This is it guys ... the final episode of Flixistentialism as we know it. The gang plus some old (white) faces of Flixist past get together and reminisce on this long journey of a podcast we've all embarked on. There's fantasy...
Whoa. If Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman can deliver on the promise of its trailers, I'm sure it'll be my movie of the year, hands down. Quirky, visually captivating, Michael Keaton playing a psychotic hasbeen superhero actor, the amount of talent, everything just adds up to greatness it'd be a shame if it didn't turn out like that.
Birdman flies in October 17th. Hurrrryyyyy October.
The Maze Runner has an idea I can get behind. Reminiscent of films like The Running Man, Runner drops these kids without memories into a secluded area and forces them to run through a giant maze filled with monsters. While it's not completely like those films since no one is watching them (at least by the trailers, anyway), and more like Lord of the Flies in that the kids create their own society, Runner has piqued my interest anyway.
The Maze Runner runs into theaters September 19th. We'll keep an eye out for this.
If you've followed my reviews here on Flixist, you'll realize that I'm particularly drawn to smaller VOD projects in between the big releases for any bevy of reasons. Whether it's because it features pretty ladies, pretty gentleman, or pretty rocks, I like taking gambles and possibly stumbling on something great that I would've missed otherwise.
Unfortunately, sometimes I gamble and lose. I wanted to review Behaving Badly because it stars a few people I'm interested in, and figured they'd never intentionally choose something awful for themselves. Boy, was I wrong.
Robert Rodriguez's recent work has been criticized for being more style over substance, and this trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For showed off during San Diego Comic-Con isn't helping matters. While it plays like an extended music video, it all looks cool but falls flat. I liked the first Sin City enough, but I don't think another one is going to work the same magic.
Then again, Eva Green is in this and she makes everything she's in better. This could work. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For kills theaters August 22nd.
I should admit this outright. Whether it's the nature of my job, or the seemingly endless deluge of Marvel Studios news that we write on everyday, I've succumbed to Marvel fatigue. That's why I was instantly drawn to Guardians of the Galaxy. From the first trailer on it promised something entirely unique within the Marvel formula, and although it too is a stepping stone within Marvel Studios' grander scheme, it stood out for good reasons.
With a quirky director whose only done smaller projects, a star studded cast painted green and voicing things like animated raccoons and trees, its 70s rock inspired soundtrack, and its complete foray into comic book oddities, Guardians of the Galaxy could've easily been Marvel's biggest failure.
Due to the lack of Netflix Instant additions this week, there won't be a Netflix Now. Although I do have to mention All Cheerleaders Die, a film I really enjoyed, was added. This is most likely the last week this is going to happen since the first week of of every month is always ripe with additions.
Anyhoo, everyone having a good week? Check us out tomorrow for our Guardians of the Galaxy review at 8AM CST!
It's astonishing that Spongebob Squarepants has made it this long and still has a crazy fandom surrounding it. I remember when it first started as part of the new wave of Nicktoons as Rugrats and the like were growing up. But unlike its companions The Fairly Oddparents and Invader Zim, Spongebob was successful due to its all ages (but not dumbed down) humor. I still find myself laughing whenever I catch a rerun or six.
A sequel ten years in the making, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water looks like it completely overshadows its predecessor. With funnier jokes (that "vandalizing stuff" bit got me), better visuals, and Antonio Banderas, I'm sure it's going to be great. Sponge Out of Water boards into theaters February 6th next year.
Isn't it always the case. You put images up and then a trailer drops almost completely destroying the use of those images. Such is the case with Into the Woods, which has its first trailer here. It looks great, but why does it almost completely ignore the fact that it's a musical? The trailers for Annie did this too. Are studios afraid that people won't show up for musicals?
While I've never been drawn to the Night at the Museum series myself, I know a lot of people who enjoy them. They're a harmless set of films where Robin Williams gets to dress as a convincing Teddy Roosevelt, and there are a few laughs to be had during some teensy educational bits. Basically what I'm saying is that there are definitely worse ideas than continuing on with these films.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb takes the gang to London in order to finally figure out the secrets behind the powers of the magical tablet that brings all of the museum figures to life. Since it's hitting during the holiday, I'm sure it's going to be a big hit. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb releases December 19th.
It's hard not to be just a bit insanely excited about Disney's upcoming Into the Woods because it's fairy tales and every famous person every put into one movie. Then they sing! I mean what's not to be excited about. Judging from these new images it looks pretty damn fun as well.
In case you aren't recognizing the famous people, that's James Corden and Emily Blunt playing a baker and his wife who must confront an evil witch (Meryl Streep) before they can have a child. In their adventure they run into a lot of other famous people fairy tale characters including Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), her prince (Chris Pine), the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp). Then they sing!
With Matthew McConaughey's recent upswing, I've been more inclined to pay attention to his projects. One such project is Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. A science fiction film about wormholes and future corn, who knows what Interstellar is really about. Remember how we all thought we knew what Inception was going to be then it turned into a confusing mess? I'm hoping Interstellar skips that last part and is just a film about future corn.
By the looks of this trailer showed off during Comic-Con, this isn't just about corn. Damn it. Interstellar releases into theaters November 7th.
Marvel's Ant-Man has been in a bit of a pickle. After Edgar Wright's big exit, multiple rewrites, hiring Peyton Reed on as director, now the project is even more turmoil due to all of these hiccups. Thanks to the delayed production, three actors have left the film due to scheduling conflicts: Patrick Wilson (who was suspected to play a villain and will be recast), and Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman (whose roles were cut altogether thanks to rewrites).
At least there's some confirmed roles for the few that are staying, however. Corey Stoll is set to play the villain, Darren Cross (who I won't spoil but you can totes Google it), and Evangeline Lilly will play Hope Van Dyne (who may or may not be related to The Wasp). Sigh, I just don't like watching all of this go down. If Guardians of the Galaxy can hit theaters without major tweaks, why can't the other weird project do the same? Now all we can do is imagine what an Edgar Wright Ant-Man would've been like. What's going on, Marvel?