IT'S an unusual year at the 54th New York Film Festival.
Normally, during the nearly monthlong press screenings, one can get an inkling about whether a bag of treats in the form of fine/interesting/exciting/ cinema and other works are in store, or not. This year, not so. NYFF54 opens today (30 Sept.) and run through 16 Oct.
"The 13th" takes its title from the Thirteenth Amendment and recollects the political campaign strategies, public policies and laws – dating to post-Civil War days – that have informed high incarceration rates in the United States, particularly of black men.
A vehement lack of enthusiasm in at least one corner has met the Convergence section. This series, which encompasses virtual reality and immersive experiences, has not only been roundly panned, but compared unfavorably to the comparable series at the other major local festival, located in southern Manhattan.
The whole festival is before us and nearly two more weeks of press screenings. Perhaps in that time, more films will attain must-see or must-avoid status. I have some recommendations, but enjoy the videos for now.
THE LOST CITY OF Z
GARDEN OF EVIL
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