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Apr. 29th, 2008




Cinema La Placita RETURNS!!! and is now known as The Loft at Cinema La Placita
Their 9th season of showing classic films
Thursday evenings @ 7:30
@ La Placita Village in downtown Tucson!
[SW corner of Church and Broadway]

The May 2008 schedule:

Duck Soup (1933)
Starring the Marx Brothers
Wild Hogs (2007)
Starring John Travolta Sponsored by Tucson Thunder

May 8 Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and James Stewart
Sponsored by Shawn and Susan Halversen
May 15 Omega Man (1971)
Starring Charlton Heston
May 22 The Odd Couple (1968)
Starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
May 29 Elmer Gantry (1960)
Starring Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons

Go check out the first night with a double feature, this Thursday night!

Apr. 23rd, 2008

The Devil Wears Prada, Secret, glam


DC Shorts Film Festival - FINAL Deadline approaching!

Attention all Filmmakers and Writers,

This is a reminder that the final deadline for submissions for the 2008 DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL is fast approaching -- May 1 -- that's right, in a week!

Register your SHORT FILM or SCREENPLAY today by clicking http://dcshorts.com/submissions  The registration fee is $40 ($35 for students)

All entries will receive feedback and comments from the judges -- that's worth the price of entry alone!  And those selected will play in one of the fastest-growing and "most important" short film festivals -- as reported by "MovieMaker Magazine"

So, get in before it's too late.  http://dcshorts.com/submissions

Mar. 28th, 2008

The Devil Wears Prada, Secret, glam


DC Shorts Film Festival - Regular Deadline approaching!

Hey guys, I’m here to remind you that the deadline is fast approaching for the DC Shorts Film Festival! In fact, it’s just over two weeks away –April 15th!

What is the DC Shorts Film Festival, you may ask? The DC Shorts Film Competitions spotlight truly independent short films (under 20 minutes) in every genre, created by new and established filmmakers. There are many categories to enter — lots of cash prizes and limited distribution deals to win!

Don’t forget about the Screenwriting Competition going on as well. The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition for scripts under 15 pages. Finalists will be performed in front of a live audience to compete for a $2,000 cash award and a guaranteed slot in DC Shorts 2009.

Mail films and materials to:

DC Shorts Film Festival
1317 F Street, NW, Suite 920
Washington, DC 20004

Mar. 2nd, 2008


my first film adventure

Hey peeps. I'm Phil Stevens, a 24 year old indie filmmaker here in Philadelphia. I've just completed my film BELOW MAN after a 2 year run with production and tacked on time in post. Right now im just curious for feedback. So i want to send out free copies of the film on dvd to whoever is interested. If you like the gore and violence; check it out. If you like general indie film work and you're a film student or filmmaker yourself, take a look. Even if you're just into strange experimental type flicks, you may enjoy the film.

Scope out the trailers (forgive the quality) and if you want a copy just send your mailing address to PSPHILLY@AOL.COM



The trailers are not the best of quality and do not reflect the dvds in anyway. so they're there in case you just want a taste of the film. My apologies ahead of time if you feel this post is in the wrong place or if it reads like spam or some shameless plug. But the film has not been distributed and i'll genuinely want your feedback.

Feb. 26th, 2008


Call for entries Coney Island Film Festival

indiefilmpage.com and Coney Island USA present the 8th annual Coney Island Film Festival September 26- 28, 2008 at Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum in the historic Brooklyn neighborhood Coney Island, New York!

Regular Deadline April 25th, 2008 (postmarked) $25 entry fee.
Late deadline June 25th, 2008 (postmarked)
Extended late deadline July 3rd, 2008 (postmarked)

Enter early and save on the entry fee.

The Coney Island Film Festival is open to filmmakers working in ALL GENRES, SUBJECTS AND FORMATS.

Coney Island Film Fest website, click here

Enter through Withoutabox.com, click here

Paper entry form, click here

Jan. 28th, 2008

drunk, Anchorman, scotchy scotch scotch


Now Accepting Submissions - 2008 DC Shorts Film Festival

Submissions Now Open!!!

