Quantcast
FLIXIST - Where movie lovers blog.
DestructoidJapanatorTomopopFlixist
  Upgrade your membership





wut?
Subscribe via RSS



5:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Trailer: Foxcatcher

Yay, a new Foxcatcher trailer! Is anybody as excited for this film as I am? Between my love of Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo, the dreary atmosphere, and incredibly intense subject matter, I am ecstatic for ...

Sean Walsh


4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

First look at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Miles Ahead

Here we have it. After ten years of Don Cheadle trying to make Miles Davis movie happen we get our first look at the actor in character. I know nothing about jazz but I could listen to Miles Davis for all eternity. The image also comes with a confirmed title of Miles Ahead, and features one hell of jheri-curled mullet.  I'm glad that style went out of fashion. 

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 07.03.2014

First trailer for Jimi: All Is By My Side - Jimi Hendrix biopic

Jimi Hendrix is one of the indisputable legends of rock and roll, and now his iconic life will get the movie treatment it deserves. Starring OutKast's Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000), Jimi: All Is By My Side will focus on a sing...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Danny Boyle in talks for Leonardo DiCaprio led Steve Jobs film

Well, we had Jobs, which was kind of the quick cash in on the whole Steve Jobs biography thing, but it's time for the big guns to come out. Sony pictures has been whipping up fervor over its adaptation of the popular biograph...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Trailer for Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco shows a beautiful, unhappy princess

"I can be a mother and a wife and hold down two jobs without the people getting too upset, can't I?" The real life 1950s actress Grace Kelly was a pretty interesting lady. She went from a beloved Hollywood princess to real r...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood's distribution rights acquired, new poster debuts

Errol Flynn is an interesting character, almost the archetypical devil-may-care 1940's Hollywood playboy, whose life fell to tatters once his shinning celebrity star began to wane. The Last of Robin Hood is a biopic about Fly...

Liz Rugg



Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (Cesar Chavez) photo
Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (Cesar Chavez)
by Nick Valdez

My final interview of SXSW was a three on one with Michael Pena, America Ferrera, and Gabriel Mann. I had just seen the screening for Cesar Chavez the night before, and we were all kind of pumped to talk about the movie. Just by talking to these three for the short time I had, I could tell they were excited about their project and excited to celebrate Cesar Chavez's life. 

During my short time with them we talked about the amount of pressure Cesar Chavez has on it because its the first, the kind of mindset you need to be in order to strike, and how Chavez is the first real step for the Latino community. 

view full story + comments




Review: Cesar Chavez photo
Review: Cesar Chavez
by Nick Valdez

There is a lot riding on Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez to succeed. Latinos aren't exactly given a lot of representation in fiction, and if there's one man, one figurehead we can rally behind, it's the activist Cesar Chavez. As other biopics for figureheads like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela have come and gone, it's a shame that it's taken this long to get a biopic for Chavez.

With all of the Latino representation in the recent Academy Awards, now seems like the best time for a Latino-centric hero as film culture finally becomes more accepting of a demographic that's increasing rapidly. While this first, important step forward stumbles a bit, I hope it's the beginning of a brighter future. 

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2014. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wide release.]

view full story + comments


3:00 PM on 01.22.2014

First trailer for Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena

Latinos don't have a lot of widely accepted historical icons. While we have our own, few have their names reach outside the Latino community. For example, Cesar Chavez was a farm worker in the 60s who organized a strike. Whe...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 11.22.2013

J.R.R. Tolkien film in the works

With basically anything that has the name J.R.R. Tolkien attached to it printing money and a pretty interesting life story it's easy to see why a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic is in the works. The creator of Middle Earth will be join...

Matthew Razak

11:57 AM on 11.14.2013

Don Cheadle to star as Miles Davis... finally

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis movie has been bouncing around for a long time now. The not-a-biopic biopic just couldn't land on its feet. However, Kill the Trumpet Player is finally moving forward as BiFrost pictures picks i...

Matthew Razak





8:00 AM on 10.24.2013

Tom Hardy to play Elton John in Rocketman

I'm not sure Elton John could ever be considered handsome no matter what stage of his career we're talking about so the casting of Tom Hard as the legendary singer is a bit of a head scratcher. Word has come down that Rocket ...

Matthew Razak



Review: Ip Man: The Final Fight photo
Review: Ip Man: The Final Fight
by Hubert Vigilla

In the review for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, I mentioned how the character of Yip Man seems to be turning into the new Wong Fei-Hung. Here's a real-life historical figure who's suddenly become an idealized version of the real-life historical figure on the big screen.

Countless actors have played Wong Fei-Hung -- Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Gordon Liu, Vincent Zhao, Kwan Tak Hing -- but in an odd way, they weren't really playing Wong Fei-Hung. The actors played themselves in Wong Fei-Hung garb. Think of actors playing Abraham Lincoln, who are really just giving their interpretation of Abraham Lincoln.

What's interesting with The Final Fight is the stunt casting. Rather than a martial artist playing Yip Man, it's the venerable Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong. The result, as Steve over at Unseen Films said to me a couple days ago, is the human side of Yip Man, or maybe it's the human side of Anthony Wong wearing a Yip Man costume.

