And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

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By Gary Kafer

Even for someone who never saw M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 masterpiece in theaters or kept up interest with the director’s career, Cole Sear’s iconic line, “I see dead people” (whispered by a haunting Haley Joel Osment), has become a landmark for contemporary supernatural dramas. However, the film always remained on the periphery of my cinephile radar, ironically for the very reason it was such a success when it debuted – its twist ending.

PFF22: Interview With ‘Nebraska’ Director Alexander Payne

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By Ben Silverio

One of the most talked about films of this year’s festival was ‘Nebraska’. It even ended up on my top five favorite films of the festival. Originally, star Bruce Dern was meant to come out for the screening and receive the Lifetime Achievement Award that has previously gone to the likes of Roy Disney, Jeff Daniels, and Morgan Freeman, but he was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. However, in his place, his co-star Will Forte and director Alexander Payne came out for an engaging Q&A with the audience at the Prince Music Theater. But prior to the event, the pair walked the red carpet and chatted with some press, including yours truly!

In part one of our coverage of this red carpet, Zach of The Pretentious Film Majors spoke to Payne about the benefits of film school, making movies in the state of Nebraska, and his journey since making ‘Election’. You can see the whole interview in the video below:

Were you able to catch the screening of ‘Nebraska’? Was it one of your favorites of the festival as well? Let us know by sending us a tweet at us at @PhillyFilmSoc or by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page.

PFS Interviews – Will Forte // Nebraska

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BY Alex Gibson

It has been nearly a week since the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival ended and over the 11-day celebration of film, one of the brightest nights was Monday October 21 at the Prince Music Theater.  The Philadelphia Film Festival welcomed director Alexander Payne and actor Will Forte for a Centerpiece screening of Nebraska.

PFF22: Opening Night Red Carpet With ‘All Is Lost’ Director J.C. Chandor

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By Ben Silverio

As the 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival comes to a close, you can relive the fun that was had at the festival’s opening night with this blog post. Attendees raved about ‘All Is Lost’, the gripping nautical tale of solitude, determination, and survival, as well as the stellar performance from veteran actor Robert Redford.

Prior to the opening night screening at the Kimmel Center, director J.C. Chandor walked the red carpet and talked with The Pretentious Film Majors about the incredible film. In the following video, you can see Chandor talk about the unconventionally short shooting script, the train ride that inspired the story, and more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo-W91BRiFo

Did you have fun at the opening night of PFF22? What did you think of ‘All Is Lost’? Was it one of your favorites of this year’s festival? Let us know your answers to all these questions by sending us a tweet at us at @PhillyFilmSoc or by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page.

PFF22: Interview With Rising Star Award Winner Kerry Bishe

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By Ben Silverio

There are a number of awards given out during the Philadelphia Film Festival recognizing the excellence of works from the present. But there is only one that honors the future. The Rising Star Award acknowledges a talented young artist early in his or her career who has displayed great potential in the filmmaking process. Previous recipients of the award were Ben Foster, Mark Webber, and Shane West, and this year the distinction goes to Kerry Bishe.

The star of PFF22 films ‘Blue Highway’ and ‘Grand Piano’ appeared at the Ritz East to accept her award in front of an enthusiastic festival crowd, but afterwards she took a few moments to talk to The Pretentious Film Majors and I about her most recent honor, as well as her work on various projects such as the two films of hers in the festival, ‘Scrubs’, Ben Affleck, Kevin Smith, and much more. You can check out the whole interview in the video below:

Are you a fan of Kerry Bishe and her work? What did you think about her films in the festival this year? Let us know your answers to all these questions by sending us a tweet at us at @PhillyFilmSoc or by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page.

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

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.

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.