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Middle Earth

Massive Hobbit/Lord of the Rings box set announced


What a stylish shelf
Aug 18
// Matthew Razak
Are you ready to lay down some serious money for three really great movies and three not as good movies? Then you'll want to head over to Amazon and sign up for an email alert for when you can buy "Middle Earth UCE (BD) [Blu-...

Review: Lake Nowhere

Aug 10 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]220740:43043:0[/embed] Lake NowhereDirectors: Christopher Phelps, Maxim Van ScoyRelease Date: August 16 (DVD, Blu-Ray, VOD) Rating: NR  Lake Nowhere is a throwback to slasher movies from the Good Old Days. The Grindhouse days. It’s kinda like Grindhouse, actually, complete with fake trailers that run beforehand. But unlike the three-hour runtime that I’m fairly sure that movie had, Lake Nowhere clocks in at a brisk 51 minutes. (Note: It is not a “short,” though it is definitely short for a feature. More movies should be short, though; Lake Nowhere says everything it has to say and then ends, which is something we, as moviegoers, should celebrate.) The screening I attended was made up, as far as I could tell, pretty much exclusively of people who worked on the film. There might have been some other friends-of-the-cast-and-crew, but I dunno. I didn’t talk to any of them, because fun fact: I’m awkward as heck. I had come from a show played by Governor Bradford, who is the frontman of a band that I would probably listen to occasionally on Spotify if that were a thing I could do. I’m fairly sure I still have some demo tracks somewhere on my computer. I don’t listen to them. Anyways, I was one of, I believe, three people who came to see the show. It was pretty good. I had fun. Governor Bradford is a fascinating musician. I clapped very hard, because that’s what I do. Sometimes I clap like Heath Ledger’s Joker did in that one scene in the prison. I don’t remember if I did that then, but it’s very plausible. Anyways, they were the opening act, and the best one that I was there for. The band that played afterwards made terrible use of harmonizers. It was upsetting for everyone except them; the frontman of that band looked like he was having a grand old time. Anyways, after that and a couple of songs into the next band, we went and got dumplings. There’s a place in Manhattan that has pumpkin dumplings, and they are very good. It was Halloween, and I’m fairly sure that Governor Bradford was dressed as a character from a horror movie, but I hadn’t seen the movie (or whatever property they had based it on). Accompanying the costume was a plastic axe. While Governor Bradford ordered the dumplings, I held onto the plastic axe. Some hipsters (probably drunk) asked me if it was real. I told them no, because I’m bad at lying. Governor Bradford was disappointed. Sorry, bro. At some point, it became clear to me that I was horribly underdressed for the night’s proceedings. I usually start wearing long underwear in early fall, because I have very little body fat (not even the occasional pumpkin dumpling has been able to fix that) and don’t retain heat particularly well. I don’t know why I wasn’t wearing my long underwear that night – maybe I thought we were going to be inside? – but I wasn’t, and so fairly early on I started to shiver. And shiver. And shiver. It was pretty sad, honestly. I don’t even think I was wearing my coat, just a jacket. Or maybe I was wearing my coat when I needed a jacket? Look, this was nearly 10 months ago. I’m probably getting at least 15% of these details wrong without realizing it. I know for a fact that it was hellishly windy. And I can say that, because in Dante’s Inferno, which is at least in part responsible for our vision of Hell, the ninth circle of hell is windy and freezing the traitorous traitors who have died and aren’t the ones who are being constantly eaten by Satan for all eternity. Am I a traitor? I mean, probably. I dunno. The history books will decide that ultimately, I think. (Which isn’t to say I think I’ll be mentioned in the history books, but if I was a legit traitor, maybe I would be. If I’m not mentioned, then