My workload for The House Next Door's New York Film Festival coverage was a bit larger than I had expected (I requested a lot of titles—basically, just about every film screening I thought I could make—and got a lot more than I anticipated), and already I feel like I'm on the verge of falling behind! So once again, I didn't have much time to annotate this week's log as I usually like to do, prioritizing work on a review over commenting on stuff I saw over the past week. But hey, I'll end up writing extensively about a good portion of it anyway, and it'll be published on a forum for a wider audience to see—so you all have that to look forward to. (Of course, I'll try to post links to those reviews on this blog as they go up.)
For now, though, I just want to say right here: I know Sleep No More—the fantastically inventive and immersive theater piece/art installation/adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth being staged on a few floors of the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea here in New York—is super expensive, ranging from $75-$95 depending on when you go. But you all owe it to yourselves to go, if you're in the area. It's a truly amazing, one-of-a-kind experience, and I think the sheer novelty of it is enough to justify the extra expense. Read this New York Times review to get an idea of what you're in for.
|The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)|
New York Film Festival 2011 (all films screened at Walter Reade Theater unless otherwise noted):
★ The Loneliest Planet (2011, Julia Loktev)
★ Le Havre (2011, Aki Kaurismäki)
★ Beats Being Dead (2011, Christian Petzold)
Don't Follow Me Around (2011, Dominik Graf)
One Minute of Darkness (2011, Christoph Hochhäusler)
Andrew Bird: Fever Year (2011, Xan Aranda)
Drive (2011, Nicolas Winding Refn), screened at Regal Union Square Stadium 14 in New York
★ The Bad and the Beautiful (1952, Vincente Minnelli), screened at Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, N.Y.
★ 雪在燒 (1987, 黃鶯鶯) [umpteenth listen]
★ Kronos Quartet: Awakening: A Musical Meditation on the Anniversary of 9/11, performed at BAM Harvey Theater in Brooklyn, N.Y.
★ Sleep No More (2011, Punchdrunk), experienced at The McKittrick Hotel in New York