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Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) photo
Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

You should see Birdman. In fact, you need to see Birdman. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film is something truly special, and were it not for the fact that Boyhood finally saw its release, it would undoubtedly be the most fascinating thing to come out this year (and, really, in recent memory). Every single facet of it can be the start of its own overly-long review. And for that reason, this review is going to be split into two parts. This is the main review, and in the coming days I’ll be following it up with a more analytical (though still generally spoiler free) Review Companion piece.

If you know nothing about Birdman, you should just go see it. Close your laptop, turn off your phone, stop whatever it is you are doing and just get to the nearest theater where it’s playing. Going in blind isn’t really necessary here, but there’s no reason not to either. I went in knowing only that it was not an adaptation of Harvey Birdman (spoiler), and that made it especially fascinating for me. But to be honest, the things that I found fascinating probably won’t be the things you find fascinating. Really, there is so freaking much to talk about in this movie.

So let’s get into it. 

[This film was seen as part of our coverage of the 52nd New York Film Festival. It is being posted to coincide with the film's limited theatrical release]

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2:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Here are several posters for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

"The Defining Chapter" lol  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has five armies and possibly a battle December 17th.  [via Twitter]

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 10.16.2014

First poster for Jurassic World

With Jurassic World now being truly and imminently a thing that we will be able to watch with our eyes a poster has arrived via the film's director. It might be the least original, yet still functional poster ever. Clear...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are a tough sell every year. Each year their relevance continues to fade as more and more folks rely on word of mouth from social media rather than purchasing their movie ticket or DVD based on how many awa...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.16.2014

Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 teaser shows off new footage

This newest teaser for The Hunger Games Mockingjay - Part 1 is short (clocking in at barely over a minute), but boy does it work. Showing off Lorde's new single "Yellow Flicker Beat," the teaser reveals what happens when Katniss makes her way back to District 12. Let's just say things are going to get pretty good.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 releases November 21st. 

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 10.16.2014

Get passes for any showing of Men, Women and Children

Still haven't seen Jason Reitmen's Men, Women and Children? That's OK, I haven't either, but now you can at no risk. We've got passes for the film at any Regal Cinema in DC. The movie looks pretty solid so we'd love for you t...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 10.15.2014

WB working on Lego Batman spin-off

The LEGO Movie remains one of my favorite films of 2014. It was charming, smart, and parents have told me their kids didn't move an inch during the whole thing (which is a huge deal). One of the breakouts was Will Arnett as B...

Nick Valdez



DC's film slate finally revealed! photo
DC's film slate finally revealed!
by Sean Walsh

Hold on to your hats, boys and girls, DC has revealed their film slate through 2020. This is major! We're looking at a pretty major A-List line-up (and Suicide Squad, which is cool too!) following Batman v. Superman - Dawn of Justice:

  • 2016: Suicide Squad
  • 2017: Wonder Woman
  • 2017: Justice League Part One
  • 2018 The Flash
  • 2018: Aquaman
  • 2019: Shazam
  • 2019: Justice League Part Two
  • 2020: Cyborg
  • 2020: Green Lantern

Additionally, Jason Mamoa is finally, officially Aquaman and some rather out-of-left-field casting for Flash sees We Need to Talk About Kevin's titular sociopath Ezra Miller don the red and yellow suit.

What do you guys think? Are you hyped? It's hard not to get excited with a line-up like that to look forward to. Also note this doesn't even include additional Superman and Batman solo movies.

I'ts an exciting time to be a comic fan.

(Header courtesy of the awesome Bobby Rubio)

[via Comic Vine]

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4:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Red Band trailer for Dear White People finally reveals the story

With every trailer and clip for Dear White People I see, I fall more and more in love with the idea. But until now, we've never had a proper look at the film's plot. Basically, a cartoonishly white fraternity wants to throw ...

Nick Valdez







NYFF Review: Inherent Vice photo
NYFF Review: Inherent Vice
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I’m not educated enough to have an intelligent conversation about Inherent Vice. I’m smart enough, but to seriously wrestle with what Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book is trying to do and say would require me to have A) Seen more of P. T. Anderson’s films, or B) Read more (read: any) of Pynchon’s books (perhaps even the source material itself), or C) Know more about the era in which the film takes place.

