Friday, July 26, 2013

Netflix Instant: TV and Movie Picks - Scary Edition!

Whew. It is painfully hot outside, and I am looking for almost any excuse not to trek out my door. Now, I've been marathoning the Netflix original series, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. It's quite fabulous, and you should really check it out, but that would be too easy as one of my picks for this week. However, I did come up with a theme!

Don't count this one out just because it is a found footage film. I've heard rumblings spreading throughout the Internet that this film is more effective and thrilling than most in the genre. I'm a sucker for found footage, so I'm in. 

This little film is the brain child of Tim League of the Alamo Drafthouse and Ant Timpson. It's a series of 26 short films by 26 different directors. Each director was given a letter of the alphabet, a small budget, and complete artistic freedom. The results are quite dynamic. It's an interesting exercise in anthology filmmaking and will introduce you to a variety of filmmakers you may not have heard of before. 

Director Michael Haneke's film is an unsettling portrayal of the home invasion plot. He eventually directed his own American remake of the film ten years later, which might be a first. However, the original film is tense, creepy, and makes me weary of stranger who requests eggs from me.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fantastic Fest 2013 Announces First Wave of Films To Get Excited About!

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! In less than two months, a cavalcade of film and genre nerds will descend upon Austin, Texas at the beacon that is The Alamo Drafthouse. Fantastic Fest is a one of the largest genre festivals in the United States, and it's the greatest combination of food, film, beer, and meeting like minded people you can find.

We thoroughly enjoy this festival every year and are always surprised at the films we discover and the the people we meet. We will bring you news and updates leading up to the festival, including our most anticipated films.  Fantastic Fest has announced their first wave of programming.

Check it out!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS (Gojira X Megagirasu: G Shōmetsu Sakusen, 2000)
Directed by: Masaaki Tezuka
Written by: Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura
Starring: Misato Tanaka, Shôsuke Tanihara, Masatô Ibu, Yuriko Hoshi, Tstutomu Kitagawa, Minoru Watanabe
Synopsis: In trying to develop a weapon to destroy Godzilla, the G-Graspers indadvertedly created Megaguirus, a giant prehistoric creature that drains the energy of other creatures.  

Monday, July 22, 2013


We saw a glimpse into the newest chapter in the Hunger Games films, CATCHING FIRE, a couple months ago. This film will cover the events in the second book, and if you are in the minority of the world that has NOT read the series, do yourself a favor and don't watch this newest trailer below.
The teaser gave us peek and kept a lot of the more interesting plot points out, but this full length trailer bursts open the door to the new film, and man does the scope feel even bigger.

Thanks to Yahoo! for the trailer. Check it out!

Favorite Movies of 2013...So Far - Javi's Take

Just like Jonesy, here's my favorite movies for the last six-ish months. It's been a rather interesting year in that I honestly haven't been to the theater that much. I've been focusing on looking at older movies, TV shows, and of course, my Godzilla project. But there are some definite gems. These are just personal favorites despite any critical acclaim: 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

THE ZERO THEOREM Trailer Is Simply Gorgeous

Terry Gilliam is a master director even if his box office doesn't show it. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS is a vastly underrated movie and he's been keeping a pretty low key ever since. Now, the trailer for his newest movie, THE ZERO THEOREM sort of came out of nowhere and I couldn't be happier. Check out the trailer after the break.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The DEAR MR. WATTERSON Trailer Comes To Warm Your Heart

If there is one pop-culture property that is dear and near to my heart, it would be Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip by Bill Watterson. Over 10 years, Mr. Watterson created one of the most endearing looks at childhood, imagination, friendship, and even budding romance. After ending the strip in 1995 after various disagreements with his publisher over merchandising, Mr. Watterson became a mysterious figure like a comic version of J.D. Salinger. In the meanwhile, there have been the most annoyingly grotesque misuses of Calvin pissing on things and even worse, "sequels" have popped up on the Internet. Nothing can and will capture the heart of the original but they still exist due to the passion behind that strip. On a personal level, Mr. Watterson's integrity in not buckling to pressures to whore out Calvin and Hobbes as much as what Jim Davies did to Garfield has always been one of the most inspiring things I've heard of.

Director Joel Schroeder decided to take a look at this phenomenon through various interviews and stories from comic creators to fans and took to Kickstarter to be able to finish and now we have a new trailer. Check it out below:

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks: @Noahphex Edition!

So I know this upstanding young chap named Noah. He's a cool dude with some of the most interesting taste and if he ever mentions a movie or a TV show, I end up loving it. He's a great person I consider a friend and thanks to him I've seen many great things, so I decided to share some of those with you guys. Check them out below!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Upcoming Programming and Event Highlights For The Alamo Drafthouse Richardson!