2008 Competitions:

    * DC Shorts Film Competitions spotlight truly independent short films (under 20 minutes) in every genre, created by new and established filmmakers. Many categories to enter — lots of cash prizes and limited distribution deals to win!.
    * DC Shorts Screenplay Competition for scripts under 15 pages. Finalists will be performed in front of a live audience to compete for a $2,000 cash award and a guaranteed slot in DC Shorts 2009!

MovieMaker Magazine calls DC Shorts “one of the nation’s leading short film festivals.” Filmmakers enjoy fabulous parties, city tours, and are provided with housing, meals and transportation. But most importantly, they enjoy the opportunity to meet and learn from other filmmakers — an experience that comes from the premier showcase dedicated to short films and the people who make them.

In 2007, DC Shorts reviewed more than 500 entries from around the globe. We selected 89 short films for screenings at 8 showcase, with each show featuring an average of ten short films. Since a major focus of the event is the inclusion of filmmakers, many of the films were represented by the more than 100 filmmakers in attendance.

For more information, please visit our page here.

Best of the Fest!
Two different shows, One Great Night

Friday, February 8, 7:00pm and 9:30pm and Saturday, February 9, 7:00pm and 9:30pm
Goethe-Institut of Washington, 812 7th Street NW (Metro: Gallery Place)

$10 per show, $15 for the evening. Tickets available here or at the door (cash only).

See selections from the Best of DC Shorts 2007! Many of these films have gone on to play festivals, theaters and television broadcasts around the globe. See movie list and descriptions here.

Jan. 15th, 2008


Best films of 2007

I've traditionally made a top ten movies list.  This goes back about 14 years when I was working at a movie theatre and my friends and I would compare lists.  There have been years when I've only seen a handful of the current year's films and but this year I saw 45 new release films.  It's the first time I've felt like I might actually have seen enough to have a valid opinion.  I've ditched the idea of a top ten because it seems kind of arbitrary.  These are the films of 2007 that knocked my socks off in one way or another.

I'll say this before I begin:  It was quite a year for North American films.  I usually the first bemoan the state of film in this country, but this year saw new releases from auteurs like David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, The Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino, and David Cronenberg.  The summer blockbuster season was quite a letdown.  Everything was either a sequel, a remake or a rehash - none of which were as good as the originals. 

These are in no particular order with the exception of the first three being my three-way tie for my favorite 2007 film.

There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson

There's not much in Anderson's previous films that suggests he was ready to make something like this.  While others like Lynch, Tarantino and the Coens were busy repeating themselves with mixed results, PTA really took his art to another level.  While it has seen a lot of comparisons to "Citizen Kane", this film is a wholly original great American movie.  Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of Daniel Plainview is without a doubt the most amazing performance of the year, maybe even the decade.  What struck me most about this film was the soundtrack.  Everything from Johnny Greenwood's eerie and intense score, to the cadence of Day-Lewis' voice to the sound effects themselves.  It's simply a masterpiece.

No Country for Old Men -
Coen Brothers

This is the Coen Brothers doing what they do best.  It's a film that's entertaining, exciting and thought-provoking at the same time.  I didn't realize how much I loved this film until I had a couple weeks to think about it and discuss it with others who had seen it.  It really sticks with you long after you leave the theatre.  And like 'There Will Be Blood' the main character (not necessarily the protagonist) is a very bad man.  Javier Bardem is perfectly monstrous in this role.  I saw this one in a packed theatre, and was surprised at people's reactions to the ending.  They came out of the theatre complaining and feeling cheated.  That's how well the Coen brothers defy expectations.  They set up the film to be a conventional Hollywood thriller and then turn the genre upside down by the end of the film.  It's a case of "you have to know the rules to break the rules" and the Coens wrote the book on it.  I should also mention that this is Tommy Lee Jones' best role in years. 

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Julian Schabel

I went into this film knowing nothing about it and came out amazed at its beauty.  I never would have though the story of a paralyzed man could make an interesting film, but that's quite a credit to Schabel, who takes us inside the head of a man with "locked in" syndrome.  His only means of communication is blinking his left eye.  It's emotional and inspiring, but not in a cheap "tug-at-your-heartstrings" kind of way. 