I think we can probably assume that I was not.) Point is: I was suffering like one, which was – to say the gosh darn least –  uncomfortable. On the way to the screening, we stopped off at Sam’s (remember him?), because it was hella convenient, and he had a hard drive of mine which contained footage for a movie that I still haven’t finished the final cut of (sorry, Kickstarter backers; it’s coming!) Then we crossed the street (the best) and sat down in the freezing cold to watch the movie. As I said, it’s super enjoyable. You should see it. You can now, if you’re reading this on or after August 16. If it’s before that, then you have to wait until August 16, but you’ve been waiting your whole life for this, so I think you can wait another few days. Of course, these sorts of events never really go the way you expect them to. It was a janky screening, which actually kinda worked on some level, given that it was trying to recapture the grindhouse thing. The city is loud, and it’s bright. The organizers put up tarps in an attempt to block out the latter; there’s not much you can do about the former but crank up the volume and try to drown them out. But, of course, legal sound limits, etc. And it’s not like you want to have your ears bleed while watching a movie just because everything else is so loud. Anyways, the point of this is that the wind literally pulled one of the tarps off of its ropes and it flew over into a neighboring yard. We didn’t get it back, and half the screen was washed out. It made a couple of moments a little difficult to see, but it was okay. It wasn’t really their fault that the elements conspired against them. That’s just a thing that happens. I have it on good authority that the weather made some aspects of the filming itself pretty hardcore, specifically with regards to Lake Nowhere itself, which was apparently even colder than I was while watching the movie. I grabbed onto Governor Bradford for warmth; more like we grabbed onto each other, huddling together because I cannot overstate how flipping cold it was. On a basically unrelated note: I learned from a trailer for a movie that I think has Vince Vaugh in it that you’re supposed to be naked with people for warmth. That was (like, duh) not the case here, for many, many reasons – obvious and not. Afterwards, there was talking amongst the people who knew each other. I awkwardly sat at a table and did not talk to anyone. That wasn’t great, but at least it was inside, so I wasn’t getting hypothermia anymore. I’m not friends with Governor Bradford anymore. The reason for that was, at least in part, the impetus for a horribly pretentious one-man show that I “performed” just a few weeks ago. An early version of said show actually had a version of this story in it, but it was cut for reasons that don’t matter. (If you’re at all curious what the show was like, reread the previous 1400ish words, because it was exactly like this, but 55 minutes long, in second person, and somehow with even less movie review in it). I hadn’t really thought about this night until a week ago, when I got an email asking me if I’d like to review it. The subject line alone – “Possible Flixist Interest? Retro Slasher LAKE NOWHERE to hit DVD/Blu-Ray and VOD on August 16!” – was enough to bring back wave after wave of memories. Looking back on this is weird, but for all of the oddities, there is one thing that isn’t in question, which is that I had a bunch of fun watching Lake Nowhere. You won’t be seeing it in quite the same context that I did, but if you get a group of friends together (definitely watch with friends (if that’s an option)), you’re going to have a blast too. And if you don’t? Well, that says more about you than it does the film. tl;dr: Great movie. Also, I need to gain weight and/or start wearing long underwear earlier in the year.
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(Wherein I do not talk about the movie)
I saw Lake Nowhere last Halloween. I first heard about the film about a month prior, at the press screening for The Last Witch Hunter. A friend of mine brought as his +1 someone who worked on the film, who for the purposes of...

