- Film Festival
In celebration of the Barnes unveiling its new Philadelphia home with 56 consecutive hours of free admission and activities, the Philadelphia Film Society partnered with the Barnes for a Midnight Film Series that put a focus on art around the world.
Attendees got to enjoy being among the first to wander the incredible collection of the Barnes Foundation at its new home in Philadelphia, as well as enjoy SEVEN stellar films hand-picked by Philadelphia Film Society Artistic Director Michael Lerman in the brand-new Barnes Auditorium.
IT'S THE WEEKEND!!!
What movies are you going to check out? There's so much to choose from! The Avengers is still breaking records... The Dictator is finally invading theaters... 20th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival favorite Headhunters is still at the Ritz at the Bourse... And let's not forget that PFS MEMBER SNEAK PREVIEW FILM BATTLESHIP brings the Aliens vs. Navy summer movie popcorn insanity to a screen near you.
With the Summer Movie Season officially upon us, the Philadelphia Film Society is working hard to make sure that members get a chance to see as many Blockbusters, Spectacles, and Genre Offerings as possible. As a result, in the coming weeks members will be seeing BATTLESHIP, ROCK OF AGES, and CHERNOBYL DIARIES all BEFORE they hit theaters.
At first glance, the average moviegoer might not be compelled to see A Little Bit of Heaven. I think people saw it starred Kate Hudson and thought I'm not in the mood for a frothy Bride Wars, My Best Friend's Girl or You, Me and Dupree type of romantic comedy. Not that there's anything wrong with a traditional rom/com; however this film is the female equivalent of Joseph Gordon Levitt's 50/50.
Marley Corbett, while under anesthesia for a colonoscopy, is told by God (Whoopi Goldberg) that she's dying and has 3 wishes.
Aging – without proper retirement funds, without a spouse, needing a hip replacement, feeling too old to be desirable, put out to pasture, needing closure with a person you fell in love with over 40 years ago. These are all rather depressing subjects; yet, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is anything but depressing. It's lively, humorous and quick-witted.
Although you'd expect nothing less from such a stellar cast of veterans: Dame Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup.
Last night PFS presented a sneak preview of the much talked about documentary Bully. Some PFS members may recall this documentary by filmmaker Lee Hirsch was screened last October during the 20th Philadelphia Film Festival when it was titled The Bully Project. I think the shortened title really gives it the impact the film deserves.
Last week Philadelphia welcomed Academy Award winning actress Eva Marie Saint to the Prince Music Theater where she accompanied a special presentation of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
Part of TCM’s “Road to Hollywood” series, 400+ movie lovers, including numerous PFS members, packed the Prince for the free event (200 patrons were turned away from the first-come, first-served screening).
TCM host Ben Mankiewicz facilitated the pre-screening Q&A with Ms.
Dark Girls is co-directed and produced by Bill Duke (Duke Media) and D. Channsin Berry (Urban Winter Entertainment) the film explores the deep-seated bias and attitudes about skin color; particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.