August 9th is almost here, and that means the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson is almost open. Since this type of theater is new to Dallas, not everyone will be acclimated with the way that the Drafthouse does business. WDYMS was lucky to attend a roundtable announcing all of the events that are coming up leading to the grand opening August 9th, as well a little bit of the culture of the theater. Check out the highlights from the roundtable.

Godzilla Entry #24: GODZILLA 2000: MILLENIUM

GODZILLA 2000 (Gojira ni-sen mireniamu, 1999)
Directed by: Takao Okawara
Written by: Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura
Starring: Takehir Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naoimi Nishi, Mayu Suzuki, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Makoto Ito
Synopsis: Rebooting the franchise again and acting as a direct sequel to GOJIRA, the movie stars a new Godzilla that must fight an invading alien that wants to steal his DNA.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Doc a Day: Week Two

Week two is down. This week I watched one film that has to be one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. Since documentaries look to capture real life stories, the biggest obstacle they face is making the audience care and connect with the subject matter. And I saw a couple this week that I just couldn't connect with. 

Here's the next line up:
Now onto my thoughts!

New GODZILLA Poster & Viral Site Hint At Awesome Possibilities

As steeped as I have been with my Godzilla project, I am very, very wary of this new adaptation. Questions like "What makes this adaptation so different that it could wash away the ill will from the '98 version?" flow through my head. Part of what makes the Toho movies work at their best is the allegorical aspects of the movie. While still skeptical, thanks to IGN's Comic-Con poster debut, I am becoming a bit more open to the idea. This Godzilla seems to be an update on the old design instead of something that looks as goofy as the '98 version, which, let's face it was awful.

In addition, I came across the site Godzilla Encounter that appears to be the most logo-ridden viral site I've seen in a long time. Today, they posted a teaser that will surely mean we will get footage during Comic-Con. The most interesting thing about this particular post was that it completed a "puzzle" that began with the first post where you see in red letters, the name Serizawa.

Who name Serizawa? He was that B.A.M.F. in the picture above. He had one of the best story arcs in the series and was responsible for creating the Oxygen Destroyer, a weapon that could be used against Godzilla. Either this is logical or racist, but Ken Watanabe might be playing the good doctor this time around. Between this and the hinted designed of the big guy gives me the impression that this might be an update to the original story set in America. This is all speculation, of course so we'll have to wait until Comic-Con to find out more info.

GODZILLA will be released May 16th, 2014, is directed by Gareth Edwards, and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, and Ken Watanabe.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Favorite Films of 2013...So Far- Jonesy's Take

The first half of 2013 has been a surprise for me. The smaller films have been more standouts for me, and while they didn't play everywhere, most you can find on demand somewhere. Also, I seem to be gravitating towards the funnier films, which is great because the later half of the year is always full of downers and dramas.

Now onto the movies! And all the films are in no particular order.

PACIFIC RIM Review - Javi's Take

Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
Written by: Travis Beacham and Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman
Synopsis: Monsters vs. Mechs. That's all you need to know.

Friday, July 12, 2013

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Teaser Drops And Makes You Want A Dragon All Over Again

The first installment of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON took me completely by surprise. I wasn't expecting much from the previews, and ended up falling in love with the film. It now is my go-to feel good movie whenever I have a down day.

And now there's a sequel coming! This is so exciting. All the cast and the director are back which makes me very hopeful for the final product. Here's the synopsis:
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Check the trailer, thanks to Empire, after the break!

Netflix Instant T.V. and Movie Picks

Guys. There's a fantastic movie coming out this weekend called PACIFIC RIM. Maybe you've heard of it? Do yourself a favor and go see it. Right now. I'll wait. 

Okay good you're back. Now that you've seen that greatness, I have some Netflix choices for you to get you through the rest of your weekend.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

SAVING MR. BANKS Trailer Drops!

Growing up with Disney films, it's hard to believe that some of the studio's most beloved classic almost never got made. The documentary, WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY, showed the struggles of the Disney's animation studio in the 80s. And now, we have a dramatization of the real life events around Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) trying to secure the rights to Mary Poppins from author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson).

Though this isn't some instance of an author being stingy and hard to work with. As the trailer shows, Travers has a deep personal connection her novel, and doesn't want anyone to hack it up to pieces just to make a profit.

Check the trailer courtesy of AOL after the break.

