Tuesday, April 30, 2013

#Godzilla2013 Entry #13: GODZILLA VS. GIGAN

GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (Chikyū Kogeki Meirei: Godzilla tai Gigan, 1972)
Directed by: Jun Fukuda
Written by: Takeshi Kimura, Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Starring: Hiroshi Ishikame, Yuriko Hishimo, Minoru Takshima, Toshiaki Nishizawa, Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Statsumon, Koetsu Omiya, Kanta Ina.
Synopsis: Cockroach aliens try to invade the world with space kaijus!

Monday, April 29, 2013

FAST & FURIOUS 6 Trailer Wants You to Forget Everything You Learned in Physics Class

They made a sixth movie?! I can remember back when TOKYO DRIFT happened and hearing all the mummers and disgruntled reactions, I was sure the series would die or be sanctioned to direct-to-DVD releases. But leave it to this balls out, fast, crazy, action film to keep on going.

After the crazy success of FAST FIVE, it seemed the series was revitalized. Now, the gang is back for FAST & FURIOUS 6, and don't you worry your little heads, it seems that the seventh film is already in the works for next summer.

Here's a synopsis:

After the events of FAST FIVE, professional criminal Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew are wealthy, but their criminal records prevent them from returning to their home country. Following his attempts to apprehend them, Diplomatic Security Services (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is forced to offer the crew a deal; he will give them all full pardons for their crimes if they will help him take down a lethally skilled mercenary organization led by a former British special forces officer turned criminal mastermind Owen Shaw and his ruthless second-in-command, Dominic's thought-dead lover, Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez).
Check the trailer after the break

PACIFIC RIM WonderCon Trailer is Full of Kaijus and Inspirational Speeches

To say that I want to see PACIFIC RIM yesterday is an understatement. Back in WonderCon, the attendees were treated to a special reel cut made specially for them. Now the footage has been released thanks to Warner Brothers, and director Guillermo Del Toro, who also sent this wonderful massage here: "This was originally intended for only WonderCon, but after listening to so many of you asking for more of the movie online, I think it's time for me to show you more footage. Enjoy, my friends." Check out the trailer below.

Jonesy and Javi on the Break Room

Hey guys, just wanted to give you guys a quick heads up about our most recent podcast appearance. Our friends over at the Break Room podcast were kind enough to invite us again. We talk upcoming summer releases, books, and the Internet's reaction to the whole Zach Braff Kickstarter thing. You can check out the podcast's page here and subscribe here on iTunes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Netflix Instant: TV & Movie Picks- Innovators Documentary Edition

The last week or so has been considerably slower for me since we don't have the film festival and a billion trillion movie reviews to write which means I've been able to catch some short documentaries at home. The overarching theme of these is that these selections deal with creators and innovators in various forms of art forms, specifically within the movie and music realms. All of them are relatively lightweight in tone, so don't expect any scathing criticisms or too much of an even approach to the docs, but rather, it's a great way to illuminate each subject.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#Godzilla2013 Entry #12: GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH

Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Gojira tai Hedorâ, 1971)
Directed by: Yoshimitsu Banno,
Written by: Yoshimitsu Banno, Takesi Kimura
Starring: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, HIroyuki Kawase, Haruo Nakajima, Yasuzô Ogawa, Toshio Shiba, Keiko Mari
Synopsis: When an outer space creature, Hedorah, begins to mutate thanks to the pollution in Japan, it's up to Godzilla to destroy him.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM - Javi's Take

Directed by: Morgan Neville 
Starring:  Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Gloria Jones, and Merry Clayton
Synopsis: A look at various back up singers from the last 5 decades as they tell their stories backing up some of the biggest names in rock history.

THE BLING RING is Obviously the Classy Person's SPRING BREAKERS

Through conversations, I've found that people either really dislike or really enjoy Sofia Coppola's films.  Not sure why she's such a polarizing director, but then again, I fall in the later category. Her films are simple, clean, yet always explore deep themes. Now she's come back with her newest directing and writing endeavor, THE BLING RING.

