New York's other film festival -- the one named after the fashionable Tribeca nabe, but actually unfolds all over Lower Manhattan -- returns for its 12th edition tonight, opening with the rock doc Mistaken For Strangers, a portrait of The National directed by the roadie brother of the band's lead singer. The subsequent eleven days of screenings, events and panel discussions will be just as eclectic, as Tribeca continues its mission to serve as the funky, cool little sibling to the older and more respectable New York Film Festival that unspools every year at the uptown (and upscale) Film Society of Lincoln Center. For the full schedule, visit the festival's online headquarters. In the meantime, here are some of the trends to watch for at this year's TFF.
The new movie Date Night, in which Steve Carell and Tina Fey star as a suburban couple haplessly stuck in the middle of some sort of crime spree for an evening's time, is the latest installment in the grand tradition of "up-all-night" movies. To commemorate the occasion, I've pulled together my favorite cult classics of the underappreciated genre and listed them here. Feel free to peruse and then promptly tell me all of the ones I forgot.
Somebody at Paramount was listening back in June when Jack Black said he'd be down for a School of Rock sequel -- but only if director Richard Linklater returned, too. The studio acted quickly to get Black and Linklater back. It probably wasn't that difficult getting them to make a sequel for their most successful film at the box office to date, especially since it was also loved by critics. In fact, Paramount got writer [And Jack Black name-nemesis! - Zach] Mike White -- who's had his directorial debut since School of Rock -- and producer Scott Rudin -- who, you know, won an Oscar in the interim -- to return as well.