PFS Rapid Reviews – Elysium


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BY Sam Rossman

In Elysium, director Neill Blomkamp continues to explore social issues similar to his previous film District 9. With eye-catching visuals, a good central performance by Matt Damon, and an even more scene stealing turn by Sharlto CopleyElysium delivers on most fronts. Ultimately though, its message of class struggle becomes too preachy and it never quite reaches the same level of quality as District 9.

So Bad It’s Good – Robocop


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BY Fletcher Gelber

I know what your thinking, Robocop is an amazing film; how could he even think about putting it under So Bad Its Good? Well before you decide to take me out and execute me like Peter Weller in the opening of Robocop, let me explain. Robocop is one of my favorite movies of all time, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a bad film. This movie is so bad, that it becomes better then most “good” movies.

Robocop is set in a futuristic Detroit, which is filled with crime and violence (So basically Modern Day Detroit). The film follows a new cop named Murphy, played by Peter Weller, who gets brutally killed by a group of gangsters on his first day on the job (Don’t you just hate Mondays). After Murphy is obliterated, an evil corporation, OCP, takes his remains and makes the ultimate crime fighter, Robocop. Part robot, part man- all cop/ crazy gun-wielding robot on a mission of revenge.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – INDEPENDENCE DAY


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BY Will Torrence

With the Fourth of July on the horizon, I felt that this was a perfect time to finally see a movie I have heard so much about. To be honest, I am not sure why this movie has escaped me for so long. I remember it growing up, but I guess I never really had the opportunity to watch it. I simply can’t think of a better way to celebrate America’s independence other than watching a movie about earth’s independence — from aliens.

Independence Day follows three characters on their mission to save Earth and civilization from being wiped out by extraterrestrials. The film follows President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman), fighter pilot Captain Steve Hiller (Will Smith), and scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) as they do their part in stopping the invasion. All of these storylines seem independent through the film, but end up connecting in a huge way.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – The Big Lebowski


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BY Fletcher Gelber

I have always considered myself as a Dude; I go bowling, eat Cheetos, and have seen every episode of [i]Breaking Bad[/i]-twice. But that title was seriously questioned in the office when it was discovered that I have not seen the holy grail of dude movies, the Dude Bible, The Death Star of Dudeness: The Big Lebowski. With my Dude identity on the line, I finally sat down to watch the film; and my life will never be the same.

Interview: Nick Robinson from Kings of Summer


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BY Ben Silverio

Last month, Philadelphia Film Society members were treated to a sneak peek at the new indie coming of age movie, The Kings of Summer, which was attended by the films three stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias. Then, as part of the Awesome Fest, which really kicks into gear next month, citizens of Philadelphia had yet another chance to see this awesome tale reminiscent of classics such as Stand by Me, The Sandlot, and The Goonies before it was released to the public. But for those of you who missed out on it both times, it’s playing for all to see at the Ritz Five right now.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – ALIEN


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Sometimes the Scariest Things Come from Within

Among iconic, memorable film moments, a baby alien bursting from John Hurt’s chest is close to the top of the list. And yet, yesterday morning, I hadn’t seen anything before or after that scene. Why would someone do that to such an acclaimed British actor? I would wonder. Did they put it in his food? Does that make him a father? Mazel tov, John Hurt! Last night, I decided the ignorance had to stop. As a film buff, I had to watch this classic sci-fi that has garnered so many fans and remakes. And as a feminist, I had to see Ellen Ripley in action.

Opening this Weekend – Jason Blum’s THE PURGE


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In the year 2022, there is 1% unemployment in the United States, almost no crime, and the economy is flourishing. There is no need for people to commit senseless acts of violence over money, nor do people feel the impulse to hurt others out of rage or passion. This is because once a year, all American citizens are allowed to unleash their aggression indiscriminately. For twelve hours, once a year, law enforcement cannot be called, emergency care ceases, and all crime – including murder – becomes legal. This is the premise of The Purge.

So Bad It’s Good – SPICE WORLD


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The 90s gave the world a lot of amazing things – snap bracelets, butterfly clips, Tamagotchis, Boy Meets World…  One of the 90s’ best contributions to the world was the Spice Girls.  And, in 1997, preteen girls worldwide rejoiced because Spice World came out.  As the Spice Girls will go down as one of the best musical groups of all time, Spice World will be remembered as one of the most horrific, most enjoyable movies ever made.

And You Call Yourself a Film Buff?! – CHINATOWN


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BY Alex Gibson

It’s not that I avoided watching Chinatown, as I have with other ‘Film Buff’ fodder like Lawrence of Arabia or Doctor Zhivago. I just never got around to it, but last week, I finally bit the bullet. I didn’t really know what to expect — some people had told me it was awesome; others had said it was good, but disturbing. So, I pressed play apprehensively. As it turns out, that was the perfect attitude, as I remained impressed and nervous for the next 130 minutes.

PFS Sneak Peek: The Kings of Summer


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Last week, PFS Members got a chance to see indie hit The Kings of Summer. The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, revolves around three teenage boys who have had enough of overbearing, unappreciative parents and decide to take to the woods. Reminiscent of the classic Stand By Me, the boys move to the forest, where they build a makeshift cabin and live off the land. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Allison Brie, The Kings of Summer is a hilarious and fun exploration of adolescence and what is means to become a man, whether that is standing up for your friends or eating only what you’ve hunted.