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12:00 PM on 08.19.2014

FlixList: Ten Cartoons that Deserve Big Movies

Cartoons are great. Growing up, I loved to get up early weekend mornings (Fox Kids on Saturday, WB Kids on Sunday) and rush home from school during the week to catch all the best cartoons. Before the advent of DVR, piracy, an...

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Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Robin Williams' best performances photo
Robin Williams' best performances
by Flixist Staff

Every time there is a major death in any industry the internet is bombarded in the following days with news posts and features and all sorts of other content that blur the line between legitimacy and exploitation. There have been times where we've actively avoided writing anything more than an initial (depressed) announcement, but here is an exception. Robin Williams's wife, Susan Schneider, gave a statement that read:

I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.

It is with that in mind that we decided to write this.

Let the celebration begin.

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Flixist Community Discusses: Guardians of the Galaxy photo
Flixist Community Discusses: Guardians of the Galaxy
by Nick Valdez

Guardians of the Galaxy has caused quite a stir in the Flixist Community. It's blown up on Twitter, Facebook, and I've even heard some of my non-fan friends discussing it for some reason. It's got the kind of pull I haven't seen since Marvel debuted the first Iron Man movie. 

Even if I don't completely like it myself, it's still an invigoration of the tired Marvel Studios plan, so folks have been heaping praise. But I wanted to know what folks liked (or did not like) about it specifically. Thanks to Flixist Community Discusses, we'll discover why Guardians of the Galaxy may or may not be successful in what it set out to do

Gathered from the comments and Twitter, here's what the Flixist Community thinks of Guardians of the Galaxy. Spoilers ahead! 

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Hey everyone, let's talk about Guardians of the Galaxy! photo
Hey everyone, let's talk about Guardians of the Galaxy!
by Nick Valdez

A few weeks back, I started this segment where I gathered the community's opinions on big movies. It's been gone for awhile due to a lack of interesting films, but now's a good time to bring it back as any. So what did you all think of Guardians of the Galaxy? I liked it, but didn't love it enough to put it in our "Great" category. 

I'm interested as to what you all think, so I'll gather all of your responses (labeled with who wrote them, of course), and pepper in some responses from the Flixist staff, into one post as "Flixist Community Discusses."

Leave a comment below, hit me up on Twitter (@Valdezology), or even send me an email at nick@flixist.com (if you have anything particularly spoilery). The community post will go live Friday, August 8th at 12PM CST, so I'll be taking responses until then!

Where does Guardians of the Galaxy stand, Flixist community? Would you let this movie guard your galaxy? Get your opinions in folks!

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FlixList: Ten Crimes I'd Commit During a Real Purge photo
FlixList: Ten Crimes I'd Commit During a Real Purge
by Nick Valdez

With The Purge: Anarchy in theaters and another #CrimeDay in the history books, I've been thinking about crime for a bit now. In the series, everyone and their mothers are so focused on committing violent crimes they don't see the bigger picture. A futuristic utopia where everyone secretly wants to murder each other may make for witty satire, but it doesn't always provide room for other things. 

With the kind of flexibility 12 hours of consequence free crime a Purge would provide, I figured I'd write a list of ten things I'd do with that time.

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NYAFF Non-Review: 3D Naked Ambition is the weirdest movie I've ever seen photo
NYAFF Non-Review: 3D Naked Ambition is the weirdest movie I've ever seen
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

It's been an odd week. On Monday, we posted my review of R100, a film so crazy it inspired a man to eat his shirt. On Tuesday, we posted my review of Why Don't You Play in Hell?, a film so insane that it inspired a man to make a shirt-eating bet in the first place. But those were warm ups. What I was really doing was priming myself to write about quite literally the weirdest movie I have seen in my entire life: 3D Naked Ambition.

I always kind of expected the weirdest movie ever to be from Japan. I mean, that's where the previously two mentioned films and other bonkers stories like The Warped Forest came from. That movie has fruit with actual vaginas.

But 3D Naked Ambition has risen to the top. How, you might ask? Well...

