Director Mira Nair brings us an authentic look at Uganda and a reminder that brilliance can happen anywhere and in anyone!
Click Banner to Watch Q&A with Queen of Katwe cast & director on T&T's Periscope

Tinsel & Tine: 21st Philadelphia Film Fest Recap (Part I)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I think I may have seen less films this year than any previous.  it wasn't so much my day job that interfered, which by the way, generously let me come in 2 hrs late for work a couple of days during the festival.  No, this year, I didn't count on my new relationship being affected by my film festival-ing or vice versa.

If you're a regular reader, you will have seen recent posts where I've mentioned my new boyfriend James - he wrote the Argo review, and one on the Gotti movies; I mentioned him in a few other posts and I'm in the midst of writing restaurant reviews in which he plays a prominent role. But for reasons I won't go into, we broke up during the film festival.  I really thought this one was gonna work out. So much started out really good. 

But the show must go on, so I managed to pick myself up and continue the festival, earning my press pass, particularly as a constant supporter on facebook and twitter

If you missed my opening night film - Silver Linings Playbook post with red carpet photos, (click link to view). 

Next I saw a double feature, featuring Super Seniors!  


Stand Up Guys - stars Academy Award® winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in a tough but touching action comedy as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night. - Director Fisher Stevens

I'm forever fascinated with Christopher Walken's off-beat, charming, scary, dead pan humor persona. Especially having watched him back to back first in Seven Psychopaths (which I never had a chance to write about) and then Stand Up Guys– it's not that he plays the same roles exactly, but those elements are always a part of his character. 

Although Stand Up Guys is not due out in theaters until 2013, Roadside Attractions allowed two screenings before the new year, one and only one screening at Philly Film Fest and another private screening in NY. 

The movie has elements of The Bucket List and The Hang Over, as it all takes place in a 24hour period where Walken's character Doc gives Val (Pacino) one last night of debauchery and mayhem after serving a 28 year prison sentence; before killing him at 10am. Along for the ride is Hirsch (Alan Arkin) who they free from a retirement home and put behind the wheel of a sweet, stolen ride, bringing all of Hirsch's old skills back into play. 

The only unfortunate thing about this film was the sound dropped out at the most crucial moment for at least a good 3-4 minutes and due to festival time schedules couldn't be rewound. 

Quartet- Adapted from a play by Ron Harwood, Quartet centers on a retirement home for opera singers and other musicians set in the English countryside, with a focus on the rejuvenating and healing power of music. - Directorial Debut for Dustin Hoffman

This movie truly is a symphony, it's pleasing to the senses. Filled with lovely music, and beautifully shot. I, myself am ready to move into this retirement home for senior musicians; I'm not old enough yet and I don't have a lick of musical talent, but I so love stately, English manors. The plot is light, with a very predicable outcome; which in no way takes away from the getting there. 

The residents throw a concert fundraiser every year, under the strict and pompous direction of Cedric (pronounced Ceeedric) (Michael Gambon). Most of the film is made up of little exchanges and day in the life type scenes that introduce you to the cast of characters. Many of which were real life career musicians and opera stars. With the exception of the four actors that make up the Quartet of Quartet: The very essence of an English gent, and disillusioned by love, Reggie (Tom Courtney), The irascible Wilf (Billy Connolly), daft and sweet Cissy (Pauline Collins) and the incomparable Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) a diva of the royal order and the disillusion-er of Reggie.

Quartet may not be as clever and funny as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but it certainly is a rival in terms of charm.



Here's where I should insert a dining experience between films. 

After all, PFS had Food trucks in varying rotation lined up outside of the Ritz East on Front street all during the festival and the following restaurants participated in deals if you showed your ticket stub or festival pass. 

Too long a story as to why I never took advantage of any of these offers, nor did I get a chance to see Dead Sushi, American Meat  or A Place at the Table, films with food themes. 

Let's just move on... 


Here Comes The DevilArgentine director Adrían García Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Penumbra) returns with an erotic horror film about a couple whose children mysteriously disappear while on vacation in Mexico.

What made me think I was big and bad enough to see a film with this title? I know that anything dealing with supernatural evil scares the be-Jesus out of me! 

The film let out at midnight and I had to make it 5 unnerving blocks to where I parked my car. Then come home to a quiet apartment where I turned on all the lights and watched TV almost until the sun came up. The next night, I was still thinking about some elements of the movie when going to bed, when to my horror, I was awakened at 3am to loud voices coming from the other room. I started just to put my head under the covers and pretend I didn't hear it; but like the idiot in all scary movies, I was compelled to venture forth. I have no idea why, but the TV in my office turned itself on!  Luckily, there were no poltergeist static screens or wraith-like woman oozing out. It was Robert Downey, Jr and Marisa Tomei in Only You, not a very good romantic comedy, but I know Iron Man would never do me any harm, so I turned it off, went back to bed and promptly fell asleep. 

Stay tuned for Part II of my 21st Philadelphia Film Festival Recap, 
which will include a profile on a delightful couple who saw
 32 films during the festival!



Philly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!
tinseltine@gmail.com  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.


Featured Post

Emerging Cinema: VOICELESS The Movie

  Highlighting Philly Made Film - "Voiceless"  by Le Anne Lindsay, Tinsel & Tine Editor The Philadelphia Independent Fil...

Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Eater Philly - All

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST

CITY OF GOLD

CITY OF GOLD
The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold


By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE

Food n Film: THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY

...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST

Philadelphia Magazine » Blog » Foobooz

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL

Food n Film: TODAY'S SPECIAL
With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST

Food n Film: BABETTE'S FEAST
Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST

WALKMS

I participated in WalkMS Philly on 4/30/16
Thank you to the readers who donated to the cause - It's not too late to support! Click badge below

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Tinsel & Tine on Paper.li

Tinsel & Tine on Paper.li
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.

IRON MAN BIONICS

Cross Content Blogs

LAMB

Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA

bloglovin

bloglovin

group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.
-tinseltine@gmail.com


Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
There was an error in this gadget

Camera Tips

Followers

  © Blogger template On The Road by Ourblogtemplates.com 2009

Back to TOP