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100 movies: New York, I Love You

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

New York, I Love You New York, I Love You (25/05/12)

An anthology film joining several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York.

After watching this film, I don’t think I ‘get’ anthology films. Or maybe this was just a particularly bad one. It felt like it was going to go on forever, one story following another, with no end in sight. And no real tangible thing connecting the stories. Maybe I missed some of the points.

Here we have a collection of love story-esque stories happening across New York, across the races, ages, everything. All the short films are directed by a bunch of different directors, including Brett Ratner, Joshua Marston, and Natalie Portman herself. Maybe it was all the different directors which made this anthology just feel too disjointed. I get it’s not a typical film, but it just didn’t work for me.

The film does do a good job of selling New York and there are some very nicely put together shorts. Ethan Hawke’s little section stood out for me. Always love the characters he plays, no matter how seedy they can come across.

Some good performances, but towards the end of this average length film I was just willing it to end. Finally it did. To my relief.
Rating: 2/5

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100 movies: Priest

Priest Priest (05/02/12)

A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece.

Priests tracking down vampires on jet propelled bikes. Something about that’s meant to be quite exciting and cool and provocative. But all it is here is just that.

We’ve got another sci-fi film with a dystopian future where religion’s gone all do wacky and we’ve got a crazy mix of uber futuristic stuff, your ol’ west and a bit of a Chinese influence thrown in for the hell of it.

While Priest doesn’t add anything new to add to the sci-fi/future-western/vampire genre it didn’t waste it’s time getting going with the plot. Thankfully, I don’t think there’s a moment ‘wasted’ on un-needed dialog or scenes. Everything is to the point. So that means the film skips along to it’s end in a very gracious 84 minutes. So it’s an easy watch. I didn’t get bored. Though I wasn’t thrilled. It’s just ok. Nothing stood out. I don’t know if they were trying to make something of the whole religion aspect of it, but it clearly didn’t come across to me!

Perfectly watchable and perfectly forgettable. Was fine for a snowy afternoon.

(Oh and after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, my second Alan Dale film of the year!)
Rating: 2/5

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