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Your Bad Movie Night Guide, Vol. 5: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama


I apologize in advance
Aug 18
// Rick Lash
The 80s were a sort of B-movie paradise where creating content cheaply to satiate the demands of home video viewers drove the production of endless films that otherwise might not have seen the light of day. As such, it's litt...
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Gremlins 3 sequel may be happening with Chris Columbus attached


Don't read after midnight
Aug 17
// Rick Lash
Talks of a third Gremlins film have been on the winds for going on two decades now. Original director Joe Dante apparently indicated at one point the sequel was dead because the technology made to create Gremlins and Gre...
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You can now watch the full first episode of the new Ducktales on YouTube


Can anyone spare a lucky dime? Anybody?
Aug 15
// Rick Lash
Maybe you knew, maybe not, but there’s a Ducktales reboot. The original series ran from 1987 to 1990 and was most definitely a kid’s show (I would know, I was one). The new iteration tries something a li...
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Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap: 'Eastwatch'


Please don't turn me into a marshmallow,
Aug 14
// Rick Lash
YOU WERE RIGHT AND I WAS WRONG: BRONN is spelled with a double n. It's been a while since I've seen all these names in print! That said, my main point of contention with earlier season 7 episodes continues to problematic...

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Your Bad Movie Night Guide, Vol. 4: Tango & Cash


The original shower buddy cop movie
Aug 11
// Rick Lash
Imagine a time when movie heroes were heroes not for being pretty, metrosexual types capable of playing a broad range of characters aptly displaying a broad spectrum of emotions, but because they had big muscles, or knew kung...
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mother! trailer with Jennifer Lawrence makes you wee in your pants a little bit


Just a drop or two, but still!
Aug 11
// Rick Lash
I've always thought Jennifer Lawrence (Passengers, The Hunger Games) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) would make a great couple. Like, they have so much in common, and obviously there'd just be so...
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Lionsgate CEO says more Twilight, Hunger Games coming soon


Vampires never say die!
Aug 10
// Rick Lash
Jon Feltheimer, formerly known as the CEO of Lionsgate, now known as the man who made teenage dreams come true, told Wall Street investors that there is no way his studio won't make more Twilight movies about angsty teenage v...
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Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap: 'The Spoils of War'


Everyone loves reunions
Aug 08
// Rick Lash
Last week, we left Game of Thrones feeling the episode was "effective and satisfying." Well, HBO heard our applause and answered the call for an encore, delivering us The Spoils of War, which at 50 mi...
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Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap: 'The Queen's Justice'


Cersei hearts Jaime: tell everyone!
Jul 31
// Rick Lash
George RR Martin's sprawling "seven" book fantasy series has long been known as A Song of Fire and Ice and tonight's episode played homage by finally 'bringing fire and ice together' and acknowledging as much throug...
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Game of Thrones Season 7 Recap: 'Stormborn'


Please, try not to scream.
Jul 23
// Rick Lash
HBO has been running it's mouth all week about how big its Game of Thrones season 7 premiere was. How big? Well, I'll have to show you? *Unzips notes* 16.1 million viewers watched the premiere, night of, through live outlets ...
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Thor: Ragnarok San Diego Comic-Con trailer is *$#%@!^ awesome


Loki and Thor ... and machineguns!
Jul 22
// Rick Lash
Thor: Ranarok had a tough encore. It's first trailer was the stuff of movie nerd wet dreams and it bowed during the Super Bowl. It's hard to make a better entrance than that. Now disregard everything I just said, as its secon...
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Stranger Things season 2 trailer makes me more excited for Ghostbusters than new Ghostbusters


Cue the male-nerd-nostalgia-rage haters.
Jul 22
// Rick Lash
Now that half the internet is riled up [again], let's take a look at the awesome new Netflix original Stranger Things season 2 trailer, hot off the presses from the San Diego Comic-Con. Holy crap did they kill it with the us...
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The Walking Dead season 8 and Fear the Walking Dead season 3 San Diego Comic Con trailers


8 minutes of Walking Dead trailers!
Jul 22
// Rick Lash
It's been a good day for fans of AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Both series had trailers debut at the San Diego Comic-Con. To s and why, belowe than two standard trailers bundled into one, and it promises a...
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Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One trailer drops at San Diego Comic Con


Gunters got game.
Jul 22
// Rick Lash
Ready Player One should be taught in schools across America because it's about video games, virtual reality, pop culture, and Americans getting fat asses. You know, reality. But until national and state by state curriculums g...
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Your Bad Movie Night Guide, Vol. 2: Zombeavers


Can we please stop with the beaver jokes
Jul 22
// Rick Lash
Some movies are so bad they're good. Like last week's entry, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon; while it appears that it must have been somewhat selfaware (one would hope), at other times, it clearly took itself plenty seri...

