PFF22: Interview With PFS Artistic Director Michael Lerman

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By Ben Silverio

Last night, we kicked off the 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival in a HUGE way. If you missed out on the festivities at the Kimmel Center and Del Frisco’s, don’t worry because it was just the beginning of all the fun to be had at this year’s Festival. However, in a program of over 90 films, it might be a little hard to decide what to see. Luckily, my Pretentious Film Majors colleague, Zachary Shevich, had a chance to catch up with the Philadelphia Film Society’s Artistic Director Michael Lerman in order to chat about the ongoing Festival and some films that are definitely worth checking out.

Prior to the Festival, a few of the programmers assembled the film society members together for an exclusive member only curator event to talk about what to expect out of this year’s line up and some gems that might be over looked in the program guide. Check out the video below to see which films Michael and Zach suggest you make a part of your schedule over the next few days:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmwgWldCbJY&feature=share&list=PLJ98y-73B2ahUa1Vm6q8xCFh_YCecU_du

If you’re still stumped about which films to check out during this festival, keep an eye out for some of my most anticipated films, along with exclusive interviews, giveaways, and announcements from PFF22 right here on the Philadelphia Film Society blog.

PFS Interview – Jim Mickle, Director of We Are What We Are

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BY Alex Gibson

We Are What We Are opens as a torrential downpour hits a small upstate New York town. Muddy water fills the street and people stay in their homes for the most part, except for Mrs. Parker, who ventures out to the general store. On the way home, she slips, hits her head and dies, sinking into dirty water beside the road. Upon learning of her mother’s demise, Rose Parker, the eldest of the family, is forced into her mother’s role of carrying out the family’s annual religious ceremony.

Their ritual: catching, killing, and eating a human being.

PFS RAPID REVIEW – Prisoners

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BY Sam Rossman

Of all the times I’ve seen him play Wolverine, I’ve never seen Hugh Jackman as angry as his character in Prisoners. He and the rest of the cast all turn in great performances in this unpredictable drama. The film is lengthy and does drag at times, but when all is said and done, you’re left with a satisfying payoff.

The Despicablimp Adventure

'Despicablimp' soars over Philadelphia until Sunday, September 15!

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Late this fall, PFS will be embarking on its newest chapter of film programming with the Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival (Save the Dates:  November 15 – 17, 2013).   What better way to do some field research than visit Universal Pictures’ ‘Despicablimp’ as it soars through the skies of Philadelphia promoting  Despicable Me 2!

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And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Dazed and Confused

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BY Fletcher Gelber

Once in a while, a film comes along that makes you not only question your position as a film buff, but also question your entire generation. This event came to pass when I recently watched the cult classic Dazed and Confused, a film that follows groups of high school seniors and upcoming freshman on their last day of school/first day of summer in the year 1976. There are two unwavering facts that I am completely sure of after watching this film — Dazed and Confused is one of the greatest films ever made, and my parents had it much, much better.

PFS Staff Picks – Back to School

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Now that Labor Day has come and gone, students all across the country are gearing up for another year of school. Not only is school where you spend the bulk of your formative years, but it’s also a great setting for a movie, whether it be a coming of age or a melodrama, whether it be incredibly unrealistic or nostalgic of days gone by, school-set movies are always great. Here are our favorites:

PFS Interview – Getaway

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BY Alex Gibson

The streets of Sofia, Bulgaria are alive with the Christmas spirit.  Garland curls up the lampposts, lights twinkle, and a holiday market has sprung up in the park.  Brent Magna comes home expecting to see his wife trimming their tree, but instead finds broken glass ornaments and their apartment trashed.  The phone rings. A mysterious voice tells Brent that his wife has been taken and the only way they’ll be reunited is for Brent to follow the voice’s instructions precisely.  The voice’s orders lead Brent to commandeer Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, along with its owner, and tear through the city until the seemingly omniscient villain is satisfied.  This is the plot of the high-octane new thriller Getaway, which recently screened in Manayunk.

The film was directed by co-founder and CEO of After Dark Films, Courtney Solomon.  Solomon has made such acclaimed films as An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek, and Wristcutters: A Love Story, starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon.  On the horizon, Solomon will be working on new action films under the banner of After Dark Action, and a movie based on Dungeons & Dragons.  Earlier this month, he sat down with me to animatedly discuss the ins and outs of Getaway, which opens August 30 and stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight.

PFS Rapid Reviews – The World’s End

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BY Sam Rossman

There’s so much about The World’s End to like; it’s highly original, hilarious and even has an emotional center at times. Not to take away from the rest of the cast who are all very good, but Simon Pegg really shines in his role, playing a character very different than his usual type of character. All in all, The World’s End is easily some of the most fun you’ll have at the movies this summer.

PFS Interview – The World’s End

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BY Ben Silverio

In The World’s End, Gary King gets his four former best mates back together to take on the Golden Mile, a pub crawl featuring twelve bars that they attempted twenty years ago in their hometown of Newton Haven, but never made it to the final pub. However, when the gang returns to their old stomping grounds, they begin to notice some pretty big changes, like the alien invasion that has taken over pretty much everyone and everything.

After pleasing the crowd at the Awesome Fest in a double feature with Hot Fuzz and a Q&A with the stars and the director, The World’s End is finally ready for American audiences. The last chapter of the Cornetto Trilogy opens in theaters this weekend, but while the filmmakers were in town for their special festival appearance, we had the chance to chat with director Edgar Wright and star Nick Frost about their latest movie.

PFS Rapid Reviews – You’re Next

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BY Will Torrence

You’re Next is the quintessential home invasion horror movie. From the relatable family that drives the much-needed character development, to the animal masks that will be sure to haunt your nightmares, You’re Next is guaranteed to be on your mind for weeks to come. This horror brings a lot to the table including blood, gore, and even its fair share of laughs. If you’re looking for a great movie to see this Friday You’re Next is definitely worth the price of admission.
Grade B+