Friday, June 29, 2012

THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS Red-Band Trailer Drop Kicks You in the Face!

Making his directorial debut, RZA of the Wu Tang Clan sets to make his mark with THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS. RZA has been talking about this project as early as 2005, and in 2007 after he written the story, Eli Roth came on as both producer and collaborator for the screenplay. Now his Kung Fu dreams have turned into reality with this film which looks visually engaging and insanely bloody.

Check out the red-band trailer after the break.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Netflix Instant: Cool TV and Movie Picks

Jonesy here. I hope your summer is a lot cooler than down here in Texas. We've hit our annual time of multiple days over 100 degrees, so it's always tempting to just stay inside and wade off the heat. Here are some picks for this weekend if the heat is getting to you like it is me!

A group of students are randomly selected by the government to fight each other to the death. Sound familiar? It should, but BATTLE ROYALE was around before THE HUNGER GAMES was a twinkle in Suzanne Collins' eye. Brutal, violent, and definitely not for kids. 

I admit that before this film, I did not know who Tim and Eric were. And even after this film, I'm still not sure who they are. I'm not a frequenter of Adult Swim, so I felt some of the jokes were lost on me. However, I did laugh and had fun with this insanely silly film.

I first caught this during a free HBO weekend and became absolutely fascinated. It's the first film to introduce me to the technical term "fraking" (before I had only heard it on Battlestar Galactica). It's a frightening look at what fraking does surface water, and it includes the famous scene where a resident sets his tap water on fire.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New International LOOPER Trailer

Hard to believe, but yes, there is hope after the summer season. Usually there is the lull until all the Oscar contenders come out, but not this year. Rian Johnson's LOOPER will be around to get us through the fall. We posted the initial trailer a couple months ago, but now the new international trailer has been released. 

Of course if you want to stay completely in the dark, all trailers should be avoided. Even director Rian Johnson said today on his twitter, "If you're already set on seeing Looper, I'd avoid any trailers from here on out. They don't ruin the movie, but they tip a few little things." So take that how you will. 

Check the trailer after the break!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

1st annual Oak Cliff Film Festival review: V/H/S

Directed by: David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, andAdam Wingard
Written by: Glenn McQuaid, and David Bruckner
StarringCalvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, and Adam Wingard
SynopsisWhen a group of douche bags are hired to rob a house, they come upon a dead body and a huge pile of VHS tapes. One by one, they all start to watch them, as you do during a robbery.

Javi here with our sole review out of the first Oak Cliff Film Festival. As I mentioned in the previous post, there was a bit of mix up on my part, and I didn't plan accordingly to be able to attend all nights, but I took some time off from bear wrestling to watch one of the late night movies, V/H/S. I really wish I could've gone to more films, and I hope that the Film Festival was a success seeing as we need more events to draw an artistic community into the spotlight. One thing I did find a bit curioois was how during our screening, there seemed to be more people that were wanting to drink and party than to actually see the movie. I'm not sure if it was because everyone was just wanting to socialize, but it sure came off as a "see and be seen" type of atmosphere rather than a movie festival.

Anyway, here is our review of V/H/S:

Friday, June 22, 2012

BRAVE Review- She Said

Directed by: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Written by: Brenda Chapman
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, and Craig Ferguson
Synopsis: A young princess goes to extreme measures to change her fate.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

DREDD Trailer Drops!

I know there are people out there not really digging the slue of remakes that seem to be making their way down the Hollywood pipe lately, and I'm not normally one for remakes either. Surprisingly however, Hollywood may struck some gold. It seems someone out there had a smart idea of taking these movies and remaking them with a grittier with a less cheesy feel.

I've never seen the original Stallone JUDGE DREDD. I've just heard it's an embodiment of bad 90's action thrillers. No thanks. However, this trailer for the remake has me very interested. The world looks futuristic, apocalyptic, and dreddful (Ha! See what I did there?!).

Check it out after the jump

TAKEN 2 International Trailer Drops and Reminds Us Why We Don't Leave Our Country

I remember when hearing about the premise of the first TAKEN and thinking it seemed silly. One man taking out an entire sect of a sex slavery operation to rescue his daughter in a foreign country? Oh, and it's pretty violent and  PG-13? Yeah, okay, that'll totally not work. I was so wrong. TAKEN ended up being on the biggest surprises for me that year. Not only was it a fun thriller, it solidified Liam Neeson's action hero badass-ness.

