Tuesday, March 23, 2010
So, as sad as it was that Philadelphia Cinema Alliance had to shelf CineFest this spring; Philly film buffs will still have a chance to enjoy a mini spring Film Festival through Philadelphia Film Society sponsored by Pennsylvania Hospital. (See attached below Press Release)
The weekend festival begins Friday, April 9th at 5pm with 11 "FREE" films in all.
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The only problem I see is that I have not been granted a press pass:( There's no better feeling than arriving 15min before a screening, bypassing every other regular filmgoer in line, flashing an all access badge and sauntering into the theater. Understandably, Non-PFS members are limited to 4 tickets to this mini-festival. I envision it being a scramble to get online early enough on Mon 3/26, to order tickets to the films I really want to see. Of course, if I get shut out for pre-ordering, there's always the ignominious rush line.
I'm most looking forward to seeing The Joneses with Demi Moore and David Duchovny only I wish it was screening earlier than 10pm (4/10)!
A seemingly perfect couple (Moore and Duchovny) move into an upscale gated community with their equally perfect teenagers (Heard and Hollingsworth). The Joneses have better goods and game than any other family in town. The only problem is they're not a family -- they are employees of a stealth marketing organization, and they know how to make everyone else want what they've got.
There is great variety among the 11 films chosen; and I of course will do my best to see as many as possible and report back, so stay tuned!
Friday, April 9th 5pm I Am Love - A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.
Friday, April 9th 7:30pm Looking for Eric Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending in to crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.
Friday, April 9th 9:45pm The Square Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond Yale becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla. Ray's moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband's latest crime. This is their chance: Take the money and run... If only it were that simple.
Saturday, April 10th 1pm Exit Through The Gift Shop (Added encore performance) The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results.
Saturday, April 10th 3pm Tales From The Golden Age On the occasion of Ceausescu's working visits, countryside mayors ended up hanging fruit in trees to make sure their villages would be noticed, obeying even the strangest orders from the ferocious Party activists.
Saturday, April 10th 5:30pm Gasland It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
Saturday, April 10th 8pm Holy Rollers In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israel drug cartel.
Saturday, April 10th 8pm Cocktails at Mission Grill 1835 Arch Street from 10-1am - special drink prices when you show your ticket at the door.
Sunday, April 11th 3pm His & Hers A documentary which chronicles a ninety-year-old love story, through the collective voice of seventy ladies.
Sunday, April 11th 5pm The Good, The Bad The Weird Set in the 1930s Manchurian desert, where lawlessness rules and ethnic groups clash, three Korean men fatefully meet each other on a train. The Good, Do-won (JUNG Woo-sung) is a bounty hunter who tracks down criminals with rewards on their heads. The Bad, Chang-yi (LEE Byung-hun) is the leader of a group of bandits and can't stand to be second best. The Weird, Tae-goo (SONG Kang-ho) is a train robber with nine lives.
Sunday, April 11th 7:45pm No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson Trailer On Valentine’s Day 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson was bowling in Hampton, Va., with five high school friends. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson’s young life. A quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson’s young black friends against a group of white patrons. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the teenager—considered by some the nation’s best high school athlete—in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines.
Sunday, April 11th 9:45pm Harry Brown Set in England, An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his own form of justice.