Where the dickens did summer go? One minute we're eating a cronut in the Rain Room, the next minute we're getting depressing press releases for NFL tailgate parties. For the past three months we've been "riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave," and now we've reached the shore and find ourselves at the end of the fantastic Brooklyn Bridge Park "Syfy Movies with a View" series. In keeping with tradition, the People get to Vote for what Movie closes out the Season. Here are your options:
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Good Will Hunting
- Lost in Translation
- Roman Holiday
- 8 Mile
We're not going to tell you who vote for, but if you've never seen Terry Gilliam's hilarious and faithful adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, we strongly urge you to buy the ticket, take the ride. Starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, and Christina Ricci, the 1998 sleeper is a highly underrated gem, with bravura performances and cameos all around. Here, for starters, is the delirious scene in which Thompson takes too much "adrenochrome" and begs his unsympathetic attorney to toss him in the pool:
Those Samoans are all the same, right? As former Village Voice movie critic J. Hoberman put it in his essay for the Criterion Collection DVD release:
Depp proves himself a master of moving as though someone has just pulled the plug on his power source, but the movie’s edge is provided by Del Toro, who gained forty pounds for the part and honed a paranoid glare sharper than the hunting knife he regularly brandishes. From the moment he begins braying “One Toke over the Line” to the scene he plays opposite hard-boiled waitress Ellen Barkin in an exaggeratedly realistic North Las Vegas diner, Del Toro is a force of nature. Depp thinks, Del Toro acts: it’s he who gets to puke out a car window at a parallel vehicle filled with uptight squares, who gets to woo catatonic runaway Christina Ricci, and gets to woof TV reporter Cameron Diaz in a scene of claustrophobic elevator terror.
Again, we're not telling you who to vote for, but if Fear and Loathing wins we'll be handing out free turkeys stuffed with pot brownies to everybody. Voting begins now on the Brooklyn Bridge Park Facebook page and will run until Wednesday, August 28th at 10 a.m.
The film with the most votes will be shown on Thursday, August 29th at the Harbor View Lawn on Pier 1. Lawn opens for seating at 4 pm, Brooklyn Radio’s DJ Geko Jones starts at 6 p.m., and the film begins at sundown.
Disclosure: Gothamist is a media partner with this year's Syfy Movies With A View.