Today was the last full day before we leave New York City. Started the day by seeing the last two films of our abbreviated Tribeca coverage. The first was Detachment, a relentless drama starring Adrien Brody. And when I say this was relentless, I mean it. This film was harsh and just when you think anything is about to get better for any character, it just doesn’t. While I thought at the beginning of the film that this was just a tactic used by the filmmakers to make you think the film was “artsy,” I quickly realized what it added to the story as a whole and the feelings that this film wanted to make you feel. Pretty great little film.
The next film was The Bleeding House, a very low budget horror film. The concept was interesting enough and the actors were game if not a little lacking, but the film as a whole suffered in a number of areas. Whenever I’m allowed/get around to it, there will be a full review on Movies on Film.
After a small respite back at the hotel, we headed to the city and Radio City Music Hall for the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
This was our view from the top balcony. At the bottom of the pic you can see Rich Eisen, Michael Ervin and the rest of the NFL Network team. Just out of frame to the right were the guys from ESPN. The whole experience was pretty surreal because of the amount of talent, past and present, that were in attendance, as well as simply being in the historic Radio City Music Hall. After the crowd let NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell know how they felt about him (hint: they don’t really like the guy), we got the first picks. You can go somewhere else to find out who the rest were if you really want to, but I’m here to introduce you to my team’s pick:
This is A.J. Green, the top wide receiver in all of the draft and the Cincinnati Bengals’ first pick at the number 4 spot. Now it’s almost 1am and I’m about to get some sleep before my long drive home tomorrow. You’ve been fun New York. I won’t soon forget you.
Today at Tribeca Joshua and I watched 2 movies. The first was Trollhunter, a “found footage” movie from Norway about, well, a troll hunter. It was pretty good with really great special effects. I’d liken it to more of a Cloverfield and less of a Blair Witch Project, but with a lot more humor than either (which seemed even funnier to the Norwegian press guy we had sitting behind us).
The next film was The Guard, the poster of which I’ve displayed above. Really, the only reason we decided to see this movie was because Don Cheadle was in it and we needed a movie to see after Trollhunter. What we got, however, was the best movie of the fest I’ve seen thus far. Brendan Gleeson does a fantastic job as Gerry Boyle, a morally crooked but good-at-heart police sergeant in Ireland who finds himself in the middle of murder and drug smuggling. This film was hilarious. Almost anytime Gleeson opened his mouth something funny yet offensive would slip out and the audience would burst into laughter. As awful as some of the things said by Sgt. Boyle were, Gleeson played him in such a way that he was still charming. Much credit also has to be placed on the film’s script, which was written by John Michael McDonagh, who also directed. If I had to compare it to another movie, I would say to think Snatch but Irish, a little less action and a few more laugh-out-loud moments.
There are two more films left to see tomorrow, but I’m not sure if they have what it takes to dethrone The Guard at the top of my personal Tribeca list.
First film of watched during the Tribeca Film Festival. First time seeing the Ghostbuster’s firehouse in real life. First slice of New York pizza.
First time seeing NBC studios
First time seeing Time Square. First time at FAO Schwarz and seeing the giant piano from Big.
This was a super busy, super productive day. Had lots of fun seeing pretty much everything I wanted to see while here in NYC as well as getting to see two films (Everything Must Go, and Catching Hell). Tomorrow holds two more films and an attempt to get bracelets that will allow us to go to the NFL Draft on Thursday.
Also, my legs are burning from all of the walking the last two days. I need to exercise more, I think.
First time in New Jersey. First time driving in Manhattan (Yikes). First time on a subway. First time I was given a press pass for anything.
After driving for around 12 hours on little sleep, dealing with a number of high-anxiety situations, and experiencing what many consider to be the greatest city in the world for the first time, I’m spent. I’m currently typing this from mine and Joshua's hotel in Queens and planning to call it an early night to start the day seeing movies tomorrow. The last note I'd like to make on the day is this:
Cincinnati, take notes, cause this is how a real city is done.
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