Thursday, March 29, 2012

Most Anticipated 2012 DIFF Movies- Javi Edition

Javi here. It's that time of the year when I'll be bingeing on movies for 10 days straight during the Dallas International Film Festival. Even if there's issues with the festival itself, I've always enjoyed their selection. We'll be starting a series of articles that lead up to the festival, starting with this article, followed by (in no particular order) Jonesy, Jessica and Damon's most anticipated movies, and a "survival guide". Also, if you are interested in purchasing any tickets to these individual movies, follow the links to the DIFF site. If you are interested in the festival passes, you can go here for prices and more information. Stay tuned for these articles and more!

USA, 2011, 81 min., Color
Angelika 8 - 4/16 - 9:15pm
Angelika 8 - 4/17 - 7:30pm
Andrew Bird is one of my favorite musicians composing today. I first became of a fan of his during the 2007 edition of the Austin City Limits. He was the first musician that I saw that built a whole performance around looping. He would start off playing an 8 bar riff on his violin, record and loop it, and add more parts and harmonies until he had a complete song going. Because this documentary by director Xan Aranda focuses a lot on his live tour, I expect to hear great things. For those that are uninitiated to Andrew Bird, here's a live video of what  what you can expect from this documentary.

USA, 2010, 80 MIN., Spanish (with English subtitles)
Magnolia 5 - Sunday - 4/15 - 3:00pm
Magnolia 4 - Monday - 4/16 - 10:00pm

As someone who is constantly struggling to maintain his native cultural identiy, I can always dig all of the Spanish language selections that come from DIFF. That being said, I'm really unfamiliar with Cafe Tabuca's music. but that is a name that I have always heard of when people talk about Mexican music along with other mainstays such as Mana. This documentary follows their carreer and I would love to see and hear more about this band.

USA, 2012, 90 min
Magnolia 5, Wednesday 4/18 10:15pm
Angelika 8, Thursday 4/19

From what I have read about this movie, this is the cinematic equivalent of a psychological experiment. I can't quite remember name of the experiment, but it deals with a subject being lead to believe that they will be administering electricity to a person on the other side of a wall. The patients are told to increase the "electricity" all the while they hear the other person on the side of the wall screaming bloody murder, until they stop. This went to show the psychology of authority and the things that we will do by someone we perceive that has authority. This movie deals with a caller that pretends to be a police officer accusing a  low-level fast food employee of theft and the repercussions of the manager's reactions to these accusations. There's been a while lot of controversy regarding this movie. I don't care for that aspect of it, but rather the psychology of the horrible stuff we will do to each other.

USA, 2012, 97 min
Magnolia 4 - Friday - 4/13 - 7:00pm
Angelika 6 - Friday - 4/20 - 7:00pm

There's an alarming amount of man-children that seem to be into this movie during the festival season. I also have a morbid curiosity of all of these "people trying to figure out their lives" movies. Josh Radnor has always struck me as a dick between HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE, he is never going to play characters that have their shit together. This honestly sounds like it's a rehash of THE LAST KISS. And maybe I'm buying into this whole "millennial dude who has no clue what's up", but I think that this movie will be an interesting study into further examples of the modern male way of thinking. In a world where "manly" isn't drinking scotch, smoking cigars and being Don Draper, thbelieve that these types of movies will be an interesting relfection of men in the new milenium. And it won't be a good reflection.

Japan, 2011, 83 min, Japanese (with English subtitles)
Magnolia 4 - Friday-  4/13 11:59pm
Magnolia 5 - Saturday - 4/14 - 10:30pm

I'll be the first to admit that while I admire the hell out of Asian cinema, I don't know too much about it, but at every festival, at least one Asian film will most likely be my favorite of the film. Looking over the synopsis of this movie, about a boy's trauma enduced by the taunting of his classmates after he accidentally kills his school's pet rabbit. Much like DONNIE DARKO before it, there's a crazy ass six foot tall bunny. Sounds like right up my alley.

That's it for me this year. Hope to see some of you out in Mockingbird Station!

The 2012 Dallas International Film Festival runs April 12-22. Click here for the full schedule of films and locations.

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