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Title: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 28, 2016, 07:37:42 PM
Tickets for this year's festival go on sale on the 30th, I think, but there's no schedule so far. Hopefully it drops tomorrow and I can start figuring out when I can go/what to see.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on September 30, 2016, 02:03:22 PM
The schedule is up!

http://www.youblisher.com/p/1548890-PFF25-Program-Guide/ (http://www.youblisher.com/p/1548890-PFF25-Program-Guide/)
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: íKeith! on October 03, 2016, 04:46:30 PM
Heh, opening and closing night films I caught at Telluride. But... 4k Restoration of the Dekalog! (http://filmadelphia.festivalgenius.com/2016/films/dekalog_krzysztofkielowski_filmadelphia2016)
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 03, 2016, 06:47:37 PM
I figured La La Land would open, wasn't sure what would close, but I'm thinking of buying a pass and hopefully will catch both, though am only super interested in the closing night. I also would love to see The Dekalog, but can't blow an entire festival day on that, like seeing the OJ doc on the big screen. Would be cool, but too much time.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 21, 2016, 10:52:18 PM
My first day is in the books. I wrote about things briefly on Letterboxd (http://letterboxd.com/FLYmeatwad/), but I'll do the quicker hits here.

La La Land - Opened last night, and was enjoyable enough. Unironic, but not super ambitious either, though the ending worked. I have a touchy relationship with musicals, and this didn't change that.

Neruda - I have a lot more reading to do, but almost a great opening film for Friday because I'm pretty sure it contained both talk of communists/communism and had naked men, two things that cropped up in pretty much everything I saw today.

Being 17 - A coming of age film that looked good, but hardly delicate or subtle. Not that all films need those things, but when you're talking about identity exploration and formation you kind of want them. A pretty good film, as most French things I've seen tend to be.

The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki - I haven't seen Raging Bull or Rocky, but this isn't really a boxing movie anyway. It feels real, and it's funny, and it looks really pretty. It didn't floor me, but it's very good. Surprised this wasn't also a French film. The director was there, and he had some insight to provide about Finnish cinema, which was cool to hear.

MeTube 2 - This was maybe the best thing I saw today, though twas only a short, and more visually nuts than anything.

My Entire High School Sinking In To The Sea - Again, more visually nuts than anything, and very clear with the thematic exploration and allegory it was attempting to make, but really fun and funny. China, IL by way of Superjail.

Unfortunately that last one ran late, so I missed the opening to In The Age Of Shadows, which I really wanted to see, but also didn't want to miss the opening 10-15 minutes. Hopefully I can catch up with that on video since I'll miss its other showing as well. Could have seen another one, but was bummed about Age Of Shadows and ended up heading home around 10. A solid first day, but nothing exceptional, unlike the past two years.

EDIT: For curious minds...

Neruda - Equal split communism and male nudity.

Being 17 - More male nudity, not as much communism.

Olli Maki - More male nudity, a little communism.

MeTube 2 - Just bondage stuff.

High School - More communism, no male nudity.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 23, 2016, 10:19:53 PM
More nudity today, but not from men and not as frequent. Today was all about theatre and drama, like the Shakespeare kind.

After The Storm - I think I understand what Koreeda does, but he seems to do it well, and drawing from Shakespeare at least in the central construction helps illuminate the relationships in the film.

Tampopo - FLY playing catchup at roujin's suggestion, and it proved to be a great suggestion. Funny, intimate, charming, and a little insane.

The Salesman - Don't get much more theatrical than this. I'm tired of what Farhadi does with the camera, though I always have been since his first film, though of his work I think this is easily my favorite because it borrows so heavily and smartly from the theatre.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 30, 2016, 09:16:44 PM
Goldstone - Pretty, but boring. It's always stunning to see how desolate the middle of Australia is though.

Graduation - Rigorously formal, but plenty of what I assume at this point to be Mungiu-isms. I found a lot to enjoy, grey and complex and rewarding, even if I didn't love it the way I have his last two films.

Frantz - Not sure if this is typical Ozon, but some nice twists on a traditional story. There's a lot beneath the surface, deceptively so, actually.

Abacus: Small Enough To Jail - Of all the James films I've seen, of which I have found them middling at best, this one feels the most like a PBS documentary. Take that for what it's worth. It's also only 89 minutes, which seems abnormal for him, though I suppose that speaks to how much is really 'there' with the subject and subjects.