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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Review Companion: An analysis of Coherence's characters and plot photo
Review Companion: An analysis of Coherence's characters and plot
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

This is not a review, not really. We posted our official review of Coherence yesterday, but it's a review that says a lot about the film while also saying nothing. And it had to be that way, because any serious discussion of the plot will inevitably ruin the film's central conceit, something that is best left as a surprise. You can still enjoy Coherence after it's been spoiled, but I wouldn't want to put something in that position just because they wanted to know if it's worth watching.

(It is.)

And you should see it before some less considerate critic ruins it for you. Once you've done that, come back here and read the rest of this, or read it now if you don't care about spoilers. But either way, I'm writing under the assumption that you have read (or at least skimmed) the full review. This will be focusing on different things. It is a companion after all, not a replacement.

It's also the first time we've ever done something like this. So if you have any thoughts on this, please let me know.

And with that: SPOILER ALERT.

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Dear Warner Brothers: an open letter regarding your fledgling cinematic universe photo
Dear Warner Brothers: an open letter regarding your fledgling cinematic universe
by Sean Walsh

(Spoiler alert ahead.)

Dear Warner Brothers,

You don't know who I am, but that's okay. I'm just another avid comic fan who is excited about the prospect of a cinematic universe that could possibly counter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a fan who straddles the line, reading equal shares of Marvel and DC, I couldn't be more excited at the prospect of a Shazam movie, or a Green Lantern/Flash team-up, or a badass Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot that would make Clash of the Titans look like an Asylum film.

That all being said, you have a wonderful opportunity on your hands and, as an enormous fan, I beg you: DO NOT BLOW IT. That opportunity, of course, is to merge your film universe with the surprisingly rich world of Arrow. Why? I'm glad you asked...

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Why technology shouldn't resurrect the dead photo
Why technology shouldn't resurrect the dead
by Jonathan Wray

When an actor signs on to commit to a particular film, they don't anticipate that they'll be dead before the contract is up. Hollywood stars are people too, and the grim reaper waits for no one. When an actor passes on, that's it, they're done. Everything that they've put out up to that point has had their own personal seal of approval. It really bothers me that now, thanks to amazing advances in technology, we kind of toss all of that out the window just so we can selfishly see them one last time.

When I first saw the video of Tupac's performance at Coachella, I got goosebumps. I had never seen a concert of his, so when I saw him on stage, I was seeing him for the first time. At the time, I thought it was the coolest thing on earth. Think about the implications this technology has! You can see Nirvana perform live right in front of you! You could record video messages for loved ones to watch long after you had passed! Truly, we're living in the future.

I don't feel that way anymore.

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Flixist Community Discusses: X-Men: Days of Future Past photo
Flixist Community Discusses: X-Men: Days of Future Past
by Nick Valdez

X-Men: Days of Future Past is the seventh X-Men film. Let that sink in for a moment. From the time the X-Men series began we've had world politics change forever, several global warming scares, and three different incarnations of the Hulk. It's been a wild ride. Days of Future Past is like a time capsule of the 00s, a time where heroes wearing black leather is still cool, things don't need to make sense, and old men are fearsome villains. 

But was it all worth it? Although I thought it was good in my review, did the Flixist Community agree? Thanks to Flixist Community Discusses, we'll discover why DOFP may or may not be successful in what it set out to do! 

Gathered from the comments (from both the opinions post and the review) and Twitter, here's what the Flixist Community thinks of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Spoilers ahead! 

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8:00 AM on 05.29.2014

Hey everyone, let's talk about X-Men: Days of Future Past!

UPDATE: Last day for those opinions!  Since the last two editions have been met with success, let's try another Flixist Community Discusses for X-Men: Days of Future Past! This time the criticism I've seen has most defin...

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Six filmmakers who should direct Star Wars spin-offs photo
Six filmmakers who should direct Star Wars spin-offs
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

When Disney killed the Star Wars Expanded Universe last month, they negated decades of side stories that fleshed out the galaxy far, far away. But they left open the door for a new Expanded Universe, one filled with canon spin-offs that may have to cede some creative control for the sake of narrative consistency, but could allow for some amazing stories to be told that make the “real” Star Wars universe a much more consistently quality world for those who wants to dive into everything (assuming, of course, you ignore the prequels).

