April 25, 2014 |
It began as a one-day showcase of a single film. Now in its third year, the Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival has grown into a bona fide fest, with screenings of 15 films, filmmaker appearances, panels, and parties spread out over one evening and two full days, Friday through Sunday, in locations from Center City to University City. Festival executive director Bia Vieira, who shared that first film in 2012 with a few friends, said last year's festival drew more than 300 viewers for its 11 films, which included the Paraguayan thriller Seven Boxes , since then a cult hit across the country.
October 5, 2013 |
New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut famously incorporated tropes from American noir and Western films into theirs. Their colleague Louis Malle went a step further and made a score of American films, including My Dinner With Andre (1981) , Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) - and the 1981 masterpiece Atlantic City featuring Burt Lancaster and Susan Sarandon. Malle's work was well-received - even revered - here with the possible exception of 1985's Alamo Bay , which sharply divided critics.
May 26, 2013 |
CANNES, France - Come what may with the awarding of the Palme d'Or on Sunday night at the 66th running of the Cannes Film Festival, it has been nothing short of a tour de force performance by American films this year. The entire American flotilla is heading for U.S. audiences, starting Sunday with HBO's telecast of Behind the Candelabra . The movie, directed by Steven Soderbergh, stars Michael Douglas - a favorite for best actor here - as Liberace, seen through the eyes of his former significant other, Scott Thorson, played by Matt Damon.
December 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Breakfast at Tiffany's , Dirty Harry , and A League of Their Own will be preserved for their enduring significance in American culture by the Library of Congress, along with A Christmas Story and several pioneering sports movies. They are among 25 selections the library inducted Wednesday into the National Film Registry. Congress created the program in 1989 to preserve films for their cultural or historical significance. The latest additions bring the registry to 600 films that include Hollywood features, documentaries, independent films and early experimental flicks.
July 8, 2011 |
After 17 years, Philadelphia QFest is one of the East Coast's biggest gay and lesbian film festivals. It returns this year with screenings of 109 films through July 18 at Ritz East and Ritz at the Bourse in Center City. "This year, we're particularly proud of our selection of international films," says festival cofounder Ray Murray. The inveterate film fan, who expects attendance to top 25,000, offered some of his personal favorites, starting with two titles by the unconventional director Scud, Amphetamine and Love Actually . . . Sucks!
December 30, 2007 |
Greetings, battle-scarred vets of the 2007 movie wars. It was a year when matters of conception and mortality were the stuff of comedy. And a year when many American films reconsidered the 1960s - the politics, the music, and the social upheavals. It was also a year of musicals, including the big, bouffant Hairspray, the small, hushed Once, and the experimental Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There. This was a year when There Will Be Blood (opening Friday) might serve as a description for many movies, especially those about Iraq.
December 28, 2007 |
Greetings, battle-scarred vets of the 2007 movie wars. It was a year when matters of conception and mortality were the stuff of comedy. And a year when many American films reconsidered the 1960s - the politics, the music, and the social upheavals. It was also a year of musicals, including the big, bouffant Hairspray , the small, hushed Once, and the experimental Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There . This was a year when There Will Be Blood (opening Friday)
December 9, 2003 |
When symphony orchestras join forces with cinema, the occasion is something with epic size but little dialogue, like Alexander Nevsky. The smaller, habitually rambunctious Rel?che ensemble version of such collaborations requires a fascination with the arcane along with the price of admission: This past weekend's "Visions Sonic + Surreal" featured experimental short films by inter-war Paris fixtures such as Man Ray and Ren? Clair, plus some later...
October 18, 2002 |
It's not often that good foreign films are remade into good American films. For every "Sommersby" or "Birdcage" there are three "Cousins" or "City of Angels. " Even director George Sluizer had trouble Americanizing his own terrific Dutch thriller "The Vanishing. " Which makes "Memento" director Christopher Nolan's gripping psychological thriller "Insomnia" (VHS: $22.99; DVD: $26.99), based on Erik Skjoldbjaerg's 1997 Norwegian film of the same name, all the more rewarding. Nolan captures the atmosphere and cadence of the original, while branding the film with his own unique cinematic style.
March 12, 2001 |
One of the most popular songs in Egypt these days is "I Hate Israel. " Youths are flocking to anti-American films, and many have begun wearing black and white checkered head coverings in a show of solidarity with Palestinians. Newly installed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he will pursue peace with the Palestinians and his Arab neighbors, but it may be hard to undo the damage caused by the last five months of Palestinian-Israeli clashes. In Egypt and other Arab countries, hostility toward Israel and the United States has increased sharply, feeding an arts industry that some say is fueling the rage.