‘The Words’ Opens Today!


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Ben Barnes, Bradley Cooper, Brian Klugman, Dennis Quaid, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Lee Sternthal, Michael Nutter, Olivia Wilde, PFM, PFS, philadelphia, Philadelphia Film Society, Pretentious Film Majors, Tags, The Words, Zoe Saldana

By Ben Silverio

This weekend, the new movie from the hometown writing/directing team Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, ‘The Words’, opens in theaters everywhere. Featuring fellow Philly boy Bradley Cooper, as well as Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes, and J.K. Simmons, the film tells the story of Rory Jansen, a struggling writer who finds fame after passing off a lost manuscript as his own novel and then deals with the consequences of stealing another man’s words.

PFS Member Sneak Preview of ROBOT & FRANK


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, Robot & Frank,, Sundance winner, Susan Sarandon, Tags, World Cafe Live

Each year my dream is to attend the Sundance Film Festival and each year I fail to make this trip a reality. But I do make a point to find out which films are getting buzz. Before wining the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, I had made a note to try and see Robot & Frank, if it got picked up and released.

Artistic Director Michael Lerman Highlights The Best From Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Film Festival, Puchon, Tags

I just got back from Korea where the longstanding Puchon International Fantastic Festival is serving up some of the greatest new genre titles from around the world. Among the big events here, there were packed houses for films from Asia like Doomsday Book, an anthology featuring top Korea directors like PFF alum Kim Ji-Woon who made A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, The Bad and the Weird. Also featured was a great world program with American favorites opening here this summer like Sound of My Voice and Safety Not Guaranteed. I spent some quality time combing through the program for great new work I could bring to Philadelphia.

PFS Member Summer Sneak Peek – KILLER JOE


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Emile Hirsch, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Killer Joe, Matthew McConaughey, NC-17, Tags, Thomas Haden Church, Toronto International Film Festival, Tracy Letts, Venice International Film Festival, William Friedken

The Philadelphia Film Society will be screening KILLER JOE, which had its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, for members on Wednesday, August 7, 2012. Intern Sam Denitz got a special chance to see the film in advance and in celebration of the upcoming screening, we are posting Sam’s thoughts on the film BEFOREHAND to let you know what you’re getting yourself into.

PLEASE NOTE: The film KILLER JOE is rated NC-17 for “graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality” – it is a difficult film to watch at times for some, but it is certainly a one-of-a-kind WILD ride that people will be talking about for months!

PFS Members Saw It First – SAVAGES


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Philadelphia Film Soceity, Philadelphia Film Society Event, Savages, Tags

Members of the Philadelphia Film Society packed into Ritz East yesterday evening to get a sneak preview of SAVAGES, the latest film from director Oliver Stone. This film will not be released to the public until later this week, but already seems to be stirring much attraction. There was not an empty seat in the theatre, and this film provoked the crowd to laugh, cover their eyes, and gasp all at the same time.



Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Alison Klayman, Contests, How to Survive a Plague, IFC Films, philadelphia, Philadelphia Film Society, Sundance Selects, Tags, Your Sister's Sister


YOUR SISTER’S SISTER is a favorite film in the PFS office and we are very excited to offer up a pair of Run of Engagement tickets for you to see the film during any showing Mon – Thurs after the film opens June 22, 2012 at the Ritz Five in Philadelphia! All you have to do to win the passes is watch two trailers of fantastic, upcoming documentaries from IFC Films and Sundance Selects and answer a question about each trailer.



Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, Philadelphia Film Society, Philadelphia Film Society Event, Tags, The Royal Tennenbaums, Wes Anderson

Last Wednesday, the Philadelphia Film Society held a preview screening of Moonrise Kingdom,the ninth film of acclaimed director, Wes Anderson. The latest installment from the director that brought us The Royal Tennenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox, traces two committed youngsters, Sam and Suzy on their adventure to run awayfrom their misunderstood lives, so they can be hidden away from the rest of the world on the small, rocky Rhode Island beach cove they have named together, Moonrise Kingdom.

THE INTOUCHABLES – Interview with Directors Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano


Written by Alex Gibson on . Posted in Eric Toledano, François Cluzet, Harvey Weinstein, Member Sneak Preview, Nicolas Sarkozy, Olivier Nakache, Omar Sy, Philadelphia Film Society, Tags, The Intouchables


Eric Toledano, one of the directors of the French box-office smash, THE INTOUCHABLES had been barely been in Philadelphia a day before he learned a new word. There is no direct French translation for the phrase, and yet when it was explained to him Eric couldn’t think of a better word to describe his relationship with directing partner Olivier Nakache.


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