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Sunday, October 18, 2009

New York, I Love You

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: Several short films by people who love New York, about the different kinds of love you can find in New York.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Bradley Cooper, Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Orlando Bloom, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Robin Wright Penn, Christina Ricci, Eva Amurri, Justin Bartha, Drea de Matteo, Ethan Hawke, Olivia Thirlby, John Hurt, James Caan, Chris Cooper, Anton Yelchin, Maggie Q, Andy Garcia, Julie Christie, Cloris Leachman, Eli Wallach, Jacinda Barrett, Qi Shu, Irrfan Khan, Emilie Ohana, Burt Young, Taylor Geare, Ugur Yucel, Carlos Acosta

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. It has no cohesive story-- obviously, since it's a series of mostly unrelated, and sometimes esoteric shorts-- but the theme gives you some things to think about, concerning love, romance, sex, marriage, and even the simple kindness of strangers.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Not very hard.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No, but it gets inside many of the characters' minds, and puts forth an interesting depiction of the differences between the types of love we feel in our fantasies, and the way we experience love in real life.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: It's up for a Golden Trailer Award-- which I think it totally deserves, because when you do a series of shorts, you can get a lot of high-profile actors, who only have to commit to about a week of filming out of their busy schedules. Then, when you condense all those performances to a minute long trailer, it suddenly looks like a super star-studded film, which actually does a great job of drawing audiences into the theater, despite the fact that most of the actors get a total screen-time of 5 minutes or less.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: There are no stand-out performances in this piece, but it's nice to see Drea de Matteo grace the screen, as well as Cloris Leachman, who's absolutely still got it.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Several directors, all of which do the inner-personality of New York justice, manage to intertwine the stories seamlessly, with montages of the city's many different neighborhoods.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: It's not particularly engaging, and not nearly as deep as it's trying to be, but if you've ever owned an "I heart New York" t-shirt, you won't really care.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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