By Kim Scott
I have seen Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) countless times during my life and no matter how many times I watch the film, it still manages to scare and amaze me. Even if you haven’t seen The Shining, you should be familiar in some way with Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) peeking his head through a hole in a door, yelling, “Heeeere’s Johnny!”. Perhaps you have seen the image as one of the staple movie posters that hang in the dorm of at least one film major you know. The iconic scene, which itself is an homage to Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (1921), has been referenced in a multitude of films and television shows. The hype around the film is not understated; The Shining is captivating, terrifying, and intelligent.
Everyone who made a contribution to the Philadelphia Film Society and the PFS Theater at the Roxy in 2013 will be recognized as a Founding Member. Memberships and gifts of $500 and below will be honored on the Roxy screens before each film. Contributions of $500 and above will be listed on a permanent plaque in the PFS Roxy Theater lobby.
Be apart of this historic year and join our community of film lovers with a PFS membership! New levels begin at $35 and include benefits to the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, Philadelphia Children’s International Film Festival and the PFS Theater at the Roxy!
By Alex Gibson
“Finally, my favorite Black Pack movie gets a sequel!” said The Best Man fans around the world earlier this year. The Best Man Holiday is not as good as the original, but is definitely a satisfying follow-up / holiday film. Over ten years later, all the characters are back and as dysfunctional and hysterical as ever, especially Terrence Howard’s scheezy-funny Quentin. Prepare to laugh and cry. Seriously – bring tissues, you’ll need them.
The snowy season is upon us, which means it’s the perfect time to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and watch a great Holiday film! If you need some suggestions, the PFS staff has picked their favorite flicks for the wintery months!
BY Alex Gibson
Fans of Will Ferrell-Adam McKay collaborations have been waiting nearly a decade for a follow up to arguably their best work together so far. Quotes from the original are burned into our vernacular – “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch,” “60% of the time, it works every time,” “I’m in a glass case of emotion!” Now, the wait is over; Anchorman 2 barrels into theaters next Friday.
The film picks up with Ron Burgundy collecting his news team for a spot in the brand new 24-hour news network in New York City. From the opening credits to the closing scene, Anchorman 2 reaches new heights in comedy. Champ Kind is louder, Brian Fantana is smoother, Brick Tamland is Brickier, and Ron Burgundy is all around more legendary.
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, Shop Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. But this year, another event has been brought to my attention, #GivingTuesday. On Tuesday December 3rd, the nation will come together to celebrate and encourage the charitable activities that support nonprofits, who work tirelessly throughout the year to build their communities, and PFS is happy to be one of 5,000 organizations participating.
PFS is fortunate to be able to give back to the community in a variety of ways. During the Philadelphia Film Festival, we have the PFF on Us and Student Education programs. Most recently, we were able to make 30% of the inaugural Philadelphia Independent Children’s Film Festival free of charge, and we are look forward to beginning our Filmadelphia at the Roxy Series, through which local filmmakers can screen their work. None of these programs would be possible without the your support.
One of Philadelphia’s greatest attributes is its booming art culture and we’re proud to be listed among Philadelphia’s nonprofit staples like the Art Museum, the Zoo and The Barnes Foundation (to name a few…). We can’t wait to officially re-open the PFS Theater at the Roxy, the new home of PFS, and launch year-round screenings and education programs that will enhance cinematic culture throughout Philadelphia.
Come Tuesday Dec. 3rd (#GivingTuesday), we invite you to support PFS in our efforts to complete the renovation of the PFS Theater at the Roxy through our Text To Give campaign. By having our own venue, PFS will be able to expand our free ticketing programs exponentially and share the power of film with the entire Philadelphia community. Our work wouldn’t be possible without your generous support.
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This past weekend, the PFS Theater at the Roxy opened up its doors for the first ever Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival. It was a fun filled weekend of films, prizes and giveaways.
On Friday, The Roxy saw its first full house for the Opening Night film Zarafa. Kids coming to see the film took a second on the red carpet outside to snap a picture with their favorite characters.
On Saturday, we had a day of back-to-back films including the acclaimed Wolf Children, Kirikou, and Welcome to the Space Show.
The Festival finished up on Sunday with films in the morning followed by the Closing Night festivities and film The ZigZag Kid. Children at the Closing Night Festivities enjoyed a Stop Motion Animation Workshop, Caricatures, and another chance to snap a picture with their favorite characters.
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.
BY Sam Rossman
Of all the times I’ve seen him play Wolverine, I’ve never seen Hugh Jackman as angry as his character in Prisoners. He and the rest of the cast all turn in great performances in this unpredictable drama. The film is lengthy and does drag at times, but when all is said and done, you’re left with a satisfying payoff.