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...
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 se...
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.]
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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 2a 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 Godzilla. And fair warning, spoilers ahead!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
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.
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!
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 email@example.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!
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!
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.
Welcome to the first (maybe last) episode of Michael & Mike See a Movie!
This week we got a chance to explore the horror movie Oculus, and tell you about our first impressions right off the bat. Have some laughs, get informed, and have some fun while we talk about a horror movie with allot of interesting ideas.
Godzilla is quickly approaching, and there is a distinctive lack of talk about how amazing this is and what it means to international audiences.Get ready to get informed as we dissect this trailer, and talk about the TWO big bad monster that will be showing up in this film.
In France, Le Transperceneige was released as three volumes: L'échappe (The Escape), in 1984; L'arpenteur (The Surveyor), in 1999; and La traversée (The Crossing), in 2000. In the space between the first volume's release and the second, writer Jacques Lob passed away, and when it was time to bring the story back, his duties were taken by Benjamin Legrand.
In 2014, there are only two volumes being released, but they tell the entire story. The Surveyor and The Crossing, which were part of the same story (one taking place long after The Escape), have been combined, making each of Titan's volumes functionally complete. It also means that The Explorers is a bit longer, and as such it carries a $5 premium over The Escape.
But The Explorers is also better than The Escape, so I'd say the extra cost is justified.
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 ago, there are still things left to be said about it. Not a ton of things, necessarily, because this year was surprisingly acceptable, but things nonetheless.
Once you've watched, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And then subscribe to our YouTube channel, because that's what all the cool kids are doing, and you want to be a cool kid, right? (Yeah you do!)