Hello, Weekend

2 Nov

How did we get to November already? 

Well we’ve got a few social plans this weekend, but I’m going to spend a lot of the time trying to catch up on things I couldn’t get done during the week. Work is busy busy right now. 

Pittsburgh is busy busy, too, with lots of fun things coming up soon!  Remember that next Thursday, November 8 I will be co-hosting BlogMob at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and Construction Junction.  Even if you’re not big into social media, it would be fun to have you there for a tour, a craft, and a potluck!  Drop me a comment if you’d like to join us!

And of course, one of my favorite annual events kicks off this weekend– The Three Rivers Film Festival!! I’ve already scoped out my favorites.  With things being so crazy busy at work, it’ll be hard to get away for a movie, but maybe just maybe Mr. Beez and I can snag a babysitter for a couple hours and catch a double feature!  My picks from the festival’s film descriptions are:

17 Girls
Delphine Coulin, Muriel Coulin | France | 2011 | 86min
Harris Theater
Sun, Nov 4 – 4:30pm Tickets
Fri, Nov 9 – 7:00pm Tickets
Trailer

Inspired by events that took place in Massachusetts, Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s provocative directing debut focuses on a group of bored teenage girls who all make an irrevocable pact. When Camille (Louise Grinberg, The Class) accidentally becomes pregnant, she encourages her friends and fellow high school classmates to follow suit. It’s only a matter of time, before 17 girls in the high school are pregnant and the town is thrown into a world of chaos. Set in the writer/directors’ small, seaside hometown of Lorient in France, the drama is a reflection on adolescence, body image, friendship and the perplexing realities of growing up.

3, 2, 1…Frankie Go Boom
Jordan Roberts | USA | 2012 | 89min
Short Before: The Other Dave by Pasquale Anthony Greco
Regent Square Theater
Sat, Nov 3 – 9:15pm Tickets
Melwood Screening Room
Wed, Nov 7 – 9:15pm Tickets
Trailer

In this modern day comedy, Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed, and humiliated by his brother Bruce – usually caught on camera – for his entire life. This is a story of sibling rivalry to end all rivalries. It involves sex, lies, videotape, a little romance and lots of gross-out humor. A few great cameos (Ron Perlman as an elegant transsexual, and a jock-strapped Chris Noth on a treadmill) make this one big laugh riot. Chris O’Dowd – the adorable Irish cop in Bridesmaids – does an amazing 180 here as Bruce.

Holy Motors
Leos Carax | France | 2012 | 115min
Harris Theater
Wed, Nov 14 – 7:30 Tickets
Trailer

Straight from the 50th New York Film Festival is this mind-blowing film about a shadowy character who travels between parallel lives. Played by Denis Levant, Carax’s longtime collaborator, he is by turns, an assassin, a captain of industry, family man, beggar, monster. The envelope-pushing director’s first feature since 1999, it competed at this year’s Cannes Film Fest to stunned audiences. The Guardian called it, “weird and wonderful, rich and strange – barking mad, in fact.” Features Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. (2012; 115 min)

Pittsburgh Dad & Mercury Men
Chris Pretska | USA | 80min
Harris Theater
Thur, Nov 15 – 7:30pm Tickets

Local filmmaker Chris Pretska (and Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s alum) first met actor Curt Wootton on the set of the 2005 web series Captain Blasto. From there, the two collaborated on Mercury Men, a Pittsburgh-based retro online sci-fi series whose episodes are now playing on the SyFy Network. More recently, Wootton has become famous as Pittsburgh Dad, perfectly capturing the traditional, blue-collar everyman who lives and breaths “the stillers,” goes to Kennywood every year, and partakes in most things Pittsburgh. The one-man online series became an overnight Internet sensation, generating millions of hits. For this event, Pretska and Wootton will screen clips from both series and discuss online film exhibition.

Rust and Bone
Jacques Audiard | France/Belgium | 2012 | 120min
Harris Theater
Fri, Nov 2 – 7:30pm Tickets
Opening Night Film w/ reception Trailer

“…marvelous movie, gorgeous, thoughtful and deeply felt.” – NPR. Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) star in this emotionally raw love story from Cannes Grand Prix winner Jacques Audiard (A Prophet). It’s about a broke, homeless, and drifting young dad who scrambles to make a living for himself and his young son and moves to the French Riviera as a back-alley boxer. Taking work as a nightclub bouncer, he crosses paths with Stéphanie, who works as a killer-whale trainer at an amusement park. After she suffers a terrible accident, the unlikely pair falls into a tender, tentative courtship. Oscar buzz is building for this unflinching film and its bold performances. Print courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell | USA | 2012 | 120min
Regent Square Theater
Nov 2 – 7:30pm Tickets
Opening Night Film w/ reception Trailer

Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Pat (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, his wife. He now finds himself back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after being institutionalized. But Pat is determined to rebuild his life and remain positive. His parents want to support him, but mostly want him to share their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Hilarious as well as touching, this audience hit from this year’s Toronto Film Fest has Oscar written all over it. Print courtesy of The Weinstein Company.Of all of these, I want to see Silver Linings Playbook the most. Unfortunately, it’s only showing tonight, and I don’t think I can make it there tonight. 

Do you plan to go to the 3RFF? Which films do you plan to see?

One Response to “Hello, Weekend”

  1. Sandy November 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    I’ll have to look at the schedule and see what movie I can make.

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