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NYFF Review: Whiplash

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
2 hour ago - 8:30 PM on 09.30.2014
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I thought the good folks over at the NYFF were kidding when they described Whiplash as "Full Metal Jacket at Julliard." I've been burned by their film descriptions before, so I couldn't trust something that just sounded so brilliant. I mean, that's one hell of a pitch. But sticking with my rule of going into films blind, I left it at that. I didn't watch the trailer, nor did I seek out the short film that raised the money to fund the feature. I didn't even listen to "Whiplash."

But that pitch pulled me in. And much to my surprise, it's shockingly fitting. And to be honest, it's even better than it sounds.

[For the next few weeks, Flixist will be covering the 52nd New York Film Festival. More information can be found here, and all of our coverage can be found here.]




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First trailer for Blackhat, starring Chris Hemsworth

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
6 hours ago - 5:00 PM on 09.30.2014

Folks, I don't really know what's going on in this first trailer for Blackhat. All I can gauge is Chris Hemsworth's running around trying to not be Thor, it's set in China (maybe?), Viola Davis is there for some reason, something something technology, something something spy thriller, something something crime. 

The only reason I'm paying attention to the film at all is because it's the latest from Michael Mann. He's done some spectacular crime films like Heat before, so he could nail it again. So what if he directed Public Enemies...and Collateral...and Miami Vice...and I think I'll go lie down now. Blackhat something somethings into theaters January 16th. 



Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel releasing to Netflix and theaters simultaneously

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
9 hours ago - 2:00 PM on 09.30.2014
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel releasing to Netflix and theaters simultaneously photo

Now this is something I didn't see coming. First of all, we have some news on the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Sequel announced a bit ago. It's titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (based on Wang Du Lu's Iron Knight, Silver Vase which in turn inspired the title of my latest rap album, Dairy Queen, Rainbow Carnival) and will release to IMAX theaters in 2015. 

Now onto the crazy part. The sequel is set to release to Netflix Instant at the same time (with the word "exclusive" being thrown around like crazy) thanks to a deal signed by The Weinstein Company and Netflix. Just, wow. If this succeeds (and there're no signs it won't thanks to the current success of simultaneous VOD/Theater releases), just imagine what this could lead to. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend releases August 28, 2015. 

We've got our first look at Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh too! So cool.

[via Collider]



First Tak3n trailer lacks anything getting taken

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
11 hours ago - 12:00 PM on 09.30.2014

After Taken 2 was easily the most disappointing thing to hit movie screens in years (Sean's review is far too kind) and Liam Neeson came out saying he probably wouldn't do another I was pretty happy that we wouldn't be seeing another Taken movie. Way to crush my happiness, world. Above you'll find the trailer for the entirely unnecessary, but awesomely titled, Tak3n.

I will say that this looks better than the second, though director Olivier Megaton is the guy who ruined the Transporter series so I don't have that much faith. I suppose they're at least taking it in a bit different direction and hopefully the story won't be as terrible as the last one. The plot seems a bit more cohesive, and hopefully the action actually holds together this time. I think the most important part here is that Neeson is actually a badass, unlike the last film where he just felt old and dumb.

New poster below. 



Tetris is really getting a movie

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
12 hours ago - 11:00 AM on 09.30.2014
Tetris is really getting a movie photo

Never, ever underestimate Hollywood's love of a brand. They'll take even the most plotless thing in the world and make a movie out of it. Well, now they've found an even more plotless thing. Tetris is getting a movie. No, not some fan made thing. An actual movie.

Threshold Entertainment is producing the live-action, epic science fiction movie and it's coming from producer Lawrence (Larry) Kasanoff who made the Mortal Kombat films back in the 90s. What's this movie going to be about? Well, not anthropomorphic lines. That's for sure. 

“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page,” Kasanoff said, while disappointing all line enthusiats. “We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” Unfortunately, he wouldn't elaborate anymore except to hint that if it succeeds we'll be seeing a lot more of the property.

[via WSJ]



First trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
13 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 09.30.2014

Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice might just be the craziest, and best thing to come out this year. Just by looking at this trailer with its unique style, stupidly talented cast (Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterson, and Martin Short!), and it's great feeling vibe overall. 

