Admit it, you were just as hooked on Mary-Kate and Ashley films as I was when you were a kid. In trying to come up with a NY film to recreate for my first Cinema Circle post I knew exactly what I was going to do. No not Taxi Driver, Do The Right Thing or any of the other amazing films set in this city, not yet. Instead I chose one that would be relatively easy to recreate and fun to remember. The year was 2004, the film New York Minute.
A SIMPLE PLAN…
New York was one of those places I loved visiting but never really thought I could live there; it’s fast, loud and unforgiving. Rumors told me the people were rude, experience said otherwise and whenever someone asked me “How do you like New York?” I would immediately respond that I loved it followed by my thoughts on why I shouldn’t.Â Like directing, I used to think you had to have a very specific personality to survive here. You know the type: social, outgoing, in short a text book extrovert, the exact opposite of me.Â I was 13 when New York Minute premiered. I remember sitting in the school computer lab listening to bands like Lacuna Coil (Heaven’s A Lie anyone?) and obsessing over upcoming films.Â I was particularly excited for a little movie called Mean Girls and New York Minute.
I saw both with my own sister (we caught Mean Girls in theaters) and remember screaming “I’m Roxy!” at the screen once the girls were introduced. Roxy Ryan (played by Mary-Kate) was the wild one, the extrovert. The film itself is utterlyÂ ridiculous (Roger Ebert has a funny review here) and as I sit re-watching it 11 years later I am embarrassed to admit I ever liked it. But that’s what’s so fun about revisiting films like this, they offer a small peak into your world back then, allowing you to laugh at them and yourself much later in life. Plus if I sat here trying to convince everyone that I only watch European art house films all day that would be a lie. I guess you can say I have had an empire state of mind as of late so to quote Jay-Z “…and since I made it hereÂ I can make it anywhere…” and I’m sure that is true. I have not been in New York long but I know this; Life moves pretty fast here and I intend to do the same. My simple plan is to move on and forward, not at the breakneck pace the city seems to set but rather at my own. Slow and steady if need be but always full steam ahead.
Photos by Jackson Notier.
NEW YORK MINUTE
Dir.Â Dennie Gordon | Run time: 91 min
Starring:Â Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Eugene Levy