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Fantastic Four Tent Drama

Josh Trank directed parts of Fantastic Four in a tent and even more behind-the-scenes drama


Directorial intent vs. Director-in-tent
Aug 13
// Hubert Vigilla
So Fantastic Four is a dud, as John-Charles noted in his review, one that will lead to a $60 million loss for Fox. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes drama between Fox and director Josh Trank as we noted earl...
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Fox (probably) still plans to do Fantastic Four 2 for some reason


Rights, mainly
Aug 12
// Matt Liparota
Last week, Fox's latest take on Marvel's Fantastic Four hit theaters to meager box office and much fanfare – the overwhelming majority of it negative. The unmitigated crappiness of Fantastic Four kept the Internet Hot T...
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Cassius and Clay

Archer creator's new post-apocalyptic show Cassius and Clay sounds amazing


Aug 11
// Nick Valdez
FXX has just picked up what might be the best animated series of 2016. To premiere alongside Archer (which is moving to FXX as a lead in), Cassius and Clay is a post-apocalyptic action comedy in the American South writte...

Review: Fantastic Four

Aug 08 // John-Charles Holmes
[embed]219745:42538:0[/embed] Fantastic FourDirector: Josh TrankRelease Date: August 7, 2015Rating: PG-13 The Fantastic Four is one of Marvel’s oldest comic book series, telling the tale of a group of scientists turned into mutants after a freak experiment goes awry. There’s Reed Richards (Miles Teller), who can stretch his body like elastic, Sue Storm (Kate Mara), who can turn invisible and produce energetic shields, Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), who becomes a living fireball, and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell), whose entire exterior is turned into cragged rock. The team decide to use these powers to fight crime and protect the world—it’s one of Marvel’s most colorful send-up series, and this recent movie just decides not to take advantage of its classic appeal. Fantastic Four is much more concerned with focusing on their origins. That’s right, the entire two hours of this film is one big origin story. In this interpretation, Reed and Ben are childhood friends who grow up together to work on and eventually travel through an interdimensional teleporter which causes of the horrific accident. By the time the accident actually creates the Fantastic Four and villain Doctor Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbel) the rest of the running time is spent watching the characters explore their powers and keep themselves out of the hands of the government. You know, because government is bad? Folks, I’m gonna be upfront with you-- this movie is an absolute mess. By focusing so much on where the Fantastic Four comes from, we never get a good idea of who they are. Ben Grimm aka “The Thing” is arguably one of Marvel’s most tragic heroes next to the Hulk and that’s never really touched on over the course of the film. Just about every character is a one-dimensional caricature that gets across basic personalities fast. The scientists are curt and over-analytical, Sue and Johnny’s father is the overprotective parent, Victor von Doom is the aloof hacker kid—there’s just not much the movie has to work with in terms of character here and it hurts for it. There are some great opportunities for character development, be it how Reed and Ben grow distant after being childhood best friends, how Ben has his humanity stripped away when he becomes a living mountain, or Sue and Doom’s past romance that is briefly teased a few times… but instead the movie is constantly jumping ahead in time, just skipping over what would make for an interesting film. Instead, the focus goes entirely on lightly exploring their powers. To their credit, this does lead up to the only worthwhile sequence in the film, with everyone realizing just how their bodies have mutated. The tension and horror of this moment is ripped straight out of a horror film, but ultimately lacks any lasting punch as they never even revisit this trauma any further. Recent Marvel productions have proven that they have a good sense of how to manage the emotional budget of characters, story, and action. Without this balance, Fantastic Four feels more like a superhero movie from the mid-2000’s—all origin, no character, and those really awkward looking “contemporary” costume designs. Even the action of the movie is lackluster—in fact, there’s only one fight scene and its at the very end of the movie. By the time the movie got there, I had no investment, no interest, and minimal context. Honestly, if I didn’t have to watch it to write this review, I would’ve walked out in the final 20 minutes of the film. Perhaps this film may see a second life on home media where internet critics and drunken friends alike will laugh at the Asylum quality special effects (you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a man get pelted with styrofoam rocks, thusly transforming him into The Thing), the stilted writing, the painful acting, and awkward pacing. I can think of no good reason why anyone should watch this movie. It feels outdated, boring, and about half an hour way too long. In favor of going on for a few more paragraphs as to why Fantastic Four is a mess of a movie that should be avoided at all costs, I instead choose to leave you with a short list of notes I made on the movie while watching it, as they are far more entertaining than this movie itself will ever be. For the entirety of the movie, The Thing does not wear pants. An entire year passes in movie time and he still does not wear pants. This is made more distressing by the fact that he has a rock ass and also possibly a rock dick. This movie was so bad, Stan Lee didn’t even make a cameo. Is this the first time he just hasn’t shown up during a Marvel movie? (Note: It is not. He has a history of not appearing in some of the worst Marvel features.) At one point, Doctor Doom blows up a government man with his mind like in Scanners. It is never explained what his powers are or why he becomes evil. The highlight of the entire film was a five second cameo by Tim Heidecker as Reed’s father. He actually gets a full screen credit at the end. I remind you once more that The Thing doesn’t wear pants and has a visible ass-crack throughout the span of the movie. Do not see this movie.
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Snaxist: Denny's Slamtastic Four Menu

