Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Philadelphia Film Festival

Reminder:  The 21st Philadelphia Film Festival is just 15 days away, running from Thursday 10/18 through Sunday 10/28.  You can still buy all access badges or individual tickets at very reasonable prices.  Or better yet, become a member of the Philadelphia Film Society for as little as $75 a year ($25 if you're a student) and get passes and tickets to the festival plus advance screenings year round.

Last year, audiences got to see critically acclaimed and award winning films in advance of their release dates including Academy Award Best Picture winner The Artist, The Descendants, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Shame, A Dangerous Method, Jeff Who Lives at Home, My Week with Marilyn, Anonymous, and Like Crazy.

Here are some highlights from this year's program that I'm personally looking forward to:
  • Silver Linings Playbook (starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro)
  • Flight (starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle)
  • Signs (from 2002, featuring a post screening Q&A with writer/director M. Night Shyamalan)
  • Cloud Atlas (starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry)
  • Hyde Park on Hudson (starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney)
  • Stand Up Guys (starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin, and isn't scheduled for release until next year).
  • Not Fade Away (starring James Gandalfini)
  • Quartet (Directed by Dustin Hoffman, and starring Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, and Billy Connolly, and isn't scheduled for release until next year.)
  • A Late Quartet (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken)
  • The Sessions (starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy)
  • Shadow Dancer (Starring Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson)
  • Shanghai (Starring John Cusack and Chow Yun Fat)
  • Wreck-It Ralph (Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman)
Or, if you prefer, take advantage of the opportunity to see films from around the world you might not otherwise come across.  You can find the complete list of films here!

See you at the festival!

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