Gareth Edwards, director of the just-released Godzilla remake, is the first director to try his hand at this whole spin-off thing, with a film set for December 16, 2016. And while Edwards will probably do a fine job (especially if they give him something involving giant monsters), there are some other directors we’d love to see tackle the Star Wars universe and really expand it in an interesting way.

And once you’ve read through our list, let us know who else you’d like to direct and what you think they should do with the franchise.

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Poultrygeist: The Movie Buffalo, NY Deserves photo
Poultrygeist: The Movie Buffalo, NY Deserves
by Mike Cosimano

I was born and raised just outside of Buffalo, New York. It took me 19 years before I managed to escape this rotting hellhole. Even then I have to go back every so often. Living in this area is nothing short of miserable, and it seems the film world knows it. Sure, there have been movies set or filmed in the Buffalo area here and there, but (aside from Bruce Almighty), none of them have been enormous blockbusters. They aren’t particularly memorable either.

But...there is another. Enter Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead; a horror/comedy/musical gorefest from the seemingly indestructable shlock factory Troma Entertainment.

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Flixist Community Discusses: Godzilla photo
Flixist Community Discusses: Godzilla
by Nick Valdez

Having recently seen Godzilla last Monday, I was extremely surprised to find out the wacky reactions it had brought out in people. Much like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a few weeks ago, opinions were pretty split down the middle toward either extreme. Most of the folks I talked to either hated it or loved it. I've also heard lots of the same criticisms too (Not enough Godzilla, too long, boring, etc.). So I wanted to get to the bottom of this. 

After the wound from Roland Emmerich's Godzilla reboot has finally healed, did we really get the American Godzilla movie we deserve? Thanks to Flixist Community Discusses, we'll discover why Godzilla may or may not be successful in what it set out to do

Gathered from the comments (from both the opinions post and the review) and Twitter, here's what the Flixist Community thinks of GodzillaAnd fair warning, spoilers ahead! 

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Hey everyone, let's talk about Godzilla!   photo
Hey everyone, let's talk about Godzilla!
by Nick Valdez

After the success of our last Flixist Community Discusses (featuring The Amazing Spider-Man 2), let's have another go around with Godzilla. Once again, through talk on Twitter, film critics, and friends, I've been getting a lot of mixed feedback with Gareth Edwards' Godzilla. I've yet to see the film myself (but that should have changed by the time you read this), but I'm now a bit warier than I was before. 

But, I need your opinions on the matter folks. If you've seen the movie, I want a reason why you may have liked or disliked the film. I'll gather all of your responses (labeled with who wrote them, of course), and pepper in some responses from the Flixist staff, into one post as "Flixist Community Discusses."

If you're ready, leave a comment below, hit me up on Twitter (@Valdezology), or even send me an email at nick@flixist.com. The community post will go live Friday, May 23rd at 12PM CST, so I'll be taking responses until then!

Where does Godzilla stand, Flixist community? King of the Monsters or the King of the Losers? 

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How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot photo
How To Do It: Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Reboot
by Nick Valdez

The Power Rangers series is an odd one. It started out as one of Saban Entertainment's many attempts to re-dub a Japanese kids show for American audiences and turned into a juggernaut spanning 21 seasons, comics, videogames, and most importantly, three movies. Something about these rainbow spandex warriors connected with kids far more than Big Bad Beetleborgs, Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog, or VR Troopers ever did. 

With Lionsgate's (distributor of many big and current teen franchises like Divergent, The Hunger Games, Twilight) and Saban's recent announcement of a brand new Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers film, I revisited the show to try and figure how a new movie would work. Here's how to do it juuuuuust right. 

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Flixist Community Discusses: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo
Flixist Community Discusses: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
by Nick Valdez

Thanks to the Spider-Man property's massive popularity, talking about its movies are the most fun. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already started out in a hole since it seemed like a cynical sequel to Sony's original cynical property hogging (Sony can keep the Spider-Man license as long as it continues to make Spider-Man movies), but most folks were still holding out hope that this time it'd be different. 

