Comedian Wayne Federman started a neat tradition last year with the Wayne Federman International Film Festival. Federman rounds up other comedians to present some of their favorite movies at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Each comedian intros the film, performs, and holds a post-screening Q&A. Here is this year’s lineup:
- 2/28 – Sarah Silverman – Crimes And Misdemeanors
- 2/28 – Sklar Brothers - Breaking Away
- 3/1 – Dana Gould – Dr. Strangelove
- 3/1 – Aziz Ansari – Back To The Future
- 3/2 – Nick Kroll – Raising Arizona
- 3/2 – Bill Burr – The Dirty Dozen
Good movies, funny people. What more could you ask for? Head to the Cinefamily site—which promises “surprise special guests”—for tickets. Check out the poster and festival trailer after the jump.
This week on The Collision, the recent news of a remake of Videodrome causes us to explore if there are any sacred franchises that couldn’t be remade, rebooted, or given a sequel/prequel. Then, in a completely unrelated discussion, we talk about David Koepp’s Premium Rush because we couldn’t figure out a way to find a deeper theme regarding movies about bike messengers.
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British director Peter Yates has passed away at the age of 81. The AP reports that the filmmaker died in London yesterday after an illness. Yates had an eclectic filmography that ranged from fantasy (Krull) to horror (The Deep) to drama (The Dresser) to one of the all-time great action films, Bullitt. With Bullitt, Yates directed one of cinema’s best car chase scenes as Bullitt (Steve McQueen) races through the streets of San Francisco. Yates also directed one of my personal favorite films, Breaking Away. He received four Oscar nominations during his lifetime, two for Breaking Away (director and producer) and two for The Dresser (director and producer).
Our condolences go out to Mr. Yates’ friends and family.