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Philadelphia Film Festival 2005

Philadelphia Film Festival 2005

The Philadelphia Film Festival officially kicked off yesterday, but for me it begins tonight. As with the Fringe Festival, normal life is on hold for the duration. Ten movies in ten days: April 8th: Somersault (Australia): Young Heidi’s emerging sexuality leads to bad decisions and rash behavior in this brutally frank and visually arresting Australian […]

Sax dot com

Sax dot com

Thanks to Clair, who probably just wanted to relax after a long day of work last Thursday but instead endured an expletive-laden phone call about DVD players and why the $&*@ would they put two red holes in the back when there is only one &@@!@& red plug and what kind of moron wrote that […]

Fighting the mid-winter blahs

Fighting the mid-winter blahs

Antidotes to the mid-winter blahs: Tonight! A Davey and Goliath marathon, courtesty of Secret Cinema (includes a bonus Gumby reel). Flat Possum Boys play Thursday nights at Fume, the bar above Abyssinia (an Ethiopian restaurant in West Philly). It’s embarrassing that the first time I’ll see the infamous bluegrass night is next Thursday. Who knew […]

Secret Cinema and secret ballots

Secret Cinema and secret ballots

It’s not very secret if there’s a webpage and a mailing list. But check out Secret Cinema’s Friday night Halloween-grab-bag lineup: The very first Twilight Zone episode from 1959 Who’s Out There: a short about the possibility of life on other planets (with Carl Sagan and Orson Welles) The Old House: a vintage haunted house […]

The Animation Show:  3-D glasses not available in all areas

The Animation Show: 3-D glasses not available in all areas

I was lucky enough to catch the Animation Show, a collection of short, animated films à  la Spike and Mike, when it played in Philly last winter. And now it’s available on DVD! Uh, yeah, since May, so I’ve obviously been sleeping on the job. The trailer is great–check it out! Three new pieces by […]

Fahrenheit 9/11.  Also, what is Ray Bradbury's damage?

Fahrenheit 9/11. Also, what is Ray Bradbury’s damage?

People everywhere are writing about Fahrenheit 9/11. I mostly agree with this review at IMDB, so I won’t add to the discussion except to say that, whatever else you think of him, Michael Moore does not make boring movies. But why oh why is Ray Bradbury being such a cranky old curmudgeon about the film’s […]