whole thing together, and you’ve got something for every viewer.
And best of all, you can see it for free! It’s playing on the Pier 63 Lawn on August 10th, and I’ll try my best to be there. Hopefully you’ll get to see one of the films too.
Movies start at dusk, often around 8:30 pm. The full schedule of movies follows:
@ Pier 63:
- The Social Network, 7/6
- Easy A, 7/13
- The Kids Are All Right, 7/20
- The Other Guys, 7/27
- The Fighter, 8/3
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, 8/10
- The Town, 8/17
@ Pier 46:
- The Karate Kid (2010), 7/8
- Despicable Me, 7/15
- The Princess Bride, 7/22
- Toy Story 3, 7/29
- How to Train Your Dragon, 8/5
- Shrek Forever After, 8/12
- Tangled, 8/19
If you’re out with friends for the night, I’d suggest grabbing some food from Café Mercato, since it’s right near a few of the parks that are showing films.
Image from: http://kotaku.com/
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