Friday, August 30, 2013

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks - When Animals Attack Edition!

There's something about animal violence that puts me off completely. I will actually stop watching a movie if I see animals being hurt. Animals hurting people on the other hand is completely badass! Thus the theme for today's Netflix picks. I always love killer animal movies due to their allegorical nature and these movies definitely have that. Check them out after the break.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Godzilla Entry #28: GODZILLA: FINAL WARS

GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (Gojira: Fainaru Uôzu, 2004)
Directed by: Ryuhei Kitamura
Written by: Isao Kiriyama, Ryuhei Kitamura
Starring: Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Don Frye, Maki Mizuno, Kazuki Kitamura, Naoko Kamio, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Motokuni Masumoto, Toshihiro Ogura
Synopsis: When aliens gain control of all the kaiju on planet Earth, it's up Godzilla and the EDF to stop them. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

IN A WORLD... Review- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Lake Bell
Written by Lake Bell
Starring: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Rob Cordrry, Michaela Watkins, and Ken Marino.
Synopsis: A young woman tries to make it in the world of voice-overs. 

YOU'RE NEXT Review - Javi's Take

Directed by: Adam Wingard
Written by:  Simon Barrett
Starring: Sharni Vinson, A.J. Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, Amy Seimetz, and Nicholas Tucci.
Synopsis: A family reunion is interrupted by a group of masked assailants. 

Netflix Instant: TV and Movie Picks - Drinking Edition!

It may still be hot and muggy outside, and nothing helps with that more than beer...delicious, delicious beer. We are big fans of said tasty beverage and regularly seek out rare and delicious beers in bars around town. To celebrate this amazing creation and to go along with THE WORLD'S END hitting theatres today, I have brought you an assortment of drinking movies. 


This black comedy follows two unemployed actors as they wait for their careers to take off. Of course it's easy to start drinking when you're faced with rejection over and over again. There's a drinking game that's not for the faint of liver that goes along with this film. It consists of keeping up drink for drink with each alcoholic substance Withnail drinks. I don't recommend that game unless you want to end up in the hospital.

There was a time when they took alcoholic drinks away from everyone!? Inconceivable. This highly acclaimed PBS series documents the passing of the 18th Amendment all the way to its appeal. And thank goodness for that. 

My cohort introduced this little gem of a film to me, and he's that much cooler for it. It's a funny satire film about the advertising industry. It stars David Allen Grier, Rip Torn, and Hot Lips herself, Loretta Swit. It's so fantastic we are able to stream this film. You won't regret it.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

THE WORLD'S END Review- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Edgar Wright
Written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike.
Synopsis: Five friends attempt to recreate a pub crawl in their hometown when they start to figure out their town has drastically changed.

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Week (Or So) At The Alamo Drafthouse Richardson

So, the day has come and gone; we had the grand opening of the new Alamo Drafthouse Richardson. This was a pretty busy week where Jonesy spent four days in a row, and I spent three days going to various movies and events. Let's go through some of the highlights including the grand opening and some of the special events.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

BOUNTY KILLER Is A Bloody Good Time - Javi's Take

Directed by: Henry Saine
Written by: Jason Dodson
Starring: Matthew Mardsden, Christian Pitre, Barak Hardley, Kristanna Loke and Gary Busey.
Synopsis: After corporations decimate Earth with their wars, company executives are actively hunted for their crimes by bounty killers. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks - Alex Karpovsky Edition!

So this last weekend, I watched quite a few movies at home while I was packing, and I found a cool trio of movies all starring and sometimes directed or written by the same guy, Alex Karpovsky. Who IS Alex Karpovsky, you say? Most of the exposure everyone had to him was in director Lena Dunham's TINY FURNITURE as some hipster a-hole. Most recently, he has starred in the other Dunham project over on HBO, GIRLS, where he is a stand out character among the cast. Turns out, the dude is also a pretty good writer and director and I have three of his movies to recommend after the break:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Godzilla Entry #27: GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S.

GODZILLA S.O.S. (Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tôkyô S.O.S., 2003)
Directed by: Masaaki Tezuka
Written by: Masaaki Tezuka, Masahiro Tokotani,
Starring: Noboru Kaneko, Miho Yoshioka, Mituki Koga, Hiroshi Koizumi, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Motokuni Nakagawa. 
Synopsis: Picking up after the events of GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA, Mothra comes to Japan to warn its people that they must return the bones of the original Godzilla used to build MechaGodzilla/Kiryu to bottom of the sea or else she will attack 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming!