Aug 05 // Nick Valdez
The Invisible Woman Slam Usually I take on these foods alone, so I had grown accustomed to getting one dish at a time. As I finished one I'd slowly make my way to the next in an effort to become one amorphous blob of constant digestion. But on this trip I hadn't calculated how bringing others would alter the rhythm and that was the first of my many, many mistakes. They had brought us all of the food at once (sans desserts because I'm not made of money, you jerks) and it was certainly a sight to behold. In fact, I had become intimidated by the beast in front me. Staring the lion in the eyes, frozen until one of us made our move. If I had been alone, this would've been the end of my journey. Thankfully, one of my compadres began eating and I snapped out of my fear coma.  The Invisible Woman Slam's main feature are its blueberry pancakes topped with other fruit as everything else is what you'd expect from a standard grand slam. Covered with a sickly sweet glaze from the fruit, it was quite tasty really. Pancakes weren't too doughy, and it was definitely better before you added syrup. Lots of soaked in flavors (without feeling like I ate a stick of butter), but very heavy. But this would be far from the heaviest thing on the menu.  The Fantastic Four-Cheese Omelette As this was the first dish I took on alone, I felt ill prepared. I had recently moved to New York and grown accustomed to a lighter diet lacking in all of the heavy meats and cheeses I used to eat back in my hometown of Viking Land. It's like I wanted to climb Mt. Everest after retiring thirty years prior. But like with any massive undertaking, I couldn't climb the mountain until I took the first step. But I was still so nervous. What would this beast do to me? How would I change? Could I just go back to the modern world once I've become one of the savages? So I took the first bite and, nevertheless, slowly became the monster I used to know.  The Fantastic Four Cheese Omelette (neglecting a representation for Mr. Fantastic since that dude's such a nerd, and nerds don't eat food) was touted as stuffed with cheddar, swiss, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses and it certainly delivered on that front. As a startup meal (or if it's you're only dish seeing as how the rest of you are smart thinking adults) it's perfectly fine, but it's basically the same as any other omelette du fromage. I never did get my two pieces of toast though. I know I had I food mountain in front of me, but I feel like I really did miss out on that toast.  The Thing Burger  Before I knew it, the omelet was gone. I faded in and out slowly. The plates in front of me were just some random blurring motions. Yet, I still felt the hunger. It compelled me forward as my conscious mind begged for it to stop. "Why are you doing this to yourself?" "Please, stop." and "Is this truly what you want out of life?" were all questions my body seemed to ignore as I moved toward the next dish. I felt my jaw unhinge in order to completely destroy the meal in front me. In my savage mind, it was the only way. But my body was slowly changing. Palms were sweaty, knees weak, arms were heavy, and there was vomit on my sweater already, mom's spaghetti... The Thing Burger was the item I most looked forward to. It's the only truly different item on the menu as the other dishes are variations of ones available on the other movie menus. A burger patty topped with hash browns, bacon, an egg, and something called "The Thing Sauce" (seriously) all between two cheesy buns. It's the perfect breakfast burger, and I'll go as far to say it's the best thing on the new menu (pun intended). Each bite was great, and I'd imagine this would taste wonderfully after a night of getting drunk off your ass. Couldn't figure out what the sauce was as the taste of the burger kind of blended into one indistinct flavor (though the bottom bun was soaked from the grease), but at least the taste was interesting overall. Fries were good, too.  The Human Torch Skillet The burger was eliminated, so I was ready to move on to the final dish. But thanks to my inner turmoil, my monstrous form was weakened. Staring into the face of the dish's black abyss I thought of my family back home. What would they say if they saw me now? How would they judge what their son has become? Are you proud of me now, Ma? Are you proud of your son? Look what they've done to me! Look at what I've done to them! I've reached into the abyss and pulled out the heart of god!  The Human Torch Skillet is a spicy variation of the skillet available on Denny's other movie menus.  With jalapenos, pepper jack cheese (which I didn't notice until I packed the dish into a to go plate because it blended in with the egg) and pico de gallo, there was no way I could finish this. It's smothered in cholula (which is a smoky hot sauce) and that completely killed the rest of the dish's flavor. Even as I tried mixing it with the cheese or sausage, all I tasted was cholula. That's also why the dish was so dark. It's a shame since this could've been good. It's the furthest thing from spicy, and it's the furthest thing from tasty.  Overall, this was a fun trip and Denny's is the only restaurant that experiments with its food like this. Sure my stomach is pretty much demolished at this point, but I always love the madness of it all. But, sadly, I'll never be the same again. 
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Motherf**ckers and avocados
We've been anticipating this first bit of footage for some time. After all of the talk, all of the images, all of those years stuck in development, and all of the advertising, Deadpool is actually film that exists. The traile...