And with most profitable films, we obviously have to have a sequel. Now you would think Neeson and his daughter would learn a lesson and not travel outside the country anymore, but apparently not, especially when the rest of the foreign Turkish mob is now after you. But this time the mom is along with the journey!

Check the trailer after the break.

Netflix Instant: Cool TV & Movies: BTSNAT Edition!

Javi here with another set of Netflix picks for your weekend. This week's theme is going to be "Movies by director Brian Trenchard-Smith that also happen to be on Netflix Instant." That is in honor of my first trip to the world-famous BTSNAT festival, whose name is derived from the director. that was started by a few of my friends down in Austin about 4 years ago. Much like the annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon festival that Harry Knowles organizes every year, this will be a marathon viewing of approximately 24 hours worth of movies in one sitting. The only real requisite is that the last movie has to be a Brian Trenchard-Smith movie. Looking for movies to recommend, I see that I actually haven't seen as many BTS movies as I thought I did. The ones I picked out are just a few one of the ones available, but they look like a fun time. Check them out after the jump.

This is one is giving me a seriously weird Syfy/Asylum vibe to it. I'll definitely be watching it soon. It looks like cheesy fun. 

As cheesy as it sounds, this was my first BTS movie. The big draw was the fact that this was Nicole Kidman's debut. And as is obligatory for any movie set in Australia, it reminds me of my best friend. Overall, it's a pretty fun movie to have in the background. Lots of cool shots of BMX biz going down during the last 20 minutes of the movie..

I haven't gotten around to seeing this one, but it's got a pretty concept. In the future, society's outcasts are quarantined in drive-ins given junk food and movies as a way to sedate them. 

That's it folks! As you read this, I should be heading down to Austin to partake in the festivities! I'll come back with a report sometime next week. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Drafthouse Alliance: Get Drafthouse Films Movies Delivered to Your Doorstep!

The Alamo Drafthouse has become a staple stop whenever any of my friends travel down to Austin. And we cannot wait for them to finally open up here in Dallas! Their movie going experience is unbeatable, and almost all of that is attributed to founder Tim League's passion of creating a movie theatre and community for true movie fans.

A couple years ago, League branched out and created Drafthouse Films, the distributing arm of the theatre. Since its inception, Drafthouse Films has distributed FOUR LIONS, MIAMI CONNECTION, ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS, KLOWN, THE FP, and the Oscar nominated BULLHEAD.

Now it's time for the next step. An announcement came today that Drafthouse Films placed out a call to action:
Our motto is simple: "share the movies we love with the widest audience possible." Under the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema banner — a progressive institution for movie fans, run by movie fans — we follow the same principles with our brand by curating a distribution label with only the movies we believe in. With this membership, you are joining us in the collective pursuit of diverse visionary and provocative films new and old from around the globe. Join us.

Their new subscription service in which members pay a flat fee of $124.99 and receive loads of perks:

  • Receive a current or upcoming Drafthouse Films release of your choice and the next 9 releases on DVD or Blu-ray automatically to your door step
  • High-quality 720p HD Digital Download of each film (redeem code included in DVD/Blu-ray packaging)
  • Instant download of each film's Soundtrack in 320kbps MP3 (when available)
  • Invites to exclusive Drafthouse Films events and screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and venues around the country
All shipping and handling charges are included in the Drafthouse Films Alliance membership.

The last bullet really got my attention. The Alamo Drafthouse always has awesome special events including movie themed dinners, rare 35mm screenings, and summer-long weekly parties. However, unless you're watching twitter or on your computer at the perfect time, a lot of those events can sell out within minutes. So, to be able to be basically on a VIP list for events and screenings is pretty awesome. They always seem to come up with new and unique events every year, and it's always exciting to go.

Now where can I find some extra cash??

For all the details head over HERE!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Netflix Instant: Cool TV and Movie Picks

Happy Friday, dear friends. Jonesy here with my picks for the week. Again, like my picks usually are, they're very varied, but hopefully there's something for everyone here!

