Saturday, January 25, 2014

Netflix Instant: Movie and TV Picks- Another Documentary Edition!

Cold weather has blasted through Texas again. I'm not one for cold, windy weather, so I will be planted in front of my TV watching some Netflix. I picked three films this week from my favorite genre: documentaries! All three have been highly recommended to me, and now, I recommend them to you!

This film was just nominated for the 2014 Oscar for Best Documentary. It chronicles the ongoing Egyptian Revolution that began in 2011 in Tahrir Square. I'm excited to see a more in depth look at the struggle going on over there, and the young people who helped shape this revolution

This has been on my list of films to watch for a while. It follows the group CeaseFire in Chicago who put their lives at risk to interrupt crime in violent neighborhoods. 

This was recommended to me over a year ago. During Nazi occupation, they began to plunder many modern pieces of art for the Third Reich and Hitler's personal enjoyment. It's also narrated by Joan Allen.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

THE RAID 2: BERANDAL Trailer Will Punch You In The Face!

When THE RAID first came out, we here were huge fans of the film. It was bloody, violent, and one of the best action films of that year. We got a taste of the sequel in this teaser, but now a full trailer has dropped for our enjoyment.

Here's the synopsis:
The film continues where the first film ends. It continues with Rama (Uwais) going undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and to uncover the corruption in his own police force

Check the trailer after the break.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks - Old Dudes, War Criminals, and Killer Giants Edition!

I do apologize for the delayed column. I've been tragically out of commission lately due to some non-flu type of illness. But, here are three rad picks to get you through the 3 day weekend if you'll be indoors as much as I will be.

Friday, January 17, 2014

New A FIELD IN ENGLAND U.S. Poster & Trailer Will Melt Minds

Even if I wasn't too thrilled about director Ben Wheatley's latest movie, A FIELD IN ENGLAND, it doesn't mean others might not be able to find it an amazing experience. We now have confirmation that you will be able to see the movie on VOD platforms and in a limited theater run. Having seen the movie, I cannot recommend enough that you experience this in theaters. You've seen the great new poster, now check out the American-ized and Scorsese-approved trailer after the break.

Drafthouse Films Will Release Michel Gondry's MOOD INDIGO

As far as I'm concerned, Michel Gondry is one of the most important directors working today. between his music video work (he did that rad LEGO/White Stripes video) and his movies (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SCIENCE OF SLEEP) his unique visual eye has created some of the best movies of the last couple of decades. Now, thanks to Drafthouse Films, we will be seeing his next movie MOOD INDIGO, starring Audrey Tatou among others.

Check out the full press release after the break.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Netflix Instant TV and Movie Picks

I feel for our friends up north. I know when Texas iced over, it was not a pleasant experience, but I cannot imagine temperatures in the negatives. So, if you're cooped up all weekend, here are some titles for your enjoyment. And if you're lucky enough not to be freezing your butt off, play these while you take down the last of your holiday decorations. 

I'm so excited that more and more musicals are being filmed and becoming readily available to the masses. Not everyone can make it to NYC to see a Broadway musical, nor do all musicals make it to every major city. SHREK THE MUSICAL is quite charming and a fun for the family to watch. And unlike musicals that have been turned into movies, this features all of the original Broadway stars who can belt out their songs without any extra studio help.

I love when old secret documents finally get "de-classified" and filmmakers get their hands on them. This documentary is all archival footage taken by three of Nixon's top aides on Super 8 cameras. It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at his life and office and super cuts various other interviews and even secret White House recordings. 

No, I'm not recommending the Russel Crowe film. This is THE best version of Robin Hood out there..the Disney animated story from 1973. It's fiercely underrated because it didn't get released during the Disney Renaissance era, but it's such a fun film and the song "Oo De Lally" will be stuck in your head all day. "

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Jonesy's Top Ten Films of 2013

We made to 2014, and it's time for another year of great movies. I ended 2013 seeing 271 films, 70 of which were released in 2013. Overall, it was a great and entertaining year. My disappointments were more difficult to come up with than this list. I narrowed my list to 15, but then it was like pulling teeth trying to whittle it down to a top ten. As always, my list is in no particular order, and look for my honorable mentions and festival mentions towards the end.

My cohort has already posted his top films, and now….

Onto my list!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks

Welcome to the first column of 2014. I know that there was a big whine-fest because there were so many titles that expired during the first of the year. But what you don't see is just how many great movies were recently added. Here's three great choices which will be go well during a chill weekend on the couch after the crazy New Year's Eve festivities. Check them out after the break.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Javi's Top Ten Movies of 2013

Try as I may, I didn't reach my goal of watching 365 movies this year. But I was fortunate enough to see some amazing films in the meantime. As I do every year, I am taking into account movies that were released theatrically during 2013, and as always, they won't be in any particular order, except my absolute favorite movie of the year. There's no pretentiousness here, just movies that either spoke or made an impact on me.

Check them out below.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top Disappointments of 2013: Jonesy's Take

2013 was a year of solid theatrical releases. While reading various sites and their lists of "bad movies" or "box office bombs", I realized I was lucky enough to miss most of those films that made those lists. Instead, I have my top five disappointments of 2013. These were films that had high expectations but failed to deliver for various reasons. 

Check it out after the break.