The film follows a group of L.A. teenagers who become a tad obsessed with the celebrity culture and end up breaking in and robbing various celebrities homes. And what makes this film sound even more appealing is it is based on true events.

Check the trailer after the break.

New THOR: THE DARK WORLD Trailer Means Hammer Time (Again)!

With IRON MAN 3 we are in the beginning stages of Marvel's Phase Two of their movie universe. IRON MAN 3 isn't really a movie I'm looking forward to, Shane Black's involvement is barely keeping me interested. However, THOR was probably my favorite of the Phase One movies for many reasons, one of them being Tom Hiddleston as Loki as the most sympathetic villain in the Marvel universe, and of course, Kat Dennings. This new trailer gives us a bit of an idea of the direction of the movie and the scope of it as well. Check out the trailer below.

Monday, April 22, 2013

#Gozilla2013 Entry #11: GODZILLA'S REVENGE

Directed by: Ishirô Honda
Written by: Shin'ichi Sekizawa
Starring: Tomonori Yazaki, Hideyo Anamoto, Kenji Sahara, Haruo Nakajima , Yû Sekida, "Little Man" Machan
Synopsis: A young boy can't handle a bleak reality where he is bullied, so he retreats into the imaginary world of a pop culture series that he is obsessed with to deal with it. Remind you of anyone you know?

Friday, April 19, 2013

UPSTREAM COLOR Review - Javi's Take

Directed by: Shane Carruth
Written by: Shane Carruth
Starring: Shane Carruth, Amy Seimetz, Andrew Sensenig, and Thiago Martins
Synopsis: Love, worms, pigs, and existential self-identity.

Netflix Instant TV and Movie Picks- Hope and Documentary Edition

It's been a tough week. Between the Boston Marathon bombings and the explosions in West, Texas, the news is one of the last things we want to watch. However, I know I can't tear myself away from the
TV when tragedy strikes. For the Netflix picks this week, I decided to find a few documentaries that bring some hope and maybe some inspiration to this crappy news week and to help with escaping a bit.

DALLAS IFF 2013 Review: GOOD OL' FREDA - Javi's Take

Directed by: Ryan White
Starring: Freda Kelly
Synopsis: The life and times of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' fan club manager and secretary.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

THE KINGS OF SUMMER Trailer is .001% as Cool as the Movie Itself

Having just gone through another iteration of DIFF, one thing is certain. THE KINGS OF SUMMER was Jonesy and I's favorite movie of the festival. I even broke my usual rule of seeing the movie once a festival and rewatched it on the closing night. Just recently, CBS Films released the official full length trailer for the movie.

 Check it out after the break.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MAN OF STEEL Trailer Drops!

Could it be possible that a Superman movie could cause this much anticipation? The first few stills of the film looked a little cheesy, but then when the teaser trailer dropped, it made me sit up and pay attention. Also, seeing the teaser trailer on the IMAX screen may or may not have given me goosebumps.

Now, the full length trailer is here with tons and tons of footage including some humor and plenty of amazing action. There's so much to cipher through that this requires more than one view. Here's to hoping that director Zack Synder took a note from Christopher Nolan's, who served as a producer, book of how to make superhero movies and created a Superman film with some emotional depth.

Check the trailer after the jump

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: BLANCANIEVES - Javi's Take

Directed by: Pablo Berger
Written by: Pablo Berger
Starring: MAribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina, Antonio Villalta, Macarena García 
Synopsis: A highly stylized adapatation of the Snow White story against the back drop of 1920's Spain and the still-popular bullfighting scene.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


One thing you can always count on...these young adult movies waste no time getting their sequel out. THE HUNGER GAMES ended up being one of the most profitable films of last year making over 400 million dollars domestically. No doubt this sequel will probably smash the first film's box office success. The teaser trailer premiered tonight on the MTV Movie Awards (did anyone really watch?).

In the upcoming film, Katniss and Peeta are on their victory tour after the winning The Hunger Games, and there are seeds of uprising within the districts of Panem. And President Snow is none too pleased with this development.

