Thursday, November 12, 2009

New York, I Love You (Rhoades)

New York, I Love You” Echoes Parisian Love Poem
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

Do you have one of those souvenir T-shirts that reads I Y New York? Sure you do, if you’ve ever been to NYC.

As a guy who lived in New York and its environs for 25 years, I can tell you it’s a city that’s easy to love.

Nearly a dozen directors do exactly that in “New York, I Love You,” the new film that’s playing at the Tropic Cinema.

You know what to expect if you saw “Paris, je t’aime,” that love poem to the City of Lights. Same here with the City That Never Sleeps, an anthology of stories about love in Bloomberg land.

These tales of love take us from Tribeca to Central Park, a journey of the heart. Actors include Bradley Cooper, Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Hayden Christensen, Christina Ricci, Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, John Hurt, Julie Christie, Andy Garcia, and Robin Wright – to name only a handful.

Emmanuel Benbihy and Tristan Carné get credit for the idea (both the Paris and New York versions). The directors here are Faith Akin, Yvan Attal, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner, and Randall Balsmeyer.

By the way, even if you’ve never ever been to New York, you’ll love this movie if you’re a romantic at heart.
[from Solares Hill]

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