And so it’s taken me well over a week to write this review, because I simply didn’t know what to say. I wanted to deconstruct the film in some meaningful way, but I don’t feel qualified to do so.

What I can do, however, is consider just what it means to see (and generally enjoy) a film that I don’t understand. 

[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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12:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Check out this cool Bebop and Rocksteady concept art for TMNT

We can argue back and forth all day over whether or not Johnathan Liebesman's take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a good film or not, but we all seem to universally agree on how terrible everything looked. Regardless of ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.15.2014

Newest trailer for Foxcatcher catches feelings

Foxcatcher is probably going to win all of the awards. From great early buzz from the festival circuit, to a cast that all seem to be on point (with Steve Carell leading the way with a terribly disturbing turn), to director ...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 10.15.2014

Dave Bautista to play Bond villain

Bond villain casting alert! Is that a thing? It should be. Bond villains are awesome, especially the ridiculous henchman, but we really haven't had that iconic henchman show up since Craig took over. You know, an Oddjob or Ja...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.14.2014

Terminator: Genisys Will Likely Be PG-13

Slight disappointment coming from me (and other fans, I'm sure) as it's been revealed the next installment of the Terminator franchise — which, apparently, isn't a sequel or a reboot, it's just kind of there — wil...

Jonathan Wray



Robert Downey Jr. cast in Captain America 3, story based on Civil War  photo
Robert Downey Jr. cast in Captain America 3, story based on Civil War
by Matthew Razak

Big news today coming from Variety as they report that Rober Downey Jr. is on the verge of signing on to play Iron Man/Tony Stark in the third Captain America film. They're also saying that the film will launch the next phase of Marvel's cinematic universe, one that will be based on the Civil War story line from the comics. 

The plot, as those who have read the comic, pits Captain America against Iron Man as the fued over the superhero registration act that requires all people with special abilities to reveal their identity to the U.S. government. This gives Downey a pretty heavy role of villain that could mean he sticks around as Tony Stark for a while longer. He's only signed up at the moment to play the Avenger for one more film, but this role hints at an extension. 

Reportedly there was a lot of hemming and hawing behind the scenes to make this happen, and Downey is going to get quite the paycheck now that he's agreed to star. Most importantly it signals the future of the Marvel cinematic universe as Civil War and its fallout are going to cause some massive shifts. 

[via Variety]
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1:00 PM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: Cosplay photos from the floor

If you live in New York, you're probably used to walking pretty quickly to get from points A to B. This makes being in a packed convention center like the Javitz Center during the increasingly popular New York Comic Con absol...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:17 AM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: Dreamworks panel featuring Home and Penguins

The last true movie related panel of NYCC is now over. The movie stuff wrapped up with Dreamworks Animation presenting a panel for both Home and Penguins of Madagascar for our viewing pleasure. The panel consis...

Matthew Razak

10:30 AM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: So... someone made "sexy" female Freddy vs. Jason figurines

You know what I've never once thought? "There should be female versions of Freddie Krueger and Jason Vorhees!" And even if I had, I certainly wouldn't have followed that thought with, "Let's put them in skimpy outfits and sex...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

7:57 AM on 10.12.2014

NYCC: First look at Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil show

With the announcement of Netflix launching five Marvel series all leading to a Defenders show things got pretty exciting for streaming television. At New York Comic Con Marvel debuted the first of this story and we got to che...

Matthew Razak

8:10 AM on 10.11.2014

NYCC: Up close with Ben Affleck's Batman cape and cowl

At New York Comic Con they're celebrating Batman's 75th anniversary and part of that celebration bring us our first chance to get up close to the cape and cowl that Ben Affleck will be wearing when he takes over the role in B...

Matthew Razak







Review: Whiplash photo
Review: Whiplash
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

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.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 52nd New York Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's theatrical release.]

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4:00 PM on 10.10.2014

NYCC: New trailer and toys for Big Hero 6

Disney opened up New York Comic Con with a bang. First they showed off the first trailer for Tomorrowland and then they finally released a trailer for Big Hero 6 that wasn't just a bunch of cute stuff from Baymax. ...

Matthew Razak