Archive for the 'Film Sweat' Category

Film Sweat: How Does It Fela?

Friday, August 15th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: If Fela Kuti did not exist, it is but a paltry hope that someone somewhere would have invented him. The legendary Afrobeat pioneer/political activist/formidable rake was put onto a new generation and a wider audience in general thanks to the popular musical bearing his name a few years back, but Finding Fela aims to […]

Film Sweat: Zoot Alors!

Friday, August 8th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: It’s been a long time since there’s been a movie like Michel Gondry‘s Mood Indigo in theaters, and trust us when we say that a theater is the place to see it. It is a spectacle so singular — you might even call it trippy in an utterly non-malevolent, almost childlike way — that […]

Film Sweat: Do You Believe In Magic?

Friday, August 1st, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Many of you may still find yourselves in the moral quandary you faced last year when a series of ugly events from Woody Allen‘s past resurfaced. But if we are to be honest, truly honest now, we are mostly relieved that Magic in the Moonlight does not star Jesse Eisenberg or Ellen Page. You […]

Film Sweat: Nothing To See Here

Friday, July 18th, 2014

NOT RECOMMENDED: Zach Braff has a new movie out called Wish I Was Here. We run the above cringe-inducing scene from Garden State to remind you that you should avoid Zach Braff at all costs. It’s been a while, yes? You might have forgotten. ALSO NEW IN THEATERS THIS WEEK: Siddharth, Richie Mehta‘s gripping drama […]

Film Sweat: Ape Is Enough

Friday, July 11th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: If you check the trailer above for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, there’s a cutaway where one of the cast says, bitchy as could be, “IT’S A VIRUS. CREATED BY SCIENTISTS. IN A LAB.” I’m sure that in the scene, she’s trying to be a jerk to another character or something, but […]

Film Sweat: Listen The Snowpiercer Is Falling

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Snowpiercer has Tilda Swinton on a train at the end of the world (which happens in 2031, btw, out your crushes and default your loans) and it looks completely nuts and they are probably showing it in a bunch of places where the AC is turned to like 58 degrees and I have no […]

Film Sweat: Our Griffin

Friday, June 27th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Shot in part in and around Philly, The Discoverers should hit a funny nerve with anyone who’s ever lived or worked in Old City or Society Hill: It’s about history-obsessed goofballs. But it also marks the return of one Griffin Dunne, a man for whom you either have a Grand Canyon-sized soft spot or […]

Film Sweat: We Are The Best!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: I am thinking that, if you recall your first interface with punk, if some piece of you down inside still has a sense memory of that electric charge that told you could do anything you wanted to and fuck everyone else, you are going to be every bit as psyched about We Are The […]

Film Sweat: Please Attend The Elegant American Thinking Film Festival, Please

Friday, June 6th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Elegant thinkers of America, are you out there? May I count myself among your number? I live in that hope. Not just for my own gratification (though, yes, that is a sizable part of the draw for me) but also because it seems like there are less and less of you all the time. […]

Film Sweat: Where Have All The Jodorowskys Gone?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: We talk frequently on this site about this funny position that Philadelphia finds itself in today: At the cusp of a new age, when so many longstanding bugs are finally being worked out in the city, we also face a new danger — what if Philadelphia stops being Weird? Granted, we have had Weird […]

Film Sweat: Immigrant Song

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Here’s a riddle: Can Hollywood still make, as it did in the ’70s and ’80s, proper art house pictures that do not also cry out, in the neediest ways, “Oscar bait?” It feels like this is maybe the nut The Immigrant is trying to crack. Or maybe The Weinstein Company just doesn’t know what […]

Film Sweat: Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart

Friday, May 16th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: American English in its spoken form is in an absolute state of crisis. The twin prongs of vocal fry and upspeak render whole swaths of young women and young gay men, previously reliable as being among our most wonderfully articulate speakers of the language, more or less unlistenable. (Most young straight American men, unfortunately, […]

Film Sweat: The Disaster Artist

Friday, May 9th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Yea, we know this is the place where we’re supposed to talk about some movie we saw that’s coming out this week and tell you what is right and wrong with it. But we didn’t see any of those films below, and instead we would like to briefly tell you about a film where […]

Film Sweat: The Summer Movie Season Is Officially Here, With Bloat

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

It’s officially May, which these days means it’s officially the start of the summer movie season. All those big-budget blockbusters are coming your way, and the first one up, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, mostly survives the critics barbs. We weren’t able to catch a screening — and to be honest the whole thing gave off […]

Film Sweat: Crimps And Bloods

Friday, April 25th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Do not, I repeat do not read the Wikipedia page for Only Lovers Left Alive, director Jim Jarmusch‘s long-awaited vampire movie: It will only make you want to see it more. For even at this late date in the sexy vampire game, Jarmusch is doing crazy and artful things in a genre that has […]

Film Sweat: Knowing Me, Knowing Dune, A-Ha

Friday, April 18th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Here in America, Alan Partridge will be lucky if it plays for a week, but over in the UK, Steve Coogan‘s signature character (wildly inappropriate, ego-driven, dissipated chat show host Alan Partridge, once the subject of a popular BBC sitcom) is a whole thing. (Sort of like a Tyler Perry for pasty white snobby […]

Film Sweat: Street Life

Friday, April 11th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: The discovery of thousands of photographs by the late Vivian Maier in the mid-oughts is the stuff of a dreamy art-world fable. Unknown in her lifetime and with her art thoroughly hidden from the few that did know her, Maier’s work has subsequently been embraced by so many, who see in her photos both […]

Film Sweat: Capped Off

Friday, April 4th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: A lot can be said about the big-budget films that do their jobs well. The popcorn-pushing, explosion-heavy, stiffly-acted, $100 million-plus budgeted action fests that rule the screens come summertime more often than not find themselves at the bottom of critics’ year-end lists. We’re not saying Captain America: The Winter Solider will top those lists, […]

Film Sweat: Vive Le Week-end!

Friday, March 28th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Something that Philly’s Ritz Theaters have consistently undersold about themselves is what a great environment they provide to see Old People in their natural element. Pick the right movie, and you’ll find yourself lovingly ensconced in the mothball aura of the Old People they don’t talk about on the news — the ones that […]

Film Sweat: I Want You To Want Me

Friday, March 21st, 2014

RECOMMENDED: We have not seen Muppets Most Wanted, but it’s getting good reviews and has all the hallmarks of a classic for-the-kids-but-the-parents-dig-it-too film. We just came here to tell you that Ty Burrell’s Rotten Tomatoes bio pic is a still from his role in the Dawn of the Dead remake. Ty Burrell has done many […]