Bright and early on Monday morning will be the start of P&I (Press and Industry) screenings for me at the 52nd New York Film Festival. This will be my third year covering the rather prestigious festival for The Awards Circuit and quite frankly, I’ve never been as excited for an NYFF lineup as I am this year. Honestly, can you blame me? If you look at the titles playing at the fest, there’s something for everyone, and that’s putting it mildly. Again, I’ve never been quite as excited for a festival, and that’s saying something. Monday morning will begin screenings and I’ll be seeing multiple movies almost every weekday (with the occasional weekend) for basically a month. Not all the flicks will be winners, of course, but I suspect at least one or two films will wind up blowing my mind in some way. Hey, just last year we saw Her become a modern classic in my eyes.
If you compare the highest profile films from the past few years to this one, it’s very possible that this festival will be the best one ever. Two years ago we had Flight, Life of Pi, and Not Fade Away, while last year was Captain Phillips, Her, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. If you size up what we could be in store for with Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Gone Girl, and Inherent Vice, there’s clearly a chance that this could be a fest for the ages. That’s not even counting other things like Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner, and Whiplash, just to name a few.
Below you’ll see which ten films I’m most excited for at NYFF. They obviously include the three big slots (Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night) along with my cherry picked choices from the 30 some odd other titles at the festival. These aren’t the only things to look forward to, believe me, but they represent what I’d like to see above all. It’ll be interesting to see how this list compares to my end of the fest rundown. Perhaps my top ten will be these exact ten? Who knows (maybe I’ll hate something like I hated Stray Dogs last year), but it’ll be exciting to see play out.
The Ten Films I’m Most Looking Forward To: