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Dallas Buyers Club Review: A Dramatic, Unsettling Bio Pic

Posted by    |    November 17th, 2013 at 6:51 am

“The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed with HIV-postive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.” (Courtesy of Focus Features, IMDB)

Released at the beginning of November and opening in select theaters throughout the month in Dallas, Dallas Buyers Club is an unsettling, dramatic biography about one man’s fight for survival against AIDS and his vast impact on the HIV+ community. This film is a different kind of heroic tale as a smart, yet homophobic and vulgar man (Woodroof) does everything he can to stay alive after abusing his body for so long, and in the process, prolongs many lives and helps a vast amount of the homosexual community. As far as acting goes, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, playing Ron Woodroof and Rayon, a homosexual transvestite, respectively, give impressive performances.

On a deeper level, Dallas Buyers Club involves a sensitive, intense issue in the accusation that the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies are bullying those who are sick and cannot afford the proper medication or treatment. This is played out in a dark, graphic way as we see Woodroof’s lifestyle leading up to and after being diagnosed with AIDS. The content may be a bit rough for some, but that being said, this film is definitely worth seeing.

3.8 out of 5 stars.

Dallas Buyers Club is rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, nudity and drug use. Running time is 1 hour and 57 minutes.

Check out my full review for Dallas Buyers Club on

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Posted by    |    August 29th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Congratulations Dallas! You finally got your own funny tumblr that we can now all use to explain what it’s like living here to out-of-towners. No matter where you’re from in this city, all Dallas dwellers have experienced a few of these moments at least once. Enjoy, and re-live that moment you took a wrong turn in Oak Cliff.

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24-Hour Video Race Official Press Release: Race Winners Announced

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2013 at 10:03 pm

For immediate release

12th Annual 24-Hour Video Race

Race Winners Announced

The 12th annual 24-Hour Video Race ended Monday night, May 20, with teams piled into the Angelika Film Center-Dallas for final judging.

Bart Weiss, Video Association of Dallas’ Artistic Director, said, “I was amazed at the level of creativity in the city from such a diverse group of filmmakers. From nearly every sector of the city, and from various age groups, the ways these makers reinterpreted our prompts were inspiring.”

“It is amazing what can these teams can create in just 24 hours, and it was a tough job for our judges to evaluate them,” Weiss concluded. “There were twice as many high school teams in the past 2 years with 24 teams competing, comprised of more than 125 kids, in the student division, Pixelvision. Some came from as far away as Mansfield.”

The finals judges were broken up in to two shifts this year.  The judges for Pixelvision (High School), Futurevision (College) and Auteur (a single member) categories included Casey Gooden, producer of UPSTREAM COLOR and PRIMER; CultureMap Dallas’ associate arts and entertainment editor, Alex Bentley; Steve Alford, president of Alford Media Services, Inc.; and Lee Papert, President and CEO of the Dallas Film Society.

Judging the Guerilla (2-5 members) and Hollywood (6-plus members) categories were Angie Bolling, “Mrs. Robocop” in all three ROBOCOP movies; Erin Prather Stafford, executive producer of the winner of VideoFest 25 Documentary: WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES; Ya’ke Smith, award-winning filmmaker of WOLF, and Paul Salfen, Dallas-based editor and media entrepreneur, host of “Drew Pearson Show” on Fox Sports, managing editor of Flavorpill Dallas, and the entertainment and travel editor for ScoreBoard.

The participants had 24 hours to make a video, which was required to include the following elements:

Theme – Recycling

Prop – Phone Book

Line of Dialogue – “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Location – B_G: the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new brand campaign recognizing locals as the catalyst behind making “BIG Things Happen in Dallas.” (more…)

Untapped Festival Update: partnership with Paste Magazine & three new festivals

Posted by    |    February 25th, 2013 at 3:40 pm

With the Untapped Festival about two months away, we knew there would be some updates for the highly anticipated union between Paste Untapped Festivalbands and beer. Not only have they released a list of local breweries that will be participating in the festival, they just announced their partnership with Paste Magazine. The union also produced three more Untapped festivals in Dallas (this summer), Nashville, and Atlanta.

Press Release 

February 25, 2013, Dallas, TX The following was published on Paste’s website this morning“Paste Media Group is proud to announce Paste Untapped, a series of music-and-beer festivals across the country, in partnership with Spune and The Common Table.


Upcoming Shows at Sundown at Granada – No Cover

Posted by    |    January 15th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Put these babies on your calendar.

Boxcar Bandits on Sunday, January 27th

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Trebuchet (& friends) on Thursday, January 31st

The Roomsounds on Saturday, February 9th

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Ronnie Fauss on Friday, February 15th

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Eric Tessmer Band on Saturday, February 16th

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The Cush on Wednesday, February 27th

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Bravo, Max! on Thursday, March 7th

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Head to for more information.

