The Texas Theatre is showcasing Andrew Bujalski quirky film about eccentric computer chess lovers, sort of. Click through for our 4 favorite movies out this week.
Mads Mikkelsen is the dynamic dane that has created some of the darker roles for Television and Film over the last decade. For you Nicholas Winding Refn's fan you'll know Mads from the bold drug saga Pusher and it's sequel. But most folks either first glanced Mads in 2004's King Arthur or as the diabiolical villian in Casino Royale. Recently he masterfully recreated Hannibal Lecter on NBC's bloody good HANNIBAL. The Hunt is a haunting story of whether perception is reality and the tragic elements that evolve from that perceptive state. Mads gives one of the year's most torn lead roles as his character is completly torn down to nothing. It's a powerful film that will stick with you long after the reality is made clear.
The story of IP Man has been told often, but Director Wong Kar Wai has created easily the most visually stunning version of the tale of Bruce Lee's historic trainer. As you saw in the trailer, fight coordinator Yuen Woo-Ping makes this film kick TOTAL ASS. But it's the dramatic and beautiful look at the times and places that IP man lived that really makes the film standout. The story won't shock you, but the way Wong Kar Wai makes water, snow, sweat, and blood look epic is masterfully done. Be prepared, you're eyes will be totally tired after this tale of the Grandmaster.
Mexican comedic icon Eugenio Derbez took 12 years to make his directorial debut. It's a funny twist on the whole Kramer vs. Kramer fatherhood tale. Like the iconic film the young talent in this film shines bright. Loreto Peralta is utterly adorable and captivating as the bi-lingual daughter of the quirky but caring Mr. Bravo. Eugenio showcases a Buster Keaton or Roberto Benigni quality that has a wonderful fluid nature that allows for hilarious physical comedy as well as heartfelt caring moments, especially with young Loreto. The funny look into the stunt industry is quite fulfilling and gives the right amount of separation from the obvious court-room ending that made Kramer vs Kramer so powerful. This film isn't on that dramatic of a close, but rather it ties the bow quite nicely and will have you leaving the film with a smile on your face. Check out an interview I did with Eugenio about his directorial debut – http://gadielkon.com/2013/08/instructions-not-included-interview-with-director-and-star-eugenio-derbez/#.UiC8XnQo7IV.
I went into Austenland not expecting that much, and was pleasently surprised. Keri Russell is as adorable as ever and the quirky premise of a Jane Austen vacation spot is in the perfect hands of Jerusha (Director) and Jared (Producer) Hess. It does well to keep numerous elements from the Shannon Hale book, but touchingly mingles Stephenie Meyer's script with the odd senseabilities of the Hess' connection. But the real lovable dynamic is Jennifer Coolidge and Keri's growing friendship. Their banter back and forth is just laugh out loud funny and the duality of Keri's character's deciding on her Mr. Darcy is also well done. Overall a great summer comedy to ease you into the cold of fall and winter. Keri Russell was awesome enough to visit Dallas and take part in a roundtable interview. Enjoy…