Death Proof - Quentin Tarantino

This was certainly the most fun I had in a movie theatre this year.  It was more exciting than Transformers, Pirates of the Carribbean and Spider-Man 3 combines.  And the reason for that is because the action scenes are real.  Zoe Bell is quite a discovery in this film.  She's a real life stuntwoman and she really puts herself in danger in the car chase scenes in a way that has to be seen to be believed.  It's also the best car chase sequence in recent memory.  Tarantino uses a very simple formula for this film: make you care about the characters and then make you believe they're actually in danger.  This film is a lot easier to appreciate on DVD where you don't have to sit through Robert Rodriguez's "Plant Terror" to get to it, but I'm not sure all the added scenes of the director's cut are necessary.  But still, I usually enjoy Tarantino's self indulgences.

Juno - Dir. Jason Reitman, Writer: Diablo Cody

Every year one little indie comedy floats to the top and receives critical and commerical success. Juno is very much in the tradition of "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Napolean Dynamite".  It borders on being a little too clever and sweet and you have to remember that it's a 30 year old writer putting words into the mouth of a 16 year old girl.  It's the fantasy of a lot of people to imagine that you could have been that witty and smart as a teenager, instead of the awkward and naieve kid that most of us were.  This movie would not work if it's wasn't for the performance of Ellen Page.  She actually makes you believe she's that clever, but she also shows how human she is with moments of vulnerability and weakness.  What really got me about this movie was the Jason Bateman character, who on the outside appears to have a perfect life with a beautiful wife in a beautiful house in the suburbs.  And to quote David Byrne: "Oh my god! What have I done?"  He's really a prisoner in his own home.  He's not ready to grow up and do what society expects of him.  And it takes a sixteen year old girl to show him this.  Some people have commented that his scenes with Ellen Page are creepy in a pedophilia sort of way, but I don't think that's the point.  He just relates to someone half his age better than his Martha Stewart-like wife. 

Sunshine - Danny Boyle

It must be hard to make a good science fiction film these days.  Everything has been done to death, and with advances in visual effects there are few frontiers left to conquer.  But Boyle manages to do it with a realistic and personal story.  This isn't epic sci-fi, but  it is intense when it needs to be.  The visuals blew me away with their simplicity.  These people are traveling directly into the sun in a ship that is mostly comprised of a sun shield.  Even a little bit of sunshine peeking around the corners of the shield spell instant death for our heroes.  It manages to take on the feel of 2001: A Space Odyssesy without being so trippy or cerebral. You do end up feeling like something is at stake here and the film only falters at the end when it becomes a conventional sci-fi action sequence. 

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters - Seth Gordon

I'm not a big fan of documentaries, but this one is sort of an epic story on a small scale.  It has a hero, a villain, a quest and a satisfying ending where the good guy wins.  And it's about two guys competing to be the world Donkey Kong champion.  What's interesting is how it takes you inside a world that most people would never care anything about.  But you can tell that the subjects of the film care about it deeply, and that's where the hook is.  This might have been the most purely entertaining film I saw this year.

Superbad / Knocked Up - Greg Mottola / Judd Apatow

These two combined were probably the most crowd pleasing films of the year.  Yeah, it's lowbrow crude comedy, but it has heart and sincerity and that' something most comedies lack.  I put them together because they're just two side of the same coin.  They' both feature a lot of the same actors and were both produced byJudd Apatow, seems to have figured out the formula for sucessful comedies.  I was amazed at the word of mouth these two films got.  I talked to people I would not have expected to have seen these films and everyone who has seen them seems to love them.  Apatow is very hot right now, but it will be interesting to see how long his reign lasts.  At the very least, I hope this will inspire Hollywood to make better comedies because it's recent track record is abysmal.

I'm Not There - Todd Haynes

I'm a huge Bob Dylan fan so I can only approach this film from that perspective.  As a fan, I can tell you that this is the only way a Dylan biopic could have been done.  It's an art film masquerading as a biopic, presenting you with the spirit of Dylan's work, not a chronological rundown of it.  Cate Blanchett is the only one Haynes allows to give an accurate performace, and it crosses over from impersonation to art in itself.  It's so perfectly Dylan and not Dylan at the same time.  This film is really the best gift a Dylan fan could receive.