Review: Dunkirk

Jul 21 // Rick Lash
[embed]221733:43672:0[/embed] DunkirkDirector: Christopher NolanRelease Date: July 21st, 2017Rated: PG-13Format: IMAX 70mm Dunkirk tells an early,  yet historic story from World War II when Allied (then only British and French) forces are being pushed back to the sea centering around the town of Dunkirk. The film opens, effectively, on a group of soldiers walking through abandoned French streets when fliers begin to rain down from above. One of the soldiers grabs one and we're treated to a glance of what they see; that is, a German advertisement encouraging the Allies to surrender with a graphic map detailing how bleak their situation is. It's a somber tone-setter which is quickly augmented by the realities of war as a soldier grabs several out of the air in an attempt to collect it for toilet paper. And then, things get chaotic, and never really slow down. Despite several attempts to void his bowels, this solider, our soldier, Tommy (Fionn Whitehead) never clearly gets to. The act of surviving becomes so all-encompassing that it's to the point where his body forgets it needs relief. And that's the point: an experience so immersive that nature's calls go unheeded: literally everything but survival is forgotten. It's no accident that immersion is at the forefront of the piece. The action is tightly wrought, like floss wrapped round your fingers too many times: the blood continues to pump, but has no where to go; the flesh turns white; and sensation builds as numbness should set in. Nolan designed the film, from his insistence in shooting film rather than digital, to the carefully orchestrated score by Hans Zimmer (simply amazing), to the avoidance of digital effects and the minimal quantities of dialogue to be immersive. If you were to pass Christopher Nolan on the street today and shout out at him, "Hey Chris! Where should I go see your dope new movie Dunkirk! Dark Knight rules!" He'd probably yell back, "Hey asshole, you don't know me!" Or just pepper-spray you to the face. But if he deemed you with a response, he'd be sure to recommend you take the time to find an IMAX theater showing Dunkirk with a film projector. It's how he intended audiences to see the film. Film is known for feeling more real and alive. And IMAX film formats not only capture more information, but the screen size allows more to be displayed, and using film projectors does this best for the format. Couple this with the use of real, true to life and 'historically accurate' warships, fighter planes, and props (like scale models and stand-ins for large group shots) and you have a movie that pops off the screen like few others. There's a shot from above of three British Royal Airforce fighters flying in wing to wing formation that was one of the crispest, most real feeling moments I've ever seen that I wanted to screen grab live because I knew nothing I could share in a review would do it justice. This is a reference shot, but it's a poor imitation of a cheap knockoff. It's true, not everyone's going to see it in this format--which is unfortunate, but if you're wondering if you can, it turns out Dunkirk's website will help you figure that out. Search here to see if any 70mm showings are near you. If they're within driving distance, I'd consider making the trip: it's that worthwhile. The experience was so immersive that I failed to recognize both Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hardy (in fairness, his face is obscured for most of his screen time). I was actually lauding Nolan for going with relative unknowns entirely. Cillian Murphy does make a cameo (an early Nolan collaborator from Batman Begins), but it felt well-incorporated and didn't jar. The lack of dialog didn't jar either; it served the purpose of letting the action and tension dictate emotional response and immersion. The film's a triptych, with three non-linear sequences taking place on land, air, and water. Yet, despite this, our lead, if you can pick one out, Tommy, doesn't open his mouth to speak until something like 30-40 minutes into the movie, outside of a single word. The dialog is noticeably reduced and it worked so well. There are no grandiose speeches, no overblown discussions on politics or course of action that can bog movie paces down. It's frenetic. From the first time shots are fired, the pace of the movie builds and carries until the finale. This is all done without enemy soldiers ever really appearing on screen, and with the violence and horror of war (which are quite viscerally present) not being exploited for gore or shock value. The reality is one in which every person present accepts that they may very well be killed at any given moment, but they still operate within the rules of their world while best trying to survive. With the pace not waning, these rules are eventually put to the test and war stretches conventions to the point that they break when individuals survive. Yet in spite of that grittiness, the film focuses on sacrifice and the willingness to put oneself at risk for others. These moments pile up throughout the film so that bleakness is balanced with inspiration and grief with triumph. It's a movie about a retreating army, a defeated group (at least for the moment) that achieves victory through survival, with the one most-noted casualty coming from the unlikeliest of sources. War turns conventions, much as Nolan's committed filmmaking does, and in one microcosm within a this microcosm, we're reminded that heroic deaths need not be grandiose, they only need conviction behind them. It's incredibly resonant. In reviewing this film, I find myself hard pressed to compare it to others. It's a standalone. I say this, knowing that Nolan took inspiration from a variety of sources (for inspiration on total settings in war movies to inspiration for pacing and tonal setting in movies in general). And in trying to score it for two separate websites, I only know that it has no real failures: it is a great film, one that just far outstripped it's summer competitors.
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Take a bow, Mr. Nolan, and cue the appla
Christopher Nolan is a well-known name. As modern-day filmmakers go, his name is near the top of the list of directors that studios will trust with boatloads (literally in this case) of money to bring projects to life. Strang...