For Funsies: David Lynch/Nine Inch Nails Collab on Came Back Haunted Video

David Lynch and Trent Reznor are two of my favorite creative minds currently working out there. With the announcement that Reznor would be resurrecting his Nine Inch Nails project, I was ecstatic. The new songs so far have reminded me of Pretty Hate Machine-era NIN songs and I'm all about it. David Lynch has unfortunately been away from the camera for a while, but he has taken a break from recording his own album to shoot this video for the first single off the album Hesitation Marks, Come Back Haunted. check it out after the break.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

OLD BOY Red Band Trailer Drops!

We may never fully understand the reasons, other than studios wanting to make buckets of money, why remakes are forced upon us. Some remakes end up being just as good or even better than the originals, but when the original is a solid film with a following, it's tough to justify remaking it for American audiences. 

The original OLDBOY was released in 2003 with positive reviews and has grown to a "must see" thriller film. There's been grumblings around the interwebs when an American remake was announced. However, writer Mark Protosevich says he is penning this film based more on the Manga series than the original Korean film. We shall see.

Here's the synopsis:

Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), an advertising executive is kidnapped and held prisoner for twenty years in solitary confinement. After he is suddenly released, he goes on a mission to find the person responsible for his imprisonment, later discovering that his life is still caught in conspiracy and torment.

Check out the trailer after the break.

Doc a Day: Week One

Week one is complete! Below I have mini-reviews of all the films I watched including links to all of them on Netflix Instant. If my first week's picks were any indication, there's a plethora of eclectic docs out there, and there's a fit for everyone. 

Here's my line up for week two:


So enjoy what I discovered this week!

Godzilla Entry #23: GODZILLA VS. DESTROYAH

(Gojira Tai Desutoroiâ, 1995)
Directed by: Takao Okawara
Written by: Kazuki Ohmori
Starrring: Takurô Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi, Megumi Odaka, Kenpachiro  Satsuma, Ryo Hariya, Hurricane Ryu Hariken. 
Synopsis: After an incident on Birth Island, Godzilla's heart begins to meltdown causing him to go in to great fits of destruction. With Godzilla as a walking, ticking nuclear bomb, a new creature Destroyah has evolved, thanks to the Oxygen Destroyer, and starts causing chaos in Japan. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

You Have To Watch the INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Trailer Right Meow

Cats. Folk music. JT. Coen Bros. These are just a few of my small passions of mine which makes the new INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS trailer one of my favorite things out right now. Thanks to Badass Digest, you can check out the trailer and the synopsis below below:

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks

This is a nice grab bag of recent additions to Netflix. Between a rather strange new TV show, to an old favorite, this should keep you guys glued to the couch after too much fun during the 4th of July festivities.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Doc a Day Project

It started in college on summer session when I took a class about film and politics. It was required for my major, I love movies, and the professor was really cool. It was a win-win-win. We covered a lot of the staples, DR. STRANGELOVE, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, FAIL SAFE), but our professor threw in some documentaries (BROTHER'S KEEPER, THE WAR ROOM). The docs were the ones that surprised me because I never really appreciated them. I always figured informational type programming was meant for National Geographic or the History Channel. Up until that point, the only other experience I had with documentaries was watching Michael Moore's, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE.

This made me seek out more documentaries, and there was one documentary I kept hearing about...CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS. I tracked it down and watched and was blown away. By the end of the film, I didn't know what the answer was and/or what side I fell on. I thought all docs had to have a definitive side, but I was proven incorrect. So, if that film could surprise me, what other great documentaries must be out there?

So thus my project begins. During this month, I will be watching a doc a day. All of the films will be available on Netflix, so feel free to watch along with me, and they will be films I have not seen before. I will have weekly write up of all the films with my thoughts.

Here is my first week line-up:
  • Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles
  • Chasing Ice
  • The Flat
  • Bully
  • Girl Model
  • Side by Side
  • The Woman Who Wasn't There
Check back next week for my thoughts on these films and the next seven I will watch!


(Gojira tai Supesugojira, 1994)

Directed by: Kensho Yamashita
Written by: Kanji Kashiwa, Hiroshi Kashiwabara
Starring: Megumi Odaka, Jun Hashizume, Zenkichi Yoneyama, Akira Emoto, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Ryo Hariya, Wataru Fukuda, Little Frankie.
Synopsis: When SpaceGodzilla, who is Godzilla cells or (G-cells) that were thrown through a black hole, emerged from a white hole and on the other side to absorb the energy of a dying start, after merging with an organic crystalline organism, to become the monster, and comes to earth. It's up to Godzilla to fight him while avoiding the UGNCC's new weapon MOGERA.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 Trailer Drops So Many Foodnimals!

