I have finally arrived. I am officially a real movie critic. I have a press pass to attend screenings at the Dallas International Film Festival!!!
The festival will run March 31 – April 10, 2011 and feature more than 200 movies, shorts and documentaries. This year, DIFF will honor writer, producer and director Scott Z. Burns (The Informant, The Bourne Ultimatum), Texas legend and Academy-Award winner Horton Foote (Tender Mercies).
It will be an exciting week of movies and Red Carpet events for me. tonight Legendary movie star, Ann-Margaret ( Bye, Bye Birdie) will walk the Red Carpet at the premiere of her movie Lucky. This is my first time to attend press events, red carpets and to hang out with movies stars and film makers. The main thing I worry about is not how to watch 3 movies in one day or how to interview a film maker…no, I am worried about what I should wear. I’m thinking funky bohemian writer chick.
I made a list of the movies I definitely want to see this week at DIFF and a few others of interest. Not all of them are Chick Flicks, but they look really interesting. Of course, I want to see Ann-Margaret’s movie, Lucky which also stars Colin Hanks and Mimi Rogers.
Starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Anna Sophia Robb, Soul Surfer is based on the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again through the love of her family.
Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, star as a couple in a failing marriage, who learn that their son has committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. After the tragedy, they have only themselves to turn to as they grieve, avoid the media’s relentless scrutiny and struggle with their own culpability.
I like Irish movies. At least the ones I have seen. They always seem to show a quirky slice of life that warms the heart. In Parked, Colm Meaney stars as Fred Daly, a man who lives a quiet, lonely life in his car. Everything changes when Cathal arrives in a little yellow car and becomes his neighbor. Fred makes a friend in Jules, but he can’t tell her about his ‘mobile home’.
Tom Provost directs Mira Sorvino and Shane West in a dark, romantic ghost story. Mira Sorvino is a woman who travels to an isolated cabin where she is stalked by a ghost, played by Shane West. When her boyfriend unexpectedly arrives, the spirit’s haunting grows obsessive.
Sophie and Jason are a young German couple who live in a tiny apartment, have jobs they hate, and soon they’ll adopt a stray cat. Despite their good intentions, the couple is terrified of their looming loss of freedom, so they quit their jobs, and the Internet, to pursue their dreams.
Language of a Broken Heart
This movie was made right here in Dallas by director, Rocky Powell. It is the story of love-obsessed best-selling author on love can write eloquently about the subject, but can’t keep girls from leaving him. After he finds girlfriend cheating on him, he returns to his hometown and his mother where he meets a free-spirited bookseller who teaches him to love being himself.
French actress, Catherine Deneuve stars in François Ozon’s film as Suzanne Pujol, a ‘trophy housewife’ (or “potiche,”) who steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her tyrannical husband after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. Also starring Gérard Depardieu.
Another Texas movie, Rainbow’s End is directed by Eric Hueber. It tells the story of Country Willie Edwards and his band, The Cosmic Debris launching their first West Coast tour. On their first forray out of f Deep East Texas, the band enlists the aid of three individuals who have dreams of striking it rich in California.
By Day, By Night (De dia y de noche)
In this film from Mexico, overpopulation in the future has caused humans to split into two groups. One group lives by day, while the other never sees the sun. One mother’s daughter goes missing and finds herself awake in the strange daylight. In Spanish with English subtitles
Starring the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Ra (Bride and Prejudice) Robot is a sci-fi movie from India about a brilliant scientist who builds a robot that can do all the things a human can do, and more. It feeds on electricity, but he cannot love. The doctor upgrades his creation with human emotions, which results in some unexpected and mind-blowing consequences. In Tamil with English subtitles.
Age of the Dragons
This is a re-imagining of Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick, set in a mythical realm where Captain Ahab and crew hunt dragons for the vitriol that powers their world. Ahab’s obsession is to seek revenge on a great “White Dragon” that slaughtered his family when he was young and left his body scarred and mauled. Starring Danny Glover and Vinnie Jones
Those are just a few of the movies on my list. Stay tuned for reviews and other movie news from my adventures at the Dallas International Film Festival. Follow me on Twitter #DIFF