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle has new trailer and Channing Tatum dropping f-bombs


You had me at Channing Tatum
Jul 20
// Rick Lash
So imagine Agent Cody Banks. Now imagine the same movie, only you want to watch it instead of curse the day Frankie Muniz's mother got drunk, took some jockey home from the race track, and got knocked up with the future ...
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Jigsaw, aka Saw 8, aka Not The Final Chapter has new trailer & poster


Jul 20
// Rick Lash
In movie sequel news [aka nearly all movie news], the eighth and probably not final Saw film, Jigsaw#mce_temp_url#, has a new trailer and a new teaser poster to accompany it. If you're unaware of the timel...
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James Franco's The Room true story film The Disaster Artist has trailer


Lisa, you're tearing me apart!
Jul 18
// Rick Lash
In bad movie news, Tommy Wiseau's cult classic, and honorific title holder for world's worst movie ever, The Room is getting the Hollywood treatment with a movie about the movie and its odd writer-director-star. And...
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Game of Thrones season 7 recap: "Dragonstone"


I like my winter with mittens and betray
Jul 16
// Rick Lash
If you’ve avoided your Facebook feed for fear of spoilers, this article is probably not for you. After an incredibly lengthy recap reminding you of just how many threads are at work in the Game of Thrones HBO story, we ...
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There's a Bumblebee Transformers spinoff ... and 13 more spinoffs


Oh what the $%&^
Jul 15
// Rick Lash
It's no secret that the ancient order of Stone Masons [Flixist editors] are not what some would call loyal apostolates [and some would call fans] of the Holy Father Michael Bay--may he live forever [please no]--and his sacram...
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Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One has first look image


Wade Watts is supposed to be fat
Jul 14
// Rick Lash
Now, in our continued round-the-clock coverage of the forthcoming Steven Spielberg adaption of novel Ready Player One, by Ernst Cline, we have breaking news! EW revealed an exclusive first look image from the highly anticipat...
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Your Bad Movie Night Guide, Vol. 1: Shark Attack 3: Megalodon


Megalawho?
Jul 14
// Rick Lash
Friday night. Finally. The weekend is here and it’s time to party. Only, you don’t have any plans. Or maybe you’ve got a headache. Or your friends have a headache and have bailed on you. Or must just feel li...
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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature has a trailer


No: it's not Mel Gibson biopic
Jul 13
// Rick Lash
With a title like The Nut Job 2 being tossed about, my expectations were unusually high. So, it's not a Mel Gibson biopic. Big deal. And no, it's not a cleverly veiled marketing ploy for Charlie Sheen's 9/11 movie--whate...
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Netflix teases Stranger Things 2 with poster & release date


