July 24, 2014 |
OMAR coming! Michael K. Williams , of "The Wire," who also was seen in last weekend's box-office success "The Purge: Anarchy" and in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," will be an honored guest at the BlackStar Film Festival, taking place July 31 to Aug. 3. Williams is in "They Die by Dawn," a neo-Western also featuring Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad"), Jesse Williams ("Grey's Anatomy"), Rosario Dawson ("Men in Black II"), Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy") and Erykah Badu . Williams will appear with director Jeymes Samuel at the screening at International House (3701 Chestnut St.)
July 17, 2014 |
THERE WAS A time, said Brother Gerry Molyneaux, FSC, that the Negro League all-star showcase drew as many fans last night's All-Star Game. "They used to have 50,000 or so show up at [Chicago's] Comiskey Park," said Molyneaux, who teaches in La Salle University's communication department. Baseball - and sports in general - is one of Molyneaux's favorite pastimes. This summer he has teamed up with 21-year-old communication major Tom MacLeod on a project studying films dealing with racism in sports.
July 14, 2014 |
Rather than presenting one dramatically large video installation, as they did for their last show at Locks Gallery, in 2012, the filmmaking team of Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka now have taken the opposite approach. Their current show at Locks, "Mirrors, Marks & Loops," is a cineaste's dream and my idea of the perfect visual torment: six videos, all running continuously in the ground-floor gallery. But Suib and Hironaka have become so good at what they do - making ambitious, witty films that play on the history of the moving image, among other things - that I soon found myself sitting in the dark on various cubes distributed throughout the gallery, watching each video from beginning to end. I think I may have seen the largest of them, Ascension (With Cat)
July 7, 2014 |
Alki David, the Greek billionaire and Hollywood maverick who owns film libraries, was talking on his mobile phone last week from his estate on the isle of Spetses about what comes next for FilmOn. He has watched the "roadkill" of online-streaming companies over the years, but he still has the fight - and apparently the financial resources - to take on the TV networks. "I'm prepared to be the biggest pain . . . they have ever experienced," he said. He will get his chance. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 6-3 on June 25 that Aereo Inc. - and, thus, David's FilmOn - violated copyright laws with their mini-antenna farms that grabbed free broadcast-TV signals out of the air and transmitted them over the Internet.
July 4, 2014 |
While the new French biopic Yves Saint Laurent shows how the designer's angst fueled his work - especially those iconic A-line dresses inspired by Piet Mondrian's paintings - the impact of his work is not the focus of the movie. Director Jalil Lespert chose instead to explore Saint Laurent's mental issues, his drug and alcohol abuse, and the tumultuous relationship with business partner and lover Pierre Bergé. It makes for a film that is intense, enjoyable, and fast-paced, filled with smashed vases, seductive looks, and sex scenes that are more than implied.
July 1, 2014 |
Ryan is so passionate about football that if he had his druthers, he would play the game all day long. He especially enjoys tackling, as well as the overall challenge of competition. This 14-year-old's dream is to play in the NFL, but he knows the odds of achieving that goal are slim. Construction, he figures, would be a good career path, too. Ryan is a movie fan, and watches just about all genres, from horror to comedy to action. Among his favorite film superheroes are Spider-Man and Iron Man. He may be slow to warm up when meeting new people, but talking about the movies and television programs he likes puts him more at ease.
June 19, 2014 |
THE PUNCH was so hard you can hear it on videotape. It was posted to Facebook, a video of teens laughing as one of them goes up to an unarmed 58-year-old man sitting at the Aronimink trolley stop in Upper Darby and punches him square in the jaw. "It was a violent, vicious, cowardly, punk act," Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "He's lucky he didn't kill him. " Chitwood said the unprovoked violence was part of the "knockout game. " "They were conspiring to go in and do the knockout-game thing on this guy," he said.
June 6, 2014 |
NFL COMMISSIONER Roger Goodell isn't going to like this: Variety reports that West Philly native Will Smith will star in a film about concussions in professional football. The news comes a week after another group of former NFL players filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia claiming the league knowingly failed to inform them there was a link between concussions and long-term health problems. That came on the heels of a class action - also filed in Philly - in which a $765 million settlement, reached by the league and former players last August, was declined by a judge who said it wasn't enough money to last over the 65-year span of the suit.
May 25, 2014 |
People were talking about a little black-and-white Polish movie at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. People like Alfonso Cuarón , who would go on to win the Oscar for directing Gravity , and who couldn't say enough about Ida , the story of a quiet, sheltered 18-year-old preparing to become a nun. Cuarón called it the best thing he'd seen in years. At the Philadelphia Film Festival a month later, Alexander Payne , who came to town to premiere his not-yet-Oscar-nominated-best-picture Nebraska , likewise praised Ida to the skies.
May 16, 2014 |
CANNES, France - Eyebrows go up when a film like Grace of Monaco , which opened the 67th Cannes film festival Wednesday night, starts with the descriptor, "A fictional account inspired by real events. " It's an odd defensive crouch for a movie about an Irish German Catholic girl who ranks as the number-one Philadelphia blowout of all time, trading in life as the daughter of well-heeled contractor Jack Kelly for not one fairy tale, but two: Hollywood star, and princess of all she surveyed in the tiny principality of Monaco, wedged on a rock between France and Italy.