Filmmaker Interview: RT with “Gimme Shelter” Director Ronald Krauss, Actress Vanessa Hudgens and Kathy Difiore whose real-life work with homeless and pregnant girls in New Jersey inspired the film

Written by: Gordon K. Smith You will find no Hell’s Angels or Rolling Stones in GIMME SHELTER,  the inspirational new movie by writer / director Ronald Krauss, which stars Vanessa Hudgens, again “branching out” from her Disney image (but without twerking).   The fact-based story features the 26-year-old Hudgens convincingly playing a gritty 16-year-old pregnant runaway […]

Theater Interview: “A Merry Little Christmas Show” with Ricki Derek performs Saturday, December 14 at Lakewood Theater

By: Gordon K. Smith If last night’s snarky Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Special is any indication, the classic Christmas musical variety show of television past, the kind that featured Sinatra, Hope, Crosby or Andy Williams, is an endangered species. But here’s a way you can relive that experience live, up close and personal, with Dallas […]

The List: Gordon’s Top 5 Must Must Must See Christmas Movies…and it just so happens you can catch a couple of these at the Alamo Drafthouse DFW this month

List by Gordon K. Smith A new Christmas tradition that started only in the last few decades and flourished through the age of television and multimedia is Christmas movies, those old and new parables that you NEED to see every Christmas, and you can’t stand to watch any other time. Everyone has their faves, be […]

Film Review: “All is Lost” Starring Robert Redford Giving a Darned Good Performance

Film review by: Gordon K. Smith It’s been forty years since Robert Redford  got his only Oscar nomination for acting, and that was for THE STING, hardly an acting showcase.  Redford is 77 now, and since then, he did win an Oscar, for his directing of 1980’s ORDINARY PEOPLE.  With the release of the gripping […]

Filmmaker Roundtable Interview: Cast and crew of the movie “True Tales” – life and times of Dallas stripper Nancy Myers, aka Tammi True, and her days headlining at The Carousel Club with boss Jack Ruby

Written by: Gordon K. Smith The opening night event of Dallas VideoFest 26 will be the first public screening of TRUE TALES, a production of AMS Pictures, which looks at the life and times of Dallas stripper Nancy Myers, aka Tammi True, her days headlining at The Carousel Club with boss Jack Ruby, through the […]

Roundtable Interview: Bart Weiss, Artistic Director and Video Association of Dallas Founder Discusses Dallas VideoFest 26

By Gordon K. Smith Starting with a major media event on October 4, 2013, the 26th edition of Dallas VideoFest will have the honor of being the first festival to be held at the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema DFW in Richardson, Texas.  Festival Artistic Director and Video Association of Dallas founder Bart Weiss sat down […]

Filmmaker Roundtable Interview: With “Parkland” Docudrama Director Peter Landesman

Written by Gordon K. Smith Vincent Bugliosi’s massive nonfiction detailing of the JFK assassination, “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy”,  was later pared down to its first 400 pages and retitled “Four Days in November”.  That book, covering the events immediately surrounding the fatal shots on November 22, 1963 and the 3 […]

Film Review: “Rush” no racing film has ever achieved as much of a character study while still delivering the need-for-speed thrills as this one

Film review by Gordon K. Smith Auto racing has been a popular subject of movies since the silent era, but no racing film has ever achieved as much of a character study while still delivering the need-for-speed thrills as Ron Howard’s RUSH.  Working again with his FROST/NIXON screenwriter Peter Morgan, Howard tells the true story […]

Film Review: ‘Mud’ – Matthew McConaughey’s finest performance to date

Film Review by: Gordon K. Smith Matthew McConaughey gives his finest performance to date in the eponymous MUD, a role he seems born to play.  It’s a flawed but engrossing melodrama that, in an era of rampant “hicksploitation” on tacky reality TV shows, presents an authentic and deeply atmospheric depiction of rural Southerners, thanks to […]

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, […]