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Without knowing the details of the film, someone walking past a poster for My Week with Marilyn would certainly think it was yet another Marilyn Monroe biopic. They would, however, be mistaken. Though a spitting image of the Hollywood icon, the face staring out from the glossy posters is not Marilyn’s but Michelle Williams’. Along with Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, and Dame Judi Dench, Williams stars in this intimate glimpse of the most famous actress in the world.
By Le Anne Lindsay
Director Steve McQueen (Hunger), (why doesn't he go by S. McQueen or use his middle name, Rodney or Stephen?) has created an intense character study of a sex addict without really having to go overboard on graphic content. There are a lot of very visual sex scenes, but it's not gratuitous. With that being said, it was still embarrassing to watch the film with so many senior citizens.
By Le Anne Lindsay
If I owned an incredibly elegant, picturesque, stately castle with an 18 hole golf course and stable full of horses, I too would be sad and scared to see the end of the world, because you gotta figure life on the other side might not be as good.
In writer/director Lars von Trier's film, Melancholia is a planet that has been hiding behind the sun for eons and has suddenly made its appearance known as it starts traveling through the galaxy.
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By Eileen Sheehan
This week I feel especially accomplished, for I have finally seen the movie that everyone on Earth has seen but me: The Godfather. No, I haven't seen The Godfather Part II yet, but the DVD is sitting right next to me as I type this. I promise that I will watch it as soon as possible. Give me a break.
Anyway, I'll confess I'd been putting off watching The Godfather for a while. Obviously I've been putting it off for 23 years, but more specifically I've been putting it off for the last week or so.
On Thursday, PFS interns Brittany and Alex went to a screening of Warrior, which comes out in theaters September 9. Mark your calendars!
Don’t let the Mixed Marital Arts theme of Warrior fool you into thinking its just another sports story. This film is more about family struggle than MMA, thanks to fantastic performances from the three leads, Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte. The beginning of the movie was nothing special but it set the stage for the intense final scenes. I can’t remember ever being so invested in a final battle.
We all know the name Saddam Hussein. The name reminds my generation of a conflict that has engulfed much of the world for almost half of our lives. For others, it brings back memories of not only this war but also another in the early 90s. Much less known is the name Uday Hussein, Saddam’s eldest son. However, some say that Uday was just as dangerous, a veritable psychopath who played with anyone he chose. Uday became notorious for brutally punishing his friends, girlfriends, and even athletes who failed to perform.
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10. Her full name is Jessica Lansing Sylvia, and she was named after a family friend, Priscilla Lansing. Both women share the same nickname, "Lansie."
9. She lived in New Delhi, India for a year where she worked as an educator at The Kalakar Trust.
Here at the Philadelphia Film Society, we are a small organization doing mighty things for the Philadelphia film community, and would couldn’t survive without a strong staff of talented, dedicated interns. This summer, we are thrilled to welcome five new interns into the PFS community. Read more about them below, and make sure to say hi when you see them at our screenings!