Check the trailer after the break.

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: SANITARIUM - Damon's Take

Directed by: Bryan Ortiz, Bryan Ramirez and Kerry Valderama
Written by: Crystal Bratton, Scott Marcano, Bryan Ortiz, and Kerry Valderama
Starring: Loud Diamond Phillips, John Glover, Robert Englund, David Mazouz, and Michael McDowell.
Synopsis: Three "horror" stories about patients in a mental hospital and how they ended up there. 

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: AZOOMA- Damon's Take

Directed by Lee Ji-seung
Written by Lee Ji-seung
Starring: Young-nam Jang, Dong-seok Ma, and Lee Jae-hee
Synopsis: A mother takes matters in her own hands when the police won't help her catch the man who sexual abused her daughter.

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: DIVING NORMAL - Zed's Take

Directed by: Kristjan Thor
Written by: Ashlin Halfnight
Starring: Susie Abromeit, Scotty Crowe, Philipp Karner, Tonye Patano, Sandra Bernhard, Beau Garrett
Synopsis: Fulton, an ambitious Brooklynite graphic novelist, and Gordon, his socially awkward neighbor, are best friends who both vie for the attention of Dana, a beautiful but damaged girl.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dallas IFF Review 2013: 42- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Brian Helgeland
Written by Brian Helgeland
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Alan Tudyk, Lucas Black, and Nicole Beharie.
Synopsis: A look at Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to play in the major league.

Dallas IFF 2013 Review - ICEBERG SLIM: A PORTRAIT OF A PIMP - Zed's Take

Directed by: Jorge Hinojosa 
Synopsis: Examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of seven groundbreaking books.

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: THE BRASS TEAPOT - Javi's Take

Directed by: Ramaa Mosley
Written by: Tim Macy
Starring: Juno Temple, Michael Angarano, Alexis Bledel, Bobby Moynihan, and Alia Sawkat
Synopsis: A poor young couple struggles to make ends meet until they find a magical teapot that hands out cash once the person touching it gets hurt.

Netflix Instant TV and Movie Picks

We've been busy on here the past week with covering the Dallas International Film Festival, but never fear, the Netflix picks are here for you to get through the final weekend before your taxes are due.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: THE BOUNCEBACK - Zed's Take

Directed by: Bryan Poyser
Written by: Bryan Poyser, David Degrow Shotwell, Steven Walters
Starring: Ashley Bell, Zach Cregger, Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David
Synopsis: Breaking up is hard to. But recovering from the break up can be even harder.

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: THE KINGS OF SUMMER- Javi and Jonesy's Take

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Written by Chris Galleta
Starring: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Megan Mullally.
Synopsis: Three friends decide to build their own home in the woods so they can run away from home.

THE KINGS OF SUMMER will play again today, April 11th, at 10:15 p.m. at the Magnolia Dallas.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Green Band KICK-ASS 2 Trailer Drops!

About a month ago, we showed you the red band trailer for Jeff Wadlow's upcoming film, KICK-ASS 2. Now a new green band trailer has surfaced, which shows plenty of action and a better look of Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Check it out!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ELYSIUM Trailer Drops!

Neill Blomkamp burst onto the movie scene in 2009 with DISTRICT 9. The film was smart, original, and ended up being one of my favorites last year. Now, he's back with his sophomore feature, ELYSIUM, which looks just as amazing. He's sticking with the sic-fi background, but from the looks of the first trailer, it's telling a broader story.

Here's the synopsis:

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station that is disguised as a massive floating city called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max Coburn (Matt Damon), a 29 year-old ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s mayor, Secretary Jessica Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Check the new trailer after the break.

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: BUCK WILD - Damon's Take

Directed by: Tyler Glodt
Written by: Matthew Albrecht, Tyler Glodt
Starring: Amelia Meyers, Meg Cionni, Tyler Albrecht, Mark Ford, Dru Lockwood and Joe Stevens
Synopsis: When four friends go out on a camping trip, Texan zombies ensue. 

