Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Javi's Most Anticipated Movies from the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival

This year's roster of movies at the Dallas International Film Festival feel much more mainstream than in previous years and that's not a bad thing at all! I actually had a hard time narrowing it down to just six movies even after having seen three of the bigger movies in the roster. Jonesy's already shown her questionable (kidding!) choices, now check out mine below!

Taissa Farmiga and Mark Strong star in this what looks like a ridiculously high concept thriller about a man who solves crimes by reading people's memories and is looking for redemption. No matter what, Mark Strong elevates whatever material he's working with so this is a must-see for me.
Saturday 4/5 at 12:00 pm at the Angelika 6 
Sunday 4/6 at 2:45 pm at the Angelika 4

Reading the description, I have no clue what the hell this movie is about. It appears that it's either going to be a magnificent absurdest masterpieces or a complete failure, but I can't wait to find out what it is. Also, it's directed by a Spanish director, and I'm trying to watch more movies in Spanish. 
Sunday 4/6 at 2:30pm at the Angelika 8
Monday 4/7 at 4:45pm at the Angelika 8

I'm a little hesitant to put this one on there because it's so mainstream, but at the same time, it is Tom Hardy in a car for the duration of the movie. It feels like the vein of movies like BURIED and PHONE BOOTH and other movies that take place in one location and at least in the case of BURIED, it was a great acting exercise for the lead, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hardy is a much better actor. The movie deals with a man who receives a mysterious phone call that unravels the life he's built.
Friday, 4/11 at 7:15 pm at the Angelika 7
Saturday, 4/12 at 10:30 pm at the Angelika 7

Given my recent time in exploring Mexican cinema, I came across the movies with the iconic wrestler Santo. The ones that I found were all with him dealing with various monsters. This documentary deals with the various aspect of Santo's life, from his rise to fame, and eventually to passing the mantle to his own son.
Sunday 4/6 at 8:15 pm at the Angelika 6 
Monday 4/7 at 4:15 pm at the Angelika7

This is one of those movies that follows a recent trend of making anime properties making the jump to the big screen. The first one of these movies was GATCHAMAN, which I saw at last year's Fantastic Fest. Now, we have the beloved 1970's SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO aka STAR BLAZERS for you American folks. For those that are not familiar with the anime, it deals with the battleship Yamato which is the last line of defense against an invading alien force.
Sunday April 13th at 7pm at the Texas Theatre

Coming of age movies seem to be hitting some type of saturation within the movie festival circuit, but this one seems to be something special. It deals with two young girls in 1980's Stockholm forming a punk band sounds much more interesting than just middle class white boys learning a lesson.
Thursday 4/10 at 10pm at the Angelika 4
Sunday  4/13 at 3:15pm at the Angelika 7

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