Posts Tagged ‘New York I Love You’

MORNING AFTER: New Yawn, I Meh You

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Get it.  I was unimpressed.

When I posted the trailer for ‘New York, I Love You’ I was anything but confident about the final result.  And sure enough, this thing fell flat.  But beyond my predictions that it would be too sappy and aren’t-we-all-connected-you-know-what-I-love-about-New-York-y, it was also labored, clunky and eye-roll-y.

I could use a thesaurus right about now, can A.O. Scott lend me his?

What am I saying?  I’m saying it rarely worked and I didn’t appreciate the tinkerings with the format.  ‘Paris, Je t’aime‘ gave a simple assignment – set it in Paris.  ‘New York, I Love You’ was like, set it in New York, make sure it’s about love, connect to another character in another short film, please include a major gimmick… This is just a guess, I wasn’t at the meeting… And I think it got bogged down by all of that.  There were mini scenes in between the shorts with characters colliding, and I just feel like this effort to connect everyone – this guy shares a cab with this guy who had sex with this chick who uses this dry cleaner also used by that first guy – just made you wonder, ok, why?  WHERE IS THE MAGIC?!  The fact that the kid who lost his virginity to the actress and the woman who slept with Bradley Cooper have the same pharmacist doesn’t really matter to me unless there’s a point.  It’s distracting OK?

Last gripey comment – they did not include the director in credits before or after the individual films, they did a full scroll at the very end.  This was, in a word, ANNOYING.  Maybe it’s just me and my nerd I-wish-I-were-Rain-Man sensibility but all I could do was try and remember what I read, who directed what, who was in each one, which one the reviewer liked and so on…  The short with Orlando Bloom had a mystery woman on the other end of a phone call for basically the whole thing.  I could not relax and watch until I had figured it out, until I was like ‘Aha!  Christina Ricci!!’  Then I’m like “Wait, so who was she to him again?”  This is a problem I have, and it was seriously aggravated by their withholding.

Final thought- this thing HAD to have been financed by big tobacco.  New Smoke, I Inhale You?  Everyone was smokin’ it up and I get that as a conversation starting device, but really…

For the record, cause duh it’s basically a competition, Allen Hughes gets the prize with Bradley Cooper and Drea DeMatteo as two strangers who find themselves in an unlikely romance – it was attractive, relatable and included nudity.  So give them the trophy.

Look what I found!  Big old pat on my back for remembering Alexander Payne directed my fave from ‘Paris, Je t’aime‘:

Oh man.  I pretty much laugh/cry throughout that whole thing.  From her walking outfit to her sighs…

AT FIRST SIGHT: ‘New York, I Love You’ but what if I don’t?

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I mean I do.  But in an easy-going, yeah New York is cool, duh, kind of way.  So I’m going into ‘New York, I Love You’ more intrigued at the idea of established filmmakers making shorts with well known actors, some of whom I adore, with a common thread.

And finally we have a trailer.

1 – The common thread is ‘Love’ apparently.  Now I saw ‘Paris, Je t’aime’ when it came out and I don’t remember it being all ‘mwah mwah gushy gushy Paris let’s make out.’  Or was it?  All love stories?  The one I remember most (big shocker) is the Coen Bros entry and that wasn’t exactly romantic.

I just hope the characters don’t actually talk ABOUT New York.  If I hear ‘the greatest city in the world’ even once I’ll walk out.  Not really, but I’ll definitely roll my eyes.  Cause, ugh, if my last trip to NYC left one impression it was that the flames of New Yorkers’ superiority complex don’t need any fanning.

2 – My boy LaBeouf gets only ONE second of screentime?  I think I heard from someone somewhere that maybe his film was kind of … good?  But I do admit that Drea De Matteo and James Caan in a scene is rather delicious.  Even if that segment is directed by my nemesis Brett Ratner, I’m opening my mind, forcibly.

3 – The b inside of me loves that Scarlett Johansson’s film, one she directed, didn’t make the final.  They were careful to say it just didn’t fit in, not that it sucked, but choose what you want to believe.  I have.  (Not sure if I’ve mentioned, but it’ll be a running theme that she is way overrated on the talent scale, IMO.)

It’s a bit hard to know what to expect from this trailer, we can only hope it’s not as gooey as it looks.  Going all romance was kind of a gamble no?   Was the city itself not a strong enough theme on its own??   Am I just down on love at the moment and feeling bad for my hometown???  Los Angeles, I love you.  I do.  I’m planning my installment for the ‘L.A. I Love You’ that will never get made.  It’s also a love story.  One in which I fall in love with a back yard….