, Girl Drink Drunk pal Jen and I were just starting our vacations (I use that term liberally as Jen wasn't really on a work vacation, but it was just so dang fun) with the Dallas International Film Festival
. We'd been impressed with Multiple Sarcasms
and a custom second-chance Director's Cut Martini...but then over the course of seeing 19 other movies in 10 days, we realized some of that amounted to opening night excitement. Multiple Sarcasms
was just fine, but it wasn't the best feature we'd see. And that first DCM--the one that was really syrupy and ick? -- well, it wasn't the worst drink we'd have either.
The best feature film, as far as I'm concerned anyway, was Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love
starring one stunning Tilda Swinton. Now that's a girl I'd like to get a drink with. Preferably in Italy (where the film was shot). Tilda? Call me.
Best documentary? The one charting the journey of the Kashmere Stage Band's reunion, Thunder Soul
. Most fun? And I think Jen would back me on this--Korean spaghetti western set in 1940s Manchuria, The Good, the Bad, the Weird
. Most laughs? Texas indie Harmony and Me
. Most thought provoking even days after watching it? The documentary that placed Dutch comics in North Korea for a "cultural exchange," Red Chapel
. General awesomeness? The sweet and quirky Obselidia
, the spiteful sibling rivalry of Lovers of Hate
, and the crime family weirdness of Down Terrace
. And there's more, but it's all too much to describe. Note of Lone Star pride: See all the Texas filmmakers for sure.
But what you want to know is what happened when I went to Studio Movie Grill
by myself to see a thriller, right? Thought so. More »