In the year 2022, there is 1% unemployment in the United States, almost no crime, and the economy is flourishing. There is no need for people to commit senseless acts of violence over money, nor do people feel the impulse to hurt others out of rage or passion. This is because once a year, all American citizens are allowed to unleash their aggression indiscriminately. For twelve hours, once a year, law enforcement cannot be called, emergency care ceases, and all crime – including murder – becomes legal. This is the premise of The Purge.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
The 90s gave the world a lot of amazing things – snap bracelets, butterfly clips, Tamagotchis, Boy Meets World… One of the 90s’ best contributions to the world was the Spice Girls. And, in 1997, preteen girls worldwide rejoiced because Spice World came out. As the Spice Girls will go down as one of the best musical groups of all time, Spice World will be remembered as one of the most horrific, most enjoyable movies ever made.
BY Alex Gibson
It’s not that I avoided watching Chinatown, as I have with other ‘Film Buff’ fodder like Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago. I just never got around to it, but last week, I finally bit the bullet. I didn’t really know what to expect — some people had told me it was awesome; others had said it was good, but disturbing. So, I pressed play apprehensively. As it turns out, that was the perfect attitude, as I remained impressed and nervous for the next 130 minutes.
Last week, PFS Members got a chance to see indie hit The Kings of Summer. The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, revolves around three teenage boys who have had enough of overbearing, unappreciative parents and decide to take to the woods. Reminiscent of the classic Stand By Me, the boys move to the forest, where they build a makeshift cabin and live off the land. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Allison Brie, The Kings of Summer is a hilarious and fun exploration of adolescence and what is means to become a man, whether that is standing up for your friends or eating only what you’ve hunted.
Last month the Tribeca Film Festival celebrated its 13th year and was well attended by PFS staff. Of course, Michael and Andrew were there for programming purposes, but PFS Marketing Coordinator Mariah and PFS Blogger Ben also traveled to NY for their first Tribeca experiences as a Tribeca press volunteer (Mariah) and a visiting member of the press (Ben). Since they were working different angles of the same department, we thought it’d be fun to do a Q&A to compare their experiences. Hope you enjoy!
All’s fair when love is war.
I have always been a Wes Anderson fan. Ever since I was exposed to his stunning cinematography and beyond-quirky characters in The Royal Tennebaums, I have been on the Wes Anderson bandwagon. However, there have been and still are some notable gaps in my knowledge. Although I have seen and very much enjoyed Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeerling Limited, and, my personal favorite, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, I have yet to see Bottle Rocket or Steve Zissou. Tremendous oversights, I know, but at least now I can say that I’ve closed the gap somewhat after watching Anderson’s second feature film Rushmore.
This week’s ‘So Bad It’s Good’ is a film so very awful, its awesome: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. If you are not familiar with this gem, please allow me to illuminate you. Made in 1984, this film stars Peter Weller (Robocop) as a neurosurgeon/ particle physicist named Buckaroo Banzai who, along with his scientist rock band, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, saves the world from aliens.
BY Alex Gibson
Watching Dr. Strangelove was a big step for me. Never having seen Lolita or 2001, I am way behind on my Kubrick. Not only that, but I must also confess that this was my very first Peter Sellers film! Never had I experienced his Inspector Clouseau, his 007, his slapstick-y outrageous character creations – until now.
Back in January of last year, it was announced that Sam Raimi’s cult classic horror film ‘Evil Dead’ was being remade by a first-time director from Uruguay with a script by ‘Juno’ writer Diablo Cody. Not too many people were happy about that. However, now that the film has opened in theaters everywhere, everyone seems to be singing the praises for this remake. (I know that’s what I did in my review over at ScienceFiction.com.)
By Ben Silverio
When WWE, the Connecticut-based wrestling company, started producing films, not too many people were excited. They were essentially vehicles for wrestling stars to get more mainstream media exposure. There were a few hits here and there, but largely, these movies were misses.