And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Full Metal Jacket

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By Gary Kafer

If war has become its own cinematic genre, then certainly Vietnam movies constitute a certain subgenre, populated with critically acclaimed works like Platoon, The Deer Hunter, and Apocalypse Now. An intricate piece of a tumultuous era in history, the Vietnam War has since occupied a precarious position in the collective memory of the American consciousness as an incredibly unpopular armed conflict rife with discontent both on the frontlines and the home front.

It is here that Stanley Kubrick inserts his controversial 1987 Full Metal Jacket – a piercing, violent, and unwavering depiction of the psychological and physical trauma experienced during the Vietnam War.

A Night at the Roxy // Filmadelphia’s Past Present Future

Past Present Future director Andrew Gitomer and Director of Photography Jonathan Stromberg at April's Filmadelphia at the Roxy screening.

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By Davis Rivera

Andrew Gitomer’s Past Present Future is a feature-length film about two close friends who had had an on-again, off-again relationship since high school, and meet up for the first time after three years apart.  The film is structured so that the audience is able to see the course of their friendship play out in flashbacks while they confront their complicated past.  Writer/Director Gitomer’s decision not to edit the film in chronological order was a conscious one that gives the film an emotional power that should resonate with anyone who has ever been in or been a witness to a similar situation.  Indeed, the film itself is one of the best portraits of young people in modern America that has come along in quite some time.  When I spoke to Gitomer and his Director of Photography Jonathan Stromberg after the film, Gitomer described his desire to push the youth angle when promoting the film.

PFS Rapid Review – Under the Skin

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By Davis Rivera

Jonathan Glazer has been called an heir to Kubrick, but the truth is that, over the course of three feature length films, a dozen music videos, and countless commercials, Glazer has repeatedly proven that he is a filmmaker who stands apart with his own idiosyncratic vision.  His latest work Under the Skin takes Michel Faber’s acclaimed 2000 novel and infuses it with a cinematic power capable of changing the way the viewer looks at the world.

PFS Rapid Review – Divergent

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By Kim Scott

Divergent exhausts the tale of a teenaged girl with an aptitude for greatness in a post-apocalyptic future. The film is predictable and heavy-handed with its use of young adult novel tropes and a brooding love interest. Though the visuals entertain, the story stumbles on its way to unveiling the much too obvious secrets behind the factions and ‘divergents’. Another film about an oppressive city-state bent on wiping out young, beautiful rebels? Say it isn’t so! 

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – Midnight Cowboy

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By Keegan Handley

Midnight Cowboy is one of the first popular X-rated studio movies. Beyond that, it’s one of the first ‘adult films’ where the term applied to more than pornography. The term ‘adult’ as applied here actually means it dealt with serious adult situations. There’s a good deal of sex in here — specifically themes of homosexuality, sex and religion — but above all this film paints a beautiful character study of two unlikely friends trying to make their way in a mean city with no one to rely on but each other. But you can bet people ignored the movie simply because of the X rating.

I personally only remember one bit of Midnight Cowboy from my blossoming film buff days – “I’m walking here!”

PFS Rapid Review – Jodorowsky’s Dune

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By Davis Rivera

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a man known for many things: Master of the Tarot, Director of El Topo, writer of what Mark Millar called ‘one of the most perfect comics ever conceived’ The Incal.  It is ironic that he is arguably most known for his never-filmed adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 Dune.  Thoroughly researched and wonderfully faithful to the spirit of Jodo, Jodorowsky’s Dune shows us what could have been and serves as a perfect companion piece to Louis Mouchet’s seminal Constellation Jodorowsky.

PFS Rapid Review – Sabotage

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By Davis Rivera

After teaming up with the great Kim Jee-woon to bring us 2013’s The Last Stand, Arnold Schwarzenegger fans had reason to celebrate the long-awaited cinematic return of the Austrian Oak.  His most recent film Sabotage cannot quite reach those heights but does do the difficult job of obscuring every reasonable thought you might have to leave the theatre and causes you to instead give in to the charms of David Ayer’s grand spectacle of action and implausibility.

PFS Rapid Review – The Lunchbox

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By Davis Rivera

Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox is a film that does not rely on special effects or rapid-fire editing to seduce the viewer into being won over by its talents; it succeeds by allowing the virtuosity of lead actor Irrfan Khan and the rich wit of Batra and Rutvik Oza’s screenplay to carry the film.  It is such a delight that even the most embittered cynic will walk away wanting to revisit this delectable ode to everyday people.

PFS Rapid Review – Joe

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By Davis Rivera

David Gordon Green, one of America’s greatest living filmmakers, has returned a mere seven months after releasing Prince Avalanche to reward the world with yet another gem: the poetic and haunting Joe.  Nicolas Cage is predictably strong as the titular character but it is newcomer Gary Poulter who delivers the film’s strongest performance.  Sadly, he died on the streets of Austin shortly after the film wrapped but his legacy will live on with this film.

PFS Rapid Review – Noah

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By Davis Rivera

After Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan became the surprise $330m hit of 2010, he had enough clout to embark on as ambitious a project as he could dream of.  That dream, his biblical interpretation Noah, turned out to be the closest thing to an ‘event movie’ 2014 has seen yet.  It is one of those rare instances at the cinema where you can’t help but say to yourself: “If this isn’t perfect I don’t know what is.”