Staff Picks for the 26th Philadelphia Film Festival

October 19, 2017 - Staff

The 26th Philadelphia Film Festival is finally upon us, and it’s not too late to pick up tickets for some of the year’s biggest awards contenders.

NYFF55: Lady Bird Q&A with Greta Gerwig

October 14, 2017 - Alfred (Red) Joseph

Gerwig’s primary motivation for writing about Lady Bird and her family was that stories about parents losing their children are often ignored. “Every child’s coming of age story is someone’s letting go,” she described, “and I was interested in both sides of the story.”

NYFF55 Review: Call Me By Your Name

October 13, 2017 - Stephan Cho

One of the most anticipated titles at the festival, Call Me By Your Name earns its reputation as a modern gay classic.

Review: Blade Runner 2049

October 13, 2017 - Alfred (Red) Joseph

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner is a phenomenal continuation of the original film. Though repeating the first installment's themes of defining humanity, Blade Runner 2049 complicates that question by further blurring the hierarchy between humans and their replicant slaves.

Weekly Horror: The Blair Witch Project

October 12, 2017 - Victoria Zhang

Eighteen years later, *The Blair Witch Project* continues to succeed in creating an unsettling atmosphere that unnerves its viewers long after the movie has ended.

Review: Columbus

October 10, 2017 - Rebeca Maia

Director Koganada’s debut film Columbus offers a look into the nuances of platonic friendships and family relationships, exploring deep and unexpected connections spurred by unlikely circumstances.

Weekly Horror: The Witch

October 5, 2017 - Bernie Rodgers

In The Witch, Eggers induces suffocating anxiety via the veneer of “A New-England Folktale.”

Review: Belladonna of Sadness

October 2, 2017 - Faith Cho

Heralded as the “hidden gem of Japanese Animation,” Belladonna of Sadness is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

NYFF55 Review: The Florida Project

September 27, 2017 - Stephan Cho

The Florida Project is warm, generous, and a remarkably assured follow up from Tangerine director Sean Baker.

Even After Wonder Woman, Studios Aren't Choosing Female Directors

September 25, 2017 - Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright

So has Wonder Woman’s success actually expanded opportunities for female directors in Hollywood? Evidently, it hasn’t.