Posts Tagged ‘Oscars’

Oscar Watch: Looking Back on The Grand Budapest Hotel

Grand Budapest Hotel

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By Don Malvasi

Originally Posted by Cinedork.com

Wes Anderson prefers not to enter himself into a particular time and place unless he’s able to twist and turn his subject until it’s ready to fit into HIS world. In The Grand Budapest Hotel, his eighth and best feature, his enchanting stylization rises to a level of obsessiveness that bodes well for the adventurous filmgoer. Anderson pulls all the stops in production values in taking on the vanished elegance of Old World Europe between the World Wars. His stock company, now enlarged by an even wider swath of familiar actors (no fewer than 17 this time) is here bolstered by a zany, bravura performance by Ralph Fiennes. Fiennes plays Gustave H., a genteel and dapper yet manic and profane hotel concierge who has a way with words and with ladies of a certain advanced age. He controls the Grand Budapest Hotel with a courtly whip.

PFS Review – Into the Woods

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By Don MalvasiSee it at the Roxy!

Originally Posted on Cinedork.com

Rife with colorful characters and brimming with the signature rhyming banter of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, Into The Woods is the closest thing this Christmas season to a rewarding family film. Just don’t expect things to come with a ribbon wrapped around them. If the mashing of familiar Grimm fairy tales into a not-so-conventional tale sounds like your idea of good fun, you wouldn’t be far wrong. Although the Rob Marshall adaptation of the 1987 stage production loses some steam in its second half, it is a well-cast showcase for the likes of Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp (as the Big Bad Wolf), and especially the amusing Tracy Ullmann and the excellent Emily Blunt.

PFS Review – Foxcatcher

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By Don MalvasiSee it at the Roxy!

Originally Posted on Cinedork.com

It’s as dramatic as when you first lay eyes on Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull. In Foxcatcher, Steve Carell is not at all the Steve Carell with whom we’ve become accustomed. There’s not a sliver of the character from The Office or The 40 Year Old Virgin to be found. Nor does Carell, fitted with a prosthetic nose, smile once in the film. In one of the year’s very best performances, a super serious Carell gives an uncanny, haunting take on John Eleuthere DuPont.

Awards Night Quizzo

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This past Sunday at the Philadelphia Film Society’s celebration of the Biggest Night in Hollywood at the PFS Theater at the Roxy, guests participated in a game of Awards Night Quizzo during commercial breaks.  Winners will be notified soon, but below are the answers for anyone wondering!

PFS Rapid Review: 12 Years a Slave

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In celebration of PFS Oscar Week & PFF22 Alum 12 Years a Slave bringing home the biggest award on Sunday:

12 Years a Slave is potentially one of the most important films ever made. Director Steve McQueen skillfully guides his unflinching camera through some of the worst evils mankind has ever perpetrated against itself. The film is not an easy watch, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o in particular giving earth-shattering performances. I can guarantee you will not be quite the same once the credits start rolling. 

PFS Staff Picks: And the Oscar goes to…

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The 86th Academy Awards are less than two days away, and with such an amazing year in film behind us, everyone at PFS is buzzing with excitement.  Below, some of the staff put their votes in on who would go home with the night’s biggest prizes. 

If you want to watch the glitz, performances, and acceptance speeches with us, come to a live streaming of the Awards Ceremony at the PFS Theater at the Roxy on Sunday!  Click HERE for more info.