#Godzilla2013 Entry #10: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968)/ Kaijū Sōshingeki
Directed by: Ishirô Honda
Written by: Ishirô Honda,  Takeshi Kimura
Starring: Akira Kubo, Jun Tazaki, Yukiko Kobayashi, Yû Seikda, Susumu Utsumi, Teruo Nigaki, and Haruo Nakajima
Synopsis: When the various monsters from Monster Island are kidnapped by aliens, the crew of the Moonlight SY-3 must figure out a way to stop them.

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: STACKER - Zed's Take

Directed by: Jeremi Mattern
Synopsis: STACKER takes you inside the fiercely competitive world of sport stacking: an international individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as fastest time as possible

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: THE MAN FROM THE FUTURE - Javi's Take

Directed by: Cláudio Torres
Written by: Cláudio Torres
Starring: Wagner Moura, Aline Moraes, Maria Luísa Mendoca and Fernando Ceylão
Synopsis: When a scientist accidentally discovers time travel, he uses this great power with great responsibility and tries to warn his past self about the humiliation he will go through during a college party.

Dallas IFF Review: Documentary Shorts- Jonesy's Take

As much as I enjoy full length documentaries, I've never see the documentary short program. Usually this is the category that will mess up your Oscar poll during the Academy Awards. But after viewing this year's documentary shorts program at DIFF, I will make sure to catch this program again next year. There were seven shorts total with six of them being very strong. Below I have highlighted three of my favorites.

The documentary shorts will show again tonight, April, 9th, at 9:45 at the Angelika Dallas. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Cullen Hoback
Synopsis: A documentary that takes a look about what it means when we click "agree" to companies terms and conditions and privacy policy statements. 

DIFF 2013 Review: Animation Shorts - Javi's Take

I was looking forward to the various short film blocks presented during DIFF and so far, they haven't disappointed. First up for me will be the animation shorts block. As usual, I'll highlight my three favorite shorts which is not to say that I didn't like all of them but they are my absolute favorite ones.

As of this posting, the block will play again today, Monday, April 8th, so catch it if you can at 5:00 p.m. at the Angelika Theater tonight.

DIFF 2013 Review: A TEACHER- Damon's Take

Directed by: Hannah Fidell
Starring: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, and Jennifer Prediger
Synopsis: A look at an Austin, Texas teacher that enters a relationship with one of her students

Sunday, April 7, 2013

DIFF 2013 Review: JUMP - Zed's Take

Directed by Kieron J. Walsh
Written by Kieron J. Walsh and Steve Brooks
Starring: Nicola Burley, Martin McCann, and Charlene McKenna
Synopsis: Four twenty-somethings lives collide one fateful New Year’s Eve, in a night of fast talk, coincidence, and intrigue.

DIFF 2013 Review - MUD: Javi's Take

Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Written by: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, and Sam Shepard
Synopsis: When two young boys go exploring around the Mississippi River and find a boat up in a tree, they come across a stranger named Mud, who enlists their help so he can escape from the law.

Friday, April 5, 2013

A Few Words About Roger Ebert

Editor's note: During the Dallas International Film Festival, Jonesy and I are getting some help from other critics with extra reviews. Our friend Zedric is one of them, and while we wish it was for a happier occasion, he wrote this tribute as his first post:  

This week started out very promising. In just a few days – thanks to the largesse this blogs’ creators – I would be attending my first Dallas International Film Festival. I perused the DIFF movie agenda with great zeal, already writing tiny reviews in my head. There was the press party on Wednesday, followed by an endless buffet of movies to gorge on for the next nine days. I felt like a pill-headed Scrooge McDuck swimming in a pool of Oxycontin. For years, I read about Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride, and the iconic films that emerged and read accounts of how it felt to be one of a select few to have seen a great film before it reached the masses. And now, I had an invitation to the cinema speakeasy!

