By gorry by jingo by gee by gosh by gum, NYFF press screenings start today â€” we’re going to be selective about the titles we see, as the screenings are in the middle of the day and require us to scurry uptown, then scurry back to good ol’ 32nd and 7th to pretend we were at our desk doing the rest of our job all along. In our spare time we’re also moving into a sublet, then almost immediately moving back out. So. We’ll be doing festival updates here on the blog and keeping a running log on the IFC News site, and will probably start off with grand intentions of trying to match each write-up to the day the film screen films at the festival, and quickly give that up in favor of just posting them as we write them. Watch closely, our hands will never leave our wrists…
J. Hoberman and sidekicks at the Village Voice give you a guide to the films, with Hoberman particularly pulling for Romanian film "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," which for him "may be the most impressive tour de force" (and which also picked up the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes this year).
There is a rumour that when Harvey Weinstein was charged with handling
the US release of "Princess Mononoke," Miyazaki sent him a samurai sword
in the post. Attached to the blade was a stark message: "No cuts."
director chortles. "Actually, my producer did that. Although I did go
to New York to meet this man, this Harvey Weinstein, and I was
bombarded with this aggressive attack, all these demands for cuts." He
smiles. "I defeated him."
Someone at the Reverse Shot blog has comforting words for Cameron Crowe, whose "Elizabethtown" is apparently uniting multicultural masses in film festivals around the world in discuss. What do you mean, sarcastic?
And Keith Phipps and Nathan Rabin at the Onion A.V. Club revisit some of their "Films That Time Forgot" that have seen recent new developments. Or not. Hell, it’s still a good read.
+ See It Now (Village Voice)
+ London Film Festival line-up (Official site)
+ A god among animators (Guardian)
+ Hang In There, Buddy (Reverse Shot blog)
+ Films That Time Forgot Revisited (Onion AV Club)