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Dallas 2016 Review: SPAGHETTIMAN, How Superheroes Get Paid

Who else but an indie filmmaker would look at a bowl of spaghetti and a paper bag and think, 'I can make a superhero movie out of that!' A fun, imaginative, daringly low-budget affair, Spaghettiman is propelled by enthusiasm and...

Dallas 2016 Review: DAYLIGHT'S END, An Action-Packed Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

One of my favorite films of 2010 was William Kaufman's Sinners & Saints, a low-budget thriller with a great leading man (Johnny Strong) and brilliant action scenes. This year, Kaufman and Strong have teamed up for another movie called Daylight’s...

Dallas 2015 Dispatch: CARTEL LAND, SWEET KANDY, And THUNDER BROKE THE HEAVENS

The ninth edition of the Dallas International Film Festival is well underway here in Texas, and I'm pleased to report that it continues to provide a much-needed boost to the local film culture. I moved to the city in 2006,...

Dallas 2015: THE STOMACH, A Meeting Point For Infernal And Criminal Underworlds

"I just want to be empty," Frank (Simon Meacock) tells his brother Tom (Ben Bishop). Wide-eyed, bearded Frank is at breaking point. Thanks to his freakish ability to become impregnated with the spirits of the deceased, he was born a...

Dallas 2015: SOME BEASTS Poster Debut

The Dallas International Film Fest kicked off last night and today sees the first full day of screenings. One of the films making its premiere tonight is Cameron Nelson's Some Beasts and we've got the debut of the film's very...

Dallas 2015 Full Lineup Released

The good folks at the Dallas Film Society have released their full program for the Dallas International Film Fest 2015. Like in past years, it is a wide and diverse program that includes festival faves like Slow West (pictured), The Wolfpack,...

Dallas 2014 Review: WORDS AND PICTURES, A Rivalry In Search Of A Romance

In my youth, a cigarette company advertised their product with the tagline, "What do you want, good grammar or good taste?" It was a false analogy, of course -- the correct answer is, "Why can't I have both?" -- yet...

Dallas 2014 Preview: Twitch Picks 12 Must See Films

The indomitable Dallas International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow night with the gala premiere of Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures. Twitch will have (cowboy) boots on the ground with plenty of coverage from across the city. To jump start our...

The Full Lineup For Dallas IFF 2014 Is Pretty Incredible

I've been attending the Dallas International Film Festival since the first installment, when it was still AFI Dallas. I can honestly say that 2014's full lineup is probably the strongest, most Twitch-friendly line up that the Dallas IFF has had...

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: BLOOD BROTHER Shines An Honest, Humorous Light On A Sad Situation

We all search for meaning, and Blood Brother shows just how one man found his calling in India. He had no pretension of this happening. He was on vacation there. He tells us he didn't even like kids that...

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: BOUNTY KILLER Is Silly, Inventive, and Better Than Many Hollywood Blockbusters

Right from the start, you'll likely know whether you want to continue down the hilarious and overly violent schlock that is part of Bounty Killer's charm. We are given a world where bounty killers--bounty hunters with the license to...

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: SANITARIUM Is So Bad It Doesn't Deserve A Clever Headline

We're told over and over again as children that if we can't say something nice, that we shouldn't say anything at all. Thankfully the realm of film criticism is immune from this rule. If I were forced to review Sanitarium...

Dallas IFF Review: THE FUTURE Elevates Beyond Exploitation Into Something Nearly Profound

There's a way to be grossly exploitative and then there's The Future, an Italian film that has a heaping amount of female nudity and yet never feels grotesque. That it is one actresses' frame on display over and over...

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: SWEETWATER Would Go Down Better With A Bit More Sugar

Sweetwater isn't easy to enjoy. For such a spare and tight film there seems to be a lot of dead air. Part of that is because it brings together three narratives that don't mesh until nearly halfway into the...

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: KON-TIKI Proves To Be Rewarding and Full of Lessons

If you take anything away from Kon-Tiki, it's how amazingly brave the pioneers of exploration were. The film revolves around a Norwegian man's obsession with proving that someone used a raft--not a sailboat or anything with the ability to...

Dallas IFF 2013 Review: THE BOUNCEBACK Thrives On Honest Awkwardness

Comedy can come from honesty, and that's The Bounceback's greatest strength. While much of the film is over the top with its antics, there's a crushing truth to the scenarios within that may hit you unexpectedly. Breakups are rarely...

Win A Pair Of Tickets To TAI CHI HERO At Dallas IFF From Twitch & Well Go USA!

Twitch and Well Go USA would like to invite you to enter a drawing for one of five pairs of tickets to the North American premiere of Stephen Fung's steampunk kung fu epic, Tai Chi Hero, at the Dallas International...

Full Schedule Of Dallas IFF 2013 Has Been Unleashed! TAI CHI HERO! MUD! ICEBERG SLIM: PORTRAIT OF A PIMP! And Much More!

With opening night a mere three weeks away on April 4th, the Dallas International Film Festival has officially unveiled its full line-up for 2013, and it's a cracker! There are too many titles to talk about them all, however, there...

Dallas IFF Announces First Titles, Including MUD, PIT STOP, THE DIRTIES

The first 10 titles that will be screening at the upcoming Dallas International Film Festival have been announced, marking the local premieres of Jeff Nichols' Mud, Yen Tan's Pit Stop, and Matt Johnson's The Dirties. The festival's 7th edition will...

Dallas IFF 2012 Review: MY WAY

Since the release of Tae-Guk-Gi, South Korea has produced a handful of decent films concerning their great national conflagration, however, none has ever really managed to overtake Tae-Guk-Gi in the hearts and minds of Korean film fans. Kang Je-gyu's (Shiri)...