Then I heard the news that my favorite film critic, Roger Ebert, was taking a “leave of presence” due to cancer recurrence. He wasn’t going away, just slowing down. A few weeks ago I wondered how Roger was doing. His voracity on Twitter had slowed considerably. But I knew he would make it through. Roger had battled cancer since 2002, and it had figuratively made him stronger. After he lost his ability to speak (and eat), he did what a true writer does - he wrote. He didn’t limit himself to just film reviews. Ebert’s journal included interviews with actors, essays on politics and illness; he even blogged about a past love: food. He was still at the top of his writing game, so much so that you almost forgot that he was a man missing part of his jaw, using a computer to tell his wife he loved her, and consuming food through a tube. Roger was going to beat it.

I heard of his death on the radio while at work and I felt blindsinded. Damn cancer.

It was the opening night of DIFF, and the greatest reviewer of our time was gone. My anticipation was sullied a bit. I ran to Twitter and read heartfelt tweets from the many saddened by the loss of this man. Film critics and writers of various mediums wrote their own tributes. Beyond the obvious – great writer, loved movies, loved food – there were countless anecdotes about his generosity, candor, and love of humanity. It’s a rare thing when a celebrity is celebrated for being a good, genuine person.

I’m not a reviewer or critic, at least not professionally, but I’ve always enjoyed movies, and my love intensified circa 1999. Before then, I knew of Ebert as the portly guy who always argued with the skinny bald guy on that movie show that came on Saturday night. I did a play in high school, which quickly led to an intense interest in films, and from there just like others, I wanted to become an actor. I began viewing the work of my favorite actors, studying them. This led to me reading their reviews of their films, which of course, led me to Ebert.

IMDB.com was the first site I ever bookmarked on the internet. Under ‘External Reviews’, the link to Ebert’s Sun-Times online column was the first listed. He was the only film critic I even remotely knew, so naturally, I started reading him (Siskel had already passed). His reviews were like a good one-sided conversation. Good or bad, he wrote with passion. Four star reviews got raves not for just the great acting and cinematography, but because of their ability to transcend. And the one stars (or in the case of “Life of David Gale”, zero stars), took a beating, but it wasn’t just some angry critic bitching because he didn’t like the movie. His lower reviews were just as passionate as the others, because he knew the director or screenwriter had the capacity to do better. It was the most genuine constructive criticism I had ever read.

Reading Ebert on Friday morning became perfunctory after that. He was my literary breakfast. It was easy to like him since I noticed we had similar tastes, but I truly appreciated him when we didn’t. Whether or not you agreed with him wasn’t the point. And his reviews were never the same format. Some would be filled with synopsis, while others included nostalgic, personal tales. I would read other sites. Even had a brief interest it AICN. But they just weren’t the same.

My one true interaction with Roger came via email. I read his 3 star review of Kurt Wimmer’s “Equilibrium”, starring a pre-Batman Christian Bale. In the review, he quoted Nick Nunziata from CHUD.com about the martial art used in the film called “gymkata”. I was also a frequent visitor of CHUD.com and recalled the actual quote being “Gun-kata”. As he always encouraged his reader to do, I emailed him and mentioned the error. It was odd emailing a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and basically calling out both him and his editor. But as he did with most of his emails, regardless of its sender, he responded: "Good catch. I’ll make the correction.  RE"

Those two sentences put me on cloud 9. I showed my dorm mates who couldn’t give a shit. The email remained in my AOL account for over a year until it somehow got lost. Thanks AOL!

In reading all the comments from commenters with heavy hearts like mine, they all had similar experiences. He cared about people. And while it was surprising at first, it’s something I had read about before. There’s the story of him persuading a young, local TV personality in Chicago that she should syndicate her show. This led to “you get a car, and you get a car… everyone gets cars!” He has always championed and paid it forward for other writers. Go to rogerebert.com and its filled with reviews from critics with different perspectives. He would often tweet to his 800K followers’ links other people’s work. He was as altruistic as it gets.

