- Film Festival
If you missed out on ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, the opening film of the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival from director David O. Russell starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, or if you just want to see it again, you have another chance to see it before it hits theaters by becoming a member of the Philadelphia Film Society!
We’re having a members only screening of the film on November 1st, so if you want in on what many festival goers consider to be the best film of the festival thus far, and one of the best films of the year, be sure to look into getting a membership.
If you’ve been hearing from badge holders about how awesome the new Festival VIP Lounge is on the 2nd floor of 110 Chestnut Street, you now have your chance to check it out first hand. You, my friends, are now allowed into the lounge before or after screenings tomorrow (Thursday, October 25th) as long as you can talk your friends with badges to bring you along with them. It’s like “Bring Your Kid To Work Day”, except with more booze.
Pop in some time after 5:00pm to see what all the buzz is about.
All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching and the Philadelphia Film Festival is ready to help you get in the witching mood. When the sun goes down on Friday night, PFF21 is bringing some scary stuff to Shoemaker Green on UPenn’s campus, as they’ll be screening a double feature of ‘The American Scream’ and ‘Poltergeist’.
‘The American Scream’ is a haunting new documentary about New England suburbanites who build elaborate haunted houses in their backyards to petrify their friends and neighbors every Halloween.
GADZOOKS! At this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival, we’re celebrating the 10-year anniversary of ‘Signs’ from Philly’s own M. Night Shyamalan. The film will be showing at the Prince Music Theater this Friday, October 26th, followed by a Q&A session with the writer/director. But that’s not all who’ll be making a special appearance at the Prince on Friday night.
Just announced earlier today, Steve Morrison of the co-host of WMMR’s morning show ‘Preston & Steve’ will be moderating the Q&A with Shyamalan! If you haven’t heard of them or their show, I assure you that they rock.
Yesterday was my first full day of seeing movies at the film festival, so I thought I'd share with you what I thought of a few movies really quickly before my next full day of movies. So here now just for you are some really quick movie reviews:
A charming story with some great performances, although I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. It was almost a cop out to end it the way it did, but it was still an interesting and entertaining movie. Plus, I loved the small appearance by Rhea Perlman and Sacred Heart Hospital from ‘Scrubs’.
A long-standing tradition for cult classic cinema is the midnight movie. Films that are often looked at as obscure, oddball, and offbeat thrive in the environment of late night (sometimes drunken) theater going. As part of the Graveyard Shift section of this year’s film festival, we’re presenting ‘Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning 3D’ tonight at 11:59pm at the Rave in University City.
At first glance from the trailer, it looks like a mindless action movie that should’ve gone straight to DVD, but all of the buzz coming out of Fantastic Fest is extremely positive.
In just a few short hours, the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off this year’s festivities with a screening of David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro.
If you managed to get tickets or snag a badge (since that’s the only way you’ll get into this SOLD OUT event), you’ll be rubbing elbows with ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ author Matthew Quick, producers Donna Gigliotti and Bruce Cohen, and director O. Russell since they’ll all be making appearances right here in Philly for the festival.
Last Friday, the whole line up for this year’s Philadelphia Film Festival went live. Hopefully in the week that it’s been available, you’ve noticed that there’s a great selection this year, but for you newbies (or even some of you veteran festival goers), it might be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to decide which films to see.