Interview: Nick Robinson from Kings of Summer


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BY Ben Silverio

Last month, Philadelphia Film Society members were treated to a sneak peek at the new indie coming of age movie, The Kings of Summer, which was attended by the films three stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias. Then, as part of the Awesome Fest, which really kicks into gear next month, citizens of Philadelphia had yet another chance to see this awesome tale reminiscent of classics such as Stand by Me, The Sandlot, and The Goonies before it was released to the public. But for those of you who missed out on it both times, it’s playing for all to see at the Ritz Five right now.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – ALIEN


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Sometimes the Scariest Things Come from Within

Among iconic, memorable film moments, a baby alien bursting from John Hurt’s chest is close to the top of the list. And yet, yesterday morning, I hadn’t seen anything before or after that scene. Why would someone do that to such an acclaimed British actor? I would wonder. Did they put it in his food? Does that make him a father? Mazel tov, John Hurt! Last night, I decided the ignorance had to stop. As a film buff, I had to watch this classic sci-fi that has garnered so many fans and remakes. And as a feminist, I had to see Ellen Ripley in action.

Opening this Weekend – Jason Blum’s THE PURGE


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In the year 2022, there is 1% unemployment in the United States, almost no crime, and the economy is flourishing. There is no need for people to commit senseless acts of violence over money, nor do people feel the impulse to hurt others out of rage or passion. This is because once a year, all American citizens are allowed to unleash their aggression indiscriminately. For twelve hours, once a year, law enforcement cannot be called, emergency care ceases, and all crime – including murder – becomes legal. This is the premise of The Purge.

So Bad It’s Good – SPICE WORLD


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The 90s gave the world a lot of amazing things – snap bracelets, butterfly clips, Tamagotchis, Boy Meets World…  One of the 90s’ best contributions to the world was the Spice Girls.  And, in 1997, preteen girls worldwide rejoiced because Spice World came out.  As the Spice Girls will go down as one of the best musical groups of all time, Spice World will be remembered as one of the most horrific, most enjoyable movies ever made.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – CHINATOWN


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BY Alex Gibson

It’s not that I avoided watching Chinatown, as I have with other ‘Film Buff’ fodder like Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago. I just never got around to it, but last week, I finally bit the bullet. I didn’t really know what to expect — some people had told me it was awesome; others had said it was good, but disturbing. So, I pressed play apprehensively. As it turns out, that was the perfect attitude, as I remained impressed and nervous for the next 130 minutes.

PFS Sneak Peek: The Kings of Summer


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Last week, PFS Members got a chance to see indie hit The Kings of Summer. The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, revolves around three teenage boys who have had enough of overbearing, unappreciative parents and decide to take to the woods. Reminiscent of the classic Stand By Me, the boys move to the forest, where they build a makeshift cabin and live off the land. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Allison Brie, The Kings of Summer is a hilarious and fun exploration of adolescence and what is means to become a man, whether that is standing up for your friends or eating only what you’ve hunted.

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.