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It's Time for the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival! #PFF22

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wow! Has it been a year already?  Believe it or not, I lost a boyfriend over PFF21. We met on Labor Day weekend and mistakenly spent almost every moment with each other from that point on.  I warned him that I'd be pretty busy for 2 weeks once the Philadelphia Film Fest started up, as I'd be trying to cover a number of films and events for Tinsel & Tine.  He seemed okay with it in theory, but once I was in the midst of it all, he got resentful that it was taking up so much of my time, but also didn't want to join me.  There were of course, other underlying issues, but nonetheless we did break up before closing night.  What can you do, love me, love film festivals!

  This year the 22nd Annual Philadelphia Film Festival produced by The Philadelphia Film Society runs from October 17 - 27, 2013. The fest gets underway with the one and only Robert Redford in All is Lost, a survival film about a man lost at sea written and directed by J. C. Chandor (who will be in attendance Opening Night at the Kimmel Center Perelman Theater). The film features Redford as the only cast member, with almost no dialogue.  All Is Lost is Chandor's second feature film, following his 2011 debut Margin Call.

CENTERPIECE SCREENINGS:

August:Osage County, Director John Wells. USA, 2013
We are introduced to the Weston clan by way of patriarch Beverly, a melancholic poet (played here by an excellent Sam Shepard, in a role originated by Letts’ own late father, Dennis) who quotes T.S. Eliot’s immortal maxim that “life is very long” just before taking matters into his own hands: first by mysteriously disappearing, then by turning up drowned in a local lake. The ensuing funeral serves as a de facto family reunion, the previously empty house filling to the rafters with Beverly’s three grown daughters, their significant others and assorted relations. All have come to pay their last respects. None will leave without incurring the wrath of the widow Weston, Violet (Meryl Streep), a cancer-stricken, pill-popping martinet whose idol was Liz Taylor and who could be Albee’s Martha a few decades — and many rounds of marital prizefights — on from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” - Scott Foundas Variety
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Director Justin Chadwick. UK, South Africa, 2013
Idris Elba stars as the South African leader in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which the Weinstein Co. will release in late November. The film, directed by Justin Chadwick, takes a classical, inspirational biopic approach to telling the epic tale of Mandela’s life story. While the brawny Elba, famed for his gangster Stringer Bell on “The Wire,” has a much larger frame than Mandela, Chadwick said he was “the brave choice” for the role. “We’re not going for a looky-likey, soundy-likey version of Mandela,” said Chadwick “We’re trying to catch the spirit.”- Jake Coyle The Grio
Nebraska, Director Alexander Payne. USA, 2013. Sponsored by Hirshorn Company
Nebraska, beautifully shot in expressive widescreen black and white by Phedon Papamichael, centers on an aging, dementia-afflicted resident of Billings, Mont., (Bruce Dern) who's convinced he's won $1 million in a sweepstakes and won't be talked out of going to prize headquarters in Omaha to collect. His exasperated son (Will Forte) agrees to drive him there, a journey that includes a side trip to the small Nebraska town where his father was born and lived a chunk of his life. - Kenneth Turan Los Angels Times
Philomena, Director Stephen Frears. UK, 2013
Frears wants Pope Francis to see his latest film, Philomena, the true story of a shamed Irish woman (Dame Judi Dench) forced by nuns to give her son up for adoption in the 1950s."I am very, very keen that the pope should see it, if you have any influence in those quarters," Frears told reporters ahead of the film's world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.- news.com.au
The Unknown Known, Director Errol Morris. USA, 2013
Documentarian Errol Morris’s up-close portrait of onetime Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld — a man celebrated for not knowing his own aphorisms from a hole in the ground, including the saying about known knowns, unknown knowns, and so on that provides Morris’s title. The movie is a sequel of sorts to 2003’s The Fog of War, Morris’s Oscar-winning profile of Vietnam-era Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. - Tom Carson The American Project

As is tradition, #PFF22 will also feature these film categories: World Cinema, Masters of Cinema, Greater Filmadelphia, Spotlight Films, From the Vault, Foreign Films, American Independent, Documentary Showcase, Sight & Soundtrack, Shorts Films and the Graveyard Shift.
Culminating with Closing Night Film: Labor Day, Director Jason Reitman. USA, 2013 - Depressed single mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man (Josh Brolin) a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.


Plus events, awards, chances to see the progress taking place at The Roxy, the soon to be new home of the Philadelphia Film Society and more...


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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?
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