Two film fests compete with two classics

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The biggest movies playing at Brooklyn’s dueling film festivals aren’t new — but they’re just as relevant today as when they were released.

Walter Hill’s classic “The Warriors” is one of those rare films that get better with age. The violent, visually compelling 1979 picture, which will be screened at the Coney Island Film Festival on Saturday at 10 pm, follows a scrappy gang of pleather-vested hooligans from the People’s Playground as they fight their way home from a gang summit meeting in the Bronx.

Though the movie’s representations of urban violence and youth gangs seem inaccurate and cartoonish 30 years later, there’s nothing more fun — or timely — than rooting for the underdogs from Coney Island when it seems like the whole city is against them.

Meanwhile, with the federal government considering designating the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site, Alison’s Prete’s documentary “Lavender Lake: Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal” should be required viewing.

The decade-old film — which will be screened at the Red Hook International Film and Video Festival on Saturday at 1 pm — tells the filthy history of the stinking waterway using a mix of color video, archival footage, and interviews with local celebrities including Community Board 6 manager Craig Hammerman, himself a member of the New York City Hall of Fame.

Updated 5:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Ana says:
The Warriors is the best movie of the gang there!
I'm 13 years old and my cousin 8 years, we love the movie, we found this wonderful film, thanks to the PS2 game with all those fights and races, is WONDERFUL!
We like all the Warriors, but in particular, I love the Cochise, it is good-looking, knows how to fight and run very well, the clothes, let him PERFECT, for me he is the BEST!
But my cousin likes of Ajax, because he strong, and loves the gloves!
I promised to give him the gloves as Ajax, and he will give me the bandanas, such as those used in Cochise head.
May 21, 2010, 3:48 pm

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