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Monthly Archives: August, 2015

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #1

Hannah and Her Sisters (dir. Woody Allen, 1986) The ultimate New Yorker, Woody Allen’s greatest masterpiece, this movie reminds us why New Yorkers love New York. Sam Waterston’s architectural tour of the city that he gives to Diane Wiest and Carrie Fisher is a cornucopia of the city’s most beautiful treasures in granite and glass. …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #2

The Taking of Pelham 123 (dir. Joseph Sargent, 1974) We’re talking about the real one, guys; not the recent winner of 2009’s “It Wasn’t Broken” Award. A simple story of a subway hijacking could, of course, take place in any Metropolis with a mass transit system (Moscow, London, Tokyo, etc.). But the dialogue here is …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #3

August Rush (dir. Kristen Sheridan, 2007) New York is a city of cultures and classes. All of them are studied in depth in this charming modernization of Oliver Twist. Everything from the cultural elite of Juilliard, to the homeless street musicians of Washington Square, to the church missions of Brooklyn makes a crucial appearance in this film. …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #4

Naked City (dir. Jules Dassin, 1948) The plot is a fairly standard police procedural that was relatively common in the late 1940’s. But this movie has the distinction of having been the first film since the silent period to be shot entirely on location in New York City. Consequently, it is like no other film …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #5

Taxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese, 1976) Scorsese’s best study of the city is a cinematic answer to Edward Hopper’s meditations on urban isolation and the loner’s relationship with the metropolis. The seedy city is the star of the show, here, even more than the iconic title character himself. Sure, the Times Square of 1976 is …

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ANSWER:

“No thonx!” Congratulations to Taylor Hallman for getting the correct answer first!

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QUESTION:

What are the two words that poet and humorist, Ogden Nash, uses to rhyme with “The Bronx”?

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #6

When Harry Met Sally… (dir. Rob Reiner, 1989) Quintessential New Yorker, Nora Ephron, wrote the screenplay for this movie about New Yorkers enjoying their city and falling in love in the process. Later, in the director’s chair, she would return to ever decreasing microcosms of the city. But here, she takes us through the everyday …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #7

Sidewalks of New York (dir. Edward Burns, 2001) Actor-director Edward Burns’ best film is sadly his least famous as well.  This valentine to our city is told through six equally important lead characters; five natives, one born in each of the five boroughs, and one transplant from the Midwest who may be the most exemplary representative …

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Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #8

Serpico (dir. Sidney Lumet, 1973) The New York City police officer may be an iconic figure. But the most famous member of the NYPD was also something intrinsic to the Big Apple: a nonconformist. And Lumet’s movie about his struggles with the gap between law and justice takes him – and us – all over …

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