And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Pulp Fiction


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By Kyrie Fisher

Last year, my sister surprised me with a book she knew I had been eyeing up—1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. A varied assortment of films, the works included in this encyclopedia-sized collection were chosen for many reasons; whether for influence on early cinema, groundbreaking cinematic style, or impact on pop culture. A recent reassessment of the boxes I’ve yet to check caused me to notice I have never watched a film by Quentin Tarantino from start to finish. Of the various bits and pieces of his films I have seen, I was unable to stomach the fetishized violence and offensive dialogue long enough to become invested in the plot and see it through. Classmates and friends who are fans of Tarantino’s work have often expounded on the brilliance of his films—but all I saw were brutal displays of blood, violence, and foul language. Still, in my quest to check off all 1001 films of the collection (and, perhaps to also stop hearing, “What do you MEAN, you don’t like Tarantino?!”) I decided to catch up with the rest of the cinematic world and finally watch Pulp Fiction.

PFS Rapid Recommendation – Trainwreck


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By Amber Maiden

What can I say about Judd Apatow’s new film Trainwreck? With comedic leads of Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, along with the hilarious acting by John Cena and Lebron James, this film keeps you laughing from start to finish. It shows the ups and downs of modern dating and the fear of monogamy. With the well-timed jokes and relatable characters, you have to check this movie out before it leaves theaters.

The Essentials 2.0 – Pan’s Labyrinth


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By Andrea Selitto

I sometimes find it difficult to recommend a foreign language film to others; the prospect of reading subtitles has been known to turn potential viewers away from a movie that was filmed in a language other than their own. However, for those willing to overcome this bias, there is (quite literally) a whole world of remarkable films waiting to be discovered. El laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) is one of these movies. This spectacular Spanish-language film has not only more than earned its place amongst my favorite films, but, I would argue, it has also earned a place in the new cannon of essential films.

Film 101 – The Films of Alfonso Cuarón


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By Kyrie Fisher

Modern Hollywood is an industry dominated by auteurs with very specific styles—think Quentin Tarantino’s exaggerated violence, Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy, or Christopher Nolan’s existential mind benders. But Alfonso Cuarón is different. Most known for last year’s box office juggernaut Gravity, Cuarón is perhaps one of the most versatile directors working today. He often explores ideas about the human experience, a theme that spans across all of his work. Three particular films—A Little Princess, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Y Tu Mamá También—would, at first glance, seem incomparably different. But a closer look shows their commonality as stories about crossing the line from childhood innocence into adult experience.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Sophie’s Choice


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By Andrea Selitto

Most people who know me also know that I have what must be the world’s longest Netflix queue. I’ve kept films on there for years, revising the order of the DVDs to be sent by mail, sifting through the various movies available for streaming, adding more as new releases become available. Over time, I’ve amassed quite a collection; among them, a multitude of film classics I always find myself scrolling by and mumbling, “I really should watch that sometime.”

One of these films, which I still can’t believe it has taken me until recently to finally get around to, is Sophie’s Choice. Released in 1982, the film was received favorably by critics and earned a multitude of award nominations. Most notably, Meryl Streep’s performance in Sophie’s Choice won her both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for best actress. The film has gone on to become a cultural touchstone; one of which I’d had second-hand knowledge, but had never actually seen, until now.

So Bad It’s Good – Vampire’s Kiss


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By Dominic Vadino

Sometimes you see a terrible movie and after watching it, you think to yourself: “Wow, I am never going to watch that again.” That thought process is justified by the time wasted watching some films. Other times you find yourself a gem that is so bad, that you actually enjoyed it. I’ve found a gem.

Vampire’s Kiss (1988) is the film where you’ll see Nicolas Cage at his core. In this film you’ll get to see Cage put on this really strange, unidentified accent, while making himself believe he is truly turning into a vampire. He plays the part perfectly!

A Night at the Roxy – BYO: Pretty in Pink


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By Andrea Selitto

Anyone who has watched a movie on the big screen in a theater full of people who are all fans of the film knows that it makes for a unique movie-going experience; add in a drinking game, and you’re definitely in for a night at the movies unlike any you’ve experienced before.

It was such an occasion this past Wednesday night at the Roxy Theater, when I joined a crowd of John Hughes aficionados as they made their way, bottles in hand, into the theater for a special screening of the 1986 film, Pretty in Pink, starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, and Jon Cryer. For those unfamiliar with Wednesday nights at the Roxy, guests of the 21-and-over persuasion are invited to bring their own beverage of choice— whether it be a bottle of wine or my personal selection, a bright pink cocktail to suit the evening’s film selection—and enjoy a sip (or two) while taking in the movie. Bottle openers and cups are provided for guests in the lobby, and I also found that the cup holders by each seat in the theater are just the right size to keep a bottle handy for refills.

PFS Rapid Recommendation – The Man from U.N.C.L.E

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By Kaya Proctor

The Man From U.N.C.L.E is not your typical Guy Ritchie film, but an ode to 1960’s spy flicks. Yes, it was chalk full of split screens, spinning shots, and high speed action sequences, but it also contained a few surprises. The writing on this film, though slightly predictable, was wonderful! Chalk full of dry humor and comical banter between the two male leads, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. All in all it is a fun watch, and definitely worth checking out.

PFS Review – Southpaw


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By Andrea Selitto

Boxing has always been an excellent metaphor for life: at any moment, anyone can find themselves on the ropes, and at any moment, anyone can come back and win the fight. Southpaw is a film about both. Like all great boxing films, it is a tale about facing adversity and finding the strength to overcome life’s greatest challenges.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter and Richard Wenk, Southpaw follows boxer Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he struggles to find redemption both inside and outside of the ring. After the sudden, tragic death of his wife (Rachel McAdams), Hope finds himself caught in a downward spiral of grief and self-destruction that leads to him losing custody of his daughter (Oona Laurence) and facing the end of his boxing career. Abandoned by his manager and long-time friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and demoralized by the loss of his family, Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker) to help him turn his career, and his life, around.

PFS Interview: Rebecca Ferguson of Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

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By Alex Gibson

It has been almost two decades since Ethan Hunt first appeared on the silver screen, as he attempted to rescue the NOC List and iconic-ly hovered in a gleaming computer room.  The original Missions Impossible has since led to four sequels, including this month’s Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, opening July 31.

In Rogue Nation, directed by Edge of Tomorrow screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, the IMF, a small highly-specialized group of spies, faces its most dangerous opponent yet: the Syndicate.  After being disbanded by the CIA, Ethan (Tom Cruise) and his team learn that the Syndicate, previously thought of as a myth among spies, is real.  This ring of extremely skilled spies, who have thrown out their moral compasses and allegiances, are now plotting to throw the world into turmoil, unless Ethan can stop them.  Left out in the cold by the US government, Ethan and is team race against the clock to defeat rogue spies who will challenge them emotionally, intellectually, and physically.