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Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

July 12th, 2011 Alina Guzman Films 1 Comment

I continue my summer with more free film festivals. You really gotta love NY- can’t say that nothing is free when you live here. Apparently New York has a taste for free summer movie screenings. Tribeca Cinemas hosts Korean Movie nights, Syfy hosts Brooklyn Bridge Park’s movie nights with an amazing backdrop view of Manhattan – swoon. And now I’ve attended an HBO Bryant Park movie night. I met up with my friend Emily who I haven’t seen in wayyyy too long to see “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

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The lawn opened up at 5pm. By 5:30 when we got there, it was already packed. But the movie didn’t start until sundown so we sat on the side, ate amazing “snausages”, and people watched. Three hours later when the movie still didn’t start, we couldn’t take it anymore and left. Note to self, come a lot closer to the movie start next time.

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Korean Movie Nights

June 22nd, 2011 Alina Guzman Films No comments

The Korean Cultural Service in New York is hosting a series of (FREE!) Korean movie nights this summer. Tonight, I went to the premiere of Cafe Noir with my bestie Hikalu. Now, before I say anything else, let it be known that I’m a BIG fan of Korean culture, films, food, etc. Its pretty obvious if you know me well enough. Despite all that, I just HATED Cafe Noir. I have never ever left a theater before finishing a movie, no matter how dull it was (except for that time there was a family of rats nested around my feet), but I just couldn’t sit through this! It could have had something to do with a horrible woman sitting in front of me blocking my way. But no. It was everything. It was too long (198 minutes!), too weird, and too dull.

But maybe its just me, don’t let this keep you from experiencing the rest of the movies! Or even this one. I hated it, you might love it.

“The Hollywood Reporter calls it “enthralling” while other trade papers have violently rejected it like a bad cheeseburger, but either way there’s nothing else out there like film critic Jung Sung-Il’s epic CAFE NOIR. A sprawling, multi-character feature in the vein of a postmodern Robert Altman movie, the film tells the tale of a rejected young lover and his married mistress, juggling visual styles, points-of-view and references to everything from Korean monster movie THE HOST toDostoevsky’s White Nights and Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. Truly unique.”

Decide for yourself but I fully intend on going to as many of the movies as I can this summer. (:

They’re played at the Tribeca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street.

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