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...
[I've decided to be "generous" and give you all until the end of this week to write up your Summatime blogs! Hurry up and enter!]
Yay! It's Summertime! Hot days, short shorts, no school, and plenty of time to watch movies. Fo...
[In this month's Bloggers Wanted Response, Nick Valdez tells us an inspiring story of love, loss, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Check out this month's Bloggers Wanted Assignment for your chance to get a blog on the front p...
The migration to our new editing software gave us a special treat, and we didn't even notice. What's this new feature that has literally been sitting quietly in the corner? Why, a chat feature, of course! That's right: now yo...
[It's time once again for our monthly Nick Valdez blog promotion! Just kidding, you're awesome Nick. But seriously guys, if you want to be on Flixist's front page, it's pretty easy! All you've got to do is write a blog about whatever our monthly topic happens to be. Yes, it's that simple! This month, Nick Valdez expounds the virtues of Paulie, the talking bird.]
When I think of the word "humanimals" my first thoughts involve whether or not the subject is going to awaken something in me, and the Michigan rag. I used to be afraid of films that featured human-esque animals. I'd always figured that I would end up as insane as the gentlemen in the "One Froggy Evening" cartoon. I wasn't always sure if I could deal with ethical repercussions that would come from animals that could speak English.
What if I was hungry and wanted to eat it? Would the animal proceed to guilt trip me? Possibly. Would a koala bear be smarter than I was? Most likely.
Paulie helped to relieve me of my "anti-humanimal" ailment all those years ago. After I re-watched it, I wondered if it would have the same effect on me. I was sadly mistaken. It made it worse.
We've got another set of passes for you fine folks in the Washington DC area. This time around we have tickets to the new Jason Statham action flick Safe. If you're a fan of Statham protecting people other people, which is pretty much the entire Transporter series, then you'll probably dig this one too. We've got 25 pairs of tickets to the screening to give away through Gofobo.com.
Below is all the information about the Wednesday, April 25th screening including a code that you put in over at Gofobo.com. Once you make an account and toss that sucker in, and assuming all the passes aren't gone, you'll get two admit-one passes for the screening. Then you'll be most of the way to seeing Statham kick some ass.
The rest of the way is really up to you. You'll need to get there earlier to make sure you get seats.
My friend Jonathan London over at Geekscape and I hatched a plan: host a screening of The FP, the Citizen Kane of "wait, what the f**k did I just watch?" right here in our home of Los Angeles. Thankfully, our friends at Tugg are there to make this a reality. On April 26th, at the AMC Citywalk Stadium 19, we'll be screening The FP, and we want YOU to be there! Just RSVP over at our event page at Tugg. We'll need a total of 50 RSVPs to get this event off the ground, but I have to warn you. The last time Geekscape ran one of these, it sold out completely, so make sure you get your RSVP early! Tickets are only $9! Nine bucks for a movie in LA, especially at CityWalk, is basically something that never happens, so get ON this action!
As a special treat, we've got a Q&A with filmmaker/star Jason Trost after the film, and a mad-real dance contest with prizes!
[For last month's Blogger's Wanted, Andrew Kauz (RIP) asked the Flixist community to respond to this year's award shows by giving an award of their own. Nick Valdez chose to award one of the most overlooked movies of 2011; Wi...
For my first Bloggers Wanted call as the new Community Manager, I'm going to go with a topic that hits close to my heart. Humanimals. What is a Humanimal, you ask? well, it's basically any combination of humans and animals, w...
[Sometimes, when people write awesome stuff on our community blogs, we promote them to the front page! Here is a great example of a well thought out, well executed blog about Drive by our own community member Nathsies. Show us your skills in the blogs and maybe one day your name will be in the bright lights of the front page too!]
Spoilers for everything I mention.
“So Drive was essentially an allegory of a superhero in the making. He became a superhero at the end of the movie and that’s why it’s a happy ending.”- Nicolas Winding Refn
I had the absolute privilege of watching Drive last weekend and it hasn’t disappeared from my mind ever since. There are few times when I am compelled to watch a movie again just after watching it. Drive now joins the ranks of 2001 and Blade Runner in my own little book. Except, Drive is not a science-fiction escapade nor a neo-noir investigation into immortal philosophical quandaries. I do believe it does address many humanistic issues, but its metaphysical ideas never truly become the delivering punch of the movie. My belief, behind Drive, is that it is simultaneously a feature about becoming a real human being through evolution into superherodom. In short, it’s a film that’s about Charles Darwin.
Not literally, of course, that would be silly. What I do mean to say however is that Drive‘s approach to the ‘superhero’ genre is one that is so scarily innovative that it has me wondering if the ‘comic book’ archetype superhero can really last. For Drive, the next step in human evolution is the superhero. To get closer to our humanity, we must save it. What do I mean by all of this?
[UPDATE: We still need 72 more RSVPs for this event to happen. If you know anyone in the Boston area that either lives there or is going to PAX East, let them know about this! It's going to be an awesome night!]
We are big fans of the soon-to-be cult classic The FP. It's so good we've gone ahead and teamed up with Destructoid and the guys at Tugg to present a screening of the film after PAX East. On Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. we'll be screening the film at the Boston Common 19 in... Boston. After the screening myself, Andres Bolivar and Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes will discuss the film and basically have a good time with everyone. It's the perfect way to round off your weekend of fun.
Now in order for the screening to go off we need to pull in 100 viewers. Tickets are only $9 a head so grab your friends and pick up a few to enjoy an awesome night watching the only movie about a dystopian future where conflicts are settled via (not) DDR. It's basically the coolest thing ever and if you don't believe me check out Alex's review.
