Dallas IFF: Monday (4/12) – 'My Queen Karo'

Following a winning weekend of films, DIFF charges ahead with new entries and second screenings of many seen in the last few days.  My goal will be to provide commentary on at least one outstanding film a day...I can't promise just one, and I can't promise outstanding either, actually, but we're getting off to a... Continue Reading →

Dallas IFF: Sunday (4/11) – 'Lovers of Hate,' 'Earthling'

I'm considering calling the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival "Internationale!", spoken with the exclamation point.  It's still a mouthful, but it's fun to say. "There is something special about every kid."  "Bulls**t!" A queasy comedy of disdain, Brian Poyser's Lovers of Hate is about two brothers and the woman they both think they want.  Rudy... Continue Reading →

Dallas IFF: Saturday (4/10) – 'No Crossover,' 'We Are the Sea,' 'American: The Bill Hicks Story,' 'The Red Chapel'

DIFF continues strong... "Allen is the best guy you could want for the 2 hours of the game...for the other 22 hours, you're going to have grey hair." No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson is a deeply personal documentary from director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie), who reflects on his hometown of Hampton, VA,... Continue Reading →

Dallas IFF: Friday (4/9) – 'City of Life and Death,' 'I Am Love,' 'Down Terrace,' 'The Loved Ones'

A terrific first full day of the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival is capped off with a colossal dud. Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death is such a powerful piece of cinema that it is almost unbearable, and I mean that in the best possible way.  Recounting the events of 1937 Nanjing, at the... Continue Reading →

Dallas IFF: Thursday (4/8) – Opening Night, 'A Town Called Panic'

The 2010 Dallas International Film Festival got off to a rousing start as the Angelika Dallas center was host to multiple showcases (and a few celebrities, too).  Some of the night's screenings went off without a hitch (see below), while others hit technical snags:  apparently both screen and projection issues marred the presentation of Bill... Continue Reading →

360 Review: Don't You Forget About Me

The nice thing about Don't You Forget About Me, the new documentary on John Hughes, is that it comes from a loving, sweetly reminiscent place in the filmmakers' hearts.  This is impressively consistent throughout the observations and recollections of the writer/director's films by a large number of actors, crew members and fans.  What doesn't work,... Continue Reading →

DVD Review: Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball

Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces remains an under-appreciated piece of action-puzzle genre filmmaking elevated by poignant characterizations and surprisingly deft dramatic work from a wide-net cast.  To wit: Ryan Reynolds and Jeremy Piven naysayers have to admit, the original Aces gives both actors the chance to exercise dramatic muscle their average roles never allow. Carnahan is on... Continue Reading →

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