Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Palm Springs Film Fest: More of Rick's Film Picks

The Palm Springs Film Fest is now in it's fifth day, and in full swing. With another six days yet to go, there are plenty of fantastic films and doumentaries being screened. The city is bustling with thousands of visitors, lining up to see films. This film fest attracts some serious film buffs; they do their research and plan out a schedule. Some of the more popular films only sell "Rush Tickets". If a film is listed as "Rush Only", it means that all of the advance tickets were sold, and remaining tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Rush ticket lines form one hour prior to a film's screening. So now you know a film fest term...I hope it helps if you ever go to a film festival.

above: Ricki Lake, Amanda Bynes and Elijah Kelley stop for a photo at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
More of Rick's Picks for the Film Fest
Honeydripper
This American film is a drama starring Danny Glover. It takes place during the 1950's in Alabama. Glover plays a character by the name of Ty Pine-Top Purvis who comes up with a plan to rescue his business by finding a well known blues star called "Guitar Sam" to hire. His big plan is to go all out and get Guitar Sam to do a big show. Pine-Top's problem is that he doesn't know how to get in touch with Guitar Sam, and even if e does, he is basically broke. This film has some buzz at the festival and is a good one to see. It is directed by John Sayles and produced by Maggie Renzi. It boasts a strong cast including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Keb' Mo', Stacy Keach, Mary Steenburgen and Gary Clark Jr.
Late Bloomers
(Die Herbstzeitlosen) This Swiss comedy is worth watching. It's a fun story that revolves around a ladies lingerie shop in a small village. It causes a scandal that provides plenty of laughs for the film. The moral of the story is the age old message that no matter how old you may be, you can still realize dreams and goals while having fun. Late Bloomers is wonderfully directed by Bettina Oberli and produced by Alfi Sinniger. It includes a talented cast of Stephanie Glaser, Annemarie Düringer, Heidi Maria Glössner, Monica Gubser and Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart.

The Champagne Spy (Meragel Hashampaniya)
This film is an interesting thriller/documentary from Isreal about a 12 year old boy who discovers his father is a Mossad spy. Shocked and confused, he deals with his father being away on missions. While his father is away on a secret missioin in Cairo, he tries to leard more about his father and the hidden lives he leads as a spy. This film is directed by Nadav Schirman, and produced by Eilon Ratzowsky, Koby Gal-Raday, Carl Ludwig Rettinger, Yossi Uzrad. The cast members include: Oded Gur Arie, Meir Amit, Avrum Shalom, Jacob Nachmias and Arie Sivan.
above: Film Fest banners festoon Palm Canyon Drive in dowtown Palm Springs.
-Rick Rockhill (see posts below for photos of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Bruce Willis, Brittany Snow and Emile Hirsch)

17 comments:

rain said...

I would love to be there with my camera. Ricki's looking buff..

eric1313 said...

Honeydrippers sounds excellent. I love the blues. And Danny Glover almost always plays a great role.

KarmaLennon said...

Film fests and movie reviews???? Man, I've been away too long!!!!! So jealous of you and your film fest! ;)

Hope you've been well! Hugs!

jackie said...

sounds like there are some really good films running. I went to the see the full list of films, wow, really impressive.

Real Live Lesbian said...

That sounds like so much fun! Thanks for educating me on the lingo!

Desert Songbird said...

Those films sound intriguing. Thanks for the tips!

Biddie said...

I am so glad that Ricki Lake was sweet. I would love to meet her. She seems like a doll, and wow, is she looking great, or what?
I would see Danny Glover in almost any movie. I even watched Gone Fishing b/c he was in it!

Tea N. Crumpet said...

How does the public ever see these? Is there a way to get a hold of these films?

lime said...

oh i so hope late bloomers comes to our little artsy theater! that one sounds fun.

Seraphine said...

I can see from your photograph that you've had some of this rain we badly need. Rain is perfect weather for a film.

Sheila said...

I'll be on the lookout for some of these films at our local art house this spring.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

Champagne Sky sounds fabulous! Thanks for the tips as usual, you are such the savant!

have a great Hump day!
Always,
Crusty~

Lena said...

At first glance I thought Ricki Lake was Celine Dion! No matter how much weight Ricki puts on/takes off, her face is just chiselled for the slim illusion! Lucky bitch!

Peggy said...

Those look like good movies but I just bettcha that they never make it to my corner of the world.

Anne said...

I'll probably have to wait to find those movies in a video store. They sound worth watching ...the palm tree lined boulevard looks spectacular. I guess if I am out west I'll have to sidetrack over to Palm Springs. I wish more people would blog about the cities they live in in the manner that you do.

Cheryl said...

I think of you every time I hear a mention of the Film Festival. Are you able to go often? Are there events every night? This is so you!

Canadian flake said...

Amazing pics...as always..

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