November 25, 2015 |
WHAT DO 1950s lesbians, a transgender prostitute, stop-action animation, African soldiers and Bah-stan Globe journalists have in common? They're part of the nominated films for the 31st Spirit Awards, announced yesterday, and the five films vying for best feature are "Anomalisa," "Beasts of No Nation," "Tangerine" (a film shot on iPhones), "Carol" and "Spotlight. " Film Independent is behind the awards, which honor "uniqueness of vision, original and provocative subject matter," and are American films made for $20 million or less.
November 13, 2015 |
The largest Asian American film festival on the East Coast kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday at International House in West Philadelphia. The eighth annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival will promote and explore Asian identity through a modern artistic lens. Running through Nov. 22, it features more than 60 films, filmmaker-led discussions, and programs on music, culture, and food. Guest speakers include actor Peter Shinkoda, from Netflix's Daredevil , and spoken-word artist Michelle Meyers.
October 24, 2015 |
There are multitudinous ways to approach the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival . It boasts more than 130 features, docs, and shorts, and shifts into full-throttle mode Friday, after Thursday's opening gala premiere of Charlie Kaufman's singular stop-motion animation gem, Anomalisa . For the marathoners among us, this year's PFF - one of the strongest in recent memory - offers the chance to run from one end of town to the other,...
September 19, 2015 |
Meet the Patels is a documentary that would not work if its subjects, actor Ravi Patel and his family, weren't so entertaining to watch. Ravi's sister, Geeta, who directs the film, lucked out, in that her brother is both photogenic and charismatic by profession. Ostensibly, Meet the Patels is about Ravi - who has a supporting role in John Stamos' forthcoming Fox sitcom, Grandfathered - trying to find a wife. His mother and father, Champa and Vasant, met through an arranged marriage, and are intent on hitching up their son, who they think has never had a girlfriend.
September 18, 2015 |
"MEET the Patels" is a documentary that would not work if its subjects, actor Ravi Patel and his family, weren't so entertaining to watch. Ravi's sister, Geeta, who directs the film, lucked out, in that her brother is both photogenic and charismatic by profession. Ostensibly, "Meet the Patels" is about Ravi - who has a supporting role in John Stamos' forthcoming Fox sitcom, "Grandfathered" - trying to find a wife. His mother and father, Champa and Vasant, met through an arranged marriage, and are intent on hitching up their son, who they think has never had a girlfriend.
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!