Not only is Mr. Gaffigan hilarious and spot on with his humor and commentary, he is also extremely nice in person. I saw him years and years ago and was lucky enough to meet him after the show. Super polite and surprisingly quiet. Now he has a new special on Instant that I cannot wait to watch. I hear his joke about McDonald's is side-splitting.

Hammer time! Not my absolute favorite of the individual Avengers films, but because of Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki, it made me love it. 

Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion in a Joss Whedon musical production?? Yes please! Originally aired on a blog, hence the name, in episodes, but now is conveniently all in one place. They story is funny, the lyrics are smart, and who doesn't love watching our own national treasure, NPH, sing? That's what I thought. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Oak Cliff Film Festival Starts today!

Javi here. We're big fans of the historic Texas Theatre here at WDYMS. They have pretty amazing programming and events going on every week, and I love the fact they have Frank's Red Hot Sauce for their popcorn. And as it turns out, the Texas Theatre will the main theater for the inaugural Oak Cliff Film Festival which starts today, June 14th, and ends on Sunday, June 17th.

I really like the idea of this festival as its a great way of showcasing some more local film talent and venues such as the Kessler Theater and the Teco Theater as well as the general Oak Cliff community. This is a great time for Oak Cliff to show itself off a social and cultural area of Dallas. Since I was a dingus, I didn't plan out my time properly, I won't be able to attend any screening but the V/H/S screening.

As is customary of the Texas Theatre, they have some really great 35mm offerings this weekend that most people should not miss such as SUNSHINE and LOVE AND A .45. There will also be plenty of live music, a lounge area, and some very interesting movies all packed into four short days. Check out their web site for the full festival schedule, and information on tickets and badges.

SINISTER Trailer Drops and is Ready to Take Over Halloween

It's difficult to remember a Halloween when we didn't have a SAW or PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie to look forward to. Ever since those two franchises have dominated the scary movie fan base, all other potentially competitive scary films end up trying for the weird Spring release. Well now it appears the PARANORMAL films may have some competition.

The new horror film, SINISTER, came out of this years SXSW with positive reviews with some saying this film is bringing something new to the genre. It always worries me when reviews claim it's redefining/game changer. That usually means it's only one critic screening away from being over-hyped with scores of hyperbolic reviews. However, after viewing the trailer, I enjoyed the mash up of "found footage" (a secret weakness of it) and traditional film.

Check it out after the jump.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

WRECK IT RALPH Trailer and Game!

Javi here. I realize that WRECK IT RALPH might seem like a bit of a WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT clone, but I don't care. Video games have been a constant presence in my life even if the last system I've owned was a Game Boy DS and that was only so I could play Final Fantasy IV and Chrono Trigger. Either way, this trailer had me super giddy during the scene where all of the villains are hanging out. Seriously, Kano just chilling in the background is just as great as seeing Bowser and Dr. Eggman together.  In addition! You can totally play the actual game that the in-universe game where Wreck It Ralph comes from! Check out the trailer and a link to the site after the jump.

For Funsies: Get your quirk on with this MOONRISE KINGDOM short film

Javi here. So on Thursday as part of my early #JaviBirthdayExtravaganza, I did a three movie theater/three movie marathon that included MOONRISE KINDGOM, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW and PROMETHEUS all in theaters across Dallas. All three are very solid movies each for their own reason. Today's post highlights the first movie, the new Wes Anderson whimsical childhood love story, MOONRISE KINGDOM. In the movie, main love and trouble child Suzy "borrows" a lot of books from the library and reads them to Sam during their adventures. Anderson released a fun video late last week showing off some of these books in their animated form while the local librarian/historian gives more background info on them. Check out the video below.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Netflix Instant: Cool TV & Movie Picks- Javi Birthday Edition!

Javi here with a Javi Birthday Edition of the our Netflix Picks! To celebrate, I'm going to highlight a few of my favorite shows and random movies from Netflix Instant. Since I'm running on 2 hours of sleep and coffee, I'll just be posting the links and a short blurb. Trust me, they are all legit.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

For Funsies: Joel McHale Puts on His Best Fassbender

It's PROMETHEUS eve everyone, and I hope you're ready. Here's a fun little parody that was featured on The Soup this week. It features Joel McHale spoofing this viral clip featuring Michael Fassbender that was floating around about a month ago. This is a testament to how funny McHale and his Soup writing team are. And if you don't watch The Soup on a weekly basis, you are missing out!

