Midnight Madness at PFF21: ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 3D’


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, PFF21, Tags, Universal Soldier, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

A long-standing tradition for cult classic cinema is the midnight movie. Films that are often looked at as obscure, oddball, and offbeat thrive in the environment of late night (sometimes drunken) theater going. As part of the Graveyard Shift section of this year’s film festival, we’re presenting ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 3D’ tonight at 11:59pm at the Rave in University City.

Celebrate Filipino American History Month At PFF21


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Arnel Pineda, Don’t Stop Believin: Everyman’s Journey, FANHS, Filipino American History Month, Filipino American National Historical Society, Journey, Marlon Rivera, Tags, The Woman in the Septic Tank

October is month with many names. In the United States, this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Clergy Appreciation Month, and National Squirrel Awareness Month, just to name a few. While all are good things to observe during the month of October, there’s one more that’s near and dear to my heart: Filipino American History Month.

21st Philadelphia Film Festival Begins TODAY!


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Bradley Cooper, Bruce Cohen, David O. Russell, Donna Gigliotti, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew Quick, PFF21, philadelphia film festival, Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook, Tags

In just a few short hours, the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off this year’s festivities with a screening of David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro.

A Note from PFS Executive Director Andrew Greenblatt


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in 21st annual Philadelphia Film Festival, Andrew Greenblatt, Films, movies, Not to Miss, Philly Film Festival, Tags

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve had the great opportunity to speak with many of you about our fantastic program this year, and I’m thrilled with how excited everyone seems to be. As the Festival approaches, I wanted to share a few additional thoughts with you.

PFF 21 Staff Picks


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in A Band Called Death, A Late Quartet, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Another Country, Caesar Must Die, Cloud Atlas, Everybody In Our Family, Holy Motors, I Declare War, My Worst Nightmare, PFF21, PFS, philadelphia film festival, Philadelphia Film Society, Poltergeist, Quartet, Signs, Silver Linings Playbook, Step Up To The Plate, Tags, The Shining, Wreck-It Ralph, Yossi

Last Friday, the whole line up for this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival went live. Hopefully in the week that it’s been available, you’ve noticed that there’s a great selection this year, but for you newbies (or even some of you veteran festival goers), it might be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which films to see. So, for your benefit, I took the liberty of polling some of the Philadelphia Film Society office staff to see what movies they’re most excited to see on this year’s schedule.



Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Blythe Danner, But I’m A Cheerleader, Christopher Abbott, Coyote Ugly, Detroit Rock City, Girls, HBO, Hello I Must Be Going, Lena Dunham, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Meet the Parents, Melanie Lynskey, Sweet Home Alabama, Tags, Up In The Air, World Cafe Live

The Philadelphia Film Society hosted a screening of the film that opened this year’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival, HELLO I MUST BE GOING, at World Café Live in University City. That’s right, folks – our screenings aren’t just for movie theaters anymore!

‘The Words’ Opens Today!


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Ben Barnes, Bradley Cooper, Brian Klugman, Dennis Quaid, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Lee Sternthal, Michael Nutter, Olivia Wilde, PFM, PFS, philadelphia, Philadelphia Film Society, Pretentious Film Majors, Tags, The Words, Zoe Saldana

By Ben Silverio

This weekend, the new movie from the hometown writing/directing team Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, ‘The Words’, opens in theaters everywhere. Featuring fellow Philly boy Bradley Cooper, as well as Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, and J.K. Simmons, the film tells the story of Rory Jansen, a struggling writer who finds fame after passing off a lost manuscript as his own novel and then deals with the consequences of stealing another man’s words.

PFS Member Sneak Preview of ROBOT & FRANK


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, Robot & Frank,, Sundance winner, Susan Sarandon, Tags, World Cafe Live

Each year my dream is to attend the Sundance Film Festival and each year I fail to make this trip a reality. But I do make a point to find out which films are getting buzz. Before wining the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, I had made a note to try and see Robot & Frank, if it got picked up and released.