This is it guys ... the final episode of Flixistentialism as we know it. The gang plus some old (white) faces of Flixist past get together and reminisce on this long journey of a podcast we've all embarked on. There's fantasy...
Bit late this week because reasons (same ones that explain why my video quality is so terrible), but opinions never die, so whatever!
Although most of us have probably already forgotten that the Oscars happened a mere 6 days...
Looking back over the years at our Oscar predictions its almost scary how often we're right. In fact we're right all the time. Some times the Academy might make the wrong choice, but feel safe in knowing that our Oscar predictions are clearly 100 percent accurate no matter what. That's why you don't need to read any other Oscar predictions but ours.
Below you'll find not only predictions on what is going to win, but also what should win and what will make us break things if they happen. Seriously. We got worked up. If you don't believe me join us for our live Google Hangout the night of. You may see a chair get thrown through a television if things go poorly.
True story: Reviewing movies is not all sunshine and rainbows. Like any job, there are parts of it that really kind of suck. This week, I decided to talk about one that was particularly relevant to my life: feeling bad about telling people they're bad at things.
I don't like writing negative reviews. If I had my way, every review I ever wrote would be positive and happy, but that's not how it works. Movies are bad, and I have to say it like it is. That's how this works. But it doesn't mean I don't sometimes feel bad about that reality. It doesn't really affect my writing in any meaningful way, so I'm just sort of complaining to complain, but if you were ever wondering if I have emotions and feel things, there you go.
In honor of the Robocop remake that I still haven't seen yet but is apparently pretty good, this week, members of the Flixist staff took to their cameras to talk about their favorite remakes. (Spoiler: nobody said Robocop.)
Once you've heard our thoughts, let us know yours in the comments below, and then go to our YouTube channel and subscribe, then like every video we've ever done and flood your friends with Flixist content. They'll be so overwhelmed they'll have no choice but to fall in love with us like you probably haven't (but should).
Last week, I saw a movie I didn't like very much, but I found the fact that I didn't like it interesting. I got about halfway through writing the review when I realized that I would rather talk about it than write. Hence this week's edition of After the Credits. I didn't really get into the idea of empathy (and maybe I should have), but another person being a human isn't reason enough to feel for them (especially when, as in a film, they aren't actually human). There needs to be something more there.
Good films have that something else, the thing that makes you feel something other than disinterest when terrible things happen to its characters. But when a character in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear had her leg broken by someone she had apparently wronged in the past? I didn't feel a thing.
If you enjoyed the video, please head over to the YouTube page and like it and subscribe to our channel (we hit 100 subscribers! WHOO!) check below for previous videos in the series. This is the 10th! That's actually kind of a milestone. Double whoo!
Wondering who the hell these Guardian folks are. Don't worry we can fill you in second by second in our new Trailer Theater series. We take a look at the First Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, and bring you up to speed about why you should care about Marvel's space comic epic with back story, character relation, and info about Marvel Phase 3.
Happy Valentine's Day everybody! Some of you are watching this video because you have nothing else to do today, and others are terrified that they're going to show their significant other the wrong thing and end their nights on a sour note.
If you're that latter person, we've got your back. Well, most of us. Liz totally didn't answer the question, but she's adorable so whatever.
Once you've heard our thoughts, let us know about your choices for the worst (and they can be stories or movies that you just know won't work out). Then like the video on YouTube and subscribe to our channel. That'd make all of us feel loved, which is what today is supposed to be about. Probably.
Lets face it, Valentine's Day has become so compressed with corporate Hallmark cards, that no company has the chance to make Valentines with the reckless abandon that we used to see back in the late 80's and early 90's.
And that is where we come in with the blatant disregard for any relation to sense, to give you Valentines themed after the movies we know you love as much as your significant other. So make sure to copy these and send them to your sweet heart so he or she really knows that you care, because nothing says love more than movie references.
Sure, the role that was once filled by After the Credits has been replaced by Michael Jordan's Movie Monday, but I like the name After the Credits, so I'm keeping it. This week, I'm pulling back the curtain just a little bit to talk about Flixist's review scores, specifically discussing why I gave The Raid 2: Berandal the score I did, despite not being completely blown away by its narrative.
If you've ever wondered what sort of thoughts go into making decisions like that, you might find this interesting. And if you haven't, you probably won't. But you should watch it anyway, then like it and subscribe to our awesome YouTube channel that is growing more interesting and original by the minute. (And by that I mean every few days.) The intention is for this to return as a weekly series, posting each Wednesday (day early this week), so watch out for them going forward! And if there's anything you want me to talk about, let me know and maybe that'll be a future topic.
Theatrical re-releases are a big thing nowadays. Whether it's Oscar-hopefuls like Gravity and Captain Phillips returning to theaters to score some mindshare or big events like the 4K projection of Lawrence of Arabia, missing a movie in theaters the first time around may not mean you won't get the chance to see it at all.
