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12:00 PM on 03.26.2015

Review: Dead Rising: Watchtower

Videogames have had a rough time in cinema. Since videogames are such an interactive medium, a film adaptation always misses out on the intimacy of player involvement or the videogame's story struggles to find an identity in ...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 03.24.2015

Ip Man 3 will feature Mike Tyson and a CG Bruce Lee

Ip Man 3 (or Ip Man 3D) has been in the works for a while, but the Donnie Yen sequel started shooting today in Shanghai. With the start of production comes news of some really bizarre stunt casting. According to The Hollywood...

Hubert Vigilla



The Cult Club: The Last Dragon (1985) photo
The Cult Club: The Last Dragon (1985)
by Hubert Vigilla

The Last Dragon is a sort of time capsule. It's so era-specific with its plot elements--early music videos, a Soul Train analog, arcade culture, grindhouse cinemas, a song by DeBarge--that it couldn't be anything but an 80s movie. Thirty years later, The Last Dragon has endured and might be considered timeless in its own way. (Fittingly, the film's star, Taimak, looks well-preserved today at 50 years old.)

The Last Dragon comes up every now and then in pop culture, like Busta Rhyme's 1997 video for "Dangerous" or an episode of The Venture Brothers in 2006; if you're lucky, you may see a Sho'Nuff cosplayer at a comic convention. The film is era-specific but without feeling completely dated, which is hard to pull off. Part of it is the way the heroic journey merges three different kinds of narratives: the fairy tale, the coming-of-age story, and the kung fu movie.

While The Last Dragon isn't an intellectual movie, it's constantly aware of what it's doing with genre tropes and how it's subverting racial identity and cultural stereotypes, and so it lends itself to an intelligent read.

It's also the meanest, prettiest, baddest mofo lowdown around this town.

[The Cult Club is where Flixist's writers expound the virtues of their favourite underground classics, spanning all nations and genres. It is a monthly series of articles looking at what made those films stand out from the pack, as well as their enduring legacy.]

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First official trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation photo
First official trailer for Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
by Nick Valdez

First things first. Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible 5, featuring the incredibly awesome and incredibly real high flying plane stunt, is now officially titled Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Secondly, this trailer is legit. Yesterday, they released a teaser for the trailer (we rarely feature trailer teases here because they're stupid) and it was so well done, I wouldn't have minded if that original one minute of footage was all we got. 

After a release date change and last minute rewrite, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will do the impossible July 31st. Tom Cruise always finds a way to top himself, and after seeing him repel on the world's largest skyscraper for Ghost Protocol, I can't wait to see what comes next. 

Also, Fugees. The trailer tease is below to so you can see what I was talking about. 

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Review: The Gunman photo
Review: The Gunman
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

It's impossible to talk about The Gunman without discussing Taken. Everything director Pierre Morel ever does is going to be compared to it. And by starring Sean Penn, The Gunman invites those comparisons. Taken made Liam Neeson into an action star. Can The Gunman do the same for Penn? 

It's unfortunate, because whether or not he ever does another action movie, The Gunman is not really Sean Penn's Taken. It may have the same director, but it's definitely not the same film. Other than putting an aging actor in a badass role, Morel has clearly tried to do something different here and prove that he's not a one-hit wonder. (Did you remember that he directed From Paris With Love, starring John Travolta, back in 2010? Yeah, I didn't either.)

I don't know that he's succeeded here, but just because The Gunman won't be revered in the same way Taken is, that doesn't mean it's not worth seeing.

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12:00 PM on 03.19.2015

The Dredd sequel is deadd

Dredd may not have performedd well at the box office, but there was still some hope of a possible sequel. Star Karl Urban saidd talks were underway about a new film, and there was even an online petition startedd for a Dredd ...

Hubert Vigilla

6:00 PM on 03.16.2015

First trailer for Skin Trade starring Dolph Lundgren and Tony Jaa

Dolph Lundgren was that one action star that should've been as big as Stallone, Schwarzenegger, or Van Damme but just never took off for some reason. He starred in as many films as those three, he always gives 100% regardles...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 03.10.2015

Newest San Andreas trailer lays it on thick

San Andreas looks like the best kind of cheese. A disaster blockbuster that would've been more acceptable twenty years ago as landmarks get destroyed by tidal waves, a too serious tone sets the awkward mood, and all while a ...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 03.03.2015

First trailer for Dragonball Z: Fukkatsu no F features a golden Frieza

I don't think I've ever talked about it here, but Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods was one of the funnest animated films I saw last year. Didn't give it enough credit because it was essentially an hour of a dude punching a giant...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Help fund The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015 in NYC

We here at Flixist love the people at Subway Cinema. Not only do they put on the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) and the New York Korean Film Festival, they also hold a great showcase of classic martial arts movies here ...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 02.19.2015

Terminator: Genisys to release in IMAX 3D

Terminator: Genisys is slowly turning things around. After being easily mocked for both its ridiculous name and its ridiculous first look images the film landed with a solid trailer. I'm not actually excited for it yet, ...

