FLIXIST - Where movie lovers blog.
  Upgrade your membership

Subscribe via RSS

11:30 PM on 03.25.2013


A few weeks after Django Unchained released, I wrote an analysis piece explaining why Django wasn't the hero of DU as the greater thematic resonance of the film focused on Dr. King Schultz. In speaking with EW recently, Will ...

Nick Valdez


Mistwalker's mobile-RPG Terra Battle has surpassed 1.5 million downloads worldwide

Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.

Flix for Short: SNL's Djesus Uncrossed photo
Flix for Short: SNL's Djesus Uncrossed
by Hubert Vigilla

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live did a great parody of Django Unchained and Quentin Tarantino movies in general. Behold Djesus Uncrossed, with Christoph Waltz as the Man (with No Name) of Galilee. I'm not going to give away any of the gags, so just watch the mayhem in the video above already.

Though Tarantino is already making retirement plans, he would like to do a third movie featuring rewritten history. He hasn't yet decided what the capper would be to Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained, however.

And on a sidenote related to Quentin Tarantino, people in NYC can see a weekend-long Pam Grier film retrospective from March 15-17. Grier herself will be in attendance at screenings of Jackie Brown, Coffy, and The Big Bird Cage, and will also have a discussion about her badass career.

[Via Collider]

view full story + comments

11:00 AM on 01.17.2013

Flixist Movie Club: Djangocast

Flixist Movie Club has returned folks and this time we're discussing Django Unchained. Join me, Geoff, Liz, Nick, and special guest Alec as we discuss Tarantino's latest opus, awkwardly drop N-Bombs and getting down to t...

Andres Bolivar

Deep Analysis: Django Unchained  photo
Deep Analysis: Django Unchained
by Nick Valdez

Django Unchained is a peculiar film. It tip toes along a fine line between vigorous exploitation and gentle subtly. At times, it feels like it is fighting itself to decide what kind of film it wants to be. Does it want to be a homage to the antebellum south and classic western films or would it prefer to steep itself in modernity and pop culture references like in most Tarantino films? 

As the two tones of the film collide and try to reach an equilibrium, the roles of characters are thrown into flux. Who is the main character? Whose story is given more importance, Schultz or Django?

Turns out, the film is about both of the heroes and manages to fit two hero's journeys within its narrative. And before you read on, I'd like to point out there is some major spoilage going on in this article. So if you'd like, and if you've seen Django Unchained, please read on for an examination of Schultz and Django's stories. And boy, this is a long one. 

view full story + comments

10:00 AM on 01.09.2013

Recording Djangocast tonight! Ask us questions

That's right, we're recording Da-Jangocast (the D is not silent in our case) as our first Flixist Movie Club of 2013. For the uninitiated, Flixist Movie Club is a special time when we take our unfocused disheveled podcast and...

Andres Bolivar

4:00 PM on 11.29.2012

Quentin Tarantino talks retirement plans

In a directors' roundtable interview for Hollywood Reporter, Quentin Tarantino has admitted that he's already planning his eventual retirement from movie directing. The reason? In his view, the move to digital projection has...

Xander Markham

9:00 AM on 11.29.2012

Trailer: Django Unchained

I honestly don't know what to say when so much has been said before. This is the final trailer for Django Unchained before it releases next month, it's still badass, and it still has me so damn excited (especially now that t...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 11.28.2012

Admire the first few pages of the Django Unchained comic

The more and more I see of Django Unchained, the more and more I want it already. Looks like the wait will be just a teensy bit shorter for some of the good stuff. Django Unchained is getting a comic book miniseries courtesy ...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 11.12.2012

New theatrical poster for Django Unchained

After having just seen the trailer again before a showing of Skyfall (awesome, by the way), I think Django Unchained is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated movies of the winter. A new theatrical poster has been r...

Thor Latham

1:00 PM on 10.31.2012

New images from Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained

Some new pics have arrived from Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western. While we get our extra looks at Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson, we also get a first glimpse at Don ...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 10.24.2012

Trailer: Django Unchained

This new trailer for Django Unchained is "off the chain." We get a little more of DiCaprio's Calvin Candie (more aggressive than he was in the previous trailer), more of Django's blue suit thing, more guns and shooty action-...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 10.19.2012

New character posters for 'Django Unchained'

If, somehow, you had forgotten all of the awesome people that were starring in Django Unchained, these new snazzy character posters will quickly remind you why you should be excited for Quentin Tarantinto's next big thing. Ja...

Thor Latham

Trailer: Django Unchained photo
Trailer: Django Unchained
by Hubert Vigilla

New trailer for Django Unchained. It still comes out Christmas. We still want to see it bad.

'Nuff said. (Get well soon, Stan Lee.)

