PFS at the Maryland Film Festival – Day 2

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Whether it was for logistical reasons or MFF simply wanted to allow some time for all the patrons of the festival to recover from the party the night before, films didn’t begin screening until the later afternoon. I spent the morning exploring the surrounds Station North area where a majority of the festival is centered around. It is an exciting, diverse neighborhood with a number of new local businesses opening up. The Red Emma’s is a perfect spot to escape the blaring sun and dine on some delicious food while reading anarchist literature.

PFS at the Maryland Film Festival – Day 1

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In the week leading up to the Maryland Film Festival, the city of Baltimore faced an alleged police brutality incident and the ensuing protests that followed. It left the city shaken and the national media rife with violent, often-accused biased, footage of “a city in flames”. It was disheartening to see so much attention placed on the ensuing riots and not the incident that was the catalyst for it all.

Last Week on Tuesday – May 12th, 2015

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Last week was completely packed with special events going on at the Philadelphia Film Society. I got to take (my first ever) business trip down to Baltimore for the Maryland Film Festival. I’ll be posting a recap and highlights from my time down there later this week. I’ll just say that MFF was a very powerful and extraordinary film festival that really displayed the importance and love of film in such a supportive community.

Last Week on Tuesday – April 28th

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I’m happy to introduce another new blog section called “Last Week on Tuesday”. Every Tuesday I’ll fill you in on what happened the previous week at PFS,  all the blood, sweat, tears and sneak previews. Last week saw a number of screenings and events for PFS. From weeding a section of Fairmount Park to literally being in the weeds with a certain screening (jokes, jokes), we saw it all.

Now Showing at PFS – Week of April 27th

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Welcome and thank you for reading the first, of hopefully many installments, of Monday’s “Now Showing” blog post. This will be your guide for all things film/movie/experimental GIFs revolving around the Philadelphia Film Society and beyond. My goal is to not only sate your never ending thirst for irreverent click baiting blog posts, but inform you of all the exciting things happening in the coming week. Click here for a full list of this week’s showings.

…but let’s be honest, there is only one thing on peoples’ minds this week:

PFS Review – The Age of Adaline

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By Alex Gibson

The Age of Adaline opens with snow falling in San Francisco in the early 1900s, a momentous occasion considering the climate of the area, but also remarkable because of what happens to 29-year-old Adaline Bowman See it at the Roxy!just minutes later.

On her way to see her young daughter, Adaline skids off the road and from then on, never ages another day. Played exquisitely by Blake Lively, Adaline lives her life one the run decade after decade without aging a single day until the 2010s, when she meets Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman), the first man to whom she’d consider revealing her secret.  The Age of Adaline co-stars Ellen Bursytn, who plays Adaline’s daughter Flemming, and Harrison Ford, the former love of her life, who catches up with her years later.  

PFS Review – American Sniper

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By Don Malvasi

Originally Posted on Cinedork.com

Far from an exercise in yahoo-ism, American Sniper offers us a film startlingly immediate in itsSee it at the Roxy! action scenes. Coming to be known as “The Legend,” Navy Seal Chris Kyle, its subject, went through four tours in the Iraq War, in which he performed around 160 official “kills” (and apparently another hundred unofficial ones). The film does an adequate if not equally proficient job of showing the tally all the warfare takes on his psyche. Like Kyle, director Clint Eastwood seems eager to get back to Iraq. In between the tours, domestic scenes with his wife (Sienna Miller) show an increasingly distant Kyle. More detail could have been presented but his emotional and mental deterioration come across nonetheless. Although Kyle approached his mission with an unwavering patriotism, Kyle viewed himself much differently than his peers viewed him.

PFS at the Sundance Film Festival

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Last month, the Philadelphia Film Festival sent some of its best to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival.  Here is what Managing Director Parinda Patel had to say:

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlEarlier this month marked the end of the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Running from Thursday, January 22 – February 1, the event has set the tone for the much anticipated line up of 2015 films. One of the most buzzworthy films to keep on your radar is Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, wrapping up the festival with both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. If you’re keeping up with this year’s Oscar race, you’ll understand why this film has significance. In 2014, Whiplash walked away a winner in the same categories and has now moved on to become a dark horse nominee for Best Picture.

Sleeping With Other PeopleThe rest of the slate was pretty impressive as well, whether they made the awards short list or not. A few notables that I saw included the bawdy, romcom Sleeping With Other People, starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie, and The End of the Tour, based off of Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky’s brief encounter with the late novelist David Foster Wallace while on a publicity tour for his book Infinite Jest – a breakthrough role for Jason Segel as Wallace.

There’s plenty to look forward to this year, both at the PFS Roxy Theater and of course, the Philadelphia Film Festival this fall. It will be interesting to see what carries over to the upcoming Tribeca and South by Southwest Film Festival so please stay tuned for more and watch the year in film unfold with us!