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Sky is the limit for ‘New York, I Love You’

Upcoming film looks to provides a fresh-style of film with plenty of A-list actors to bolster the box office
October 8th, 2009

It seems like the glorious days of cinema have slowly begun to diminish, with only a handful of truly great films coming out every few years. 

The upcoming romantic drama “New York, I Love You,” which will be widely-released on Oct. 16, is one of them. 

A film that has been called  “great” by some critics, it could become an instant classic alongside “The Godfather,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Gone with the Wind” and “Casablanca.” 

This movie has the ability to combine all the major components of film-making in a irresistible artistic film cleverly disguised as a typical romantic chick-flick. 

New York has been considered a melting pot of ethnic backgrounds. It has a special place in the hearts of Americans. It’s a place of wonder, excitement and magic. This film could capture the essence of New York and the love the city holds. 

“It’s appealing in how it has different directors and different point of views that bring something new and fresh to the table,” said Brandon Wilhelm, a JCU senior.

The film – directed by nearly a dozen directors, including Brett Ratner and first-timer Natalie Portman – is about the people that live in New York. 

The film itself is no ordinary film, but rather a collection of shorts. Eleven shorts with each segment only about 10 minutes long. 

“The beauty of this kind of project is you’re bound to find something in it that will appeal to you in some way,” said Wilhelm.

Pietro Shakarian, sophomore at JCU and president of the Carroll Cinema Society feels that it will do well among the college demographic.

“I believe the average college student would want to see a picture like this because it’s unconventional, it’s different, and it’s definitely something that isn’t done often,” said Shakarian. 

Together, all these shorts will tie into a common theme and stand as a true tribute to the greatness and wonder of one of America’s most engaging and wonderful cities. 

The film is in part a sequel to the 2006 film “Paris, je t’aime” (meaning “Paris, I Love You”), a film which takes the same collection-of-shorts approach to storytelling and also boasts of Hollywood talent, including the Coen Brothers, Wes Craven, Natalie Portman, Emily Mortimer, Elijah Wood, Olga Kurlyenko, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi and Juliette Binoche. 

Sticking with this tried-and-true technique, “New York, I Love You” has a stellar ensemble cast, including Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Robin Wright Penn, Christina Ricci and Bradley Cooper. 

The film has already done well among critics. 

It premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and has an IMDB approval rating of 8.2 out of 10. 

Considering the film’s unique cinematic approach and seemingly artsy trailer, the unorthodox approach to filming the movie has aroused a fresh  sigh of relief response from critics.

“Some people might call these types of films art films, [but] I would call them revolutionary,” said Shakarian.

The film’s early successes at the Toronto Film Festival and the high approval ratings from critics thus far are a good omen.