Friday, July 31, 2015

Netflix Instant: TV and Movie Picks

It's almost August, but the heat is on here in Dallas. It's tough to go outside to do anything unless you have a pool to lounge by. So, if you've been huddled inside with the AC blasting, here are some titles for you to enjoy!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fantastic Fest 2015 Announces First Wave of Films!

It's about to be that time of year again. That wonderful time where movie nerds flock to Austin to gorge on a feast of genre films. It's THE festival you want to go to if you love film, plus it's located at one of the best theatres in existence, The Alamo Drafthouse. Clearly, it's one of our favorites.

So today, Fantastic Fest announced its first wave of films, including a world premiere for its closing night film. There's already so many great films listed, and this is just the first announcement. Plus, there's going to be a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema. Now you can't get that anywhere else except Fantastic Fest. 

Enjoy the list!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 Fantasia International Film Festival Review: RAIDERS! THE STORY OF THE GREATEST FAN FILM EVER MADE- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen
Starring: Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos
Synopsis: A documentary following two friends as they try to film the one scene missing from their RAIDERS shot-for-shot remake they started as kids.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Local Haps: July 27th - August 2nd

Another light week in terms of events, but it shouldn't stop you from watching some of the first-run movies out already or coming up like TRAINWRECK and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ROGUE NATION. 

Monday, July 27th
Alamo Drafthouse: Bondthology is wrapping up with SKYFALL tonight at 6:00 pm. Featuring some of the coolest fight scenes and cinematography by Roger Deakins, James Bond has to fight an old agent abandoned by M.

Tuesday, July 28th
Alamo Drafthouse: Another month, another free Asian Madness screening, this time it's KUNG FU KILLER from Well Go at 9:00 pm. Featuring a killer who targets masters of martial arts for death, a man incarcerated offers his services to the police in exchange for his freedom.

Wednesday, July 29th
Alamo Drafthouse: The only thing thing more heavy than BACK TO THE FUTURE is a BACK TO THE FUTURE screening with a a special three course meal which is what you'll get if you go check out this screening at 7:00 pm. OVER THE TOP, the Sylvester Stallone movie about arm wrestling, definitely lives up to its name. As part of the Shiner Soundtrack series, you should pay special attention to the score by Giorgio Moroder.

Thursday, July 30th
Alamo Drafthouse: This unfortunately timed marathon sounds awesome and your mission should you choose to accept it is to watch all of the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movies in a single seating in anticipation of the release of ROUGE NATION later that day.

Granada Theater: Another interesting music movie double feature tonight with MUSCLE SCHOALS and 20 FEET FROM STARDOM.  Both are $3 each with drink specials all night long.

Sunday, August 2nd
Granada Theater: Grab a litter of cola or the nearest boot-shaped glass and sit down for a Broken Lizard double feature with their two most famous movies SUPER TROOPERS and BEERFEST. The first movie starts at 2:00 pm and the second starts at 5:00 pm.

Friday, July 24, 2015

PAPER TOWNS Review- Jonesy's Take

Director: Jack Schreier
Writers: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, and Justice Smith

This review originally ran on

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks

Seriously, screw this hot weather. Stay inside and binge on your couch instead! 

I'll be honest, I did not give this show a chance when it first debuted last year. But one lazy lazy Saturday I started watching it and didn't stop until I was done with it. It deals with the titular character who is a washed up sitcom star from the 90's and now is a complete screw up. There's a weird and wide cast of people and animals that surround him. In this second season it's all about Bojack trying to get his life together after landing a huge movie role but of course it's not that easy and weird hijinks ensue.

Mark Duplass is better known as one of those "mumblecore" guys that slowly has crept (so sorry) into the mainstream with romantic comedies and an HBO series. In this found footage movie, he plays a man who is terminally ill and wants to have his life documented so he can show his son what he was like. And of course, things take a turn for the worse. Needless to say this is a surprisingly scary movie that makes good use of the genre.

Ever since SCOTT PILGRIM, I've had a huge crush on Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Of course she is also one of the most talented actresses working today so that also helps. FAULTS is the directorial debut of Riley Sterns who is Winstead's husband. It might be something about that relationship that makes for a gripping performance by her as a former cult member trying to be deprogrammed by a man hired by her parents. It's a small movie for sure but the story and the performances are not to be missed.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fantasia International Film Festival Review: TURBO KID

Directed and Written by: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Kari Whisse.
Starring: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffrey and Edwin Wright.
Synopsis: A kid tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic earth while avoiding an evil crime lord.