The Film Forum Brings New York City In The 70’s To The Big Screen

The folks at the Film Forum are setting up a NYC centric film festival with a few dozen films that were done right here on our at one time mean city streets. There are quite a few classics to filter through and this will begin next week on July 5th so get your plans in order and get the tickets that you want before anything sells out. Some have numerous showings across the festival while others seem to have only one. Commence your indulgence into the full press release and please be aware that based on the amount of films being presented I will NOT be listing these individually on our calendar.

The Press Release:
“FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD – NEW YORK IN THE 70s,” a 23-day, 44-film series spotlighting movies made in and about the city during the 1970s, will run at Film Forum from Wednesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 27.

The title of the series is taken from the classic Daily News headline – the most famous in the paper’s history. On October 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford declared that a near-bankrupt New York City would be denied federal aid. The following day, the News’ front page carried the banner headline (written by managing editor Bill Brink) “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.” It became one of the most iconic images of the decade and helped seal Ford’s fate for a 1976 presidential run. (Only last week, the News revived the headline after the current administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord: “TRUMP TO WORLD: DROP DEAD.”)

New York City in the 1970s was perceived as a place of danger, decay, and paranoia, where people “didn’t get involved” (especially following high-profile crimes like the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese). The disastrous decade was marked by the financial crisis of 1975 and the 25-hour mid-summer blackout of 1977, the spread of crack and heroin, and the ubiquity of violent crimes (1,814 homicides in 1980, compared to 335 in 2016).

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Friday Night’s Good For Pizza @ Casa KP

I know what you are thinking… You’re saying, “Wow, what a Rockstar night you’re have had last night” since I’m scribbling blogs for not only The Chronicles but for the PiercingMetal.com site and talking about the pizza that I tossed together at supper time. I’ve made these sort of tasty treats in the past and have shared them with you on this blog but this one had a little bit of an interesting process to it. I’ll explain that after the photo of the finished yummy. Looks nice don’t you think?

So as I mentioned I was doing blogs for both of the websites and didn’t mind the evening home since I had a few events early in the week and a proposed busy schedule over the weekend with a pitched for convention dealing with food on Sunday along with a show. Chilling on the couch with the DVR playing through the recordings and cat company was a fine thing indeed but what to eat I found myself saying. Instead of ordering out, I decided to see what I had in both the fridge and the freezer. I’ve been on a bit of a non-meat kick and was trying to abstain from the protein for at least two weeks so staying in meant that was easier to do as well. I found some frozen pita bread from a Middle Eastern dish that I had some weeks ago and a good amount of veggies in the fridge like peppers, Jalapenos and mushrooms. I also used some of the leftover marinara that came with an order of garlic knots from my local pizzeria and a nicely spiced garlic clove slice from these amazing spiced pickles that I had on hand.

The idea was to use what I had and not go get anything else outside and this worked out well. Five minutes to prepare and about six to cook and get nice and crispy the way I like it. The pita bread from the restaurant dish was thinner than the type I usually get from the bakery so would be lighter than my other go rounds at the dish. Now it was back to blogging and preparing for the upcoming events. Until next time.

The MoMA To Screen 70 Science-Fiction Films This Summer

As I’ve been using the Events Calendar to feature a number of free screenings happening around our fair Metropolis, when I received this press release about a film series set to launch in July at the MoMA, I knew that I had to share it here on The Chronicles. Read on about this new and mystifying summer film series at the amazing museum. Take your time since there is a LOT to absorb here.

The Press Release:
Future Imperfect: The Uncanny in Science Fiction*, presented at The Museum of Modern Art from July 17 through August 31, will screen of 70 science- fiction films from all over the world—22 countries including the United States, the Soviet Union, China, India, Cameroon, Mexico and beyond—that explore the question: what does it mean to be human? In a departure from other exhibitions of science-fiction cinema, Future Imperfect moves beyond space travel, visions of the distant future, alien invasions and monsters. Instead, all 70 films take place on Earth in the present (or near present), questioning our humanity in all its miraculous, uncanny, and perhaps unknowable aspects.

