3 Must See Films At Tribeca: 'Teenage,' 'Trust Me,' & 'Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic'
April 24th, 2013 1:57pm EDT
If you live in New York, today marks the day when the Tribeca Film Festival gets serious. All of the films have played once, word of mouth becomes supreme currency and the rush lines start queuing earlier than ever before. Tickets to the festival are in extremely limited supply and—granted—aren’t cheap. So you want to check out one of the better films showing but aren’t quite sure what to see? I’m here to help! Below are three films screening tonight worth seeing:
Note: If you don’t have tickets, you can still rush; your best bet is to show up to the venue playing your film of choice 1 hour prior to showtime.
The concept behind this documentary is fascinating—to tell the story of the evolution of teenagers both as a demographic as well as their role in society. The bulk of the film centres the post-Industrial Revolution age (where children went straight to the factories to work and become “adults” through the end of the Second World War. The entire story is told through a series of quotes, although it is unclear what percentage of them are actually historical verses what may have been written for film. The filmmakers start the first third of the film nailing it through a carefully-curated collection of still and home movies as we weave through the lives of London’s Bright Young Things and Germany’s assimilated Nazi youth. I’m at the age that more or less marks the midway point between being a teenager and mid-life, but while I failed to feel the nostalgia that many older members of the audience probably will, there were some points throughout that I found compelling nonetheless. The film uses a gimmick that becomes obvious and is a bit of a turnoff by the last act, but overall it is a visual marvel.
Showing tonight at 9:00pm, Loews Village 7
I haven’t been blown away by any one narrative feature yet this year and that bugs me, because I really love it when I see something that makes me rabidly beg people to see. That said, Trust Me is one of the more interestingly entertaining films of this year’s festival. The setup is easy to digest: a former child-star turned lackluster Hollywood agent has about the worst luck a man could have representing young talent. The studio execs don’t really respect him, and neither do the children. Add to that, he’s constantly being bullied by a rival agent who succeeds in pillaging his best actors. By a stroke of luck, he stumbles in on an audition he’s not a part of, and this sets off a series of events in which he becomes acquainted with a young girl who is a prodigy, perhaps the greatest Hollywood discovery in recent memory. But as the studio closes in on tapping her to star in the biggest movie franchise since Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games (pick one), things get fishy and dangerous. It’s a classic Who’s the Bad Guy? scenario that left my screening crowd thoroughly pleased.
Showing tonight at 8:30pm, AMC Loews Village 7
Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
If you’re under 30, you probably have heard of Richard Pryor, but don’t know that he was one of the greatest comedians (and all-time black comedians) who ever lived, the one who made using foul language mainstream, one of the first who made no qualms about recounting personal tales of addiction struggles and domestic violence on stage in front of a decidedly more conservative country and somehow made them laugh about these things anyway. Richard Pryor begat Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. Richard Pryor was and is a legend. This new documentary chronicles his life from his troubled Illinois upbringing to superstardom. Filled with archival footage and interviews from some of comics biggest names, Omit the Logic will be one of the biggest outings of this year’s festival.
Showing tonight at 6:00pm, SVA Theatre
Photo Credits: Tribeca