It's getting to be that glorious time of the year when movie nerds descend upon Austin to watch amazing genre movies, sing kareoke, and drink lots of beer. Jonesy reported on the first wave of films announced here, and I have the second wave of films! A few anticipated movies for me will be Ben Wheatley's A FIELD IN ENGLAND, Eugenio Mira's GRAND PIANO and Alejandro De La Iglesia's WITCHING AND BITCHING.

Check out the full list after the break.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

ELYSIUM Review- Jonesy's Take

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp
Written by: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, and Diego Luna
Synopsis: A terminally ill man seeks to cure himself by breaking into Elysium, a satellite where only the rich people of Earth reside. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Netflix Instant: TV and Movie Picks

I don't know about where you live, but we have had our hottest week in Texas this past week. All highs were over 100. So, I am definitely spending as much time as possible either in a cool movie theatre or my cool living room streaming some Netflix.

 Here's my eclectic picks for this week!

A sweet little film about self-acceptance. Before this film, I only knew the lead, Jacob Wysocki, from his little cameo appearance in PITCH PERFECT. Here he embodies all kids who have never felt like they fit in. Also, if you enjoy punk bands from Seattle, this movie is for you.

This was a very stylized film I saw at Fantastic Fest. It's a strange obsessive story of a man who contracts a virus that killed a celebrity. In this world, people pay money to be injected with viruses that famous people had contracted. It's a way for them to feel "closer" to their favorite celebrity. This is the directorial debut of Brandon Cronenberg, son of David Cronenberg, who has definitely inherited the directing gene.  

When a TV series is slated for the summer, you know it's usually not anything ground braking. Little summer series are something to play while you clean the house or explore Pintrest. Last summer, POLITICAL ANIMALS was that series. It's well acted if not a little soapy with all your standard plot twists: scandals, affairs, sneaky journalists, estranged son who does drugs. The series ends up being rather enjoyable with some strong performances. A perfect lazy Saturday pick. 

THE ACT OF KILLING Review- Javi and Jonesy's Take

Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer with Christine Cynn and Anonymous.
Starring: Anwar Congo and Herman Koto
Synopsis: In the 60s, Anwar and Herman killed thousands of people opposing their new goverment, now with a camera in hand, they recreate those killings.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sneak Peek to Upcoming Events for Alamo DFW

The Alamo Drafthouse Richardson opening is merely days away. It's weird seeing that in print, but it's true! Not only does Dallas now get to bask in great food and craft beer when we watch movies, but we get to enjoy something that's always been unique to the's programming. The Drafthouse has been a trendsetter of showing not only first run films but always having a varied selections of memorable events and repertoire 35mm films. There are some exciting programming coming up, and the fellas of Drafthouse Richardson shared some insight.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD Trailer Gives Us More Loki Action!

While the original THOR gave us Loki, it definitely had a scope issue. Much like the first IRON MAN, once you step back from it, you realize there's not much that actually happens in the movie. I have been eagerly anticipating the second THOR if only because I want to see the world expanded and it looks like this is what will happen in the sequel. Thanks to YouTube's Geek Week, via Screen Crush, we have the newest trailer which was premiered at Comic-Con last month. Check it out after the break.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


(Gojira tai Mekagojira, 2002)
Directed by: Masaaki Tezuka
Written by: Wataru Mimura
Starring: Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera,Tsutomu Kitagawa, Hirofumi Ishigaki
Synopsis: 50 years after the first Godzilla was killed, a new Godzilla reemerges, and Japan builds a MechaGodzilla with the bones of the original.

ENDER'S GAME Trailer Drops!

There's a reason why Ender's Game is considered to be one of the best young adult sic-fi books ever written. It's smart, action packed, and actually has fantastic character development. And after seeing the teaser trailer and now the full trailer for the film adaptation, you can definitely say the movie will be at least one of those three things.

In the future, Earth is attacked by aliens called buggers. The buggers almost destroyed everything. Now to fight back, the International Military is training children from a young age to find the right leader to destroy the buggers once and for all. Ender shows that promise, and the book tells his story of struggle of being isolated and the pressure put upon him. Whether that will be portrayed in the film...the trailers aren't looking too hopeful.

Check it out.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks

This week's installment is just a good mix of some new and old movies that just hit Netflix Instant! We've got a documentary, a cop movie, and a highly maligned and hilarious movie.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


(Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki, 2001)
Directed by: Shûsuke Kaneko
Written by: Kei'ichi Hasegawa, Shûsuke Kaneko, Mashahior Yokotani,
Starring: Chiharu Niyama, Mashairo Koabayashi,Ryudo Uzaki, Mizuho Yoshida, Akira Ohashi, Rie Ôta
Synopsis: 50 years after the first attack, Godzilla comes back to Japan and now the ancient Guardian spirits have to defend the earth.