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2006 indieWIRE Blog Poll

poster2.jpgIn response to fellow blogger Tom Hall‘s call to arms, as well as the 2006 indieWIRE Critics’ poll I am posting my year end list. I have violated the rules laid down by Mr. Hall and indieWIRE because I felt like it and because I have trouble following directions. I have doubled the performance categories and thrown some runners up, as well as a few “worst of the year” mentions. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my blog, my rules!
Also, there are many films I have yet to see, including The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, L’Enfant, Army of Shadows (returning soon to Film Forum!), Old Joy, Casino Royale, Borat, Half Nelson, The Last King of Scotland, Volver…. now it’s just getting embarrassing. As a result, I get the feeling I will be monkeying with my list as the year winds down this week. The “best first feature” section is especially barren for me, not having seen any of the indieWIRE-listed films. That said, I am pretty ok with my choice. As for the “best documentary” category, I am woefully unprepared for this one. (Jesus, I am getting more and more pathetic as this goes on….). I am therefore leaving it blank and hope to fill it in at a later date.
On with the poll!

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2006 NYFF Closing Night

Sunday night was the occasion of one of my favorite parties of the film festival calendar, that being the New York Film Festival closing night fiesta at the Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Building at New York’s Columbus Circle, brought to you this year by our friends at Kodak. The party was well-hosted by Kodak’s Anne Hubbell, pictured on the right here as 1/2 of my own personal “If Life Were Only Like This” display. Helping to make me look good is the IFC Center manager Katie “I’m kickin’ Your Ass In Fantasy Soccer” Trainor.

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See what I mean?

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NYFF ’06 – Days In The Dark

IMG_0226.jpgToronto, New York Film Festival, Woodstock, The Hamptons, AFI Fest, AFM, Denver, London… add those up with the new Fall TV season and it’s enough to make a guy go all jibber jabber (extra points if anyone can name that reference)! Having recently returned from Toronto, I find myself trying to catch up on my writing and my TV while simultaneously trying to plan the next 3 months of festivals and other travel. (I need to go on a mileage run later in the year. Anyone care to join me?)
Starting Monday, the press screenings for the 44th New York Film Festival kick into high gear, with fourteen screenings next week alone. There are ten more the following week and seven more the week after that. Are we crazy, or what? Don’t forget that stuck in there is the NYFF Opening Night gala screening of Stephen Frears’ The Queen followed by the official and always fun after party at Tavern on the Green and the “turn it up a notch” after-after party. Maybe this year will be my first in ten where I make it to the food at Tavern in time to get the seared tuna before it’s all gone. I swear people have been lying to me for a decade, cuz I have never seen it there. Not once.

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