Matthew Razak





10:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Newest Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends trailer is on fire

I'm not a huge anime or manga fan (I'll stick to One Piece thank you very much), but I really dug Rurouni Kenshin and the films adapted from the series. The story of a former assassin who's turned a new leaf and refuses to k...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 02.18.2015

First Victoria trailer, a true one shot action movie

From Hitchcock's Rope in 1948 to Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu's movie up for Best Picture this Sunday, and everywhere in between, filmmakers have been consistently playing with the idea...

Jackson Tyler

10:00 AM on 02.18.2015

Joel Kinnaman replacing Tom Hardy in Suicide Squad

One of the weirdest films coming out of Warner Bros and DC's upcoming film slate is definitely the supervillain team up film, Suicide Squad. Normally I'd make some joke about a bland white guy replacing a bland white guy...

Nick Valdez

2:13 PM on 02.12.2015

First look at Deadpool mask for Ryan Reynold's Deadpool movie

THE DREAM IS REAL! Or it will be in a year. 

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 02.12.2015

First look at Daniel Craig's James Bond in Spectre

Can you feel that? That's me getting way too excited by a far too short feature on the beginning of shooting on Spectre in Austria and a single image of Daniel Craig as Bond. Sony released both the video and image today...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 02.11.2015

First trailer for Hitman: Agent 47

For one of the more successful series in gaming it's really odd that Hitman failed in its first iteration as a film. While the movie didn't all out suck, they sure squandered the totally awesome idea of a genetically en...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 02.05.2015

Second Furious 7 trailer is still furious

Furious 7 is definitely my most anticipated film of 2015. Over big science fantasy action, man dancing, and comic book shenanigans, Furious 7 is the biggest sequel of the year. But I'm trying to not let myself get too excite...

Nick Valdez



Super Bowl TV spot for Furious 7 photo
Super Bowl TV spot for Furious 7
by Nick Valdez

Pack it up, every other movie of 2015. You're done. I'm calling it now, there won't be a better scene this year than the final shot of Furious 7's Super Bowl spot. I've still got goosebumps! Furious 7 releases April 3rd. 

Here's a description: 

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Fast & Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.

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12:00 PM on 01.28.2015

Mission Impossible 5 gets a new release date, whether we chose to accept it or not

In an effort to dodge the hefty competition brought by the new James Bond film and Disney with their new indie endeavor Star Wars in December, Paramount has brought Mission: Impossible up an astounding five months from t...

Sean Walsh



2014's Best Dog in Film photo
2014's Best Dog in Film
by Nick Valdez

As good as the films of 2014 were, you know what was even better? The animals. There were lots of standout roles for animals this year, both real and imaginary. In almost every film I watched, there was some cute dog or cat hanging around just because. 

So I figured why not honor the best one? It was pretty tough, but I decided to choose an animal based on what it means for the film as a whole. So even with all of the dogs and cats of varying importance, only one puppy stood out and actively set the plot of its film in motion. 

Honorable Mentions: That running dog in Godzilla, Digby and the "crazy cute" dog from The Interview, that one cat from The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1, the turtle from Laggies, that one cat from Gone Girl, that one cat from The Grand Budapest Hotel, the horse in the Red Sea from Exodus: Gods and Kings, Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, Koba/Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Nick's Top 5 Sequels of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 5 Sequels of 2014
by Nick Valdez

We've seen more sequels released the last few years than we have in a long time. While 2015 seems to continue that trend, last year showed that we shouldn't automatically write off a film just because it's a sequel. I've seen so many good sequels last year that it was finally time to designate an entire list to them. Sure I could write about 2014's best actors or scenes, but I think it's important to celebrate a sequel that gets it right. 

Since we're going to get so many more from here on out, let's hope that future sequels will be as good as the five presented here. 

Without further ado, here are my picks for The Top 5 Sequels of 2014. 

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