Ratatouille - Brad Bird

I don't feel that Pixar films are always must sees, and I really prefer the artistry of traditional cell animation to 3D animation, but this time that turned in a classic. When I heard Brad Bird was involved I knew it was going to be great.  Bird is the genius behind "The Iron Giant" and "The Incredibles" - the only two animated films that I loved since I became an adult.  The concept behind this one must have been a tough sell - it's sort of the Cyrano story but with a rat and a restaurant.  And it's French.  Not exactly something that sound like a hit.  But I admire Pixar for taking a chance on something unique.  And it obviously paid off.

3:10 to Yuma - James Mangold

It's been a long time since we've had a solid American western.  The most recent high water mark is probably Unforgiven and that film is 15 years old.  This one really rests on the performances of Christian Bale and Russel Crowe and they both do a fine job.  I really loved the moral ambiguity of both of their characters.  I hope this signals the return of the western genre.

Eastern Promises - David Cronenberg

I'm really liking this toned down Cronenberg we're getting in the last three of his films.  It seems like he's turned in his bizarre sensibilities for some commericial success, but I think he's a stronger filmmaker for it.  He still brings the same intensity to his films, just not the crazy organic flesh guns and nightmare visions.  This is another strong story that benefits from his unique artistic vision. There's just enough of the old Cronenberg to make this thriller stand out.  Viggo Mortensen is great in his role as a Russian bodyguard/driver.  Even the genre cliches that Cronenberg employs sem fresh in his hands.

The Brand Upon the Brain - Guy Maddin

This is surely the most memorable and unique cinematic experience I've had in a long time.  I had the opportunity to see this "silent" films with a live narrator (Crispin Glover), foley artists and a castrato.  This is probably the most frenetic and expressive of Maddin's films, and his most personal.  It's supposedly autobiographical, but it's obviously not a literal representation of his life. Part of the fun is trying to determine the real events in his life that could have been the inspiration for this film.

* I did not have the opportunity to see Persepolis, which I have a feeling would have ended up on this list.

Jan. 11th, 2008


(no subject)

Please read this entry its important.
I find the possibility of a child predator owning a movie theater horrifying.

Nov. 1st, 2007



Essential Cinema at The Loft Cinema

@ The Loft Cinema
3233 E Speedway Blvd.

the most important, influential and entertaining art films in history.
Sundays @ 1pm & Mondays @ 7pm
FREE to the public

NOV 11 & 12 - Raging Bull (1980)
-(Production Designer Gene Rudolf in person on Nov 11th)
DEC 9 & 10 - Children of Paradise (1945)
JAN 27 & 28 - Metropolis (1927)
FEB 10 & 11 - The Seventh Seal (1957)
MAR 2 & 3 - Jules and Jim (1962)
APR 13 & 14 - Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
MAY 4 & 5 - Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)
JUN 15 & 16 - La Strada (1954)
JUL 13 & 14 - The Hidden Fortress (1958)
AUG 24 & 25 - The Rules of the Game (1939)

other notable Loft Cinema dates-

NOV 9 - Control OPENS, the biopic of Joy Division singer, Ian Curtis.
NOV 30 - Pierrot le fou OPENS with a NEW 35 mm print! Jean-Luc Godard's controversial masterpiece.

NOV 16 & 17 - "Late Night Cult Classics" - Cremaster 2 10pm $5. Artist Mathew Barney's bizarre experimental art film. An event to experience.

DEC 7 NEW Brian DePalma film, Redacted OPENS
JAN 25 NEW Francis Ford Coppola film, Youth Without Youth OPENS

Oct. 10th, 2007



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The UofA's Department of French and Italian presents ...
A French and Francophone Film Festival
October 18, 2007 - November 15, 2007
@ 7:00 PM, UA Campus, ILC 120
Free Admission

Official site

the films-
OCT 18 Le Grand voyage (2004)
OCT 25 Les Amitiés maléfiques (Poison Friends) (2007)
NOV 1 Le Plafond de Verre (The Glass Ceiling) (2004)
NOV 8 Daratt (Dry Season) (2006)
NOV 15 La Petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem) (2005)

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