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Show us your Python for the chance to win Secret Policeman’s Film Festival passes!

June 5, 2009


The “secret” is out: for six glorious days in late June, the Film Society will be host to The Secret Policeman’s Film Festival. To the uninitiated, that’s a collection of benefit shows, made in Britain on behalf Amnesty International, that feature the leading lights of comedy and rock in the service of a good cause. These concert specials, many of them never screened in the States before, and unavailable on DVD or VHS, feature live renderings of some of Monty Python’s best bits. To wit:

We know all you Python fans out there will be positively swooning over this chance to immerse yourselves in so much comedy gold, and so we wanted to invite you to be a part of the fun. Show us your best interpretation of a classic Python sketch in a video of under five minutes and you could win the V.I.P. treatment during this rare line-up:

A pair of series passes to see any FIVE of these great films over six days, complimentary popcorn and soda, and ultimate bragging rights.

To play the “Show us your Python” video contest:

1. Create a video interpretation of a classic Python sketch in less than five minutes. For inspiration, see above. Act it out, animate vegetables, have fun with it. Creativity and originality are the most important criteria.

2. Upload your video to our YouTube Group.

3. Videos must be received by midnight E.S.T. on Tuesday, June 23rd.

4. Winner will be announced on the filmlinc blog on June 24th.

Please note:

Videos will be judged on creativity, originality and humorousness ONLY. You do not have to be a technical genius for this one, or even own a nice camera or fancy editing software. A single set-up will suffice.

Good luck!!

RSVP to the Secret Policeman’s Film Festival at the Film Society on Facebook.

Get your tickets early, before all those Python maniacs get to them!


Film Comment and YFF present: a spooktacular Halloween contest!

October 16, 2008

Scary things are afoot at Film Comment

Scary things are afoot at the offices of Film Comment!

Young Friends of Film* and Film Comment will scare you out of your wits this Halloween with special screenings of the spine-tingling classics The Man Who Laughs on Thursday, October 30, and the underappreciated haunted house masterpiece, The Changeling, on Halloween.

Tell us about your favorite scary movie for your chance to win tickets, a DVD and more from the filmlinc blog!

To play: Write about your favorite scary movie in 200 words or less and send it to The winning entries will be chosen by an editor at Film Comment magazine and will run on the filmlinc blog on Halloween. All entries must be received by midnight (Eastern time) on Sunday, October 26th.

Prize package

Grand prize: 2 copies of Music and Lyrics starring Hugh Grant tickets to the YFF event The Man Who Laughs (which includes a great reception with fabulous snacks and an open bar, by the way), plus a copy of the collector’s edition of Rob Zombie’s Halloween (on Blu-Ray or regular DVD, your choice), and Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide.

Runners up: four runners up will received two tickets each to the screening of The Changeling on Halloween.

*What’s Young Friends of Film?

Well, we’re glad you asked. It’s just about the best-kept secret in the film world. For just $250 a year, you’re on the A-List for parties and events designed especially for younger film enthusiasts at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Let your Netflix queue languish while you sit in on engaging conversation with top actors about their craft, meet influential directors, and hob-nob with other discriminating film lovers all year long. All that, plus a subscription to Film Comment magazine, lots of ticket discounts and priority ticketing for the New York Film Festival. What are you waiting for? Join now and don’t miss another incredible event.

**no Film Comment editors were harmed in the production of this contest**

Win Stuff from Film Comment

September 19, 2008

They know everything. But do you know them? Now it’s your turn to be the wiseass—we mean, of course, cineaste. Whoever identifies the greatest number of film critics from the photos shown will win a free pair of tickets to FILM CRITICISM IN CRISIS?—plus a free year of Film Comment magazine. Who can resist? The gauntlet has been thrown!

Send your best guess to by midnight September 25th, 2008. The winner will be chosen on Friday, September 26th.

Film Criticism is Crisis? is a panel, organized by Film Comment magazine, that will bring together critics from around the world and close to home to discuss the current state and future of criticism. Confirmed participants include Jonathan Rosenbaum, Cahiers du cinéma editor Emmanuel Burdeau, Kent Jones, GreenCine Daily blog editor David Hudson, and Argentine film critic Pablo Suarez.

The panel is Saturday, September 27th at 1PM. Buy tickets.

Six degrees of Charlton Heston

September 3, 2008

Charlton Heston certainly loomed large over the pop culture, but when we ran a trivia contest last week around our series Cinematic Atlas: The Triumph of Charlton Heston, we never expected the kind of response we got. “Six degrees of Charlton Heston” was the bonus round, and these Heston trivia champions sure came through with some original and well-considered choices.

Charlton Heston :: Burt Lancaster :: Kevin Costner :: Tim Robbins :: Tom Cruise :: Steven Spielberg

1) Charlton Heston 2) Sophia Loren (Heston worked w/ her in
El Cid) 3)Paul Newman (worked with Sophia in Lady L) 4) Tim Robbins (Newman worked w/ Robbins in Hudsucker Proxy) 5) Martin Scorsese (directed Tim Robbins in an episode of Amazing Stories)…a TV series produced by 6) Steven Spielberg

Charlton Heston: Tombstone
Val Kilmer: Tombstone-Top Gun
Tom Cruise: Top Gun-War of the Worlds and Top Gun
Tim Robbins: Top Gun/War of the Worlds-Shawshank redemption
Morgan Freeman: Shawshank- Amistad
Steven Spielberg: Amistad

Charlton Heston (Planet of the Apes which starred Mark Whalberg who was in The Truth About Charlie with) Tim Robbins (starred in War of the Worlds directed by) Steven Spielberg

Charlton Heston was in Soylent Green (& Ten Commandments) with Edward G Robinson who was in The Prize with Paul Newman who was in the Hudsucker Proxy with Tim Robbins was in the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me with Mike Myers was in Austin Powers: Goldmember with a cameo by Steven Spielberg as himself.

Charlton Heston – Karen Black – Robert Altman – Tim Robbins – Tom Cruise – Steven Spielberg

(the connection between Heston and Robbins can be done in one step
through Buck Henry)
(and of course the link between Heston and Spielberg can be made in
one step via Robert Wagner)


Charlton Heston was in Earthquake with…
Richard Roundtree, who was in Se7en with…
Morgan Freeman, who was in The Shawshank Redemption with…
Tim Robbins, who was in Top Gun with…
Tom Cruise, who was in Minority Report, directed by…
Steven Spielberg!

Congrats to all of the Heston trivia experts out there! And remember, there’s still time to check out Cinematic Atlas. See the full schedule right here.