When the New York Film Festival announced its full slate of films there was much sighing that the lineup is largely a repeat of Cannes contenders, but for us poor slobs who can't jet off to the south of France every Summer this is thrilling news.
In the past three years I usually end up catching 15-20 films so I am currently mapping out what I can absolutely not afford to miss and which films I should attempt to squeeze in if the opportunity presents itself. Here's my initial reaction to the line up. CLICK HERE for full descriptions of all the films. I'm open to persuasion if you see something that needs to be bumped up or demoted.
Must See (12)
- All is Lost - No brainer. Great buzz out of Cannes for this Robert Redford comeback vehicle. Obvious Best Actor contender.
- Blue is the Warmest Color - Masterpiece potential and clearly one of the hot topics of the movie year. It's see it or shut up, and I have no intention of shutting up.
- Captain Phillips - One of the three big premiers at this year's NYFF. I would love to see Greengrass rebound after the lukewarm Green Zone.
- Child of God - That it's directed by James Franco is mildly interesting, but that ANYONE tried to adapt this fascinating but ghastly Cormac McCarthy novel is intriguing in the extreme. I don't want to give away too much, but to call it "unfilmable" is putting it mildly. Very curious to see what's on screen. Kudos to the actor that was brave enough to take the lead role.
- Her - New Spike Jonze movie. Has he ever made a film that was less than great? I say no.
- Inside Llewyn Davis - Potential best film of the year contender.
- Nebraska - Haven't fully loved an Alexander Payne film in nearly a decade. I miss that feeling.
- Omar - Intrigued by the synopsis.
- Only Lovers Left Alive - Like most discerning people, I am over vampires, but I will make an exception because it's Tilda and T. Hiddle donning the fangs for Jim Jarmusch.
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Had no interest in this one until that trailer showed it was clearly a cut above
- When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism - Romania is producing one great film after another lately but honestly that title sold me. What the fuck could that mean? Guess I'm looking for this year's Holy Motors.
- The Wind Rises - A new Miyazaki film arriving to save a dismal year for animation.
Definite Interest / Time Permitting (9)
These titles all intrigue me and I'd love to fit them all in, but if a few of them fall by the wayside, I'll survive.
Mild Interest/ Need More Info (8)
Don't know enough about these to put them on my priority viewing list, but I'll certainly open to seeing them. Anybody want to make a case why a title deserves to be promoted to high priority?
- American Promise
- Like Father, Like Son
- My Name is Hmmm...
- Stranger By the Lake
- Stray Dogs
- A Touch of Sin
Probable Skip (6)
I'm open to anything, but honestly, with limited time I can't see myself squeezing any of these in for a variety ranging from running time to subject matter to simple gut feeling. Can't see 'em all. Some things gotta give. Am I making any huge mistakes?