DIFF 2013 Film Review: A Company Man ; love, action, remorse, revenge, comedic moments and the sublime So Ji-sub

Movie Review By: Mut Asheru “Is anyone really happy with their job?!”, expresses Ji Hyeong-Do’s (지형도) boss during the climatic fight scene in Writer/Director Lim Sang-yoon’s (임상윤) action, thriller A COMPANY MAN (회사원). The answer to that question is the crux of the movie. Good-looking monosyllabic Ji Hyeong-Do (So Ji-sub) obtained the ever respectable company […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: Good Ol’ Freda

Here we go again. Another Beatles documentary. No, wait. This is actually about the warm, good-natured woman that ran their fan club Freda Kelly. To director Ryan White’s credit this is really quite an interesting concept. Covering history from an angle not really considered important documentary material before fan clubs are a big deal in […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: Laurence Anyways. Visually delicious,…the camera loves and devours the entire cast

By: Mut “whom else”Asheru Yeah. So we totally loved this film. Over 2.5 hours long and we remained engaged and enthralled from beginning to end. LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier Dolan is visually delicious. The camera loves and devours the entire cast in a richness that is truly stunning. The films tagline is “Will the […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: “Terms and Conditions May Apply”…a documentary that you must, should see

Another strong documentary showing at that the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival is TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY. If you’ve ever stopped to wonder if you should accept the terms and conditions for that app or that free web service this film is the hammer that hits you over the head. Just what have you […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: Dirty Wars – this documentary highlights questionable deeds being done in the name of America

Review By: Mut Asheru DIRTY WARS starts off right where it should. With scary truth. Beautifully shot and tightly edited it is hard to believe that it is the work of %100 real life journalistic reporting.  This documentary is dramatic and heart-wrenching in the light of day. In the dark of night. It’s terrifying. With […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: Midnight’s Children based off of the book by Salman Rushdie

Review by: Mut Asheru At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India declares independence from Great Britain, two babies are switched at birth by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. And so it is that Saleem Sinai (Satya Bhabha), the bastard child of a beggar woman, and Shiva (Siddharth), the only son […]

DIFF 2013 Roundtable Interview: TOMLINSON HILL Producer Chris Tomlinson and Director Lisa Kaselak

By:  Gordon K. Smith Part of the Texas Competition at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival is TOMLINSON HILL, an incisive documentary about race and class in Marlin, Texas, about two hours outside of Dallas.  It’s the work of producer Chris Tomlinson, a white former AP Bureau Chief in East Africa, and director Lisa Kaselak, […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: JUMP…there’s murder, attempted suicide and of course love

Review By: Mut Asheru Pretty opening shot after pretty opening shot. Pretty girl wants to die. Based on the stage play of the same name by Lisa McGee JUMP unfolds in a CRASH type manner wherein the lives of several young people collide in a fantastically frantic fashion. Taking place in Ireland, the hero, heroine […]

DIFF 2013 Roundtable: Christian Sosa, Tyler Glodt, and Matt Albrecht discuss their zombie flick ‘Buck WildWILD (no relation to the MTV series)

By: Gordon K Smith Midnight movie screenings for the crazier stuff are now a staple of film festivals, and the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival is no exception.  One of this year’s Midnight Specials is BUCK WILD (no relation to the MTV series), which combines deerhunting, zombie outbreaks, psycho rednecks…and slapstick.    At a March roundtable […]

DIFF 2013 Film Review: Azooma – A South Korean movie about a pedophile and a mother’s revenge

Movie Review by: Mut Asheru Playing at this year’s Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF 2013) is the Korean drama Azooma (공정사회). A  gut-twisting tale of a mother’s revenge  directed/written by Lee Ji-seung (이지승). Overall I liked it. This Busan International Film Festival  winner is about a pedophile that kidnaps and rapes a 10-year-old girl and […]