Posts Tagged ‘Alex Gibson’

PFS Rapid Reviews – The Best Man Holiday

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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.

PFS Interviews: Adam McKay // Anchorman 2

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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.

PFS Interviews – Will Forte // Nebraska

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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.

PFS Interview – Jim Mickle, Director of We Are What We Are

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We Are What We Are opens as a torrential downpour hits a small upstate New York town. Muddy water fills the street and people stay in their homes for the most part, except for Mrs. Parker, who ventures out to the general store. On the way home, she slips, hits her head and dies, sinking into dirty water beside the road. Upon learning of her mother’s demise, Rose Parker, the eldest of the family, is forced into her mother’s role of carrying out the family’s annual religious ceremony.

Their ritual: catching, killing, and eating a human being.

PFS Interview – Getaway

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BY Alex Gibson

The streets of Sofia, Bulgaria are alive with the Christmas spirit.  Garland curls up the lampposts, lights twinkle, and a holiday market has sprung up in the park.  Brent Magna comes home expecting to see his wife trimming their tree, but instead finds broken glass ornaments and their apartment trashed.  The phone rings. A mysterious voice tells Brent that his wife has been taken and the only way they’ll be reunited is for Brent to follow the voice’s instructions precisely.  The voice’s orders lead Brent to commandeer Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Super Snake, along with its owner, and tear through the city until the seemingly omniscient villain is satisfied.  This is the plot of the high-octane new thriller Getaway, which recently screened in Manayunk.

The film was directed by co-founder and CEO of After Dark Films, Courtney Solomon.  Solomon has made such acclaimed films as An American Haunting, starring Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek, and Wristcutters: A Love Story, starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon.  On the horizon, Solomon will be working on new action films under the banner of After Dark Action, and a movie based on Dungeons & Dragons.  Earlier this month, he sat down with me to animatedly discuss the ins and outs of Getaway, which opens August 30 and stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight.

PFS Rapid Reviews – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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I love anything with magic or gods, which got me to the theaters for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. I was not disappointed.  It’s silly and melodramatic, but entertaining – especially its quirkily modernized Greek mythology.  If you’re a fan of the genre and want a couple hours of fun, check it out.

Interview – LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER

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It was 1952 – the closing of the Truman administration – when Eugene Allen first got a job at the White House. Over the next three decades, he would see seven more presidents in office including Eisenhower, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, and Reagan.

THE-BUTLER-PosterLee Daniels’ The Butler was inspired by Allen’s life. The film tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a longtime White House butler who, like Allen, was gifted one of JFK’s ties by Jackie Kennedy, invited to a state dinner by Nancy Reagan, and witnessed the height of the Civil Rights Movement from the corner of the Oval Office. In the film, Cecil Gaines’ experiences are juxtaposed with those of his son, Louis, who sees the Movement from quite a different perspective.

As Cecil marches, white gloved, through the White House hallways, Louis joins the Civil Right Movement, first staging sit-ins in Southern diners and eventually joining the Black Panther Party. The father and son’s conflicting political views cause immeasurable tension in the family, though they both hope fervently for a better future.

From the acclaimed director of Precious, Lee Daniels’ The Butler opens August 16 and stars Forrest Whittaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz, Yaya Alafia, and an ensemble of Hollywood’s most talents actors. Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the creative minds behind the film. At the swanky Rittenhouse Hotel, I spoke with director Lee Daniels and Oscar-Winner Cuba Gooding Jr.