"Because The World Never Stops" - Mildly entertaining, but I either missed what it was trying to reveal, or it was just toothless satire.

I, Daniel Blake - Sort of reminded my of that Future song "I Serve The Base" except in this case the base is just a bunch of old people who want to tisk and shake their head about how millennials ruined the world but in the safest way possible. Definitely should have seen Aquarius, but it opens in Philly in like a week or two, I think, so I'll catch up with it then.

The Unknown Girl - Two Days, One Night except with a dead body. Fortunately I liked 2D1N.

Raw - A secret screening, but so damn enjoyable. Visually beautiful, and it did so much with color and soundtrack. Reminded me of Black Swan by way of The Neon Demon with a dash of It Follows, though unfortunately it doesn't have the psychological nuance of those films, but damn if it wasn't a blast.

All in all it was a solid festival, but I'm bummed I missed Patterson, Toni Erdmann, Harmonium, Aquarius (will see soon), The Handmaiden (opening Friday, so will see that soon too), and Manchester-By-The-Sea (which, again, will get a release), and though there were plenty of solid films I wasn't blown away in the way The Lobster did last year, or Mommy and It Follows did two years ago, hell, not even how Holy Motors did a few years back, though Rawdefinitely came close and was a great way to close things out. That and Frantz were probably my favorites (though dark horse is The Salesman), which Goldstone was kind of dull and I utterly despised I, Daniel Blake. Not sure what happened with that one at Cannes this year, can't remember the last time I hated a Palme winner like that.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: DarkCrystal on November 25, 2016, 10:24:44 AM
While I now live in Washington DC area, I grew up outside Philly, and just wanted to give a shout for how damn awesome this film festival is.  It must be one of the most underrated nationally, I used to go as a teen (now a lifetime ago!) and was always wow-ed by the selection, and how many underrated gems would find over the years.

Haven't made it out to see it in forever, but just wanted to share.  Enjoy to all who get to go!
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 03, 2017, 09:36:18 AM
I really don't know what's happening. Still no sign of a lineup and we're like two weeks out. Getting worried.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 03, 2017, 10:02:07 PM
Lineup is up! I hope to make both weekends and at least one of the Friday evenings. Now the question, buy a badge or not? And also, of course, what does roujin think I should watch?

http://filmadelphia.org/wp-content/uploads/PFF26-WEB-100317.pdf (http://filmadelphia.org/wp-content/uploads/PFF26-WEB-100317.pdf)
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: Jeff Schroeck on October 04, 2017, 04:28:39 AM
Of course the three I would most want to take the trip to see are playing on the weekend I'm not around.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 04, 2017, 09:39:27 AM
Which ones?
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: Jeff Schroeck on October 04, 2017, 09:49:27 AM
Which ones?

Florida Project, new Agnes Varda, and new Kaurismaki. All on Sunday the 22nd, I think.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 04, 2017, 10:24:59 AM
Florida Project I feel is a casualty of the festival. Think that thing opens in NYC/LA this week, which I assume means it would have hit Philly/South Jersey the week after or two weeks later, but I assume they held it for the festival. That, to me, kind of blows, because it's just one screening. I'm hoping that it releases actually at some point too.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: roujin on October 04, 2017, 11:05:00 AM
If I had all the money in the world.

Would See (will get theatrical distribution edition)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (McDonagh)
The Florida Project (Baker)
Lady Bird (Gerwig)
Last Flag Flying (Linklater)
Faces Places (Varda !!!)
Ismael's Ghosts (Desplechin)
The Other Side of Hope (Kaurismaki - available online I think)
Wonderstruck (Haynes)
The Square (Ostlund)
120 BPM (Campillo)
Gemini (Katz)
Blade of the Immortal (Miike - I think this has distribution)

Would See (Rare Theatrical Opportunity Edition)

Radiance (Kawase)
Have a Nice Day (Chinese animation premiered in Berlin - seems depressing!)
Newton (India)
Walking Past the Future
The Workshop (Cantet - probably has distribution)
Princess Cyd (Cone)
Sollers Point (Porterfield)
AlphaGO (Go documentary)
Golden Exits (Perry)
The Bar (De La Iglesia)
Let the Corpses Tan (Cattet + Forzini)

Retrospective

Beloved (Demme)
Ichi the Killer (Miike)
The Last Detail (Ashby)
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 05, 2017, 09:51:18 AM
:up:

Sadly because they were scheduled at bad times for me, I will have to miss out on Wonderstruck, which I am bummed about, and Radiance and Walking Past The Future, both of which were on my radar when looking over the lineup. Mapped out a few things, and here are the choices I need to make:

Gemini vs. The Workshop (leaning Gemini)

Newton vs. Faces/Places (leaning Varda!!!)

