A look at the Ritz Film Magazine: Issue 2

The second issue of the Philebrity Award-nominated (after only one issue!) Ritz Film Magazine has hit the theater stands and it kicks off with a four-page “Best Films of 2011” written by yours truly (I assure you that it is quite unlike the Cinedelphia Top 10 that will be posted next week, different audiences and all that).  Andrew Repasky McElhinney handles both the Ask Ritz Film Magazine column (which includes an impressive breakdown on the many adaptations of The Worst Witch) as well as an exhaustive preview of this winter’s local theater happenings (Andrew, I know you’re a busy guy, but please consider Thea[ter]delphia.com as a future hobby).  There’s a four-page breakdown on the Boyd Theatre, a two-page review of Melancholia (still playing at the Ritz at the Bourse) by a Temple grad student, an interview with the director of Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (it screened at the Bourse in mid-November), and a two-page summary of The Other F Word (it played at the Bourse the first week of December).  Rounding it all out are the regular culture listings, movie synopses, and a wonderfully difficult holiday-themed crossword puzzle.

And that about sums it up.  You can follow the Ritz Film Magazine on Twitter: @ritzfilmmag.  I actually just read on there that they quite strangely guested on the Preston & Steve (recent winners of Philebrity’s Excommunication Award) show last week where they discussed the radio DJs’ Oscar predictions…if anyone has that on tape I would LOVE to hear it though predicting their predictions may be more fun than actually hearing them.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.


  1. Good issue, though I can’t believe no one corrected the writer of the Melancholia review when she referred to the Prelude from Tristan and Isolde as an “original score”.

  2. Thanks for your comments. We did miss that in the Melancholia review, unfortunately, and will make a correction in our next issue. I checked the review for grammatical errors, but could have done a better job fact-checking the movie details and will be sure to next time. We are excited to bring back RFM after a 3 year absence and hope to win over our readers like the previous magazine did for over 21 years. We hope you continue picking up RFM and submitting your feedback, it only helps to make our ‘zine a stronger one!

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