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To live. To fly. To be free. Why is it that the people who live on the edge seem to be the most inspiring? Because they are thrill-seekers, they are the ones who know that the best life is one lived without worry, without fear, without the concerns that society forces upon us. They live with an open mind, a big heart, an appreciation for this planet. They know that genuine thrills make the heart beat faster; thrills remind us that we are still alive, we're still breathing, and that we should make the most of it. I love films that capture this feeling in ways that can't be easily described. Marah Strauch's Sunshine Superman is one of those films that is exciting, moving, heartfelt, but above all it's inspiring to watch. Because it's about inspiring people.
"There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job." It's very refreshing, and admittedly exciting, to watch a young filmmaker's career take off over the course of a year. At the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014, the very first film I screened was Whiplash from writer/director Damien Chazelle. It blew me away. Now, almost 10 months later, the film is still playing strong at the New York Film Festival where I caught it for a second time. Over the last year it has also played at Cannes, Toronto, Deauville, Helsinki, Busan, and plenty of other films festivals/events/premieres all over the world earning rave reviews wherever it shows up. It deserves that praise because it truly is an outstanding, inspiring film.
The evil genius returns. David Fincher has thrown the doors to the bedroom of modern society wide open, showing us how deceptive and twisted some people in this world can be - the "ugly truth" has been revealed. His latest film is Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel about a married couple: Nick and Amy Dunne. Closer to Zodiac or Fight Club in tone and style rather than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fincher's Gone Girl starts out as a mystery, evolves into a dark comedy, and twists itself around a self-reflective look at the follies and fallacies of the American dream.
It's your time New Yorkers! Don't miss out! Forget Tribeca, this the best festival in the city. Today is the first day of the 52nd New York Film Festival, the annual film festival run by the Lincoln Center. They have better films than Tribeca, better venues, better experiences, everything is better at the Lincoln Center. And if you've been waiting to see some of the best films of 2014, now is your chance. The festival kicks off with David Fincher's Gone Girl premeiring tonight (which we're screening this evening) and runs for over two weeks, highlighting the best that cinema has to offer from all over the world. Tickets are available online for anyone to buy, and they're worth hunting down if you're a cinephile from New York City with free evenings.
If you've been paying attention to our coverage, you know it's fall festival season. We've checked out Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and we'll have coverage of Fantastic Fest soon as well. But coming up later this month is also the New York Film Festival, with a whole slew of great films, some of which have already premiered at the aforementioned film festivals, along with Cannes. But there's some films premiering in the Big Apple that no one has seen yet, including Paul Thomas Anderson's anticipated Inherent Vice, and some brief footage from the film has popped up in a trailer for the festival, along with footage from many more of the fantastic festival selections as well. Watch below!
While we wait for the summer movie and festival season to pick up in a few months, another film festival is preparing to return for its 43rd year. A spin-off of the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Directors/New Films festival features screenings of highly acclaimed feature debuts of up-and-coming filmmakers. This year they've got a number of Sundance gems, as well as a few other debuts from around the world, which we'll try and cover. If not, the full list of all 27 feature films showing at the 43rd New Directors/New Films festival can be found at FilmLinc or NewDirectors.org. Read on for more.
"Falling in love is a crazy thing to do... it's kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity." We all want to fall in love, but it's easier for some than it is for others. In this modern world consumed with technology and the connectivity of the internet, how do we still find love? How do we still find genuine, real love in a world of online dating, pornography, cell phones and YouTube? The closing film of the 51st New York Film Festival is Spike Jonze's latest brilliant creation titled Her, set in the near future, a meditation on the values of love and how one bubbly, charming man learns how to love (again) with the help of his operating system.
I'm a daydreamer. From as early as I can remember I've known myself to get lost in thought, even if it's just some silly fantasy. As a kid, I'd drift during grade school and imagine the patterns of the room's wallpaper as a maze that must be traversed. On the subway here in New York City, I'll space out while gazing at the Manhattan skyline crossing the bridge into or out of Brooklyn. It happens all the time, even to this day. Why am I telling you this seemingly random bit of trivia about my life? Well, because it lies at the heart of why I fell in love with Ben Stiller's new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty at the New York Film Festival.
I love being inspired. I genuinely love watching or hearing stories that inspire me, and inspire everyone else, to pursue their dreams and live their life in a way that continues to inspire others. Many people are familiar with the research facility near Geneva, Switzerland called the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, run by CERN. This gigantic, 18-mile circle of tubes is filled with electromagnets that force the smallest particles in existence to smash into each other. A documentary called Particle Fever, showing at the New York Film Festival, tells the inside story of the LHC following a few of the theoretical/experimental physicists working on the project. It is utterly fascinating and inspiring on many levels. While not a perfect doc, I still loved it.
My first year living in New York City, and now my first year at the New York Film Festival. Starting today, the 51st New York Film Festival (or just NYFF as it's better known) kicks off, continuing the fall festival season following Telluride, Toronto and Fantastic Fest. Luckily, living in New York, I don't have to travel far to attend this festival. Over the last year I've been hearing nothing but great things about this fest from many of my New York friends/colleagues. Being my first year attending, I have no idea what to expect. What I do know is that the Film Society of Lincoln Center is one of the greatest places for cinema in this country.
"Try to live every day as if it was the final day..." The fall festival season continues. The 51st New York Film Festival, part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual events, is a week away from kicking off (on Friday, September 27th). To mark the occasion and build excitement for the festival's opening, NYFF debuted a one-minute trailer with footage from all of the films playing at the fest. There's clips from features we know, like Her, Captain Phillips and Nebraska, and plenty of others just waiting to be discovered. Whether you're in New York or not, this is still a great trailer to watch for a festival we can't wait to attend.
For New Yorkers, the perfect way to start the week. The 51st New York Film Festival has announced their "Main Slate" selection of 35 films playing at this year's fest in late September / early October. We've never covered and never attended New York Film Fest before at FS.net so this will be a first for us. I've been hearing nothing but great things, many of my New York-based colleague have told me it's one of the best festivals in the city all year. And the line-up for 2013 certainly confirms that it has the potential to be an unforgettable fest. There are many Cannes and Toronto holdovers, but plenty of other films from all over the world screening. From Her to Inside Llewyn Davis to Bastards to Nebraska to Miyazaki's The Wind Rises.