Archive for the 'Film Sweat' Category

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 […]

Film Sweat: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Friday, March 14th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: At some point over the last decade, the word “hipster” came to be used as a catch-all slur. But simultaneously, some other things happened with it, too: The word/slur became so widely applied that it ceased to have any meaning at all, except for, possibly, “self-conscious youngish person with interests.” And, in this application, […]

Film Sweat: Stritchin’ Camaro

Friday, March 7th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: There’s a lot to be said about stage and screen legend Elaine Stritch. That’s probably why the documentary about her life and career, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, was made. Over her 89 years, Stritch has cemented her reputation as a ballsy, powerful woman who does and says whatever she wants. And if you’re wondering […]

Film Sweat: Like Clockwork

Friday, February 28th, 2014

FRIDAY @ MIDNIGHT! Don't miss Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE! Tickets –> http://t.co/c7puk3mZlV pic.twitter.com/uffYSahyqY — Ritz at the Bourse (@RitzBourse) February 27, 2014 RECOMMENDED: Do you wanna have a real strange night? Just follow these few steps: 1. Take a nap. You may be up pretty late. 2. Get some food in you. 3. Get […]

Film Sweat: Visitors

Friday, February 21st, 2014

RECOMMENDED: The latest from Koyaanisqatsi director Godfrey Reggio — joined here by Philip Glass and Jon Kane — Visitors is somewhat of a piece with the previous work, but also somehow more up-to-the-minute. Using a new type of black and white 4K digital projection, the doc seems to be another way of coming at The […]

Film Sweat: Winter Winter Chicken Dinter

Friday, February 14th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Mark Helprin — and not the Shakespeare play — Winter’s Tale stars Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith (as Satan!), Russell Crowe and William Hurt, and it kind of doesn’t matter if it’s any good or not since it’s Valentine’s Day and it looks […]

Film Sweat: Kids For Cash

Friday, February 7th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Director Robert May‘s Kids For Cash is a harrowing account of the scandal of the same name, which occurred over the last decade in our own backyard. The documentary follows the story of the kids on the other end of a pair of local judges who were receiving kickbacks from a for-profit juvenile detention […]

Film Sweat: No, Frankenstein

Friday, January 24th, 2014

NOT RECOMMENDED: There are times when we catch movies we know we won’t like. Sometimes, we end up liking them a little bit — as with … uh … The Three Stooges. But it’s January, where studios dump all post-awards-season shit that everyone will have already forgotten about come April. We did not see I, […]

Film Sweat: Hitchin’ A Ride

Friday, January 17th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: Do you want to see Ride Along, the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube buddy-cop-comedy where EVERYONE YELLS? Probably not. But do you want to see the trailer dubbed in German just to see how much they try to match Kevin Hart’s voice? Yes. Yes you do. ALSO NEW IN THEATERS: The Nut Job, a fairly terrible […]

Film Sweat: The Big Lonely

Friday, January 10th, 2014

RECOMMENDED: You don’t need me to tell you this: Now more than ever, we live in the Big Lonely, and it’s only getting Big Lonely-er. Man has always known loneliness as both a formidable enemy and powerful companion, but I dunno: Maybe sometime in the 20th Century, or maybe even a little before, we started […]

Film Sweat: Wollfyn

Friday, December 20th, 2013

RECOMMENDED: Sometimes, we’re lucky enough to catch two very good films in a row, and sometimes those films are released pretty close together, so they can share this recommended spot. That is the case this week with Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street. Inside Llewyn Davis, the loosely-based-on-a-real-person story of a sad-sack […]

Film Sweat: Special Delivery

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

RECOMMENDED?: It only took about five or so minutes to unspool in Delivery Man before we realized what the main problem would be with the film and our viewing of it. It turns out, we’re completely, utterly indifferent towards Vince Vaughn. Nothing he says or does, in this film or otherwise, has any effect on […]

Film Sweat: Cauc Rauc

Friday, November 15th, 2013

RECOMMENDED: Who could forget the wily, kooky-ass days of the 2012 Republican caucuses, when for a moment, it looked like even Herman Cain might have had a shot — and the same for Rick Santorum, too? In AJ Schnack and Nathan Truesdell‘s new film Caucus, playing this weekend at the newly redone Roxy, we’re promised […]

Film Sweat: Going Norse

Friday, November 8th, 2013

RECOMMENDED: We’re gonna let you have a little peek behind the curtain here: Sometimes these film advance screenings we go to are also run by local radio stations. They give away tickets, prizes, and you can just assume the crowd is mostly their target audience. This screening of Thor: The Dark World was co-opted by […]

Film Sweat: Some Kinda Love

Friday, November 1st, 2013

RECOMMENDED: As we speak, friends who are smarter than you, more switched-on than you, are already forming their talking points about Blue Is The Warmest Color, the making of which is already sounding like the lesbian Fitzcarraldo or Apocalypse Now. But don’t let that be why you go: Go because it’s one of those fantastic […]

Film Sweat: Brits And A Pitt

Friday, October 25th, 2013

RECOMMENDED: First things first: You should go into 12 Years A Slave prepared. You should be prepared to see great performances and excellent film-making, but more than that, you should be prepared for brutality. Unlike the other recent slavery film, Django Unchained, in which Quentin Tarantino told a tale of slavery-as-revenge-film, of ultimate good triumphing […]