Author: Peter M. Hargrove

49TH NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL – 2011 EDITION

The 49th New York Film Festival will open this year on September 30th with Roman Polanski’s Carnage (Sony Classics) and close on October 16th Alexander Payne’s The Descendants (Fox Searchlight). As usual the festival will be a mix of international festival faves, pet directors (Almodovar, Cedar, Ferrara, the Dardennes, Bilge, Wenders and Panahi) and the odd handful of films that will never leave the festival circuit ghetto.

THE NON-METROSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO FASHION WEEK

New York, LA, Miami, Vegas and Nashville attract the most narcissistic individuals in the United States; I would hasten to guess that many of them came to town for Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012. If one didn’t know better you’d think that some of the high priestesses of fashion were bag ladies that were out on a day pass from Bellevue. Schizophrenia is not restricted to mental health, but also to fashion — especially during two weeks during the year in New York, Paris and Milan.

THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE!

THE IMPERIALISTS ARE STILL ALIVE! should be put up against a wall and shot. The creative team should be renditioned back to Filmmaking 101 for purgatory. It’s another film about the international trustfund set of artistes and bored offspring of business class elites who like to be play at being liberal and “freedom fighters” (see 1970s terrorist chic) while daddy pays their rent and bar tabs.

HEARTBEATS

Gregg Araki meets Mumblecore Quebec-style with an homage to the Nouvelle Vague. The soundtrack, particularly Dalida’s ‘Bang Bang’ is the reason to see the film.

LUNCH BOX WINNERS

Preparing lunch for your kids can be a hassle with one OCDing for PBJ 5 days a week and picky Priscilla who wants everything red on one day and green the next (with the crusts cut off and sandwiches in triangle shapes). As a parent you have one goal and that is to prepare something nutritious they will eat and an empty lunch box for easier cleaning when they get home from school.