The Square vs. Gemini (assuming I don't make it out on Friday, in which case I want to see The Square more, but idk when/if it will play Philly proper since I think it starts a NYC/LA/platform run on the 27th regardless. That said, when mapping things out and making a list, not looking at release dates I wasn't previously aware of, The Square was the only thing that got italicized and bolded, which I assume means it's my most anticipated since Happy End or Killing of a Sacred Deer aren't playing.)

Ishmael's Ghosts vs. Lady Bird vs. Blade of the Immortal (Blade, I think, starts a platform[?] run on 11/3, but I would like to see a Miike for the first time; however, Lady Bird is what I'm most interested in, but I also believe that starts a limited run on the 3rd or the 10th, so feel like I should prioritize Ishmael's regardless)

Let the Corpses Tan vs. Ichii the Killer (honestly don't know, it's hard to contextualize older things that I won't be able to see again on the big screen vs. new things that I also probably won't be able to see again on the big screen.)

Blade of the Immortal vs. Three Billboards (Again, both go limited in early November, but I'm more interested in Three Billboards. Kind of depends if I buy a badge or not.)

Sollers Point vs. The Bar (Kind of depends on what I do for Blade/Billboards, either way I can catch both the next day, I think.)

AlphaGO vs Borg/McEnroe (I do want to see this GO documentary because I respect your dedication to the beautiful game, but going to be hard to prioritize an early look at Shia for almost any doc. Unless it was Wiseman, I guess, which if there's a new one it's not playing. Also, that in turn sucks because once again I'm sure it'll get a Filmspots nod and be next to impossible to watch if you miss the PBS airing.)

Definitely hope to see the Perry, Have A Nice Day (there was no way I wasn't going to see this, always try to prioritize their animated offerings),  and I guess The Florida Project and BPM because that first Saturday is lean. Also looking like I'll try and see On Body and Soul (the description has me excited, should I be?) as well as a few other ones that I'll ask opinions about on Twitter if I end up buying a badge.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: íKeith! on October 18, 2017, 12:33:57 PM
So, after a break last year, back on track for 2017. Now, the line-up I will eventually fail to attend:

10/19
I, Tonya

10/20
The Last Detail
Last Flag Flying
The Villainess

10/21
- likely a wash day -
Flesh and Blood
The Florida Project

10/22
Faces Places
Blade of the Immortal
Let the Corpses Tan (but woulda lived to have caught Ichi the Killer)

10/23
Wonderstruck
Darkest HourLet the Corpses Tan

10/24
The Wound
The EndlessBPM

10/25
Alaska Is a Drag
The Eyeslicer

10/26
The Square
Bad Day for the CutThe Endless

10/27
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Bar

10/28
Souvenir
Golden Exits

10/29
Borg/McEnroe
Custody

Thoroughbreds
Sweet Country
- Have a Nice Day or The New Radicals - Probably can make Day on time since it's preceded by a 9m short...
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 02, 2018, 08:08:45 PM
It's that time of year again!

Assuming I have limitless time, what should I see?

http://filmadelphia.org/wp-content/uploads/PFF27-Guide.pdf (http://filmadelphia.org/wp-content/uploads/PFF27-Guide.pdf)

EDIT: A lot in this lineup that I like, though obvi the disappointments are that the closing night film is a doc (yuck), no House That Jack Built or Climax, and that The Image Book slots up against Widows (which I really want to see, but will be out on Nov 16th) and Beale Street (which I will/should see at some point and won't release until Nov 30)
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: Teproc on October 03, 2018, 02:32:25 AM
Looking at what I've seen:

The Guilty is a pretty clever thriller, well-executed but not much more than that either. It has a cool concept though - a 911 (well, 112 because this is Europe) responder having to deal with a situation entirely on the phone - that the script uses pretty smartly.

Wild is quite good though not the easiest watch, not that you'd expect it to since it's about a young gay prostitute. Oh, and he's homeless too. So obviously it's not a barrel of laughs, but it's most definitely not misery porn, and it features a very impressive central performance. There is more humour in it than you'd think based on that premise.

Everybody Knows is a bit of a disappointment coming from Farhadi, but still a decent melodrama.

