Friday, October 31, 2014

NIGHTCRAWLER Movie Review - Javi's Take

Directed by: Dan Gilroy
Written by: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gylenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed
Synopsis: A con-man discovers and thrives in the underworld crime news world in LA. 

ABC's OF DEATH 2 Review - Jonesy's Take

Directed by: a bunch of people
Written by: a bunch of other people
Starring:: So many people
Synopsis: A compilation of shorts each featuring a death starting with letters of the alphabet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I'm not sure what it is about filmmakers from overseas, but they seem to really understand how to create a tense atmosphere and tone for scary films. This trailer is no exception. It's eerie yet fascinating.

Here's the synopsis:
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. Cinema's first Iranian vampire western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.
Check the trailer after the break!

A COUP IN CAMELOT Review- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Stephen Goetsch 
Synopsis: An in-depth examination with new evidence about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

Ever since his assassination, controversy and conspiracy has surrounding John F. Kennedy. Numerous specials and films have tried to shed light on the events on that fateful day in November. A COUP IN CAMELOT is another such documentary, but instead of bombarding us with conspiracy theorists and wild accusations, the filmmakers used previously unseen documents, information, and technology to piece together the events.

The film is broken up into five sections: the secret service, forensics, transportation of the body, the autopsy, and Lee Harvey Oswald. Each section is rich with facts, most of which the audience weren't familiar with. For example, the standard secret service protocol for a motorcade was very different than in previous instances. It takes us step-by-step of what the process should have been and what it ended up being, which helped seal the president's fate. There are some particularly graphic images during the autopsy section which aren't for the faint of heart. Even though they are vivid, they're important to attempting to solve this mystery.

There are only a handful of experts who provide the talking heads throughout the film, which helps to not feel as overwhelmed with the amount of information that's being conveyed. This documentary could have easily gone the conspiracy theorist route with testimony from people believing various ideas about who/what organization was responsible for the assassination. However, Goetsch was smart in keeping with experts in various fields looking at the evidence. Some experts just reexamine the evidence while others use new technology to view the evidence is a new light.

The famous Zapruder film is put through a modern digital upgrade which makes the images crisper, thus we're able to see even more detail of the assassination and the movement of JFK's body when he got shot. The movement is important because it unravels the lone gunman theory and opens up the possibility of someone else pulling the trigger from another location.

One aspect the film touched on but could have spent more time diving into was the reason why all of this happened. There's no doubt there was foul play surrounding Kennedy's death. It was very clearly a compartmentalized operation, but what was the ultimate motivation. Also, who developed this whole plan? All of these thoughts could easily be explored in another film, but COUP leaves us with some lingering questions. Most logical people could look at the evidence and know something fishy went down, but knowing motivations would bring about a closure that hasn't really happened yet.

This film is easily one of the most eye-opening documentaries in recent memory. It would have been easy to write off this film as just another documentary about the Kennedy assassination, but the filmmakers went with a more compelling, fact-based approach which makes this a must see for anyone interested in this mystery.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Local Haps: October 27th - November 2nd

It's Halloween week! You bought your candy yet? How awesome is your costume? There are plenty of excellent film events this week, including the showing of one of my favorite Halloween comedies as my pick of the week. So stuff as much candy in your mouth as you can and enjoy!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Netflix Instant: TV and Movie Picks

Was it me, or did this week feel super long and jam packed? Maybe it's just my work. In any event, if you're not starting your Halloween festivities early this week, then here are some great funny films for you to sink your teeth into.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Local Haps: Alamo Drafthouse Dallas Groundbreaking Screening!

The only thing better than living 10 minutes driving distance from the Texas Theatre will be to live 10 minutes biking distance from a new Alamo Drafthouse.  Despite the theater a year away, the folks at the Drafthouse want to maintain momentum until then. We just got word that there will be a rather unofficial groundbreaking ceremony that sounds like it will be a rad time. Check out the details after the break!