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Published on September 27th, 2012 | by Greg


NY Film Fest 2012 Preview: “Passion” And “The Bay”

This week­end is the open­ing ses­sions of the 50th An­nu­al New York Film Fes­ti­val, and we’ve been check­ing out the press pre­view screen­ings for the last cou­ple of weeks. As with ev­ery big show­case event, there are movies for just about ev­ery taste, di­vid­ed in­to tracks and spread out over the next two weeks or so. Run­ning from Septem­ber 28th to Oc­to­ber 14th, most films will screen at the Wal­ter Reade The­ater and Al­ice Tul­ly Hall at Lin­coln Cen­ter, and we hope you’ll be able to check out a few!

The Main Slate in­cludes the World Pre­miere of the new Ang Lee film “Life of Pi” for Open­ing Night, but don’t miss oth­ers, in­clud­ing many North Amer­i­can and Unit­ed States pre­mieres. “Araf – Some­where in Be­tween”, “Cae­sar Must Die”, and “The Gate­keep­ers” will all ap­peal to folks look­ing for tru­ly in­de­pen­dent cin­e­ma, from clas­sics to doc­u­men­taries, and those in need of a sol­id thriller should en­joy “No”, fea­tur­ing Gael Gar­cia Bernal’s star­ring role as a man who helps the an­ti-Pinochet move­ment in Chile.

We had a chance to view the Bri­an de Pal­ma film “Pas­sion”, a re­make of a very re­cent French film, and one that can’t seem to make it’s mind up as to whether to be an erot­ic thriller or a who­dunit mys­tery. Noo­mi Ra­pace is sol­id as an as­sis­tant to Rachel McAdams, but the lat­ter falls flat, with di­a­logue that seems wood­en and ar­ti­fi­cial in a world that nev­er was quite com­pelling or con­vinc­ing. The fi­nal act made most of the au­di­ence groan in dis­be­lief, and though some ques­tions are an­swered, it turns out you can’t re­al­ly trust the an­swers- which, in turn, makes for a frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The oth­er el­e­ments of the film range from cheesy (awk­ward cam­er­a­work) to over­wrought (the score), so we can’t re­al­ly rec­om­mend this one. Screens Septem­ber 29th and Oc­to­ber 6th at 9PM, as well as a 3:15 show­time on Oc­to­ber 11th.

On a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent track lie Mid­night Movies, and though there are on­ly three of them in this year’s pro­gram, they’re all promis­ing. “Berbe­ri­an Sound Stu­dio” might not have the most ap­peal­ing ti­tle, but looks like a fun, sol­id creepy for­eign flick, and “Out­rage Be­yond” is sure to de­light fans of Hong Kong ac­tion (Takeshi Ki­tano is more or less a sure bet).

But we def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend check­ing out “The Bay”, a film that feels at times too easy but con­tin­ues to ter­ri­fy long af­ter view­ing. Scary enough to in­spire some fevered late-night re­search in­to “isopods”, the mon­sters of choice here aren’t very big, though they have the ad­van­tage of be­ing all too re­al and yet rel­a­tive­ly un­known. If Jaws made you afraid of the ocean, “The Bay” aims straight for the oth­er bod­ies of wa­ter. The un­der­ly­ing premise doesn’t quite come in­to full fo­cus as demons as piled on- is it a prob­lem with nu­cle­ar pow­er? fer­til­iz­er pol­lu­tion from fac­to­ry farms? de­salin­iza­tion?- but it’s clear that di­rec­tor Bar­ry Levin­son had a lot of fun mak­ing this. You get what you came for: a fair­ly tra­di­tion­al take on the hand-hand cam­era scareathon, pre­dictable, rarely veer­ing in a di­rec­tion that might sur­prise. And that might be enough, ex­cept for the hon­est and down-to-earth shine that sur­rounds the pro­duc­tion, one where char­ac­ters ac­tu­al­ly act log­i­cal­ly (for the most part) and the mes­sages are a bit messy and all the more re­al for that. Screens Septem­ber 29th and 30th at mid­night, with the di­rec­tor in per­son at the ear­li­er show­time!

Grab your tick­ets now- many screen­ings are al­ready sold out! Ex­pect to spend around $20-$24 for a seat, less if you’re a mem­ber, with vary­ing prices for spe­cial events like the Di­rec­tor’s Di­a­logues.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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