He Said/She Said: PFS at Tribeca

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Last month the Tribeca Film Festival celebrated its 13th year and was well attended by PFS staff. Of course, Michael and Andrew were there for programming purposes, but PFS Marketing Coordinator Mariah and PFS Blogger Ben also traveled to NY for their first Tribeca experiences as a Tribeca press volunteer (Mariah) and a visiting member of the press (Ben). Since they were working different angles of the same department, we thought it’d be fun to do a Q&A to compare their experiences. Hope you enjoy!

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! Rushmore

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All’s fair when love is war.

I have always been a Wes Anderson fan. Ever since I was exposed to his stunning cinematography and beyond-quirky characters in The Royal Tennebaums, I have been on the Wes Anderson bandwagon. However, there have been and still are some notable gaps in my knowledge. Although I have seen and very much enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeerling Limited, and, my personal favorite, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, I have yet to see Bottle Rocket or Steve Zissou. Tremendous oversights, I know, but at least now I can say that I’ve closed the gap somewhat after watching Anderson’s second feature film Rushmore.

So Bad It’s Good – The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai

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This week’s ‘So Bad It’s Good’ is a film so very awful, its awesome: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. If you are not familiar with this gem, please allow me to illuminate you. Made in 1984, this film stars Peter Weller (Robocop) as a neurosurgeon/ particle physicist named Buckaroo Banzai who, along with his scientist rock band, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, saves the world from aliens.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Dr. Strangelove

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BY Alex Gibson

Watching Dr. Strangelove was a big step for me. Never having seen Lolita or 2001, I am way behind on my Kubrick. Not only that, but I must also confess that this was my very first Peter Sellers film! Never had I experienced his Inspector Clouseau, his 007, his slapstick-y outrageous character creations – until now.

Interview: Fede Alvarez, Director of ‘Evil Dead’

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Back in January of last year, it was announced that Sam Raimi’s cult classic horror film ‘Evil Dead’ was being remade by a first-time director from Uruguay with a script by ‘Juno’ writer Diablo Cody. Not too many people were happy about that. However, now that the film has opened in theaters everywhere, everyone seems to be singing the praises for this remake. (I know that’s what I did in my review over at ScienceFiction.com.)

Interview: WWE Superstar Wade Barrett of Dead Man Down

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By Ben Silverio

When WWE, the Connecticut-based wrestling company, started producing films, not too many people were excited. They were essentially vehicles for wrestling stars to get more mainstream media exposure. There were a few hits here and there, but largely, these movies were misses.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Blue Valentine

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BY Alex Gibson

Blue Valentine may not be a classic like Casablanca or Star Wars, but when it came out three years ago, it set the indie film world a flutter with news of a festival darling that pleased critics and audiences alike. I just wasn’t in any of those audiences, not even when it screened in the 19th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival. Consequently, I have had to hush up whenever people around me discussed the brilliance of the film. For the next three years, I kept meaning to watch it, but was never quite in the mood to be depressed.

PFS Programmer, Dilcia Barrera, Takes on SXSW for the First Time

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Dilcia’s SXSW Experience

This year marked SXSW Film’s 20th edition and my first time attending. I was warned by many of SXSW’s chaotic nature because Austin converts into a hub of thousands of people in search of the latest innovations in music, technology, and of course film. The weather was nice, the food was awesome, and the lines were surprisingly easy to master – only requires a little bit of discipline to wake up early and obtain a Festival Exxpress pass for entrance priority. And I even got to see Green Day at the world premiere of their pair of documentaries, Broadway Idiot and ¡Cuatro! I was able to catch so many amazing films including some that will be screening next week at the XPN Music Festival. Some of my (and SXSW audiences) favorites included Good Ol’ Freda, a portrait of Beatles fandom through their longtime secretary, Twenty Feet From Stardom, an inspiring portrait that shines a spotlight on backup singers, Muscle Shoals, an insightful look at one of music history’s most iconic studio, and Los Wild Ones, an intimate look at Mexican rock-a-billys in Los Angeles. An emotional moment of SXSW was seeing 2012 XPN Music Film Fest Alumni Destin Daniel Cretton (I Am Not a Hipster) take the Grand Jury Prize for his new film Short Term 12, his heart warming speech left no dry eye in the theatre. Additionally, I will never forget meeting Kathleen Hanna post The Punk Singer screening – the film strengthened my admiration for such a great artist and I’m excited to bring it to Philadelphia. I hope you can take advantage of the great programming of fresh, new films straight out of their world premieres at SXSW next week at the XPN Music Film Festival. In SXSW spirit, the festival will offer great performances, moving films, and conversations with great artists from all over the world.

PFS Staff: Our Favorite Baseball Movies

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On Friday, the 2013 Phillies season opens, so head down to the Citizen’s Bank Park, grab a soft pretzel, order a cold beer and enjoy another awesome season with the die hard Phillies fans. To get you psyched for Opening Day and make the week pass a little faster, the PFS Staff has compiled a list of our favorite baseball movies. These films are about the teams, players, and innings that have inspired us, humored us, and united us, combining America’s Favorite Pastime with ours.