Edit ModuleShow Tags

Great Film Events in Pittsburgh All Week

A look at three excellent upcoming events in the local film community, plus a review of "The Only Living Boy in New York."




filmmaker julie sokolow. photo by martha rial.
 

Hollywood is busy licking its wounds from a chaotic summer at the box-office (oh, the world didn’t want a Tom Cruise “Mummy” reboot, who could’ve guessed that except literally everybody), so a group of smaller releases sees the light of day this weekend. I haven’t had the chance to see most of this week’s crop, which includes: The French and Canadian animated fantasy “Leap!,” a well-regarded effort featuring the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan and Pittsburgh’s own Maddie Ziegler; the indie crime drama “Good Time,” starring Robert Pattinson, Barkhad Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh, which is drawing raves; and the Yiddish-language drama “Menashe.” This week, then, some quick notices from around town.

*    *    *

After one short review, of course. “The Only Living Boy in New York,” an overly indulgent coming-of-age drama directed by Marc Webb, follows hapless hipster Thomas (Callum Turner) as he pines after his far-too-good-for-him friend Mimi (Kiersey Clemons) until discovering that his father (Pierce Brosnan) is having an affair with the mysterious Johanna (Kate Beckinsale).

Nominally angry over the potential effects on his fragile mother (Cynthia Nixon), Thomas begins stalking Johanna; to what end, he’s not sure himself. The “Mrs. Robinson” feeling creeps in fairly quickly, though, as Thomas reports the goings-on to an inquisitive neighbor (Jeff Bridges).

If you’re keeping up, that is indeed an impressive cast; Bridges can’t help but turn in a moving performance despite an inane late-film twist, while Clemons — who previously shone in the underseen 2015 comedy “Dope” — is emerging as a star of limitless potential. Unfortunately, the movie as a whole is a navel-gazing mess; Thomas is never remotely likable, the travails of these signifiers-as-characters are tedious and the fetishization of Manhattan would even be extreme by Woody Allen standards. Come to think of it, “The Only Living Boy in New York” often feels like a poor imitation of a later Allen movie — right down to the awkward-guy-gets-all-the-girls wish fulfillment. You likely hadn’t heard of this film before now; feel free to drive it back out of your mind as quickly as possible.

*    *    *

In much better news, The Andy Warhol Museum is capping off its excellent “Stars of the Silver Screen” exhibit by reviving the Rooftop Shindig series in Theater Square. Those events, otherwise absent from the 2017 calendar, brought live music, food trucks and drinks and movie screenings to the roof of the Theater Square parking garage in the heart of Downtown; for the Warhol’s version, which I selected as one of my After Dark picks for August, they’ll show the 1932 Greta Garbo thriller “Mata Hari.” Phat Man Dee, certainly the Pittsburgh songstress most likely to be magically transported through a time vortex to Warhol’s Factory, will provide the music. The free event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. this coming Tuesday; I’d get there early.

*    *    *

Monday, the Carnegie Museum of Art will host the local premiere of filmmaker Julie Sokolow’s second feature, “Woman on Fire.” The film follows Brooke Guinan, a third-generation New York firefighter and the first openly transgender firefighter in the city’s history, through the obstacles and triumphs brought on by her transition. Sokolow, who we profiled earlier this year, is a New Jersey native who has lived and worked for years in Pittsburgh since receiving a scholarship to Pitt; her first feature-length film, “Aspie Seeks Love,” was widely acclaimed. Guinan will give a talk after Monday’s screening; click here for tickets and more info.

*    *    *

The Carnegie Screenwriters, a group of writers from throughout Western Pennsylvania, will host their first Script and Screen Festival this weekend at The Tull Family Theater in Sewickley. A reception on Saturday will feature live readings of new scripts from local filmmakers; Sunday, a collection of short films from independent filmmakers around the world will be shown. Click here for more info (advance ticket sales have ended).

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Matt Murray's Focus is on the Journey, Not the Destination

Matt Murray's Focus is on the Journey, Not the Destination

The Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender already has his name on the Stanley Cup — twice. Matt Murray may be a champion, but he’s still working diligently to improve his game.
Excellence in Nursing: Meet Our 2017 Honorees

Excellence in Nursing: Meet Our 2017 Honorees

Pittsburgh Magazine highlights the unsung heroes of the health care field: our Excellence in Nursing honorees, chosen by our panel of distinguished nursing professionals.
Restaurant Review: Superior Motors

Restaurant Review: Superior Motors

Kevin Sousa’s long-anticipated project fires on all cylinders as a restaurant. But, will it fulfill its larger mission?
Pittsburgh City Steps: An Artist Tells Their Stories

Pittsburgh City Steps: An Artist Tells Their Stories

Artist Laura Zurowski is on a mission to document Pittsburgh's public steps in an unorthodox way.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Can't Get No Satisfaction - Renters in Pittsburgh?

Can't Get No Satisfaction - Renters in Pittsburgh?

A new study suggests Pittsburgh tenants are far from thrilled with where they live.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Just in Time for the Holidays: Miracle Returns to Downtown

Just in Time for the Holidays: Miracle Returns to Downtown

The over-the-top holiday-themed bar opens at the Original Oyster House the night after Thanksgiving.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

The winner received the most votes among five dogs, four cats and a bunny.

Comments


Steal the Crown Jewels at Escape Room 51

Steal the Crown Jewels at Escape Room 51

The new escape game is instantly among the best in town.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Are Steelers Good Enough to Overcome Themselves?

Are Steelers Good Enough to Overcome Themselves?

The time has come for the offense to more often resemble what everyone thought it would become this season, as opposed to sinking on occasion to a Cleveland Browns-esque level of ineptitude.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

Robert Hallett, Goldsmith, handcrafts the jewelry in his Oakmont shop.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Justice League Could've Been Worse (But Should've Been a Lot Better)

Justice League Could've Been Worse (But Should've Been a Lot Better)

Reviews of "Justice League," "Wonder" and "Lady Bird," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
One for the History Books: A Cathedral of Learning Proposal

One for the History Books: A Cathedral of Learning Proposal

This groom-to-be popped the question at new heights, potentially making him the first person to propose on top of the University of Pittsburgh’s signature structure.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Iconic Kaufmann’s Building Gets New Lease with Luxury Apartments, Hotel

Iconic Kaufmann’s Building Gets New Lease with Luxury Apartments, Hotel

The developer behind Kaufmann’s Grand on Fifth Downtown promise to meld the historic with the modern as it readies to open more than 300 residential units featuring voice-command system Amazon Alexa, plus a rooftop infinity pool, restaurant and bar.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

School trustees voted this week to increase tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Comments