When I think about the passing of Roger Ebert, I immediately think of his wonderful wife and champion, Chaz. They say behind every great man, is a great woman. Though I can sometimes be a cynic who doesn’t believe in love, hearing Roger speak of his wife always made me change my mind. The 20th wedding anniversary journal he wrote about his wife was eloquent and beautiful, but also very personal and real. Maybe that’s why I woke up this morning, read more Ebert tributes, and began sobbing. I never met Roger Ebert, but he felt so real to me. Every Friday for the last 13 years has been like a private conversation with a friend about movies. I’m gonna miss that.

As an example of his amazing writing, here is one of my favorite Ebert reviews:  http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20010527/REVIEWS08/105270301/1023


DIFF 2013 Review: CRASH REEL- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Lucy Walker
Synopsis: A documentary about the rise and fall of professional snowboarder, Kevin Pearce.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES trailer: Ryan Gosling Being Elegantly Violent

At this point, it's fair to say that Nicolas Winding Refn and his new BFF Ryan Gosling are a good team. In last 2011's DRIVE, together they made one of the most talked about movies of the year and with the upcoming ONLY GOD FORGIVES, I hope they can do the same. The trailer is very stylish but not in the same way that DRIVE was. Check out the red band NSFW trailer, courtesy of Badass Digest below.

Netflix Instant: TV & Movie Picks - Cartoon Network Edition

Alright y'all, if you've read on the interwebs, Cartoon Network has been added to the Netflix Instant family. This is huge for many reasons. For one, it gives weird man-children like me a reason to have cartoon marathons, and they all get to be in HD. But on a bigger and wider scale, this is a bigger deal because this is the first time that CN has really offered a lot of its less famous shows in a home video capacity. CN has been notoriously terrible about being able to get this stuff out on DVD or Blu-ray. Even ADVENTURE TIME, which has been such a runaway hit for the network, has not gotten a proper release beyond one season on DVD and a few compilations. With this deal we are able to enjoy some of the older cartoon Network toons such as Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, and Dexter's Lab. Check out some of my personal picks after the break.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

#Godzilla2013 Entry #9: SON OF GODZILLA (1967)

SON OF GODZILLA (1967)/ Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko
Directed by: Jun Fukuda
Written by: Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Kazue Shiba
Starring: Tadao Takshima, Akira Kubo, Bibari Maeda, Haruo Nakajima
Synopsis: Godzilla has a wild night out and is forced to take responsibility by raising his kid, Minizilla. Also there's giant spiders and praying mantis that he has to fight.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Dallas International Film Festival Unofficial Survival Guide

When it's your first time going to a film festival, it can be a tad overwhelming. What movies do I see? How do I get from location to location? Where can I find some delicious food? Why is this random person in line talking to me? Reading guides created by locals has helped us in the past with the ins and outs of festing, especially when you're coming from out of town. So, here's our personal guide to making the most out of this years Dallas International Film Festival. 

Javi's Most Anticipated DIFF 2013 Films

It's that time of the year again with the Dallas International Film Festival coming up. As always, the programmers have a good mix of international and "mainstream" films with a little bit of something for everyone. If you're planning to attend the screening, click on the titles and the links will take you to the dates locations along with information on where to buy tickets.

And without further ado, here are my most anticipated movies of the festival.

Jonesy's Most Anticipated DIFF 2013 Films

We're just a couple days away from the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival. This festival is getting bigger every year, and as always, the programmers offer up a plethora of new and classic film screenings. One aspect I always enjoy about this specific festival is that it is a work-friendly festival. Most of the screenings during the week happen after the work day ends, so you don't have to worry about taking vacation days. I'm ready to be surprised by the films I will see, and here are five that I'm most looking forward to.

If you click on the links of the films, they will take you to their DIFF site where you can find information on screening times, locations, and tickets.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Spoiler Filled Review: Javi and Jonesy's Take


Directed by: John M. Chu
Written by: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Starring: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Stevenson, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, and Jonathan Pryce
Synopsis: After being almost wiped out, the Joes must come up with a plan to take down the Cobras before they take over the world.

Warning: the discussion below is spoiler filled and should be read after you've seen the film, or if you just don't care about spoilers.