After the film's release, more so than the first film, criticism seemed particularly divided amongst our community. Some absolutely loved it, and some absolutely loathed it. Because I wanted to get to the bottom of why the opinions varied so much, we now have Flixist Community Discusses, a series in which we'll discover why a film may or may not be successful in what it set out to do. 

Gathered from the comments (from both the opinions post and the review) and Twitter, here's what the Flixist Community thinks of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Some spoilers ahead!

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Hey everyone, let's talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2!  photo
Hey everyone, let's talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2!
by Nick Valdez

From all of the talk I've seen here in the comments, on Twitter, and other film critics, everyone seems to be divided with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Much like the response to the first film, we have both extreme negative and positive reactions to the sequel. Some out right hate the thing, and some really enjoyed it. I want to get to the bottom of this, so I'm going to need the help of the Flixist community. 

If you've seen the movie, I want a reason why you may have liked or disliked the film. I'll gather all of your responses (labeled with who wrote them, of course), and pepper in some responses from the Flixist staff, into one post as "Flixist Community Discusses." If we all talk, and we see the varied opinions of all of you folks, I'm sure we'll get to the root of Spider-Man 2's problem. I think this can be fun! 

So, if you're ready, leave a comment below, hit me up on Twitter (@Valdezology), or even send me an email at nick@flixist.com. The community post will go live Thursday, May 8th at 12PM CST, so I'll be taking responses until then! Hope you'll join the conversation! 

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Flixist's pants-off-in-excitement summer movie preview photo
Flixist's pants-off-in-excitement summer movie preview
by Flixist Staff

Summer! Summer! Summer! Step right up and get your big blockbusters for the next three months (and maybe a few indies too). Once again the thrilling and death-defying staff of Flixist is giving  you the run down on what excites us the most this summer, and boy howdy is it a great time to go watch movies.

So ladies and gents (if any of you are gentleman out there), kick up your feet sit back and enjoy what's sure to be the only summer preview that is guaranteed to have you so excited you'll remove your trousers! Remember before you scream out, "Wait! Where is X-Men: Days of Future Past," that these are the movies the staff is most looking forward to, not just a regular old run down of summer films. That's what makes it so exciting!

(Note: Trouser removal not guaranteed.)

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The 15 greatest yelled lines in the history of cinema photo
The 15 greatest yelled lines in the history of cinema
by Matthew Razak

Yelling has been an integral part of cinema since the first talkies came to be. I bet you didn't know that the original screenplay for The Jazz Singer was typed in all caps and was supposed to be yelled the entire time. That's a true fact. But we've come so far now in terms of great yelling/screaming/shouting in cinema so, inspired by Dwayne Johnson's epic yell at the end of the new Hercules trailer, we bring you the best lines ever yelled in cinema.

When brain storming this list it got kind of crazy long so we've made a few rules. The first is that we're capping it at 15 because if not we could basically go on forever, especially with Nic Cage's career. That brings us to the second rule: each actor or series only gets one yell. Our first attempt at this list turned out to simply be Star Wars, Arnold and Stallone, and while that is an awesome list it kind of left out some big ones. Finally, it has to be dialog. Simply shouting "AAAAHHHH" will not qualify for this list, though there are plenty of fantastic onomatopoeic shouts out there.

With those rules nailed down, put your headphones on, crank it up to 11 and lets get loud. 

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Michael & Mike See a Movie: Joe photo
Michael & Mike See a Movie: Joe
by Michael Jordan

This Episode we take a look at the new Nicolas Cage movie Joe, as well as a bonus top 10 Nicolas Cage moments in movies.

 

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4:00 PM on 04.07.2014

Movie Monday for April 07, 2014

  Sunny LA got some wetness this week as we had a bit of that water stuff that falls from the sky, rain, I think its called. Whelp lets get down to the new you might have missed.

Michael Jordan