The snowy season is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and watch a great Holiday film! If you need some suggestions, the PFS staff has picked their favorite flicks for the wintery months!
BY Alex Gibson
Fans of Will Ferrell-Adam McKay collaborations have been waiting nearly a decade for a follow up to arguably their best work together so far. Quotes from the original are burned into our vernacular – “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch,” “60% of the time, it works every time,” “I’m in a glass case of emotion!” Now, the wait is over; Anchorman 2 barrels into theaters next Friday.
The film picks up with Ron Burgundy collecting his news team for a spot in the brand new 24-hour news network in New York City. From the opening credits to the closing scene, Anchorman 2 reaches new heights in comedy. Champ Kind is louder, Brian Fantana is smoother, Brick Tamland is Brickier, and Ron Burgundy is all around more legendary.
This past weekend, the PFS Theater at the Roxy opened up its doors for the first ever Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival. It was a fun filled weekend of films, prizes and giveaways.
On Friday, The Roxy saw its first full house for the Opening Night film Zarafa. Kids coming to see the film took a second on the red carpet outside to snap a picture with their favorite characters.
On Saturday, we had a day of back-to-back films including the acclaimed Wolf Children, Kirikou, and Welcome to the Space Show.
The Festival finished up on Sunday with films in the morning followed by the Closing Night festivities and film The ZigZag Kid. Children at the Closing Night Festivities enjoyed a Stop Motion Animation Workshop, Caricatures, and another chance to snap a picture with their favorite characters.
BY Alex Gibson
It has been nearly a week since the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival ended and over the 11-day celebration of film, one of the brightest nights was Monday October 21 at the Prince Music Theater. The Philadelphia Film Festival welcomed director Alexander Payne and actor Will Forte for a Centerpiece screening of Nebraska.
BY Alex Gibson
We Are What We Are opens as a torrential downpour hits a small upstate New York town. Muddy water fills the street and people stay in their homes for the most part, except for Mrs. Parker, who ventures out to the general store. On the way home, she slips, hits her head and dies, sinking into dirty water beside the road. Upon learning of her mother’s demise, Rose Parker, the eldest of the family, is forced into her mother’s role of carrying out the family’s annual religious ceremony.
Their ritual: catching, killing, and eating a human being.
BY Sam Rossman
Of all the times I’ve seen him play Wolverine, I’ve never seen Hugh Jackman as angry as his character in Prisoners. He and the rest of the cast all turn in great performances in this unpredictable drama. The film is lengthy and does drag at times, but when all is said and done, you’re left with a satisfying payoff.
BY Fletcher Gelber
Once in a while, a film comes along that makes you not only question your position as a film buff, but also question your entire generation. This event came to pass when I recently watched the cult classic Dazed and Confused, a film that follows groups of high school seniors and upcoming freshman on their last day of school/first day of summer in the year 1976. There are two unwavering facts that I am completely sure of after watching this film — Dazed and Confused is one of the greatest films ever made, and my parents had it much, much better.
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, students all across the country are gearing up for another year of school. Not only is school where you spend the bulk of your formative years, but it’s also a great setting for a movie, whether it be a coming of age or a melodrama, whether it be incredibly unrealistic or nostalgic of days gone by, school-set movies are always great. Here are our favorites:
BY Alex Gibson
The streets of Sofia, Bulgaria are alive with the Christmas spirit. Garland curls up the lampposts, lights twinkle, and a holiday market has sprung up in the park. Brent Magna comes home expecting to see his wife trimming their tree, but instead finds broken glass ornaments and their apartment trashed. The phone rings. A mysterious voice tells Brent that his wife has been taken and the only way they’ll be reunited is for Brent to follow the voice’s instructions precisely. The voice’s orders lead Brent to commandeer Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, along with its owner, and tear through the city until the seemingly omniscient villain is satisfied. This is the plot of the high-octane new thriller Getaway, which recently screened in Manayunk.
The film was directed by co-founder and CEO of After Dark Films, Courtney Solomon. Solomon has made such acclaimed films as An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek, and Wristcutters: A Love Story, starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon. On the horizon, Solomon will be working on new action films under the banner of After Dark Action, and a movie based on Dungeons & Dragons. Earlier this month, he sat down with me to animatedly discuss the ins and outs of Getaway, which opens August 30 and stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight.
BY Sam Rossman
There’s so much about The World’s End to like; it’s highly original, hilarious and even has an emotional center at times. Not to take away from the rest of the cast who are all very good, but Simon Pegg really shines in his role, playing a character very different than his usual type of character. All in all, The World’s End is easily some of the most fun you’ll have at the movies this summer.