It’s Tonight! Will Dallas’ Sean Lowe Find True Love on The Bachelor?

Posted by    |    January 7th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

sean lowe dallas One of the worst moments of my young adult life happened this past summer. I had just gotten a kitten and opted to stay home with it instead of going out with real people. While said real people were out, they ran into Sean Lowe, took pictures with him, and crushed me with those pictures via social media. Quality time with a new kitten is okay, but a profile picture with Sean Lowe: priceless.

So it should come as no surprise that I’ve been waiting with bated breath for tonight’s premiere of The Bachelor, partly because of Sean, but mostly because The Bachelor is way more entertaining than The Bachelorette. The girls on these shows are insane. Courtney from the last season was unreal, but so were so many of them. Remember that girl with the blog who totally freaked the first night?

Also, Kacie B. is coming back this season. If Kacie B. doesn’t immediately ring a bell, she made it to the final four during the 16th season of The Bachelor with boring Ben, then got cut, then came back to warn him that Courtney is terrifying.

Upon hearing the news, Ben tweeted, ““Kacie B. is back for Sean’s season?! Ha, I love the producers on this show (you know who you are). I wonder how she is going to do with Sean? I will be watching. Good luck KCB.”

What does that mean, “you know who you are?” Ben is such a tween girl.


Southfork Ranch Welcomes the Public for Larry Hagman’s Memorial

Posted by    |    November 27th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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It seems only fitting that Larry Hagman’s memorial be held at Southfork Ranch. The historic site was a home away from home for the recently deceased actor who had reportedly planned a outing there on the day of his death. The event will be free and open to the public, who can leave notes and flowers throughout the home on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Texas homestead will offer complimentary tours from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a memorial reception during which guests can sign a memorial book dedicated to Hagman.


The DFW Zombie Run is 4.31 Miles of Terror

Posted by    |    November 12th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

dfw zombie runIf you’re a fan of the Deep Ellum Zombie Walk, the DFW Zombie Run is right up your freaky alley. The 7K on Saturday December, 1 is one of the longest zombie runs in the world and probably the most fun.

Here what to expect:

You will be given a belt with four flags attached to it at the start of the race. The flags represent your health (or your brains). As you run, keep an eye out for the zombies that will try to eat your brain flag. The same zombie can only snag one of your flags so I guess you can become friends after that.

If you cross the flag with at least one flag, you’ll be eligible for up to $450. If you make it with no flags you will be ineligible and “dead” but you still get your time recorded and you still get to go to the after party with DJ Frosty. Proceeds will be donated to charities in DFW.

Register as an individual runner, a team or even as a zombie if you post your best zombie picture on their Facebook page or by registering as a zombie and submitting yourself to an undead makeover. Register at


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‘Da Vinci, Wine and Roses’ Gives Dallasites a Rare Glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s Only Surviving Sculpture

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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The one-of-a-kind sculpture, “Horse and Rider”, is stopping in Dallas on its world tour to give Dallasites a glimpse of the only surviving sculpture by Leonardi da Vinci. The sculpture dates back more than 500 years and has been authenticated to be from the Renaissance. Iconic actor and philanthropist Larry Hagman will act as honorary chair for this once in a lifetime event at the Lisa Blue Baron Mansion on November 15.

The event benefits White Bridle Society, a non-profit organization that utilizes miniature horses in a therapeutic program for autistic children.  The cast of the hit show Dallas will be represented by Hagman, Linda Grey, Brenda Strong and a member of the original cast of Dallas and White Bridle President, Sheree J. Wilson.


Bernie Update: the Movie and Character

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

There are many glowing reviews of this fine movie since we last reviewed this well made movie.  Lou Holman of Arts Atlanta nailed the character Bernie in its review of the movie Bernie.  As he so aptly states in his review, “Bernie touches on the paradox of how a town of churchgoing conservatives can embrace a confirmed bachelor with a lilting voice, a penchant for musical theater and no interest in dating eligible women his age. As long as gay people remain entirely closeted, they can be pillars of a certain kind of community. Southern hospitality and “don’t ask, don’t tell” can blur into each other.”  Some of the comments on Rotten Tomatoes about the character, Bernie, were on target.  ”As Bernie, Jack Black is about as reined-in as you’ll see him. Effeminate, emotional, generous and cuddly, he’s easy to root for when push comes to shooting.” said Chris Foran of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, or this, “With facts that are stranger than fiction and a story surrounding a murder that is often played as dark comedy, Bernie exists somewhere between an Errol Morris documentary and Fargo.” stated Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Movie: Reflections on Cinema.  Bernie is a wonderfully directed and acted movie and worth the view.