[Via First Showing]

view full story + comments

12:00 PM on 08.20.2012

Anthony LaPaglia leaves "out of control" Django Unchained

Anthony LaPaglia is the latest actor to leave Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. You may recall that Kevin Costner left the production last year to be replaced by Kurt Russell, who left the production with Sacha Baron Cohe...

Hubert Vigilla

1:00 PM on 06.13.2012

International Trailer: Django Unchained

Less than a week after the awesome trailer debut, we've got an international trailer for QT's Django Unchained. It's definitely got a lot more of Tarantino's signature sort of humor than the last trailer, which took a more a...

Alex Katz

Trailer: Django Unchained photo
Trailer: Django Unchained
by Alex Katz

The official release of the Django Unchained trailer is here again!

I can't really say anything else. This looks awesome. I didn't care for Inglorious Basterds, but this is going a long way to redeem my faith in Ol' Foot Lover. Also, dig the shout out to Xander's Cult Club favorite, Django (yes, that IS Franco Nero at the end!).

And since we're all in an E3 mood, these are my feelings towards the trailer

view full story + comments

Kurt Russell leaves Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained photo
Kurt Russell leaves Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained
by Xander Markham

Quentin Tarantino might be starting to wonder whether the role of Ace Woody in his end-of-year Western Django Unchained is cursed. The role was originally occupied by Kevin Costner, but the actor dropped out late last year due to scheduling conflicts. Kurt Russell, a one-time Tarantino alum via Death Proof, stepped into the breach, but has now stepped out again with no reason given. The character is undeniably controversial - Woody trains slaves to fight in public matches - but you know what you're getting when you sign on with Tarantino. The movie is scheduled to release on Christmas Day of this year, so the director will have to get a move on in signing a third actor for the part.

Also dropping out is Sacha Baron Cohen, of Ali G and Brüno fame. He was set to cameo in a small role, but press duties for The Dictator got in the way. Cohen is a fun presence, but given how insufferably Mike Myers' cameo in Inglourious Basterds turned out, I'm not too cut up about this one. With Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Sam Jackson and Kerry Washington still hanging around, the movie certainly isn't shy of talent - let's just try not to lose any more, eh, Quentin?

[via Collider]

view full story + comments

First official Django Unchained pictures photo
First official Django Unchained pictures
by Jason Savior

While there's never a shortage of reasons to get excited for a new Quentin Tarantino film, the above screenshot has perked my ears for Django Unchained in a way they hadn't been before. One of two released this morning, it shows Leonardo DiCaprio as pugilistic plantation profiteer Calvin Candie. The thought of seeing DiCaprio as an extravagantly written Tarantino villain has me more interested in this than any of the far more earnest roles he's played in recent memory.

The other picture shows stars Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, who won Best Supporting Actor for Inglourious Basterds. The two play freed slave, Django, and his mentor in bounty hunting, Dr. King Schultz, respectively. The cast also includes Kerry Washington, Sacha Baron Cohen, and the always frisson-inducing Samuel L. Jackson. Django Unchained releases December 25 this year.

[EW via FirstShowing]

view full story + comments

9:00 AM on 04.12.2012

Update: Poster for Django Unchained is red and spanishy

Update: We just got the English version in. Check it out below in pretty high-res. When it comes to reporting on news regarding Tarantino's Django Unchained, it's always been a matter of odd casting choices, who has pull...

Andres Bolivar

Joseph Gordon-Levitt leaves Tarantino's Django Unchained photo
Joseph Gordon-Levitt leaves Tarantino's Django Unchained
by Xander Markham

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has officially departed Quentin Tarantino's Western, Django Unchained, citing a scheduling conflict believed to be related to his upcoming directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction. He was only expected to play a small part in the movie (possibly Roy, one among a three-strong gang of Australian outlaw brothers), so it's possible Tarantino will write the role out of the script entirely, as he did when Michael Kenneth Williams was unable to sign up.

Fans of the actor will have plenty of opportunities to see him in many of this year's most anticipated projects, including The Dark Knight Rises and Looper. Tarantino, meanwhile, still has his usual constellation cast ready to shine, with Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Russell and, of course, Sam Jackson all on board. Everyone's talking about Dark Knight, Prometheus and Avengers, but Django has a great chance of being a late entry winner in the Best of 2012.

[via Collider]

view full story + comments

2:00 PM on 11.17.2011

QT finds his Django Unchained editor, DP

Normally, I wouldn't be interested in making a story out of a given filmmaker choosing new editors and directors of photography, unless they're picking up some legendary figure from the field. In the case of Django Unchained,...

Alex Katz

12:00 PM on 11.17.2011

Michael K. Williams misses Django, but bags a Snitch

Michael K. Williams, star of The Wire, Boardwalk Empire and occasional guest spots in Community (please watch it, Nielsen households of America! Or at least leave it on in the background for the rest of our sakes...), has unf...

Xander Markham