Written October 14, 2009
At 112mins, NYILU is a vibrantly exciting refreshingly imaginative innovative film-making that weaves together 12 vignettes about LOVE in New York City.
Love is the MAIN theme - love never sleeps, it is on-going - pulsing, happy, tragic, poignant, fleeting, mesmerizing, steamy, sorrowful, sultry, sexy, revealing, electrifying, etc. - and these qualities are presented in their multi-faceted aspects linking the diverse vignettes.
NYILU features a respectable stable of directors, writers, and talented thespians. I was mesmerized by the talented cast's performances - and I applaud the various directors' bold uncompromising daring efforts in film-making.
I am so glad I was able to experience this non-traditional film that is so diverse and creative in its approach. I strongly urge folks to give this movie about romance a well-deserved chance.
Definitely a movie for non-traditionalists.
FRESH and refreshingly eclectic, and purposely adorably cute movie.
Written October 18, 2009
The 2nd installment of the shorts, having Paris Je'Taime being the debut.. New York I love you definitely hits home.. I have never been to Paris (yet) so I didn't quite understand what they were trying to convey.. I enjoyed it but didn't quite "get" it... NY I love you, on the other hand.. I 100% felt from the minute the movie started. I think you really have to understand (or have visited) the city before you really enjoy these City Driven Movies. DEFINITELY the cinematography is worth watching alone.. but to really get the storylines.. I think a visit is definitely a must.
Written January 31, 2014
Prior to renting this movie, I read some reviews on this site. Many of them were negative, and I was therefore unsure if I should watch it or not. However, there seemed to be an excellent cast and soundtrack listed on the box, so I decided to risk it. I, for one, really enjoyed it. Many reviews compare it to a movie called "Paris, je t'aime" which I had not seen. And maybe this is why I was able to see this film objectively and without precedents. And see the beauty in it. To truly enjoy it, you have to understand that this movie is not a standard Hollywood flick. It has no storyline or plot, and each short story is focused more on the filming and scenery and less on the acting and story. The movie does begin with a little weak acting, but as it progresses it becomes a film well worth watching.
Written October 27, 2009
New York, I Love , which looked like a NYU senior film project, did have very funny parts. However many of the scenes dragged on a bit, and it seemed as if the people behind the film got too caught up with their work and made the movie seem like seperate art/fashion scenes out of indie student film. For example, There is a scene Natalie Portman, who plays a Hassidic jew who is about to get married. Just after about 3 minutes of talking bsuiness with an Indian man, she reflects on her life as you see tears running down her cheaks because she is upset abou cutting her hair for religiious reasons. (At least I think that is the reasonI wouldn't be surpised if the movie meant for it to be love at first sight haha) Anyways, that's one example.
What upset me the most about this film was the awful portrayal of New York City. In my oponionn, Woody Allen and Spike Lee are the only people in Hollyiwood that can accurately portray NYC>
Written November 01, 2009
One of the worst movies I've ever seen.
Je t'aime Paris was one of the best; according to the credits, this is now a "franchise" and the next movie will be "I love you Shanghai." Also in the credits were the names of the thirty or so lawyers (!) who were instrumental in the making of the movie.
It was formulaic, precious, and pretentious. I grew up in New York and my wife lived there for 25 years; this movie was a waste of our time.