I'm Liz Rugg, most of you may remember me from such great hits as The Front Page and Flixist Staff. Some of you, however, may remember me in my early days, when I was once a humble community blogger such as yourselves. I think most of my community posts got lost in The Great Mammoth Migration of 2011, but they were there, in their own naive, insular way.
Then somewhere along the line I got hired to write for the site for real, and I basically exploded with joy, excitement and d*ck jokes. Writing for Flixist has been an absolute blast, everybody on staff is fantastic but more importantly, our community is really kind of phenomenal.
The Descendants just landed on DVD a few days ago and to celebrate we have two copies of the film to give away. In case you missed it this is definitely one of the best films of last year and according to our very own awards has one of the best performances of last year in it from George Clooney.
So how can you you win this? Below you'll see a handy study guide for comparisons between the book and the film. Take a look at it and then completely ignore it. See, we're a movie site and we don't like books and printed words and reading. Bleck! So instead of giving us the answers to all those complicated questions instead let us know why you haven't read the book. Much easier on the thinking machine in your head this way then picking up a book and putting all the words on its pages into sentences. I'm getting a headache just thinking about all that thinking. And if you have read the book then make up a reason you haven't read it.
So just leave a comment and we'll pick the winners this coming Monday. This contest is open to those living in the U.S. and Canada.
You've read our Project X review and our roundtable discussion with the cast, you're planning on seeing the movie, and now you're probably in the mood to RAGE. Luckily, Flixist has you covered... somewhat. After attending the Project X Chicago premiere on Valentine's Day (it was such a romantic night), I attended the after-party, where a plethora of promotional swag was available for attendees.
Of course, my friends are kind-hearted folk, giving me their promotional merchandise to share with you, the Flixist community! I have THREE Project X prize packs, which consist of a Project X-branded party cup, bumper stickers, and a glow stick. All you have to do to win is leave a comment here telling me who you'd bring to a party (living, dead, or fictional) and why. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think!
The deadline for the contest will be Friday, March 9th at 11:59pm CST. This is open for US residents only. Sorry!
Award shows are obnoxious. We all know that. Awards themselves, though, can be their very own source of annoyance. Sure, you can be that annoying guy who goes, "OMG I don't agree with some of the winners so the awards are cra...
[Woo Nick Valdez! Nick writes a blog about high school and Jon Stewart's tongue. Don't forget that you can see your blogs on the front page if you participate in our monthly theme and write something stellar. - Kauza]
I groan a little bit whenever I hear someone say that a set or location in a film is just like another character. That said, sometimes it's true. Sometimes, the setting or the world of a movie is the best part - or the only g...
We already know a great deal about what we'll see in 2012. Sure, there are certain to be many surprises before the year is out, but we've all begun making our lists of our most anticipated films of the year.
So for this month...
The Woman was my favorite horror movie of last year, and it's one that you all probably didn't see, since it had a fairly limited theatrical run. However, Flixist is giving you the chance to remedy this horrible problem. We've got one copy of The Woman on DVD and one on Blu-Ray, and we're giving them out to you, because we love you.
Here's how you win. Simply leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite horror movie of 2011 was, and leave your preference of DVD or Blu-ray. That's it. Way easy! Plus, you stand a good chance at winning an amazing movie. No brownie points for extra comments, though. Just one per customer. If you want to learn more about The Woman before you enter, check out the trailer here, my interview with the star, Pollyanna MacIntosh, here, and my full review of the film over in this neck of the woods. Now, sadly, as much as I love our international readers, and I really do, this contest is limited to US residents only, because shipping is expensive. If you're in not-America, you can always get a friend to ship it to you, if you think they're trustworthy and won't steal your rad prize.
So get cracking! You have until February 1st to get your entry in!
Beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST, FilmDistrict will be presenting a live Q&A with Angelina Jolie that will be hosted right here on Flixist. Jolie will be answering your questions about her upcoming film, In The Land of Blood and Honey, and you'll be able to catch it all using the handy application below (Please note that this application autoplays). This is Jolie's directorial debut, so there are sure to be some interesting questions!
Please click through to the full post for the Q&A application and some other handy information, and feel free to use the comments to talk at us about the event before, during, and after!
Flixist was born on October 15th, 2010. As of this writing, that's a year and some change, and in that time, we have seen a lot. Our early adopters will remember seeing our friend and nemesis Tommy Raptor more than often enough, and I speak for everyone when I say that we are thrilled that he is extinct. Since then, we have reviewed countless films, interviewed Tommy Wiseau and freaking Elmo, and brought you daily news, reviews, and trailers.
But there's plenty more than that at Flixist. We're committed to building a film community: a place where like-minded people go to share their thoughts on movies, have a lot of fun on the Internet, and even create lasting relationships that transcend the computer screen to which our writing is confined. Cat pictures and fart jokes may also be present.
Upon first look, it's easy to miss a lot of this. That's why I've created this little guide. For the new Flixist visitor, let this serve as a first taste of everything the site has to offer. For the initiated, this is your way to make sure you're getting the most out of your Flixist experience.
[Here's a fantastic look back at the year that was by Nick Valdez. Specifically, he answers the question, "How good were the summer blockbusters?" Take a look at this month's topic for your opportunity to be on the front page...
One of the most famous nights of the year is coming up quickly: Christmas Night, otherwise known as Christmas Eve. I've always found one thing sadly missing from that night of nights: sharks. I am to fix that by giving away t...