Consider an arthouse, darker, noir version of Men in Black
with secretive alien refugees trapped in Manhattan, tentacle sex and concept art by H. R. Giger
. Clair Noto's The Tourist
could have been transformed into a great movie in the right hands. Instead, it has languished in permanent development hell
since the 1980's. Some call it "the greatest scifi screenplay never produced" (Article, part 1
.) Decide for yourself and read Noto's original screenplay
. [more inside]
Opening Day of The Guggenheim Museum
, 3:34 of color film shot on October 21, 1959 in NYC.
“Buildings & Crowd” captures the their excitement as lines formed down Fifth Avenue. The end of the film highlights the inaugural exhibition within the rotunda. With works by Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Stuart David, Max Ernst, Paul Klee, and Vasily Kandinsky.
new exhibition 'Street' is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
, in NYC. It is an HD video of pedestrians in Manhattan, slowed way, way down. Watch 2:17 of the 61 minute piece here
, and another 2:01 clip here
. Villlage Voice
, New York Times
, and an interview with Nares in Interview
. [more inside]
Follow Tom Cruise
as he navigates his way around Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
Greenwich Village set [more inside]
: a nameless cannabis delivery guy delivers his much-needed medication to stressed-out New Yorkers in this character-driven web series.
A two-foot piece of wood or plastic mounted on wheels, it yields to the skillful user the excitements of skiing or surfing. To the unskilled it gives the effect of having stepped on a banana peel while dashing down the back stairs. It is also a menace to live and even limb. Life magazine article on skateboarding in New York City
, from the May 14, 1965 issue. Pictures from that article are now online in larger form
on another site). See also: The New York Skate Movie
trailer on YouTube. [more inside]
A Year of New York in 5 minutes.
Cameraman Andrew Clancy lives in New York City, and was in the habit of shooting footage of what was going on around him whenever he was out. This is a compilation of life in the city, from the point of view of a New Yorker.
8 Hours in Brooklyn
- Fantastic little compilation of slo-mo footage taken over the course of eight hours in BKLN. Extra good watched in fullscreen.
Alien Loves Predator makes an (abridged) map of NYC movies. Can you name all 91? (via) [more inside]
Have you ever gotten lost in the Myst-inspired architecture of Anthology Film Archives’ website, or struggled awkwardly with the Chinese puzzle box-construction of BAMcinematek’s calendars? Have you ever circled the block at Lincoln Plaza in search of the secret entrance to the fabled Walter Reade Theater? (Hint: look behind the waterfall.) Have you found yourself asking time and again, “What the fuck is Union Docs?”
The brainchild of critic Paul Brunick
, Alt Screen
is a new site billed as "a comprehensive digital resource covering film exhibitions and related special events in the New York City area." The contributing editors include blogger Jim Emerson
, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
] and Nathan Lee
(apparently coming out of retirement
The Responsive Eye.
Brian De Palma's 1966 film (25 mins) of the opening night of New York MOMA's 'The Responsive Eye' exhibition on op art.
"Toity poiple boids / Sittin on da koib / A-choipin an’ a-boipin / An’ eatin doity woims."
From Atlantic Avenue to Zerega Avenue (map
), the kinds of New York City accents
made famous by the likes of Archie Bunker, Jimmy Breslin and Travis Bickle are disappearing
. But though you may not often hear “foath floah” for "fourth floor" in Manhattan anymore
, documentary filmmaker Heather Quinlan knows
you can still hear strains of the old mellifluous tones in Brooklyn
, Staten Island
, and the Bronx
, and that's exactly what she's setting out to document in her film If These Knishes Could Talk
A creative New York couple and their wonderful, vintage photographs: pioneering filmmaker, Morris Engel
, and award-winning photojournalist, Ruth Orkin
, who is renowned for her iconic American Girl in Italy
. [more inside]
I work as a film location scout in New York City.
My day is basically spent combing the streets for interesting and unique locations for feature films. In my travels, I often stumble across some pretty incredible sights, most of which are ignored every day by thousands of New Yorkers in too much of a rush to pay attention.
As it happens, it's my job to pay attention, and I've started this blog to keep a record of what I see.