Sunday, March 24, 2024

NIGHTCAP 3/24/24: Making Waves New Romanian CInema Starts this week, good bye NYICFF, random bits

The annual New Romanian Cinema Making Waves is playing NYC at IFC Center, Roxy and DCTV we are better for it.

Highlighting some of the best films Romania. The festival will open your eyes as to films outside of the art house. Films beyond the very serious films that American distributors pick up are high lighted so aren’t getting dark sides of life.  

What kills me is that the distributors here go for the sturm and drang films where as they don’t bring the comedies which, I’ve discovered thanks to this festival, are very funny.

I’ve not finished seeing films for the festival, so I’m not certain if there are comedies, but I do know that they are running good films (reviews are coming).

I suggest that if you want to see some great off Hollywood films that you check the schedule and buy tickets.

Screening Venues:

Firehouse: DCTV’s Cinema for Documentary Film, 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013 (The cinema’s entrance is around the corner on White Street between Lafayette and Centre Streets)

IFC Center, 323 6th avenue, New York, NY 10014

Roxy Cinema New York, 2 Avenue of the Americas, Cellar Level, New York, NY 10013


DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema: $17 General, $8 DCTV Members. Visit for more information.

IFC Center: $18 adult/$15 senior/$12 IFC Center members. Visit for more information

Roxy Cinema New York: $17 General. Visit for more information.


I am increasing of the opinion that people getting upset about the use of the wrong terminology, as in the case of CHASING AMY not mentioning the term bisexual,  or in the case of older films using offensive language or stereotypes is simply a refusal to deal with the world as it is and was. These things happened and a desire to ignore that won't make them go away or make a great film any less great because it doesn't fit in your box.

Film fans don’t want to think or consider or go outside their cocoons and deal with the big bad world. Of if they want to deal with it, it is to cut loose anything doesn't fit with their world view or experience.

The refusal to watch a film, or see a work of art, because of something "offensive" or wrong in today's eyes is to narrow a world view, especially if the offensive thing can be seen in context.  Perhaps the term they want used wasn't readily used or invented.  You can't fit today's views into the eyes of people decades or centuries ago.

Additionally dismissing something because it isn't as enlightened as today is wrong, just like saying the the ancient Romans were stupid because they didn't have cellphones.


For those who are interested, the plan for the next month or two are a bit free form, more so than the last few months where I was trying to be free form.

This week is a whole bunch of new releases.  That will bleed into coverage of New Directors New Films. From there I have a smattering  more of new releases, and then things are kind of vague until the mid-year festivals.

I do know that there will be more streaming reviews  of Netflix, Amazon and other streaming films. Yes they are late, but they are coming.

If you want a steady stream of what I’m watching with early reactions, as well as Randi’s favorite things- blind comments on embargoed films follow my on Twitter or Blue Sky.


This is a reminder that Peter Gutierrez has two new books out. One is a collection of short stories and the other is a novella. Both are excellent

Details and links to buy them can be found here.


I am enjoying the post awards silence. It’s so nice not to have to listen to talk of the same four of five Oscar films and which is better than another.

I am enjoying that we are back to discussing a wide variety of films that cross all sorts of genres and nationalities.


Ran into some clips from CODA on You Tube recently and I realized that I want to see it again…

…and I also realized that the streamers exclusive lock on films is a bitch. There are so many recent films that either I missed or saw before their release that are now locked behind a pay wall that it’s likely I will never see them.

I have Amazon and Netflix (and Max because I subscribe to HBO) but I don’t have anything else. I don’t have time or the cash to have a stack of streaming services I probably won’t watch beyond the odd title. It might be different if I wasn’t dealing with Unseen, but I could potentially have a new film every night chose for me.


Related- I’ve largely stopped buying physical media- not because I don’t want it- rather because I don’t have time to watch it.


Lastly I want to thank everyone at NYICFF for another wonderful festival.

Thank you for putting it together.

Thank you for  your kindnesses.

I can’t wait for next year.

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