Review: Not Fade Away


Good music takes you back in time. Real good music takes you back emotionally to the very instant you first heard it. In Not Fade Away, The Sopranos creator David Chase’s first project in five years, music’s power to shape and change a culture is powerfully rendered. An excellent cast of nobodies and James Gandolfini, […]

Review: Holy Motors


Holy Motors slaps you in the face, has you laughing yourself silly, and confounds you near-continuously. Best to give in and roll with the punches. There are a lot of things it isn’t–mainly a film with only one “correct” interpretation. Best to consider it an exhilarating ride to an unclear destination or, if you will, […]

Cinedork Staff Picks Best of 2012 Philadelphia Film Fest


The 2012 Philadelphia Film Festival has come and gone and left Philadelphians with a slew of great, interesting, and odd movies that would have likely not been otherwise recognized. We at Cinedork had the chance to see just about every film in the festival, from big blockbuster to small indie, and are using this column […]

PFF ’12: One Great Scene At a Time (Wrap-Up)

PFF12_2 writer and film aficionado Don Malvasi had the opportunity to check out a bulk of the films that came in through Philadelphia during the 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival. An assortment of indie darlings and Oscar contenders provided some very memorable moments in moviedom. In this column, Don breaks down the 2012 Philadelphia Film […]

PFF ’12 Interview: Adam Leon, director of Gimme the Loot


Pretentious Film Major Paula Logozzo sits down with director Adam Leon, to discuss his debut feature Gimme the Loot, which played in the 2012 Philadelphia Film Festival. They discuss the music of the film, working with non-actors, and having your first feature heartily embraced by film audiences. For more information on The Pretentious Film Majors […]

Review: Silver Linings Playbook

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Bradley Cooper uses the phrase “I can’t edit myself” with enough frequency in Silver Linings Playbook to manage to regularly apologize yet still excuse himself as he delivers zinger after zinger. Basically he still harbors the simple notion that if he tells it like it is, remains honest with himself and tries hard enough to […]

PFM Channel: Yaron Zilberman, director of A Late Quartet


Devin Southard of the Pretentious Film Majors spends some time at the 21st annual Philadelphia Film Festival with YARON ZILBERMAN, the writer-director behind A LATE QUARTET (out NOW in theaters). They discuss his love of chamber music, the mind of a musician, and using instruments as a metaphor. For more information on The Pretentious Film […]

PFF ’12: This Time Tomorrow (review)


Taking place in the far-flung future of December 20th, 2012, This Time Tomorrow is a depressingly endearing movie from Philadelphia native and director Shane Bissett, and while its plot feels familiar, the execution and organic way it was filmed creates a realistic and an emotionally compelling tone. It’s the day before the Mayan Apocalypse, and […]

PFF ’12: Somebody Up There Likes Me (review)


Every good film has a unique style that is incorporated into each frame to form an interesting movie. Somebody Up There Likes Me is a dark comedy that creates a distinctive world filled with memorable characters, thought-provoking events, and charm that resonates with each line of dialog. A simply refreshing piece that not only is […]

PFF ’12 – Review: Sister

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The relationship between thieving, conniving 12-year old Simon and his cranky, shiftless older sister Louise forms the core of the sad, stirring Sister, a film from French director Ursula Meier. Shot by the wonderful cinematographer Agnes Godard, Sister evokes the Alpine ski resort that is the setting of Simon’s mischief, with a gritty self-assurance. Kacy […]

PFF ’12: Shanghai review


A man is murdered in cold blood, left to die on the streets. His best friend, an American agent, arrives in Shanghai, China; the year is 1941, 2 months before the United States was forever changed.  Japan is currently occupying China, and Paul Soames (played by John Cusack) is caught dead center in all of […]

PFF ’12: Kuma review


Kuma tells the story of Ayse, a young Turkish woman who marries into a Turkish family living in Austria to be the kuma, the second wife. Her story seems simple, a young woman trying to gain the acceptance of a new family; however, the new family is unwilling to give such acceptance. Fatma, the first […]

A M. Night at the Theater: Q&A w/ Shyamalan (PFF ’12)

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The typical Friday night at the Prince Music Theater was all the livelier with the red carpet appearance of Philly native M. Night Shyamalan. Although Shyamalan, now 42, is no stranger to the press, he used his power to arrange for smaller media coverage of the night’s event. He came to speak on behalf of […]

PFF ’12: Central Park Five review


The Central Park Five examines the highly publicized 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers arrested and convicted for the rape and attempted murder of a white woman in Central Park. After all of the teenagers convicted spent between six and thirteen years in prison for the rape, a serial rapist and murderer confessed […]

PFF ’12: Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning review


There is a certain magic found in every violent action film. It lies somewhere between the great one liners, over-the-top kills, and beautifully choreographed fight scenes. That simple magic that is lost entirely in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. A semi-sequel to Universal Soldier: Regeneration based on the 1992 film Universal Soldier. The plot follows […]

PFMChannel: Opening Night Red Carpet (Silver Linings Playbook)


Zachary Shevich from the Pretentious Film Majors takes us to the Philadelphia Film Festival 2012 Opening Night Ceremony for the red carpet and Philly premiere of Silver Linings Playbook. We talk to Philadelphia-native Brea Bee, and run into some notable faces from the film, including SLP novelist Matthew Quick, and the movie’s director David O. Russell. Catch […]

PFF ’12: Everything Will Be OK Trilogy review


Simple black and white line drawings normally don’t incite thoughts of a life fading away from illness. Much less tell a deep, profound, and often hilarious story. Or one to be told across three different parts. But Don Hertzfeldt’s (Rejected, The Animation Show) unique animation and storytelling style, particularly in The Everything Will Be OK […]

PFF ’12 Review: The Sessions


A valentine to human potential and an at times staggering testimony to the more tender side of sex, The Sessions breaks ground while breaking your heart. Starring John Hawkes as a 30-something victim of polio who spends much of his time in an iron lung, this audacious and surprisingly funny film asks us to contemplate […]

PFF ’12: Terraferma Review


Every now and then you find a movie which has all the elements of top-tier filmmaking: compelling characters, crafty dialogue, and innovative cinematography layered with deep meaning. Terraferma is not one of these films. But it comes respectably close. If not for its misshapen story design, Terraferma may have been nominated for the Oscar’s Best […]

PFF ’12: The Sapphires


Having seen the film The Sapphires, I can confirm the authenticity behind the meaning of the phrase ‘hidden gem’. There are few movies out there that can truly shock through mere pleasure; The Sapphires is one of those films. An intimate, small film but an undeniable crowd pleaser, much in the way of Juno, this […]

PFF ’12: Leave Me Like You Found Me


Camping in the woods seems like a great place to rekindle an old romance: tranquil, still, and quiet. So quiet it forces those rekindling the old romance to keep their fighting voices down, lest everybody in the park hears them. Although this last point doesn’t seem to bother main characters Erin and Cal in the […]

PFF ’12 – Two Must See Comedies


The Philadelphia Film Festival is a mix of foreign, dramatic, experimental (Holy Motor’s is one hell of a crazy film) and most importantly, independent comedies. The Comedy and Somebody Up There Likes Me are two films on the 2012 roster that more than deliver. Somebody Up There Likes Me is a quirky, high-paced comedy that […]