See you at PROMETHEUS at midnight tonight!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I feel that it's been too long since we've had a film from Quentin Tarantino. Granted it has only been three years, but INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS was so stellar, I was excited for his next film already. I thoroughly enjoyed how he took world history in BASTERDS and flipped it on its head. And now with his upcoming DJANGO UNCHAINED, he looks to show his version of the old west.

Check the trailer after the break.

For Funsies: Movie Wedding Montage

It's that time of year. If you're in your twenties, you know what I'm referring to. The time of year where the wedding invites start piling up and you begin to sort through the tulle and gift registries to find the perfect gift that won't break the budget. Most weddings follow the same standard pomp and circumstance, but every once in a while, you attend a really memorable one.

Now, I was not invited to this wedding of Robert Demitri, of, and Mary Beth, but if this video is any indication, it sounded like a nerdy good time. Robert created a wedding montage as an "appetizer" leading up to his real one. This was shown before the ceremony to get everyone in the mood. It's quite lovely and definitely made me smile. Enjoy.


Monday, June 4, 2012


The struggle of starring in a billion dollar franchise like Harry Potter is what exactly are you suppose to do next? How do you break away from your iconic character? Daniel Radcliffe stepped out with two Broadway shows and the thriller THE WOMAN IN BLACK. And now Emma Watson takes her shot of breaking away with THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

Based on the acclaimed book, WALLFLOWER is a coming of age story of Charlie who must face the dreaded freshman year of high school. I never read the book, but I have many friends who swore by it in high school.

Check it out after the break.

Friday, June 1, 2012

THE BOURNE LEGACY Full Trailer Drops and Makes Me Not Want to Ride a Motorcycle

It's hard to imagine a Bourne film without Matt Damon, but if this new trailer is any indication, the marketing team is trying very hard to make sure we know that we're viewing a parallel part to original trilogy. The first teaser didn't give us much, but this new trailer, definitely shows how much ass Jeremy Renner is going to kick.

Check it out after the jump.

For Funsies: Harmony Korine makes The Black Keys look really gross in "Gold On The Ceiling" video.

Javi here with some weird stuff to start off your weekend right. Most movie fans will know writer/director Harmony Korine for his.... "unconventional" directing and writing style that was showcased in KIDS, GUMMO and most recently TRASH HUMPERS. I remember seeing GUMMO one very blurry night during college, and most of the time, I thought I was imagining most of the stuff going on screen. There is some very weird, grimy style and imagery that prevails through Harmony's work. I always feel like I'm in Garland (you know what I mean, Dallas natives) and it grosses me out a little. Imagine my surprise when Stereogum posted that Korine had directed a video for The Black Keys. This is a weird take on their hit song "Gold On the Ceiling." I'm pretty sure that one point there's dudes eating gold at one point? I found the video completely fascinating in just how bizarre it is. Check out the video below.

Netflix Instant: Cool TV and Movie Picks

Jonesy here with my Netflix picks of the week. This week has more of a drama theme with some thing old, something new, and something I am recommending for myself!

Yes, one of the most hyperbolically described films of last year is now available. When DRIVE was released, it garnered an unbelievable amount of hype to which if you didn't believe this was THE movie of 2011, then you had something wrong with you. The film does live up to its praise (and should have been nominated for at least a couple Oscars), but in my humble opinion, it's not the end all film of last year. It's quiet and calculated and a fantastic "different" type of thriller.

The more I reflect, the more I should thank my 6th grade Geography teacher. He showed BEN-HUR and GHANDI to a bunch of 11 year olds, which was my first introduction to epic films. I remember being engrossed in this film even as a young kid. It's sprawling and daunting, but Ben Kingsley is utterly unrecognizable towards the end of the film.

When critics were wrapping up their tops of the year, this little film kept creeping onto many lists. It never played anywhere near where I live, so I kept my eye out for it here. The film is described as brutal yet tender and follows a two messed up people as they find solace in each other. Doesn't sound like the happiest film but I'm always interested in a character study.