Strangerer Things?
Jul 11
// Rick Lash
Netflix's Twitter account teased the return of the smash hit Stranger Things with a vintage-y one sheet. Posters, like all things Stranger Things, are retro AF. Do kids even tack these things to walls these days, or do they j...
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Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9 comes October 1


No good?
Jul 11
// Rick Lash
In snark-free news, HBO announced Curb Your Enthusiasm's oft-desired, long overdue, long-rumored return. There's a trailer of sorts, though it's more of just an announcement proving this is actually happening: it has been six years, after all. Are you excited for the return of the original George Constanza? Let us know in the comments.     [via Variety]
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In time for the 4th of July: Top Gun: Maverick


Mur'ca
Jun 30
// Rick Lash
TC, that's Tom Cruise, says it'll be called Top Gun: Maverick. Aka, him, aka TC. Don't matter that TC's producers say it's just Top Gun 2, but no matter, with the strength of Xenu behind him, it shall go as he has forsworn! I...

Review: The Little Hours

Jun 30 // Rick Lash
[embed]221667:43644:0[/embed] The Little HoursDirectors: Jeff BaenaRelease Date: June 30th, 2017Rated: R There's not a ton for me to say about The Little Hours. As usual, good does accompany the bad, but here they don't add up to the sum of all parts. The cast does what they can when they can, but the script is terrible. I'm not sure how most of the powerhouse cast was convinced to do this movie, especially given director Jeff Baena's limited experience. I feel like he pitched them the same synopsis that we got, only ever shared limited parts of the script with the various cast, and kept them in the dark enough that they didn't catch on to exactly what they were shooting. The attempts at humor are there. The opening scene between Nick Offerman as a lord, his wife, and their servant, Dave Franco, is gold and seems to promise much. Offerman, in particular delivers a wonderful turn as an uber-dry medieval lord much beguiled by brutal descriptions of violence and by actual torture (it turns out). He's simply put, perfect for the role. After that, this masquerade of a medieval-set, modern comedy gives way to what is at times an incredibly vested portrayal of medieval nunnery in all authenticity possible. The detail that went in to many of the scenes is incredible. But then, this seriousness is chiseled down to a mere mockery of what it portrayed by the expected outburst of Aubrey Day emblazoned "Fuck yous!" There is horniness, a nunnery, substance abuse and a form of wicked revelry, but not like you'd expect, and it likely won't make you laugh--it certainly didn't make me break a smile. There's very serious, and embraced threeway rape scene where Sister Fernanda (Plaza) has a knife to Masseto's (Franco) throat for the duration, although, granted, he does seem to come to enjoy the moment. There are witches, and people shouting about witches, but it's not funny either. Yet, when they deal with witchcraft in the serious fashion it would have been dealt with (across medieval Europe, hundreds, if not thousands of people were killed as witches), they sort of make a joke of it, but don't. Yet it's definitely not done in full jest. The script doesn't pick either direction, and as such, suffers the worse for it. Which is sad: the cinematography is beautiful--there's real talent behind the lens from a visual standpoint. The team assembled a talented and capable cast. The historical accuracy, at times, is laudable. But it's all wasted due to a lack of identity and understanding of that identity--and a true comedic script. Or not--pick one, and embrace it. You can't have it pretend to be both from time to time. My best guess is that someone had an idea for a film that seemed like it could be fairly funny given a proper script and the right acting panache. They actually got the panache, but don't seem to have had the talent to deliver the necessary script. Halfway through, I was waiting for it to end.    
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I lost two of them.
You're probably as optimistic about The Little Hours as I was; hey, that's why you're here, waiting for me to tell you all about it. You saw the all-star comedic cast: it includes Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, John ...

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has trailer, some Black guy, big Johnson, little Hart, and I'm not Karen


Now with motorcycles: hip
Jun 30
// Rick Lash
Someone, no I won't name names, wrote a damned fine article when the Jumanji sequel revealed a first look image back in September. All right! You caught me. It was me who wrote said inspiration. Let's cease with the accolades...
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An ode to My Little Pony: The Movie and it's brand new trailer


Mr. Ed could talk: they can sword fight.
Jun 29
// Rick Lash
In awesome, equestrian-based 80s toy news, My Little Pony: The Movie just released its first official trailer, and boy oh boy, did it deliver! I know I speak for the entire Flixist staff when I say this two-and-a-half minute ...

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