More of Blogger Ben’s Quickie Reviews!

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By Ben Silverio

Here are a few more reviews from the past few days of the festival:

This movie was an excellent first directorial effort by the great Dustin Hoffman. Though there was one questionable decision, I still loved watching this movie because of the interesting characters played by a great cast, which includes the likes of the great Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtney, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly, plus some real retired musicians and singers. 3.5 out of 5 stars

There’s been a lot of baby movies lately, but this one stands out from the rest. The movie was hilarious and the dynamic between stars Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas was comedic gold. Not only that, but they played up the drama as well. Writer and director Jonathan Lisecki stole the show every time he appeared onscreen though as Nelson because 90% of the best lines in the film went to him and his awesome delivery. Overall, ‘Gayby’ was one of my favorite films of the festival thus far. 4 out of 5 stars

A great and very real portrayal of the music scene of Philly. I was a big fan of the message behind the story. It reminded me of seeing a more real life version of ‘SLC Punk’ with metal/post-hardcore music. Also, did anyone else catch the Philly Film Society office cameo? 3 out of 5 stars

We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists
It was a little weird to see a documentary of a thing that I vividly remember happening, but it was a certainly very entertaining look at the hacktivist group known as Anonymous. Not only did it properly educate the audience on the whole movement and its origins, but it was entertaining as hell. Our Ticketing Manager, however, did not enjoy the Anonymous attack on an Amazon server this weekend which caused him some big problems. That aside, I don’t usually like documentaries, but I definitely liked this one. 3 out of 5 stars

The Zen of Bennett
Tony Bennett’s album ‘Duets II’ was one of my favorite albums of 2011, so naturally I loved the documentary about the making of it, ‘The Zen of Bennett’. Not only did it show how the legendary singer put together this record with some of the biggest stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, but it also took a look at a side that his fans don’t usually see: What does Tony Bennett do when the music stops? I also appreciated the director’s decision to make some of the scenes completely silent so as to give us an interesting juxtaposition. Very good music doc with amazing music. The Amy Winehouse segment was particularly touching. 3.5 stars out of 5

What have you all seen so far? Have you seen any of the movies I’ve seen? If you have, share your thoughts on them! And if you haven’t, share your thoughts anyway on the movies you have seen. Stay tuned to the PFS blog for more of my film festival findings.

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