We had our first glimpses of the CLOUDY 2 teaser a few months ago which introduced us to a myriad of food/animal hybrids or foodnimals if you will. Now the team that brought us the first film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are back for this one in executive producing roles, and they have passed the meatball torch to directors, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. But based on the this full length trailer, Lord and Miller's fingerprints are all over this film, so the spirit of the original is still felt.

Here's a synopsis:
After the disastrous food storm in the first film caused by his machine, Flint Lockwood and his friends are forced to leave the town of Swallow Falls. Flint accepts the invitation from his idol Chester V to join The Live Corp Company, which has been tasked to clean the island, and where the best inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind and planet Earth. Upon arriving back at Swallow Falls, Flint discovers that his machine still operates and now creates mutant food beasts like living pickles, hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, and apple pie-thons. It is up to Flint and his friends to put a stop to the machine once and for all before this new form of foody life breaks from the island and invades the planet.

And check the trailer after the break.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Ins and Outs of The Rolling Roadshow

The Alamo Drafthouse has a reputation for quality theatres with great service and a myriad of new and classic films. But being the Drafthouse, just watching movies in a theatre wasn't creative enough. Drafthouse also wanted to give back to the community that had supported them, and thus, The Rolling Roadshow was created. The Roadshow takes movies outdoors where patrons can experience free screenings Drafthouse style.

Chief Operation Officer Bill DiGaetano, Creative Manager James Wallace, and Director of Operations Bryan Penley sat down this past weekend, and gave us some details of how to thoroughly enjoy The Rolling Roadshow and some exclusives to some of the events that will happen during their upcoming summer series.

"Rolling Roadshow started as famous movies in famous places, such as showing THE SHINING at the Stanley Hotel or showing CLOSE ENCOUNTERS at Devil's Peak," says COO Bill DiGaetano, "and then Roadshow has morphed into the community aspect by showing films in a parking lot and brining in local breweries and food trucks." James Wallace expands by sharing his excitement about bringing Rolling Roadshow to Dallas because Dallas has had a wealth films shot here, so they can go back to the roots of Roadshow and show famous movies in famous places.

Even though there is a pocket of Alamo fans here in Dallas, the Drafthouse is still the new kid on the block. Back in November, the Roadshow trekked up here to show THE BURBS to build excitement and to introduce themselves to the community. Thankfully, it was a smashing hit, and the Richardson community has welcomed them with open arms. And thus this summer the Roadshow has developed into a "coming of age" series.

All films of the Roadshow are projected through the infamous Alamo truck. DiGaetano explains, "It's a panel truck with two 35mm projectors, 4k digital projectors, whisper and backup generator, rolled up screen, all amps and a PA system. To set up a big screen on asphalt, like we will do in the parking lot for the summer series, we have to anchor it with four 55-gallon drums on each corner. It's all about the level of presentation. Crisp picture and great sound. That's what sets the Alamo apart."

Even though there are fun activities planned for the summer series, nothing will compare to the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy even on July 25th. In true pre-celebration style, the Alamo will show a sneak peak of THE WORLD'S END to a lucky 200 fans, then cap off the evening in the parking lot with a Rolling Roadshow of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ. "This will be the first thing ever shown. We will be christening the theatre," explained Wallace, "and this event, both inside the theatre and outside, is 100% free. Keep watch on our Facebook for details."

The Roadshow will become a recurring event in Dallas. DiGaetano understands how hot Texas summers are, and he promises there will be more events in the fall and spring. So get those lawn chairs, or Easy Boys, ready!


  • Dallas will get it's own Rolling Roadshow equipment and crew.
  • DAZED AND CONFUSED screening will have a 70's muscle cars, props for everyone, and free pinball machines (though donations will be accepted).
  • THE LOST BOYS screening will have a blood drive a few hours before the show. Give blood and receive and cool sticker, fangs, and a movie pass to the Drafthouse when it opens.
  • Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy will open its doors for the outside shows at 6:30. 
  • You can begin lining up at 3:30 for both the indoor and outdoor screening. 
  • Those lucky enough to get tickets to THE WORLD'S END screening will have direct access to the Roadshow afterwards.
After the break, there is a breakdown of the tips you need to fully enjoy these events. Trust me when I say, these events should not be missed. Alamo knows how to throw a party in a parking lot.

For Funsies: Low's "Plastic Cup" Video

Low is one of my favorites bands currently  making music. Starting out as a "slo-core" band in the early part of this century, they have evolved through their sound through the years. They recently released a beautiful and haunting video directed by Ryley Fogg for the opener for their new album, THE INVISIBLE WAY.