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Welcome to City Cinemania! Steve McQueen + 2009 New Directors/New Films series

Posted Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 at 9:38 am by Rich in Cultural Bees. More in 10011

City CinemaniaHello movie lovers! Welcome to City Cinemania, your source for up-to-the-minute news and information about the exciting and diverse movie scene here in New York. This city is simply teeming with great film events—from indie film festivals and exclusive advance screenings to Q&A sessions with rising filmmakers and movies under the summer stars—and I want to give you a head start on all of them.

Each week, I’ll give you the inside scoop on upcoming screenings, festivals, retrospectives, and other cool events, along with reviews and great movie content. Whenever possible, I’ll share tips on how to satisfy your movie cravings without breaking the bank, including access to free movies, discounted tickets, and other great deals.

There are few things I love more than talking about movies with like-minded people, so if you have any movies or other tips you want to share, please do! Hit me up at [email protected] and tell me what you thought about the last movie you saw, or share a great movie coming soon to your favorite local spot, or just about anything movie-related. For now, I’ll give you a heads up on two movies you should check out this weekend.

Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008)

Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2009)
Hunger (Steve McQueen, 2008)

Well-established visual artist Steve McQueen won the Caméra d’Or, awarded to the best film by a first-time filmmaker, at Cannes this year for his gritty depiction of the Irish hunger strike of 1981 and one of its idealistic leaders Bobby Sands. Hunger is a brilliant piece of bold filmmaking from start to finish; starkly beautiful compositions meet with the often unsettling sequences of brutal violence and self-imposed torture that took place during this tumultuous period in Northern Irish history. McQueen directs beautifully, employing thrilling sequences of action as well as seemingly endless shots that showcase his great eye for visuals and outstanding performances by his actors. Michael Fassbender delivers a terrific performance as Sands, and succeeds in revealing the frail humanity behind his outwardly unyielding demeanor. If you have the stomach for disturbing content, get yourself down to IFC (W. 4th St. and Avenue of the Americas) and enjoy this moving piece of history.

Ordinary Boys/Chicos Normales (Daniel Hérnandez, 2009)

Ordinary Boys (Daniel Hérnandez, 2009)
Ordinary Boys (Daniel Hérnandez, 2009)

Showing as part of the 2009 New Directors/New Films series co produced by The Film Society at Lincoln Center and MoMA, this story of three young people living in a Moroccan village shadowed by past acts of terrorism committed by some of its inhabitants should be a compelling look at daily life in a world where violence is a constant reality. This one comes with some perks! The film will be preceded by Killer, a short film directed by my very talented friend and coworker Adam Leon, and the $12 ticket gets you free access to Teaming Up, a panel discussion with filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (whose incredible film Half Nelson will show this Friday at The Film Society). Get on this one for sure movie lovers, and be sure to check out the other films showing in the series.

Until next week, here’s hoping I see you at the movies!

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