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Ghostbusters

That dance number from Ghostbusters will be in the extended cut


By the way, there will an extended cut
Jul 19
// Matthew Razak
I liked Ghostbusters, but I readily pointed out that it had its flaws. The biggest one of which was the fact that it often veered into tired comedic tropes instead of capitalizing on the skills and chemistry of its cast. One ...
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Blu-ray

Iron Giant Signature Edition Blu-ray coming in September


A thing of beauty
Mar 29
// Matthew Razak
Last year we all had the chance to see The Iron Giant, Brad Bird's first and possibly best film, in theaters again with added footage. It was dubbed the Signature Edition and was pretty awesome, especially since many folks di...

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Big blu-ray boxset of Hayao Miyazaki's movies headed to Amazon


This boxset isn't a mistake
Jul 31
// John-Charles Holmes
I stand by blu-rays for two types of movies-- colorfully visual movies and animated productions. It goes without saying that the films of Studio Ghibli are some of the best looking to make the jump to HD since the films start...
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It can all be yours!
Do you like vikings? Possibly you enjoy films where people wear furs. Maybe you're just into ransacking and pillaging. Whatever the case may be we've got the movie for you: Northman -- A Viking Saga. In what way do we have it...

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B&W Mad Max

Black and white version of Mad Max: Fury Road to appear on Blu-ray


Silent run as well
May 27
// Matthew Razak
George Miller is officially confirming his godhood today by dropping the news that he demanded for the Blu-ray release of Mad Max: Fury Road to feature a black and white version of the film that you can run with only the...
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UPDATE: Grand Budapest and LEGO together at last!


Jun 13
// Matthew Razak
UPDATE: We've figured out what the teaser is for! To promote the releases of Grand Budapest Hotel and LEGO Movie on home video, Ryan Ziegelbauer and 8 other artists put together a Grand Budapest made entirely out of LEGO bri...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 4/19/14: Ride Wit Me Edition


Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Nut Job, Ride Along and more on Home Video
Apr 15
// Nick Valdez
Looks like we've finally left the Oscar season as this week's home video releases range from interesting to, well, Ride Along. First off, there's Philomena, Wrong Cops, and The Secret Life of Papa John's KFC's Cinnabon's...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 4/12/14: Smog County Edition


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, August: Osage County, Grudge Match and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Apr 08
// Nick Valdez
This week's new releases have every audience covered. The big releases include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (which I'll never see), August: Osage County (which my mom wants to see), Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 3/29/14: Dances With Wall Street Edition


The Wolf of Wall Street, Odd Thomas, Chinese Zodiac and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Mar 25
// Nick Valdez
The Wolf of Wall Street releases on home video this week. I'm especially curious about it since I labeled it my "Top Film of 2013," and I can't wait to see if it holds up. Other big titles: Chinese Zodiac, starring Jackie Cha...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 3/8/14: The Hunger Edition


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 12 Years A Slave, The Grandmaster and more on home video
Mar 05
// Nick Valdez
It's another good week of home video releases as the Best Picture winner, 12 Years A Slave finally hits. Along with that we have the best part of The Hunger Games saga, Catching Fire, Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster, and if al...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 2/22/14: Nice Day for a Wedding


Game of Thrones Season 3, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Feb 18
// Nick Valdez
Earlier this year I had finally caught up on Game of Thrones. Never seen the show before now, but after some boredom and prodding from others, I finally gave the show a shot. I was instantly hooked and blasted through three s...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 2/8/14: Movie Buyers Club Edition


Dallas Buyers Club, About Time, Escape Plan and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Feb 04
// Nick Valdez
As the best of 2013 continue to release on home video, we've got another particularly interesting week. First off is Dallas Buyers Club (a film filled with such great performances, it made my Top 15 of 2013 list), then About ...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 2/1/14: San Francisco Rush Edition


Rush, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Jan 28
// Nick Valdez
This week's still a good week, folks. Heading up our new releases are Rush (which was conspicuously nominated for a Golden Globe), Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (which is conspicuously nominated for an Academy Award), Cloudy ...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 1/25/13: Oh Captain My Captain


Captain Phillips, Blue Jasmine, Machete Kills and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Jan 21
// Nick Valdez
Like last week, it's time to play catch up as the best and brightest of 2013 continue to hit home video. We have Captain Phillips, which Tam Honks seems to be wonderful in, Bad Milo!, the only film about a butt demon this wee...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 1/18/13: Really Good Week Edition


You're Next, Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Spectacular Now and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Jan 14
// Nick Valdez
Looks like last year's award winnings movies and indie releases are finally hitting home video. And each of them is worth a watch. First off there's You're Next, a horror film that came out of nowhere to become one of last ye...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 1/11/14: Run Away Already Edition