[This review was originally posted as part of our 2013 New York Asian Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the limited theatrical release of the film.]

view full story + comments


1:00 PM on 09.12.2013

Second trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

I'm not a guy who's instantly drawn to biopics or films with Idris Elba in them, so I'm a little weary of the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It may be one of the Flixist staff's most anti...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Grandmaster photo
Review: The Grandmaster
by Hubert Vigilla

While Donnie Yen kicked off the Ip Man craze back in 2008, you could argue that Wong Kar Wai was partially responsible. Wong had announced his own Ip Man film prior to the Yen picture even being conceived, but it took ages to finally complete it. That years-long production was arduous. Wong's go-to actor Tony Leung, who doesn't have a martial arts background, had to learn Wing Chun in order to play Ip Man; he broke his arm twice, once during training and another time while filming. Actress Zhang Ziyi spent six grueling months, 12 hours a day, learning Bagua-style (Baguazhang) so she could fight like a true master.

In the interim, Donnie Yen put out two Ip Man films (with a 3D sequel still in the works), Herman Yau did two of his own (The Legend is Born: Ip Man and Ip Man: The Final Fight), and there was also an Ip Man television series.

Each Ip Man project presents an aspect of the real-life Ip Man. The Yen films offered Ip Man as a badass, and The Final Fight presented the human side of Ip Man via Anthony Wong's performance. I think The Grandmaster presents the mythic, poetic, and metaphorical version of Ip Man. Wong's created a glorious vision of the philosophy of the martial arts, but it's a vision that seems to have been obscured by the 22 minutes of cuts in The Weinstein Company's US release of the film.

view full story + comments


7:00 PM on 07.30.2013

Paul Schrader & Spike Lee may do Clarence Thomas film

I unfortunately couldn't get to the world premiere of Paul Schrader's new (and quite possibly schlocky) film The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The Dissolve reports that during the discussio...

Hubert Vigilla



NYAFF Review: The Legend Is Born: Ip Man photo
NYAFF Review: The Legend Is Born: Ip Man
by Hubert Vigilla

Ip Man starring Donnie Yen and directed by Wilson Yip is one of the best martial arts films of the last 10 years. It cemented Yen's reputation as a major star, and it began a craze for Yip Man films. Wong Kar-Wai has been trying to make his own Yip Man film, The Grandmaster, for years. (Pre-production on that had technically begun before Ip Man got off the ground.) A recent mini-series about Yip Man aired on Chinese TV. Yen and Yip have also talked about a second sequel to Ip Man -- Ip Man 3D.

Amid all this came director Herman Yau's 2010 film The Legend Is Born: Ip Man. The movie is a heavily fictionalized version of Yip Man's early life starring Dennis To as the title character. In a lot of ways it plays out like an old-fashioned martial arts movie, an old-fashioned biopic, and mostly like an old-fashioned melodrama. 

[For the next few weeks, we will be covering the 2013 New York Asian Film Festival and the 2013 Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF 2013 coverage, click here. For Japan Cuts 2013 coverage, click here.]

view full story + comments


8:00 AM on 06.25.2013

Teaser Trailer: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)

Here is your first very brief look at Hayao Miyazaki's new film, The Wind Rises. The footage aired on Japanese television and reveals a kind of pastoral whimsy and a bird plane. It's not much (about 30 seconds), but it's ver...

Hubert Vigilla

6:00 PM on 04.23.2013

Trailer: The Grandmaster

Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster has been stuck in production and post-production h-e-double-hockey-sticks for about three years now. While we can hardly say at this point whether or not the movie will be worth the wait, we ca...

Liz Rugg

7:00 PM on 03.15.2013

Rumor: Tom Hooper may direct Freddie Mercury biopic

So we already know that Sacha Baron Cohen was signed on to play as Freddie Mercury in a biopic being written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). So far no one has been confirmed for who will be the director of the project. Apparen...

Logan Otremba

8:00 AM on 02.26.2013

Coen Brothers to rewrite Angelina Jolie's Unbroken

Angelina Jolie has enlisted Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite her WWII drama Unbroken. The film is adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book of the same name that chronicles the life of WWII POW Lou Zamperini. According to The ...

Hubert Vigilla



Bruce Lee's life (sort of) is headed to the big screen photo
Bruce Lee's life (sort of) is headed to the big screen
by Hubert Vigilla

A new film about Bruce Lee is in the works called Birth of the Dragon. To my knowledge this is the first big screen narrative film exploration of Bruce Lee's life since 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. The film will be written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele. The duo previously collaborated on Michael Mann's Ali and Oliver Stone's Nixon, and also wrote a forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic with Sacha Baron Cohen.

Whereas Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was a straightforward life story, Birth of the Dragon goes in a different direction. Here's what Heat Vision/The Hollywood Reporter said about the plot:

[Birth of the Dragon] is inspired by the true-life duel between Lee and Wong Jack Man, who was China's most famous kung fu Master. The no-rules fight took place in San Francisco in 1965, when the city's Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong triads. The writers are using this true event as a jumping-off point for a wider-canvas action movie in which Wong and Lee team up to battle a band of Chinatown gangsters.

This sounds kooky enough to work depending on the execution. If they need a candidate to play Bruce Lee, I would have suggested Donnie Yen if he wasn't middle-aged (he has the broken rhythm of Jeet Kune Do down). So maybe Nicholas Tse? Wu Jing?

What do you think of this movie idea, and who should play the young Bruce Lee?

[Via Heat Vision/THR]

view full story + comments