|Whether you’re here or there, see New York on the big screen! –credit|
The annual Sundance Film Festival kicked off in Park City, Utah yesterday, and will run until January 26. Whether you’re out west to hit the silver screen and the slopes, or just staying in NYC, celebrate your inner film buff by getting excited for these five upcoming New York-centric films.
They Came Together
Director David Wain’s (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models) newest romantic comedy is a parody in itself, telling the story of Joel (Paul Rudd), an executive whose corporate candy store chain threatens to shut down a local New York business, owned by Molly (Amy Poehler). Other than the beautiful (and hilarious) scenes shot in New York, the movie tells a narrative crucial to 2014: the fear of big business taking over neighborhood staples and changing our city. It’s unclear how the critics will feel about this off-beat comedy, which intentionally has a similar plot to You’ve Got Mail, but New York Magazine reminds rom-com fans that even When Harry Met Sally didn’t get great reviews upon its release.
|Rudd and Poehler in “They Came Together” –credit|
This drama tells the story of Franny, a young archaeologist (Anne Hathaway) who returns from a dig in Morroco in order to see her estranged brother, who has been injured in a car accident at home in New York. Franny soon strikes up a relationship with his favorite musician, James Forester (Johnny Flynn). Filmed this past summer in NYC, this film will certainly strike a note with fans of the Brooklyn music scene, though Hathaway reportedly does not sing in the film.
Shot and set in Brooklyn, the film follows Shirin (Desiree Akhavan), a Persian closeted bisexual living in Brooklyn, as she endures a devastating break-up from Maxine (Rebecca Henderson) and tries to win back her more confident (and out) ex. The film is ridden with New York-esque moments, like an argument between Shirin and a shift manager at the Park Slope Food Coop, struggles with artistic roommates in Bushwick, and the Williamsburg hipster scene.
Directed by NYU Film grad Alex Ross Philip, this drama portrays the life of nice guy Philip (Jason Schwartzman) who is ”characteristically not in a hurry, but perpetually enraged by slow foot traffic before him.” Sound familiar? New Yorkers (and New York wannabes) will spend 108 minutes becoming acquainted with, loving, judging and questioning Philip in this memorable New York feature.
|A still from the film –credit|
Based on the 1983 novel of the same name, this drama tells the story of a guy named Mickey (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who gets in over his head when he tries to cover-up the accidental death of his stepson. Shot in New York City this past summer, fans of Mad Men hung out by the set for a chance to meet Christina Hendricks, who plays the female lead in the film. Though set in Philadelphia, this is a “Made in NY” movie, and it’s always nice to support an industry that brings art and revenue to the city.
|Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eddie Marsan in God’s Pocket –credit|
Love Is Strange
Filmed in New York City last year, this movie has gotten a lot of hype about its timely plot. Ben (John Lithgow) and his husband George (Alfred Molina), marry at city hall, causing George to lose his job at a Catholic school. The couple can no longer afford rent on their Chelsea apartment, so they temporarily move into different households– one with gay cops in their neighborhood, the other with a family in Park Slope. The realness and poignancy, its detail of relationships, intolerance, and unexpectedness is rumored to pull at many heartstrings.
|“Love is Strange” on the streets of NYC –credit|