There might be something sinister underneath, but this is a great first look. Starring Phoenix as a muttonchopped private eye who gets roped into stopping a kidnapping by his ex, I can't wait to see what else lurks. Inherent Vice releases December 12th. 



Latest Jupiter Ascending trailer has the plot details

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
2:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Jupiter Ascending may be the most unique science fantasy coming our way. Too bad the trailers don't really paint it in a good light. As the latest film from the Wachowskis, we should expect all kinds of craziness. The visuals don't look so hot, and the plot itself seems terribly thin, but hopefully there's enough here to be a fun romp. Jupiter Ascending lands in theaters February 6th next year. 



See Men, Women and Children early and free

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
1:14 PM on 09.29.2014
See Men, Women and Children early and free photo

Been wanting to moan about love in the modern age, but haven't found the focal point for your angst? Here comes Men, Women and Children from that guy who brought us Juno and Up In the Air. Festival buzz has been hit or miss, but evidently his tell tale dark comedy is right in tact. You can tell for yourself by grabbing an admit-two pass to the screening tomorrow night.

Just head below and grab the code then go to Gofobo and you'll be all set. As always, remember to get there early to make sure you get seats.



Box Office Numbers: Equals Zero

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10:00 AM on 09.29.2014
Box Office Numbers: Equals Zero photo

Surpassing all of my predictions, and despite a terribly slow start, Slumptember fished strong with the top box office performer, The Equalizer, raking in $35 million dollars. That may not seem as impressive as films during the Summer months, but considering how little people actually see films in September, it's a big deal to have two weeks of this magnitude. 

In second The Maze Runner is still holding strong with $17.5 million, and rounding out the top three is the other premiere, The Boxtrolls, with $17.25 million. Ooh, so close. 

Hit the jump for the box office performances for the September 26-29 weekend. 

[via Rentrak]



NYFF Review: Gone Girl

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
10:00 AM on 09.28.2014
NYFF Review: Gone Girl photo

Gone Girl is the book of the moment. Much as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was The Big Thing when David Fincher adapted it for US screens, Gillian Flynn's novel seems to be ubiquitous. Everyone is reading it and talking about it, and those who aren't are certainly aware of its presence.

I expect this is partially because of the David Fincher adaptation. The book was released in 2012, and though it quickly hit the New York Times Best Seller List, I didn't hear about it until the announcement of its cinematic release. I considered reading it, but I never got around to it. (Flixist Editor-in-Chief Matt Razak has been hounding me to do so now, though, so I may pick it up.)

Walking around New York City, posters for the film are unavoidable. This adaptation is a big deal. The Big Book is about to be The Big Movie.

And it's going to get people talking.

[For the next few weeks, Flixist will be covering the 52nd New York Film Festival. More information can be found here, and all of our coverage can be found here.]



Flix for Short: Space Cat Hob

Liz Rugg, Community Manager - Flixist
5:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Space cat Hob from liok on Vimeo.

In Space Cat Hob, we meet Hob, an anthropomorphic cat with a fancy space suit who has crash landed on a dangerous planet. Despite just wanting to do the right thing, Hob finds himself in trouble after trouble as he navigates his way through the hostile new land he finds himself in.

Apparently Space Cat Hob was made by its creators over several years and they worked on it in their free time in between other projects. The time paid off because Space Cat Hob looks very cool and has a pleasantly surprising amount of characterization. For more videos check out animator liok's vimeo page.







Trailer for romcom Elsa & Fred starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer

Liz Rugg, Community Manager - Flixist
4:00 PM on 09.26.2014

You're never too old for a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

That's seriously all this movie is. The same old MPDG song and dance; a grumpy man finds pseudo-salvation in the romance of a quirky, happy-go-lucky possibly mentally unstable woman. They need each other! They complete each other's lives! Maybe she's not even real, maybe he's actually dead the whole time! Maybe one day we'll move past overused, vapid portrayals of women in cinema!

Elsa & Fred, despite having a sold cast (Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer) looks boring, predictable and like it will reinforce the extremely problematic MPDG archetype. Maybe it will surprise me though, who knows? Elsa & Fred will release in theaters on November 7th 2014.