Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NYFF: Wrapping up the festival

Another New York Film Festival has come and gone for me and it was once again a wonderful experience. This year I really felt like I belonged among the press corps and it made it even more satisfying than last year. As usual, I wrap up my coverage with a rundown of some random thoughts/observations from the festival:

  • When the press schedule came out, I must admit that I was a bit miffed that half of my press screenings would be documentaries. It's a good thing I stuck with them however, as they turned out to be the best films I watched!
  • The selection of films I saw were so varied and inspired that it really reinvigorated my passion for film. Don't let anyone tell you that cinema is dead. Kudos to the festival's selection committee. 
  • Review embargoes are so lame. People inevitably bend the rules anyway.
  • The NYC blogger community once again made me feel very welcome, even if it was just by saying hi. I must give special shout-outs to Clayton Davis, Joey Magidson, Nathaniel Rogers, Michael Cusumano and Andrew Boyd Stewart.
  • This year I really noticed that a lot of the press were senior citizens. It made me wonder if the "old white guy" stereotype applies to film critics too.
  • Favourite film: Red Army
  • Favourite director: Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner
  • Favourite performance: Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
  • Favourite screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Here's how I'd rank the 8 films I saw(in order of preference):

Red Army
Tales of the Grim Sleeper
Heaven Knows What
Inherent Vice
The Princess Of France
Mr. Turner
The Wonders
Two Days, One Night


  1. What did you think of Two Days, One Night? I saw it the other day, and while Marion Cotillard's performance is an A for me, I found the constant begging a bit repetitive. Why she was depressed and eating pills is oddly not included, and might have given the film a less repetitive flow.

    1. Well, as you can see it was my least favorite of the festival. I agree about the repetitive nature of the plot. I reviewed it here: http://www.film-actually.com/2014/10/nyff-old-man-of-belem-princess-of.html

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