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Blank City Reviews

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March 1, 2012
The films emerge as fascinating period pieces filled with too-cool-for-school 70s types; but the most potent figure in the film is New York itself, decrepit but glowering angrily in the background.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 1, 2012
A dusty feature-length slideshow presented by aging hipsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 20, 2012
The film works best as a love letter to a grubbier, poorer era in Manhattan history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 26, 2011
Celine Danhier combines talking heads with a flood of Super-8 and 16-millimeter film clips to create this entertaining 2010 documentary about the explosion of punk energy that propelled New York City's art, music, and cinema underground.
July 15, 2011
There's no denying that the decaying New York of the late-'70s/early-'80s was a fascinating proving ground for starving artists. And Blank City is great arty eye candy. But you'll appreciate it best if the skinny-tie years were indeed your glory days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 15, 2011
As maddeningly undisciplined as the movie community she's exploring, but it still stands as a worthy historical document of NYC's recent past and the birth of a new way of making films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 15, 2011
Celine Danhier's vivid documentary recreates the dangerous energy of New York City in the late 70s and early 80s.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 15, 2011
As well as unearthing flavourful clips from films only determined cineastes have seen (War Is Menstrual Envy, You Killed Me First), French filmmaker CÚline Danhier has reassembled many of the era's crucial players.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 10, 2011
This doc is interesting and worthy, but it is unlikely to send you seeking most of the films sampled in it. That was then, this is now, and it was fun while it lasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 30, 2011
... Makes you nostalgic for a cultural experience you never had.
June 17, 2011
You can't tell the urban hipsters without a scorecard.
June 17, 2011
The biggest shortcoming of "Blank City" is that, despite its vivid portrait of the time period, we never get much sense of what the actual movies are like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 16, 2011
Above all, the film is a poignant valentine to an era when artists could afford to live and work on the island of Manhattan, and the cultural ferment goosed by their low-rent lifestyle.
Read More | Original Score: A-
June 13, 2011
The grainy Super-8 and 16-mm esthetic invests the New York films with a bruised and distressed grandeur that is much more pleasing to the eye than the smoothness of the DIY no-budget movies of the current video era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 9, 2011
The real reason to see Blank City is to catch snatches of the now-decades-old films - priceless DIY numbers that capture all the wild energy, humor, and rage of, if not a more innocent time, then certainly a cooler one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2011
Contains some interesting and amusing 'No Wave' anecdotes, but director Celine Danhier doesn't form a cogent narrative spine from all of her interviews.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 2, 2011
"Blank City" shows a succession of engaging, intelligent, middle-aged people showing some very bad home movies that they once hoped were something more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2011
The doc flags toward the end, but it remains an absorbing snapshot of a daring time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 19, 2011
"Blank City'' can't help but feel a little unfocused ... and it definitely isn't sure where to call it quits, but it's there for the moments that matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 19, 2011
Blank City is not a great documentary. Too much is covered way too rapidly. Interviews are cut short, making room for samplings from No Wave movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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