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Flix for Short: Tuck Me In

Megan PorchFlixist
8 hours ago - 5:00 PM on 10.30.2014

The winner of the 2014 Filminute one-minute-film festival, Tuck Me In is an awesome example of minimalist horror. After years and years of so-called scary movies that go on for way too long and show too much, this gives viewers just the right taste of something to be pretty disturbed by.




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Netflix Now: What's With All the Blackface? Edition

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10 hours ago - 3:00 PM on 10.30.2014
Netflix Now: What's With All the Blackface? Edition photo

Happy Halloween weekend, folks! You have any plans? Any plans are fine as long as they don't involve dressing up as insulting caricatures. Ray Rice costumes, sexy ISIS members (yes, that's a thing), and enough is enough. It's 2014 people. If your costume sounds like it might be in bad taste, chances are it is. I really don't like that we have to have this conversation every year. 

You know what? It's probably best to just stay home with Netflix Instant. There aren't any big horror film additions for the holiday (good thing there's already a ten great ones available!), but plenty of standouts: Snowpiercer, Battle Royale, Django Unchained and We Are The Best!

Hit the jump for the full list of Netflix Instant additions for the week. Have a safe holiday!



Final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
13 hours ago - 12:00 PM on 10.30.2014

With the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the awesome marketing this film has had comes to a close. From great propaganda style teasers and posters, to how few trailers for the film we actually got (usually we're told of like twenty of these videos a day, I'm going to miss Mockingjay. I'm sure the film'll be great too. 

As the final book in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay finally explored themes outside of its original (but not very unique) premise. The first half is definitely the best part, so I can't wait to see the results. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 has got that fire, fire, fire and it's gonna let it burn November 21st. 



UPDATE: First look at Terminator: Genisys and its horrible plot

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
15 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 10.30.2014
UPDATE: First look at Terminator: Genisys and its horrible plot photo

UPDATE: We've gotten some more images of the super angry/squinty EW shoot, and I...yeah I have nothing for this. Check them out in the gallery. 

I think we all could see this coming when they named the film Terminator Genisys, but according to the plot description in the latest edition of EW this reboot of the franchise is going to be doing some really dumb meddling with the story line of Terminator. As in Arnold's T-800 will be Sarah Conner's father. Yea...

Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator—an older T-800 she calls "Pops"—who is programmed to guard rather than to kill. As a result, Sarah is a highly trained antisocial recluse who's great with a sniper rifle but not so skilled at the nuances of human emotion.

So we're basically ignoring all the other Terminator films then. I guess time travel is involved so... Pops? Really?

Along with this bit of prolific groan-worthiness (Did they learn nothing from Salvation?) we got our first look at the leads from the film and they look hella generic. I'm not sure what Terminator's look should be, but I'd like a bit more creativity here. Emilia Clarke is Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney is Kyle Reese, Matt Smith is not the Doctor and Jason Clarke plays John Connor. They all look pretty, well, bland.



Firsthand Experience at Marvel Phase 3 Event

Megan PorchFlixist
17 hours ago - 8:00 AM on 10.30.2014
Firsthand Experience at Marvel Phase 3 Event photo

Two days ago I was lucky enough to attend Marvel’s mystery event at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. Now that I’m living in this city, I can see why it’s the sort of place movie fans love. Being a huge fan of the Marvel film franchise, the moment I heard about this event, I immediately jumped on the chance to go.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought they might announce who’s playing Doctor Strange and do a Q&A about that movie, maybe show some Age of Ultron and Ant-Man footage and that’d be it… But since DC and Warner Bros announced their line up of films for the next couple years, I hoped Marvel might show us a list of titles as well.

The moment Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, came out on stage, the excitement in the theater was palpable. He started out the event by showing us what we’d already seen thanks to a leak; the Age of Ultron trailer. Seeing it on the big screen was definitely a treat.

Following that, Feige began talking about the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, and the films they have scheduled for next year; Avengers Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. But then he said he didn’t have us all come there to see things we already knew about, and that was when things began to get really crazy.



FlixList: The Ten Best Horror Films on Netflix Instant (2014 Edition)

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
12:00 PM on 10.29.2014
FlixList: The Ten Best Horror Films on Netflix Instant (2014 Edition) photo

The tradition of watching scary movies during the Halloween season is now easier to keep up with than ever thanks to Netflix Instant. But with all the content available on the service, how do you know which ones are truly worth your precious couch time? Thankfully I, Flixist's resident expert on Besteverology, Nick Valdez, have used my lack of Halloween plans to gather a list of the ten best horror films on the service. 

