New York Stories (1989)
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Critic Reviews for New York Stories
Whether it happened by chance or design, the sketches have more than just New York in common: all three have something to do with middle age, as well as with romantic relationships.
Only Woody Allen seems to have understood what is possible in a featurette.
It's still too early to tell whether the cheering New York Stories will be a box-office hit, but one can hope.
New York Stories consists of three films, one good, one bad, one disappointing.
Allen's contribution is the only one that can be counted as a genuine success.
Audience Reviews for New York Stories
New York Stories have two good tales: Life Lessons by Scorsese and Oedipus Wrecks by Allen. But Coppola's Life Without Zoe, it's terrible, boring and totally disappointing. The worse thing in the movie is Coppola being with others great directors. The 70's was a terrific time to Francis Ford and his classic pictures that gonna be unforgettable in cinema history, but all change in 80's and this status of master stay really weak. One of this disasters is the short film Life Without Zoe in New York Stories, and what make the movie be not very good. Scorsese and Allen save the picture... but not enough.
None of these stories are really BAD per se; just really badly filmed and very nineties lighting. Woody Allen's segment was okay funny, Scorsese's thing was confusing but watchable, Coppola's...I don't even want to talk about it. I'll pretend it didn't happen. There is seriously something wrong with the technique with which these shorts were made. Did they hire worse people to do the camerawork because they weren't given enough money?
One again everything Sofia Coppola touches turns to shit. Tucked in between Scorsese's comment on art and Allen's delightful matriphobia comedy is Coppola's big floating turd of a short.
New York Stories Quotes
|Sheldon Mills:||Boiled chicken. That's my mother's specialty. Of course she manages to render the bird completely devoid of any flavor. It's a culinary miracle.|
|Sheldon Mills:||Can you really cook or do you just stand orver the stove and chant or something?|
|Rita:||That was great. You never made love to me like that before, and you didn't even have alcohol.|
|Zoe:||They named me Zoe, because Zoe means life in Greek.|