Runner Runner, We Are What We Are, Big Ass Spider! and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Jan 07
// Nick Valdez
This week's home video releases are full of smaller films that may or many not be that great. There's the one that stars Justin Timerlake and Ben Affleck, Runner Runner, there's one with a big ass spider, Big Ass Spider! (yes...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 12/21/13: The Lone D Edition


The Lone Ranger, Prisoners, Ain't Them Bodies Saints and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Dec 17
// Nick Valdez
This week's home video releases involve a bunch of movies we regrettably did not get to review here on Flixist. First off there's a movie only Liz saw apparently since it tanked so bad, The Lone Ranger. Secondly, there're two...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 12/14/13: #FAMILY Edition


Fast & Furious 6, Despicable Me 2, Man of Tai Chi and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Dec 10
// Nick Valdez
It's a big week for home video releases. First of all there's the elephant in the room. Fast & Furious 6 hits home video after the tragic death of Paul Walker. The silver lining in all of this is when you buy it (and...
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Part of sales of Fast & Furious 6 going to charity


Dec 04
// Matthew Razak
Since the death of Paul Walker things have been very up in the air with Fast & Furious 7, but Universal is stepping up and creating some good out of it. A percentage of the sales from Fast & Furious 6's Blu-ray/D...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 12/7/13: Sequelitis Edition


The Wolverine, The Smurfs 2, Drinking Buddies and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Dec 03
// Nick Valdez
This week's home video releases involve two big sequels: one revered, one reviled. The Wolverine (and subsequently a re-release of the entire X-Men series so far) hits DVD and Blu-ray while the less said about The Smurfs 2, t...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 11/30/13: T-RED-ing Lightly Edition


Red 2, Breaking Bad's Final Season, The Canyons and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Nov 26
// Nick Valdez
This week's biggest home video release isn't a movie, it's a TV show. Breaking Bad finished its final run of episodes a few months back and now it's finally available on home video. I haven't seen the final episode yet, so I ...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 11/23/13: F**king Planes Edition


The World's End, We're the Millers, Planes and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Nov 19
// Nick Valdez
I've been salty toward Disney's Planes since it was first announced. Its very existence angered the hell out of me. A Pixar dropped spin-off of an ailing franchise originally meant for home video but was released to theaters ...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 11/16/13: Turbo Man Edition


Man of Steel, Turbo, Paradise and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Nov 12
// Nick Valdez
This week's home video releases just remind me that I need to see Jingle All the Way again, and the upcoming holiday season is just making that worse (check back with Flixist in December for a big holiday thing). First off th...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 11/9/13: Grown Hobbits Edition


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition, White House Down, Grown Ups 2 and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Nov 05
// Nick Valdez
This week's home video releases are especially important if you're interested in sequels or TV show box sets for the upcoming holiday. First off, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition hits home video ju...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 11/2/13: Gettin' RIPPED Edition


Monsters University, R.I.P.D., Byzantium and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Oct 29
// Nick Valdez
This week's new home video releases include a few we didn't get to review here on Flixist, but they're still notable nonetheless. First off there's Monsters University, Pixar's first (and hopefully only) prequel. The film was...
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New Releases

New Releases, week of 10/26/13: Only Barbie Forgives


The Conjuring, Before Midnight, Only God Forgives and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Oct 22
// Nick Valdez
There are lots of big home video releases this week. On the new side we have Before Midnight (the third part of the Before trilogy), Only God Forgives (a film that Hubes (RIP) didn't like but seems to resonate with others), T...
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New Releases, week of 10/19/13: Jaeger Bomb Edition


Pacific Rim, The Heat, Maniac, and more on DVD/Blu-ray
Oct 15
// Hubert Vigilla
Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim hits stores today, meaning the movie may turn a decent profit yet on top of the Chinese box office returns. By far, this is the biggest new release this week, with The Heat starring Sandra Bul...
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At the Superman 75th Anniversary panel most of the discussion was on the legend of Superman and the comic book itself, but we got to check out two things from the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Man of Steel, which lands on N...


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