Film Screening Tonight! 5pm – Blank Check vs. Jerry McGuire

NOT!!! A collection of false expectations inherited from the 90’s
Curated by Sofía Gallisá

Film lies, and in its lying, film reveals. That is the central theme of this selection of post-Reagan, pre-9/11 mainstream Hollywood films. When we look at the cinematic discourse of the 90’s, it’s plagued with blind optimism and the promise of a future that never came to be. The transformation of the American self-image after Bush, Iraq and the economic crisis has rendered useless the lessons we learned from these movies. Still, it’s important to look back at them, and understand why we were so unprepared for our present circumstance. These double features are an exploration into the self-esteem of a country before it came to question itself, and at the same time the ominous signs that pointed to more complicated times ahead.

Sunday September 20th @ 5:00pm – WEALTH
“Mo money, mo problems” “Show me the money!”

Last September, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the economic crisis marked “the end of a world that was built on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War – a big dream of liberty and prosperity”. We examine that guiltless dream and its consequences.

Blank Check, Dir. Rupert Wainwright, 1994, 93 min. Rated PG
Jerry Maguire, Dir. Cameron Crowe, 1996, 139 min. Rated R

Sunday September 27th @ 5:00pm – WAR
“Would you like to know more?” “This is nothing!”

In light of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, we look back at two justified, neatly fought and popularly supported wars from the movies; one that takes place in the future, against an unobjectionable foe, and one that takes place in recording studios, all for the sake of a Presidential candidate and patriotism.

Starship Troopers, Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1997, 129 min. Rated R
Wag the Dog, Dir. Barry Levinson, 1997, 97 min. Rated R

Sunday October 4th @ 6:30pm – SEX & FAMILY
“I hope that someday you’ll know the indescribable joy of having children, and of paying someone else to raise them”

Romantic comedies takes their cues from the headlines and defines the complexities of love in the 90’s. Here is a children’s film that mixes puppy love with serial killers and one of the first family films to discuss homosexuality with sensibility and humor, while still provoking debate.

Addams Family Values, Dir. Barry Sonnenfeld, 1993, 94 min. Rated PG-13
In & Out, Dir. Frank Oz, 1997, 90 min. Rated PG-13

Sunday October 11th @ 5:00pm – DIVORCE
“Home is where the hostages are”

Family films respond to the issues of their time. Here is Hollywood’s take on the rising number of divorces and the restructuring of ideas about family, love and female empowerment.

House Arrest, Dir. Harry Winer, 1996, 108 min. Rated PG
The First Wives Club, Dir. Hugh Wilson, 1996, 103 min. Rated PG

Sunday October 18th @ 5:00pm – APOCALYPSIS
“It’s closer than you think”

Considering the cataclysm that the following ten years would turn out to be, there’s an ominous feeling to the surge in natural disaster, alien invasion and end-of-the-world movies in the later part of the 90’s. We present what could be seen as the first movie to predict our present battle with nature (literally) and the classic blockbuster that sold us the idea that the end of the world could unite us.

Jumanji, Dir. Joe Johnston, 1995, 104 min. Rated PG
Armageddon, Dir. Michael Bay, 1998, 150 min. Rated PG-13

Sunday October 25th @ 5:00pm – SUBURBIA
“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented”
“Cue the sun!”

Before reality television had turned into what it is now, and before we developed an obsession with sexy housewives, suburbia was already being looked at as the place where things happen hidden under the surface. Here we look at probably the best study on our obsession with watching others live their life on TV and the story of an uncommon man altering life in a community that is all the same.

The Truman Show, Dir. Peter Weir, 1998, 103 min. Rated PG
Edward Scissorhands, Dir. Tim Burton, 1990, 105 min. Rated PG-13

NOT!!! A collection of false expectations inherited from the 90’s
plays every Sunday at 5pm (except October 4th, which is at 6:30) as part of the Brooklyn Artillery @ Castle Braid on 114 Troutman Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Each double screening will conclude with a talk-back session and the creation of a group piece related to the screening series. Popcorn will be provided and viewers are encouraged to bring throw pillows or floor cushions for cozy seating on the carpeted floor.

The location is easily accessible on the JMZ to Myrtle-Broadway or the L to Jefferson St. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.

For more information on all of the events that will be happening as part of Brooklyn Artillery, go to www.brooklynartillery.com

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