Tag Archives: New York

Wild Style – 1983 – Charlie Ahearn

I’m tentative when it comes to cult classics because they can be more disappointing than New Year’s celebrations. Wild Style is however, enjoyable; the acting is awful, but it has the effect of buttressing the street cred of the ramshackle street artists and the music alone makes it worth watching, JJ

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Kids -1995 – Larry Clark

First time I saw Kids I thought ‘what a fucking pedestrian adolescence I had.’ The two main kids are like disciples of Gordon Gekko, except pussy is their holy grail and not profit. For sure it’s despondent, it’s dirty, and the characters are beyond reach. Maybe it’s just a slice of NYC. JJ

I am Legend – 2007 – Francis Lawrence

images2.jpegUh, “I am Sorry”, but did I miss something? Oh yes … the point of this movie! I rooted for IAL (think 28 Days Later does the Big Apple), but what promised to be a thrilling blockbuster of one man’s quest to reverse an apocalyptic nightmare turned out to be the equivalent of a super long trailer … without the climax. Come on people! Cristina Pittelli

If God saw the movie he/she would have good reason to desire the extinction of humankind. Only bodybuilders (Will Smith) and Apple products (iMac, eMac, MacPro, iPhone, iPod) would survive a virus which makes you as strong as spiderman, as stupid as a rat, and allergic to UV rays. This is something you would expect to be written during a writers strike. Mario Alemi

So what if he has muscles, what soldier doesn’t lift weights? Who cares about Mac product placement? This story is significant because it shows the thin line distinguishing the emotional composition of man from beast. The first hour is pure suspense. William Hilderbrandt

The Thomas Crown Affair – 1999 – John McTiernan

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Pierce Brosnan plays the eponymous mega millionaire art thief Thomas Crown – a suave gentleman who likes his paintings like his women: old. Renne Russo stars opposite in this re-made glitzy, romantic cat-and-mouse thriller. Next installment due in 2008.

JJ

Party Monster – 2003 – Fenton Bailey&Randy Barbato

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To say this movie moved me is an understatement. MacCaulay Culkin and Seth Green’s absurd ‘gay accents’ made me pucker my arse, the tender moments between Culkin and Wilmer Valderrama led to me having acid reflux. This movie was so moving I couldn’t move fast enough to turn it off. William Hilderbrandt

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three – 1974 – Joseph Sargent

1112jce2wwhr5x2blxe942396w41tuhbh-thumb.jpgThe 70s was a golden age for cinema; Jaws, The Exorcist, Godfather 1&2, A Clockwork Orange, Carry On – okay not Carry On. ‘Pelham’ is an entertaining thriller about a band of hijackers, led by Mr Blue, (sound familiar) who take the 123-train hostage. Great casting with a rapturous ending.
JJ

Escape from New York -1981 – John Carpenter

dieklapperschlange_poster_03.jpgManhattan is a post apocalyptic prison over run by hideous criminals. Kurt Russell is Snake Plissken, clad in leather, a menacing eye patch and armed with about four lines of dialogue, sent into rescue the US president who has crash-landed into the mayhem. Truly amazing – Kurt Russell that is.