Sofia is a very well-directed drama about a hot-button issue in Morroco (women are not allowed to have children outside of marriage, which results here in a woman having a baby after being in denial about the pregnancy) with a bit of a messy script, but it's pretty good overall - that one is exactly as dreary as the premise sounds though.

Dogman is also not a particularly pleasant experience, but Garrone sure can shoot small Italian towns and this is another very strong central performance (whih won at Cannes IIRC).

Burning is quite good, though perhaps not as good as you've heard. Still very much worth seeing for one truly great scene at the very least.

Thunder Road is basically a one-man show about a man who basically has a breakdown after his mother's death. It's very funny-sad, but not in an obnoxious way. It's my favorite out of this selection that I've seen.

Oh, and finally: I haven't seen Long Day's Journey Into Night but I did see that filmmaker's previous film (Kaili Blues) and I'm jealous you get the opportunity to see that one. His previous film was very contemplative, slow and mysterious and had an incredible 45-minute long take - and it wasn't just for show, it was meaningful and made the film succesful for me. I've heard very good things about this one as well, and it seems like it's somewhat similar, if that sounds like your thing.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 17, 2018, 08:54:14 PM
Looking good so far. May pass on opening night, but tentatively we've got...

10/18

Ben Is Back (or not back, if I don't go)

10/19

Transit
Styx
The Party's Just Beginning
Galveston
Bodied

10/20

All About Lily Chou-Chou
The Other Side Of The Wind
The Image Book
Overlord

10/21

I Am Cuba/Cold War
Roma
Birds of Passage
Knife + Heart

10/22

The Guilty
Foreboding
Monrovia, Indiana
River's Edge

10/23

And Breathe Normally
Dogman
Wildlife
The Front Runner (I also think Lily Allen has a concert that night, might go to that instead)

10/24

Ramen Shop
Asako I & II
An Elephant Sitting Still

10/25

Ash Is Purest White
Dead Pigs
Prospect
Cam

10/26

Happy As Lazzaro
Border/The Angel
Pet Names/Teddy Pendergrass (awful closing night)
The Wind

10/27

A Long Day's Journey Into Night 3-D
The Favourite
Vox Lux/Diamantino
Her Smell

10/28

Infinite Football
Shoplifters
Non-Fiction
Donnybrook/Anchor and Hope
Rafiki/Thunder Road/Animated Shorts/go home and sleep

Still toying with a few. Really wish they just opened with Beale Street and closed with Widows.
Title: Re: Philadelphia Film Festival
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 28, 2018, 07:32:36 PM
So here's how it shook out...

10/18

Ben Is Back (or not back, if I don't go)

10/19

Transit
Styx
The Party's Just Beginning Egg
Galveston
Bodied Diamantino

10/20

All About Lily Chou-Chou
The Other Side Of The Wind
The Image Book
Overlord Knife + Heart

10/21

I Am Cuba/Cold War
Roma
Birds of Passage Boy Erased
Knife + Heart

10/22

The Guilty
Foreboding
Monrovia, Indiana
River's Edge

10/23

And Breathe Normally
Dogman
Wildlife
The Front Runner (I also think Lily Allen has a concert that night, might go to that instead)


10/24

Ramen Shop
Asako I & II
An Elephant Sitting Still
"Man In The Well"

10/25

Ash Is Purest White
Dead Pigs The Angel
Prospect
Cam Bodied

10/26

Happy As Lazzaro
Border/The Angel
Pet Names/Teddy Pendergrass (awful closing night) The Party's Just Beginning
The Wind Wild Nights With Emily

10/27

A Long Day's Journey Into Night 3-D
The Favourite
Vox Lux/Diamantino
Her Smell

10/28

Infinite Football
Shoplifters
Non-Fiction
Donnybrook/Anchor and Hope
Rafiki/Thunder Road/Animated Shorts/go home and sleep

Shirkers (via Netflix)

Ended up at 30 or 31 if you count the short. Had two days where I just couldn't get out, and some others when I got there late. Will do a separate post with my own personal awards. Best in theater moment was likely the Bodied Q&A with Kahn, Jackie Long, and Calum Worthy. Bummed that it's playing very local (not even the city) on the 2nd, but the Q&A plus very full theater would be hard to replicate, and was really going to replaced with Cam (also had director and star for a Q&A that night/time, plus won't hit big screens, but gets on Netflixxx on the 16th), so whatevs mostly with that choice.