Interview: Erica Linz of ‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D’


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Andrew Adamson, Cirque du Soleil, Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D, Criss Angel Believe, Elvis Presley, Erica Linz, Igor Zaripov, James Cameron, , Love, Mystère, O, Tags, The Beatles, Viva Elvis, Zumanity

When I first got word of a Cirque du Soleil movie, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After the credits rolled on ‘Worlds Away’ though, I was pleasantly surprised at what was presented before me. Rather than filming just one of their popular shows, director Andrew Adamson and producer James Cameron put together a never-before-seen story featuring new characters traveling through the worlds of Cirque du Soleil and using acts from seven of the brands most popular shows like ‘Love’, the show inspired by the music of the Beatles, and ‘Viva Elvis’, the show highlighting the King’s career, to illustrate the journey that the two lovers embark on to find each other. In a way, you’re watching a Cirque du Soleil mixtape in stunningly beautiful 3D rather than having to pay all that money to go to Las Vegas to see every show. (But if you can afford it, definitely go and see all the shows in Vegas.) It’s an appetizer sampler, if you will, and it was pretty tasty, so to speak.

Holiday Movie Recommendations From PFS


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in A Christmas Story, Batman Returns, Blogger Ben, Christmas, Die Hard, Fireplace For Your Home: Classic Edition, He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special, Home Alone, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Jack Frost, Jingle All The Way, Just Friends, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Netflix, Santa’s Slay, Tags, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Year Without A Santa Claus, White Christmas

Hello, Film Society! After a brief hiatus, Blogger Ben is back behind the blog with brand new banter. And alliteration. Because who doesn’t love that, right?

The Final Day of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Asian Arts Initiative, Daniel Ho, Gary San Angel, Joseph Cao, KoAloha Ukulele, Mr. Cao Goes to Washington, My KoAloha Story, PAAFF, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, S. Leo Chiang, Tags

Last weekend, all who attended this year’s Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival were treated to some excellent films, fantastic events, and rousing receptions (as well as some bangin’ parties). I know I had a great time at the Asian Americans In Hollywood panel at International House. I even got to meet Parry Shen and B.D. Wong!

Find Out Who Won What At PFF21


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in A Royal Affair, Belly, Brooklyn Castle, Caesar Must Die, Clandestine Childhood, Everybody In Our Family, From the Shadows, Future Weather, Gayby, John Dies At The End, philadelphia film festival, Silver Linings Playbook, Step Up To The Plate, Tags, The History of the Future Folk, The Sessions, The Woman in the Septic Tank, Three Worlds, Waiting For Lightning

If you recall, after each movie in the Philadelphia Film Festival, you were asked to rate the film on a ballot. Well, the numbers are in and we’ve determined some of the standout, award-worthy films of PFF21! See if some of your favorite films ended up riding up above the rest.

Exclusive Interview With M. Night Shyamalan


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in M. Night Shyamalan, PFF21, philadelphia film festival, Preston & Steve, Prince Music Theater, Steve Morrison, Tags, The Pretentious Film Majors

During the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs’ at the Prince Theater with a Q&A with the director and WMMR’s ‘Preston & Steve’ morning show host/movie buff Steve Morrison after the film. Here are some pictures from the event to relive the great time had by all attended:

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Kicks Off Today!


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Asian Arts Initiative, Bill Paxton, Daniel Henney, International House, PAAFF, PFF21, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Shanghai Calling, Tags

PFF21 is in the history books, but we don’t run the only film festivals in town. Tonight marks the opening night of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival presented by HBO, which runs until November 17th. Holding screenings at International House in University City and Asian Arts Initiative at 12th & Vine, the PAAFF is boasting a great program of films showcasing and celebrating the Asian American experience for a broader audience.

The Final Countdown: My Tally & Top 5 From PFF21


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Cloud Atlas, Gayby, I Declare War, PFF21, Silver Linings Playbook, Tags, The Woman in the Septic Tank

This year’s Philadelphia Film Festival has come and gone, and after a few days to rest/deal with a natural disaster, we’re all back at work here at the Film Society. And though festival season has passed, the great films that we all got to see won’t soon leave our minds.

Last Day of PFF21 With 2 For 1 Tix, Despite Hurricane Warnings!


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Detonator, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, Hurricane Sandy, Journey, PFF21, philadelphia film festival, Tags

Sandy who? There’s still a full day of screenings at the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival! And if you brave the weather, you can take advantage of our buy one get one free tickets. Hopefully these savings are the only things to blow you away today and not the high winds.