Posts Tagged ‘you+dallas’

Spring Breakers Review: Harmony Korine’s “Fever Dream”

Posted by    |    March 25th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Recently, I had the opportunity to see Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers at the SXSW premiere event of the film.  In attendance were director/creator Harmony Korine and several members of the cast, including James Franco, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine.  This event was about as crazy as the movie itself, as Hollywood celebrities, press, and SXSW attendees had the chance to see Spring Breakers for the first time.  To say this film is over-the-top, wild, and crazy would be a vast understatement.  Spring Breakers is a vulgar, provocative, unique film with many “wow” moments throughout.  This film features Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and James Franco in the epitome of taking spring break to the extreme.

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Spring Breakers begins with footage of real spring breakers on a beach drinking, tearing off their clothes, and dancing to loud music.  The audience is then taken to a college where the four girls mentioned above are in school, anxiously awaiting spring break.  When they learn they don’t have enough money to make it through the trip, three of the girls decide to rob a restaurant.  After obtaining the money needed for their vacation, they embark on a drug and alcohol infested trip to the beach.  Soon after they begin having the time of their lives, the girls are arrested for too much partying.  A drug dealer (Franco) who wants to help them continue living it up during spring break soon bails them out, and the real party begins.  It quickly becomes clear how far these girls will go to have fun and experience a spring break they will never forget. (more…)

Zero Dark Thirty Review: A True Story to Define a Decade

Posted by    |    January 11th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

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Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty is a thrilling tale of the hunt for Osama bin Laden.  Starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, and Kyle Chandler, this film tells the story of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader, Osama bin Laden and his death at the hands of US Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.  From director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Zero Dark Thirty is a nail-biting, true account of these events, which makes the audience nervous and even a bit scared at times, but in a good way.

Called by some “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man,” Zero Dark Thirty is filled with jaw-dropping torture scenes, elaborate military missions, and fascinating government analysis, which ultimately led to the death of Osama bin Laden.  Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of a CIA officer is remarkable, and the supporting cast makes for a very captivating film.  Although being fairly accurate on most accounts, there has been considerable controversy over the depiction of a pro-torture stance by the U.S. as well as the suggestion that we allegedly obtained improper access to classified materials. (more…)

“Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ Review: An Exhilarating Ending to the Twilight Saga

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is the epic finale to the Twilight saga, wrapping up the romantic story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a human girl, and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a handsome, charming vampire. The film also stars Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Dakota Fanning, and Michael Sheen.

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 picks up right where Part 1 left off, with Bella now a newborn vampire as a result of her irregular pregnancy, and her daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), as a half-vampire, half-human baby, who is aging at a rapid pace because of her hybrid structure. Bella quickly learns the ways of being a vampire, and everything seems at peace, until a member of a nearby vampire clan, Irina (Maggie Grace), spots Bella and Renesmee in the forest, and quickly runs away in fear, assuming that the child is a vampire, or an “immortal”. Knowing it is against vampire “law” to turn a child into an immortal, Irina visits the Volturi, a group of royal, law-enforcing vampires, to report the “crime” that she suspects. Keeping in mind that the Volturi is made up of the strongest, most powerful vampires, the Cullens and company unite, hoping to explain their situation and avoid a fight. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 features many new vampire faces, many of whom are equipped with special powers similar to Edward’s mind-reading and Alice’s visions. (more…)

“Hit and Run” Movie Review: A Film Worth Chasing

Posted by    |    August 19th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

The producer of Wedding Crashers (2005) brings you Hit and Run, a light, simple, enjoyable summer comedy starring Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, Kristin Chenoweth, and Michael Rosenbaum.  Hit and Run is rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, graphic nudity, some violence and drug content.  This unique film is written and directed by Dax Shepard and is an exceptional mix of action and humor.

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Charlie Bronson (Shepard) lives in a small town under witness protection following his testimony in court against his former friends when a bank robbery goes wrong.  When Charlie’s girlfriend, Annie (Bell), is offered a job in Los Angeles, Charlie risks his safety to follow her, leaving the witness protection program.  When Annie’s ex-boyfriend, Gil (Rosenbaum), becomes suspicious of Charlie, he searches online for information on Charlie’s past and contacts Charlie’s former friend, Alex Dimitri (Cooper), who has recently been released from jail and is looking for retribution.  As the former getaway driver for the bank robbery, Charlie finds himself in pursuit by the feds, who are closing in, along with Alex and his former accomplices.  A chase ensues leaving Charlie with no choice but to tell Annie the truth about his past and do his best to make things right.  With considerably well-distributed humor, Hit and Run is a full throttle, action-packed comedy.

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“PROMETHEUS” MOVIE REVIEW

Posted by    |    June 17th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

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“Prometheus” (2012)

(NO MAJOR SPOILERS)

I recently saw the newest science fiction blockbuster movie, “Prometheus”. This movie definitely left an impression, but not all positive. I left the movie theater with a lot of questions after seeing this film. I saw the film in 2D, which may have been a mistake. The film has some amazing footage and special effects and could possibly be a great movie to see in 3D or 3D IMAX. I saw this film at Studio Movie Grill in Dallas, TX. This theater is one of my favorites and features comfortable seating and an amazing dining experience, where you can order gourmet food, drinks and cocktails, as well as typical movie theater snack food.

The movie, “Prometheus”, involves a team of scientists that travel into space aboard a spaceship called “Prometheus” to investigate alien life forms. They travel to a planet with similar conditions to Earth after finding clues of the origins of mankind. When the crew arrives on the planet, everything looks deserted except for structural remains that they believe to be man-made. As they explore the planet, they realize they may have made a mistake. They quickly discover they are not alone on the planet, and the horrors they encounter begin to threaten the lives of the crew and possibly all of mankind. “Prometheus” was directed by Ridley Scott and is a prequel to Scott’s previous “Alien” films. “Prometheus” stars actors Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green and more. This film was given an “R” rating for sci-fi violence, intense images, language, sex, nudity, drugs, and alcohol.

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Mockingbird Station Debuts First Outdoor Spring Concert Series

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2012 at 9:49 am

On Thursday, March 1, Mockingbird Station will present its first Spring Concert Series, a free outdoor music series on the Mezzanine Level in front of the Angelika Dallas Film Center. The series will feature a diverse lineup of local artists from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, beginning with Club Wood on March 1. The performances, aimed at the after-work crowd and suitable for all ages, will begin at 6 p.m., adding to an already vibrant schedule of activities at the Station throughout the season.

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YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Graham Colton @ SXSW

Posted by    |    March 17th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Graham Colton played at Friends last night during SXSW in Austin, TX. 3.16.11

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YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: The O’s

Posted by    |    March 11th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Local Dallas Band, The O’s, visited You+Dallas for a pre SXSW interview. 3.11.2011

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You+Pics: The Walkmen at Granada

Posted by    |    March 7th, 2011 at 11:20 am

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YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: The Orbans

Posted by    |    March 4th, 2011 at 12:19 pm

The Orbans interview with You+Dallas 2.28.2011

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