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The 25th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival Coverage (October 20 - 30, 2016)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tinsel & Tine's Look at the 11 Days of #PFF25

 By Editor, Le Anne Lindsay

POST UPDATE: 10/25/2016

25 years! That makes this the silver anniversary or better yet, silver screen anniversary for The Philadelphia Film Festival produced by The Philadelphia Film Society, Executive Director, J. Andrew Greenblatt & Artistic Director, Michael Lerman.

I'm so excited that La La Land has been chosen for this year's opening night film (Thursday, October 20th Prince Theater 8pm). I've read so many good things about this musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; it's been on T&T's Can't Wait Coming Attractions page for months. Best of all, the writer/director Damien Chazelle, recipient of the Academy Award nomination for best writing and adapted screenplay for Whiplash will be in attendance opening night!

The closing night film is another one right up my alley, starring Amy Adams making Alien contact on earth in Arrival directed by Denis Villeneuve (Friday, October 28th Prince Theater 8pm)

All toll you've got Over 110 films from 23 countries to choose from: 

Another Centerpiece Screening I wanna see is Natalie Portman in Jackie Director Pablo Larraín 2016 - Jackie is a powerful, innovative biopic depicting the events leading up to and following the shocking assassination of beloved President John F. Kennedy through the eyes of his wife, first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

Some oldies, but goodies From The Vault - actually I've never seen Night on Earth, Auteur Jarmusch exploits the peculiar intimacy between taxi drivers and their patrons to hilarious and poignant effect, depicting quirky cab rides unfolding simultaneously in disparate cities. In Los Angeles, a jaded Hollywood bigwig (Gena Rowlands) finds herself enthralled by her streetwise, chain-smoking cabby (Winona Ryder).


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Enjoy some neighborhood hospitality across the city with these excellent restaurants, bars, and coffee shops offering specials to all festival goers. Simply present your physical ticket, digital ticket, or your festival badge when ordering:  
  • OLDE CREAMERY (105 S. 2nd St. Phila. PA 19106) 20% off your bill 
  • LA COLOMBE COFFEE ROASTERS (100 S. Independence Mall W #110 corner of 6th and Market St.) Enjoy 10% off all purchases  
  • MISSION TAQUERIA (1516 Sansom St. Phila, PA 19102) Enjoy $6 Margarita, $6 Sangria, $3 Corona
  • BOURBON & BRANCH (705 N. 2nd St. Phila. PA 19123) $5 Old Fashioneds & Whiskey Sours 
  • MARTHA (Fishtown / Kensington 2113 E. York St.Philadelphia, PA 19125) Enjoy your first drink at 1/2 price 
  • BRIDGET FOY’S (200 South St. Phila. PA 19147)  Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or sangria with purchase of an entree 
Discounts are listed on Festival Website under Events 

Spotlights, Presented by Philly Style: Highly–anticipated movies from some of the biggest names in the industry, these films shine a spotlight on top talent from around the world. · Christine, Director Antonio Campos. 2016, USA. · King Cobra, Director Justin Kelly. 2016, USA. · Wolves, Director Bart Freundlich. 2016, USA.

From World Narratives this looks like a winner - The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Finland director Juho Kuosmanen) The Un Certain Regard winner at this year’s Cannes, this sweetly melancholic biopic features Finnish boxing amateur turned hero Olli Mäki as he competes for the international featherweight championship title.

Of course, Tinsel & Tine (reel & dine) has to catch a foodie film or two. Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story from the FEAST category looks good - In Insatiable, director Brett A. Schwartz tracks the story of world-renowned molecular gastronomist Homaro Cantu, from a troubled youth marred by poverty and abuse to international renown as the head chef at Moto, one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants. Cantu belonged to a scene of young, Chicago-based chefs innovating the field of molecular gastronomy, which introduced new, sometimes cerebral, techniques to fine dining.

American Independents, Presented by Comcast Xfinity: Featuring powerful new voices in American cinema, these fresh, gritty films explore a variety of subjects through the filmmaker’s uncompromising vision. All films in this series are a part of the “PFF On Us” free ticketing program. 


Greater Filmadelphia, Presented by Philadelphia Gas Works
Featuring work from some of our finest homegrown filmmakers, this category brings our city and its talent to the big screen. I saw Sarah Paulson on Jimmy Fallon talking about this movie Blue Jay (dir. Alexandre Lehmann) but I didn't know he was a Philly filmmaker! - Former high school sweethearts are reunited by chance as adults and spend the day reminiscing about their past and what might have been in this moving drama starring Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson.

There's also some informative and entertaining docs under Documentary Showcase, movies with music under Sight & Soundtrack, Animated Shorts, Late night The Graveyard Shift flicks and more...

The PFF25 PROGRAM GUIDE PDF can be downloaded

However, I recommend you use the FESTIVAL GENIUS to book all your movies and purchase tickets. The calendar can export to your Outlook or Google Calendar and it will cross reference and let you know if you're booking movies too close together or at the same time.

Then follow me on Instagram @tinsel_tine & Twitter  @tinseltine during the festival and also check back to this page too, as I'll be posting mini reviews and festival happenings every day.  Like I did last year... T&T's Look at #PFF24

Originally posted 10/7/16. Updated 10/18/16
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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.

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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