28 February 2010

New York, your freaking me out!

New York, I Love You - Various Directors

The sequel (kinda) to Paris, I Love you, ten short films are constructed together along with transitions focusing on various aspects of New York, with the setting and the people who inhabit it. It's certainly different to Paris, some of the abstract elements have been taken away and more interested in different cultures and nationality, which looking at New York, it thrives on. The variety is not the same though as Paris, where each story had maybe a different style or different techniques of telling stories with a twist, well most of the time. Here, the twists are not that twisty at all, except for the piece starring Shia LaBeouf and John Hurt, which is one of my favourites, most of the stories do not have their own story and you'll only realise that they are different when the actors change and sometimes the actors will change but the short film carries on (watch out for the Chris Cooper, prostitute, wife storyline!)

As there are many short films, i can't describe all of them, but my highlights were, from start to finish, the Orlando Bloom and Christina Ricci short about a writer who meets his boss and kinda falls in love, along with the Anton Yelchin and James Caan short about a prom date with a disabled girl, turns into a good night for Anton (wink wink, nudge nudge) and with a great twist too! As mentioned above the Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie short is shot far differently to the others and has a certain flair which stands out as the best of the bunch, it's hard to describe and i don't want to give away the plot, so go watch it to find out. The rest talk about different cultures, including being Jewish, along with immigrants in New York and how anything is possible.

The film overall does give the impression of New York really well, it gives it that dream feeling, where New York is the best city in the world, where anybody can "make" it. Comparing New York to Paris, i like New York, the city better, but the stories and creativity with Paris is unflappable! I can't wait for the next one, which should easily be London, i bloody love you! Starring Ray Winstone, Danny Dyer and the cast of Eastenders...oh wait, that doesn't sound like a good idea at all!


Simon Childs

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