What do you all think about that trend? We've certainly got some thoughts, and this video has a pretty big cast (including a surprise appearance from the guy who used to have half of my job), so buckle in and get ready to be inundated with the best damn movie opinions on the entire internet.
And once you've done that, head over to our YouTube channel and like every single video we've ever done and then subscribe so you can continue to do that for every video going forward. Then come back and comment on things and be an active member of our community, because doing so will make everyone a better human being.
When Bong Joon-Ho announced that he was making Snowpiercer as his English-language debut, Americans let out a collective, "Hmm?" Nobody had any idea what Snowpiercer was, because it had never been released in English. But thanks to the good people at Titan Comics, those of us waiting for Harvey Weinstein to stop destroying what will undoubtedly be the greatest film ever created have the chance to see what inspired the project in the first place.
So this is only film related in the vaguest sense, but the new cover does have the word "film" on it. So you know what?
Last week some of our ranks recorded ourselves talking briefly about our most anticipated films of 2014, and now we’re looking at some of those films more in depth as well as mentioning others that we missed. 2013 was a pretty amazing year (we’re all still catching up on the best of the best), and we can only hope that this year will be even better.
But even if it’s not, the non-exhaustive list you’ll find below shows that there’s a whole lot of stuff worth looking forward to.
Time to get excited, but you really should have been already. I mean, it's been 2014 for an entire month already.
I don't like the term "guilty pleasure," because I feel like everyone should totally own the things that they like. That being said, there are certain tastes that I don't shout from the rooftops, and all but the most socially-inept have those as well. Today, some of our lovely Flixist staffers have taken to their cameras to shout them from some proverbial rooftops.
And once you've heard about their embarrassing/weird secret-ish loves, tell us yours in the comments below. Then head over to our YouTube page and like every video we've ever made and then subscribe so you can keep doing that always and forever going forward. You'll feel super good about it.
We're done looking at the past, and now it's time to look to the future. This week, various Flixist writers have looked into video cameras and talked about the films that they expect to blow them away in 2014.
Obviously we've missed a lot of amazing looking films, so if you have any thoughts of your own, please add them in the comments below. And then subscribe to our YouTube channel, because it'll make us feel good and you'll feel good about making us feel good.
[Editor's note: Sorry this took so long. It was set to go two days ago, but YouTube was being a bit of a dick.]
Welcome Movie Fan. It's Monday again, and we are slowly conditioning you to watch this show. So do it. This week we take a look at some of the top stories that you might have missed, while having had way to much coffee. So turn on, tune in, and Flix out.
As our unofficial two weeks of arbitrary best of 2013 lists comes to a close, it seemed fitting to cap the whole thing off with a couple of actual Best Of lists. Nick posted his picks earlier in the day, and now I'm doing mine. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see everything I wanted to see (and I list a bunch that would likely have made this list quite a bit different than it is), but that's just the way it is sometimes. There are just too many movies.
As with any list, the numbers you see below are somewhat arbitrary. The top ten is pretty solidified (I think), but the last five could have been switched with nearly any of the honorable mentions and I would have still been happy with it.
All told, I recommend nearly thirty films, and if you've missed any of them, you've done yourself a disservice. So check this out, tell me what films I might have missed (and not acknowledged missing), and then go see everything you've missed. It's gonna be awesome.
You're probably thinking, "Who's this Nick guy and why should I care about what movies he liked the most?" Let me introduce myself. I'm Nick Valdez, News Editor of Flixist. I'm the guy who wrote about 25 Christmas flicks last December, someone who really likes movies, tight pants that show off my sweet bod, and listening to songs about butterflies on the Internet.
Throughout 2013 I had reviewed 18 movies, and although it may not seem like a lot in retrospect, it's a huge step up for me. I've gotten comfortable with my taste in film and matured my sense of criticism. The reason I bring any of this up is because 2013 was an excellent year for me to plunge completely in. It was full of spectacular successes and failures. There have been some bad movies, but even those films were average at worst. Every film is trying harder to stand out, and they'll need to leave a mark, given that the next two years are going to be swarmed by blockbusters. And 2015? Anything non-Disney related can call it day.
With that being said, I tried to pick the 15 films I loved the most. The order may be true as of this writing, but it's most likely to change over time. But this is definitely what I feel right now. I may have missed out on some of the bigger gems like Gravity, Blue is the Warmest Color, and F**king Planes, but I'm sure I've made the right decisions. Let's get to it.
Our final retrospective The (Movie) Question for the year is a look at our favorite films of 2013. Note that these are not necessarily the best films of 2013 (my pick, for example, is only my number 6 overall for the year), just ones that made a notable impact. They can be the same, of course, but they aren't necessarily.
We're joined this week by an animated character, which is seven kinds of bizarre, but hey, whatever. That's something.
Once you've seen and/or heard our thoughts, let us know what film was your favorite of the year looking back. And then subscribe to our YouTube channel, because we're really trying to kick up video stuff over there.
[Note that nobody chose Spring Breakers. I just wanted an image that was eye-catching.]