Since the dawn of cinema, filmmakers as diverse as Kathryn Bigelow, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kinji Fukasaku, Jean-Luc Godard, Barry Jenkins, Georges Méliès, Michael Snow, Alexander Sokurov, and Steven Spielberg have explored ideas of memory and consciousness; thought, sensation, and desire; self and other; nature and nurture; time and space; and love and death. Their films, lying at the nexus of art, philosophy and science, occupy a twilight zone bounded only by the imagination, where “humanness” remains an enchanting enigma. Future Imperfect is organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.

* Future *Imperfect* encompasses all genres, including *animation* (Richard Linklater’s *A Scanner Darkly*, Mamoru Oshii’s *Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence*, Nozim *To’laho’jayev’s* *There Will Come Soft Rains*, Suzan Pitt’s *Visitation*); *faux documentary* (Christopher Miles’ *Alternative 3*, Jan Svera?k’s* Oil Gobblers*); *documentary hybrid *(Werner Herzog’s *Fata Morgana* and *Lessons of Darkness*, Frances Bodomo’s *Afronauts*, Ben Rivers’ *Slow Action)*; *experimental* (Michael Snow’s **Corpus Callosum*, Chris Marker’s *La Jete?e*, Mike Kuchar’s *The Craven Sluck*), *comedy* (Buster Keaton’s *The Electric House*, Alexander Mackendrick’s T*he Man in the White Suit*, Richard Lester’s *The Bed Sitting Room*, Harold Ramis’ *Groundhog Day*), *horror* (David Cronenberg’s *Shivers and Videodrome*, George A. Romero’s *The Crazies*, Krsto Papic’s *The Rat Savior*, Jean-Pierre Bekolo’s *Les saignantes*, Georges Franju’s *Eyes without a Face*), and the *thriller* (William Dieterle’s *Six Hours to Live*, Alain Resnais’ *Je t’aime, je t’aime*, Joseph Sargent’s* Colossus: The Forbin Project*, Kathryn Bigelow’s* Strange Days*, Steven Spielberg’s *Minority Report*, Alex Garland’s *Ex Machina*, Hongmei Zhang’s *Death Ray* on *Coral Island,* Nacho Viagalondo’s *Los cronocrimines*, Alex Proyas’* Dark City*, and Alfonso Cuaro?n’s *Children of Men*).

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Happy Father’s Day To All The Dads Out There

In the past I’ve culled together some images for Mothers’s Day to wish the Mom’s of the world who read this blog a very special day but it’s never been done for Father’s Day and since I don’t want to have protesting outside of the Creative Command HQ I decided to give some equal time. This is our very first blogging wish to the Father’s out there who read this blogsite and of course my own who I got on the phone early and is probably mapping out his next visit to the golf course.

fathers day, fathers day cards

There is a funny story about these images as they were of Pop-Up cards that were left behind by a vendor/exhibitor at the recent Book Expo convention that I attended. Instead of leaving them about for the interested passerby since they had fled the building once expo was over and it became the publicly accessed Book Con, they glued them with some kind of unrelenting bond to the display stand. I liked the look of them so much that I snapped the visual and share it with you all.

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Presenting The McCarren Park “SummerScreen” 2017 Film Festival Lineup

So let’s catch up before getting into this new one. It was not too long ago that I posted about a host of free concerts for the early riser that would be happening over at the Central Park Summerstage as a part of the Good Morning America broadcast and I followed that with the also free movie screenings that will take place during a normal hour over at the beautiful Bryant Park just off of Times Square. Those posts are easily found on the website if you missed them so please give a look see because like I said “FREE”. Now it’s time to shift the focus over to my beloved Brooklyn for the film series that is happening over at McCarren Park which is in Williamsburg. I know the park well as I grew up in the region about a thousand years ago. They call their film series the “SummerScreen” and it features live music, deejays and food and drink vendors along with the free film. At the time of this narrative I have no idea about the performers or vendors and can only share the films and their dates of screening. Check out the films below and know that these events begin the run on July 5th until August 9th. You should check the times and restrictions via the individual entries that I will have on the calendar.

Dates & Featured Films:
July 5 – Mean Girls
July 12 – Office Space
July 19 – Donnie Darko
July 26 – Selena,
August 2 – I Know What You Did Last Summer
August 9 – Audience Choice (fans can vote for one of these films: Now and Then, Twister, She’s All That, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Beetlejuice and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion)

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