Couple of rules: There's no real order to these films as they're all pretty scary in their own way, only one film per franchise, and they had to be available on Netflix Instant as of the time of writing. So sadly no American Psycho as it's leaving the service pretty soon. 

With all of that said, cuddle up with your candy corn cocktail, Jack O' Lantern filled with gummy bears, and sexy Charlie Brown costume and read this list of the Ten Best Horror Films on Netflix Right Now. 



Extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
8:00 AM on 10.29.2014

Thanks to Hydra Marvel had a bit of a leak last week and the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron hit the web early and the big reveal during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which you should be watching) was dulled. Scrambling the studio put together another extended cut, which you can watch above, for the show. This cut might just be even better.

There's less action, but we get almost a full scene of the Avengers (including War Machine!) basically hanging out and being awesome. Then Ultron comes along. I am loving this campaign, especially the whole Pinocchio song going on. After yesterday's massive announcements for Phase 3 this is just some awesome icing on the cake.

May 1, 2015, can't come soon enough.



Divergent sequel Insurgent to be in 3D

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
6:00 PM on 10.28.2014
Divergent sequel Insurgent to be in 3D photo

It's hard to think about anything else than how much Marvel is rocking our faces right now, but remember Lionsgate does enjoy monopolizing the YA movie scene. Hunger Games may be dominant, but Divergent did well too and now the first drops from the sequel, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, are here along with news that the movie will release in 3D.

I found it odd that the first one wasn't in 3D since studios like more money and that's usually what 3D brings, but maybe now that they have more confidence in the series they're willing to drop the extra cash. We'll probably be seeing some entirely useless 3D when the film releases March 20, 2015.



The Avengers may look different after Avengers: Age of Ultron

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
5:00 PM on 10.28.2014
The Avengers may look different after Avengers: Age of Ultron photo

So with that darker trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Robert Downey Jr. showing up in Captain America 3, it sounds like Marvel has some interesting plans for the future of the films (and looking at their slate for Phase Three, they're quite out there). While I'm sort of tuning out of them for now, this shake up will definitely work out for the better...even if it's more like the comic book industry than ever.

[If you don't want to spoil a big story beat in Age of Ultron, don't read the rest of the article!]

So there was a big rumor floating around that Avengers: Age of Ultron would lead to a different Avengers line up going into future films and Marvel overseer Kevin Feige confirms this. Speaking with Buzzfeed during a set visit: 

It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event.  Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was.  I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, because the roster is altered by the finale of this film. 

While we don't know what the roster will be, or how much it will actually change (could it be one, or all heroes who knows), I can't wait to see if Marvel can pull this off and keep the money train going without all of their headliners in tow. There's no precedent for something like this (or for DC's model of 20,000 films into the year 2020 either), so it's kind of like we're seeing movie business history being made. It's pretty neat. 

[via Buzzfeed]



Marvel reveals Phase Three films and release dates

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
1:50 PM on 10.28.2014
Marvel reveals Phase Three films and release dates photo

There was a huge Marvel event today and they've essentially revealed every film ever. Here's what we know so far, and we'll give more info as it comes: 

  • Captain America 3 is now Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016 
  • Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok - July 28, 2017
  • Black Panther (with Chadwick Boseman to star and will show up in costume in Captain America: Civil War) - November 3, 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part I - May 4, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (with female Captain Marvel) - July 6, 2018
  • Inhumans - November 2, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part II - May 3, 2019

Holy bologna. 

[Images via /Film and Indiewire]



See everything that happens in the movie in this new Paddington trailer

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
12:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Want to see Paddington before it releases in theaters? No we aren't doing a giveaway. Just watch this incredibly detailed and long trailer for the film that shows you basically the entire plot and even delivers the emotional concluding speech. This might be the worst example of a trailer showing the whole film in ages.

Meanwhile Paddington the bear is still really creepy. I get they were going for cute, but they failed. 







Flix for Short(s): Judge Dredd: Superfiend

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10:00 AM on 10.28.2014

It's been teased for a few days now, but we're finally getting another taste of Adi Shankar produced Dredd with the (techincally unofficial) Judge Dredd: Superfiend animated miniseries. Although this isn't the sequel we want, it's still part of Shankar's Bootleg Universe (which brought us great Venom and Punisher shorts) and very much in tone with Dredd's original comics. 

Written by The Junquera Brothers and based on the Dark Judges arc in the comics, the six episode miniseries is worth your time (if you're desperate for more Dredd like we are). Check it out!