New York, a film location for hundreds of movies, is also the location of the 56th New York Film Festival.
Thirty newies include works by the Coen brothers and Jean-Luc Godard. Centerpiece is director Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical “Roma.” Middle-class family, beloved live-in nanny, set in Mexico in the ’70s. An epic, this big-time red-carpet event, shot in black and white, is a Netflix release.
Opener is Fox Searchlight’s “The Favourite.” Court life in 18th-century England. Rachel Weisz plays Britain’s Duchess of Marlborough. Her servant’s played by Oscar winner Emma Stone. Wickedly funny, it includes a sexually charged fight. Official opening date’s November.
Closing night. Director Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile “At Eternity’s Gate.” Willem Dafoe has the role of brilliant-albeit-defeated Vincent van Gogh in his final days.
North America’s premiere of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” has Liam Neeson as an impresario, James Franco a bank robber, Zoe Kazan some shy creature and Tyne Daly’s on a stagecoach.
“Her Smell” — forget that title — includes Cara Delevingne, Amber Heard, Virginia Madsen, Dan Stevens. A ’90s group of musicians, claustrophobic hallways, garish dressing rooms, bandmates unraveling, resentment and horror. It’s about rockers, but it’s no musical.
“High Life” has Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche on a spacecraft piloted by — ready? — death-row prisoners on a suicide mission. And “Private Life” has Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn as middle-agers desperately trying to have a baby.
The 17-day New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center is Sept. 28 to Oct. 14. Tickets go on sale Sept. 9.
The vice president gets booked
Next comes the slam on Mike Pence. Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books. Authors: Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner. Title: “The Shadow President.” Tone: Real not nice. NY Times calls it “damning.” Chicago Trib: “Gripping.” Washington Post: “A barnburner.” Kirkus Reviews: “Searing.” Pub-date is Tuesday.
He’s gift-wrapped as a “lackluster lawmaker . . . prodigious fund-raiser . . . driven by personal ambition” under “a facade of piety.” He wears “a carefully constructed mask of Midwestern nice” yet “his self-proclaimed humility and self-abasing deference” hide his own presidential ambitions and “drive for power.”
The cover jacket says he’s “laser-focused on his own pursuit of power.” OK?
Tuesday, a private rented Gulfstream left Teterboro’s Runway 24 for London. Aboard, rapper Post Malone, age 23, and his party of 16, done with Radio City Music Hall and MTV. This particular aircraft, always excellently maintained and well-serviced, is used steadily by friends, having just flown to LA and back in it, and is known to me.
After takeoff it experienced two blown tires. Circling half an hour to lighten the fuel load, it ended in a successful emergency landing in upstate New York.
Both pilots, known to friends, were calm, excellent, efficient in what could have been disastrous. They knew precisely what measures to take. Pending an examination, nobody can yet explain what happened.
Hey, maybe it’s just “The System.”
Paul Slansky’s 10-year-old Bloomsbury paperback, “Idiots, Hypocrites, Demagogues and More Idiots,” quotes 2006 “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert saying, “lots of misjudgments” were made regarding Iraq and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice replying, “There are also some misjudgments that were not made.”
Only in Washington, kids, only in Washington.
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