GADZOOKS! At this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival, we’re celebrating the 10-year anniversary of ‘Signs’ from Philly’s own M. Night Shyamalan. The film will be showing at the Prince Music Theater this Friday, October 26th, followed by a Q&A session with the writer/director. But that’s not all who’ll be making a special appearance at the Prince on Friday night.
Yesterday was my first full day of seeing movies at the film festival, so I thought I’d share with you what I thought of a few movies really quickly before my next full day of movies. So here now just for you are some really quick movie reviews:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
DREDD 3D is quite possibly the one of the best surprises that you’ll see at the cinema all year (apart from the films of the 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival, October 18-28, 2012
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.