Classic Film Fridays
Now in its eighth summer, A Better Jamaica’s Family Movies in the Park exhibits free family movies in four Jamaica parks — Cambria/Cabbell Park (Francis Lewis Boulevard at 120th Avenue), Brookville Park (Brookville Boulevard at 144th Avenue), Baisley Pond Park (Foch Boulevard at Long Street), and St. Albans Park (Merrick Boulevard @ Sayres Avenue near Linden Boulevard) — on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively for five weeks in the summer. What follows are movie line-ups since the program’s inception.
The summer of 2009 witnessed the inaugural season of Classic Film Fridays. The line-up for the summer included six films — “The Taking of Pelham 123″; “Working Girl”, “Serpico”, “Moonstruck”, “Do the Right Thing”, and “Saturday Night Fever” — to be exhibited in downtown Jamaica’s Rufus King Park.
In the summer of 2010 Classic Film Fridays returned to Rufus King Park and presented Classic “Song/Dance” Film Fridays. Films in the 2010 line-up included: “Top Hat”; “Purple Rain”; “Saturday Night Fever”; “Moulin Rouge”; and, “West Side Story”.
In the summer of 2011, Classic Film Fridays returned to downtown Jamaica’s Rufus King Park under the banner of Classic “Boxing” Film Fridays. Films featured in the 2011 line-up included: “The Set-Up”; “When We Were Kings”; “Rocky”; “Raging Bull”; and “Cinderella Man”.
In the summer of 2012, Classic Film Fridays returned to downtown Jamaica’s Rufus King Park under the banner of Classic “Romantic Comedy” Film Fridays. Films featured in the 2012 line-up included: “Roman Holiday”; “Annie Hall”; “When Harry Met Sally”; “Pretty Woman”; and “Knocked Up”.
In the summer of 2013, Classic Film Fridays returned to downtown Jamaica’s Rufus King Park under the banner of Classic “Bond” Film Fridays. Films featured in the 2013 line-up included: “Goldfinger”; “The Spy Who Loved Me”; “For Your Eyes Only”; “GoldenEye”; and “Casino Royale”.
In the summer of 2014, Classic Film Fridays returned to downtown Jamaica’s Rufus King Park under the banner of Classic “Monster” Film Fridays. Films featured in the 2014 line-up included: “Frankenstein”; “King Kong“; “Godzilla”; “Alien”; and “The Thing“.
In the summer of 2015, Classic Film Fridays returned to downtown Jamaica’s Rufus King Park under the banner of Classic “Robin Williams” Film Fridays. Films featured in the 2015 line-up included: “Dead Poets Society”; “Good Morning Vietnam“; “Mrs. Doubtfire”; “The Birdcage”; and “Good Will Hunting“.
In the summer of 2016, Classic Film Fridays returns to downtown Jamaica’s Rufus King Park under the banner of Classic “Psycho” Film Fridays. The following films will be included in the lineup.
“Psycho” (R – 1960)
Friday, July 8th – 8:30 pm
Certainly Hitchcock’s most unrelenting exercise in terror, PSYCHO remains one of the most terrifying films of all time. Countlessly imitated but never equaled, PSYCHO’s tale of a strange young man and his possessive mother features the now-famous shower scene, the sinister Bates Motel, and the creepy house that overlooks it.
Adapted from a Stephen King novel, Rob Reiner’s Misery cast James Caan as a writer at a career crossroads. The film opens with Paul Sheldon (Caan) completing work on his latest novel, a break from his popular series of novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. He gets into a severe car accident and is saved by Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates), a reclusive woman who nurses him back to health. Annie is a huge fan of the Misery novels, and she finishes reading the new one while Paul is convalescing. She becomes enraged when she discovers that Paul has killed off Misery. Annie injures Paul’s foot severely so that he is unable to leave her house, and forces him to write a new Misery novel. A local sheriff (Richard Farnsworth) and Paul’s agent (Lauren Bacall) both attempt to track down what happened to the missing author.
In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI’s training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into this case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. Lecter does indeed know something of Buffalo Bill, but his information comes with a price: in exchange for telling what he knows, he wants to be housed in a more comfortable facility. More important, he wants to speak with Clarice about her past. He skillfully digs into her psyche, forcing her to reveal her innermost traumas and putting her in a position of vulnerability when she can least afford to be weak.
Martin Scorsese’s remake of Cape Fear provided the director with a box-office success to follow up the critical success of the previous year’s Goodfellas. After serving a lengthy prison sentence for a sexual assault, Max Cady (Robert De Niro) comes calling on the man who served as his public defender, Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte). Max begins a campaign of harassment against the man and his family because Bowden buried a report that would have in all likelihood acquitted Cady of the charges against him. Bowden’s shaky ethics continue in his personal life as he is considering beginning an extramarital affair with colleague Lori Davis (Illeana Douglas), since he and his wife, Leigh (Jessica Lange) have had a difficult time coming back together since he has admitted to previous indiscretions. Cady infiltrates the family most insidiously by cultivating a relationship with the Bowden’s troubled teenage daughte, Danielle (Juliette Lewis), who is all the more susceptible to Cady’s advances because of her parents’ problems.
No Movie – JAMS Festival – 8/5/16
Please Note: There is no Classic “Psycho” Film Fridays film on Friday, August 5th. The longstanding JAMS Festival will take place in Rufus King Park on that evening.
Called “a masterpiece of modern horror” and “a tour-de-force of sheer terror” by the critics, Stanley Kubrick’s film is a chilling adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. THE SHINING combines eerie special effects, haunting performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, and an unmistakable aura of evil into a spectacular horror film.
Support for Classic Film Fridays has been provided by:
Local Elected Officials:
New York City Councilman Rory Lancman
New York City Councilman James Gennaro (Former)
Borough Elected Officials:
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (Former)
Queens Council on the Arts
New York City Agencies:
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
New York City Small Business Services
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Jamaica Center Business Improvement District
Resorts World Casino New York City