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It's sloberrin' time
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Days of Future Rogue

X-Men: Days of Future Past is getting a 'Rogue Cut'


Days of Future Rogue
May 06
// Nick Valdez
One of my biggest issues with X-Men: Days of Future Past was how many characters it tried to squeeze into its movie (which is why I'm always worrying about the sequel, Apocalypse, which is ramping up that number everyday). An...
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X-Men: Apocalypse

First look at Jubilee and Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse


...and they're fab-u-lous
May 01
// Nick Valdez
Every time I think X-Men: Apocalypse is packed with too many characters (or cameos at this rate), I look at their outfits and oh my jeebus do I change my mind instantly. I couldn't be happier that Apocalypse takes place ...
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Fant4stic

Newest Fantastic Four trailer finally shows off the goods


Apr 20
// Nick Valdez
The first Fant4stic trailer was more hit or miss than anything. I dug the science fiction overlay, but it was missing all of the FF's inherent goofballery. This newest trailer doesn't have any fun either, but it's not trying...
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X-Men: Apocalypse

Angel joins the already jampacked X-Men: Age of Apocalypse


Apr 10
// Nick Valdez
X-Men: Apocalypse, the set in the 80s sequel to Days of Future Past, seems like it's adding new mutants every day. We missed the last one, Jubilee, and we're here to remedy that with Bryan Singer's latest announcement that An...
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Deadpool Movie

Newest Deadpool image poops out a plot synopsis


Apr 09
// Nick Valdez
This just seems so unreal. Deadpool releases February 12 next year.  Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wad...
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Play-D'oh

Fox, Paul Feig, and Hasbro are working on a Play-Doh movie for some reason


D'oh!
Apr 07
// Nick Valdez
So with everything under the sun getting a big screen adaptation these days, it's high time for Play-Doh to get in the game. No, really. No, seriously. Like, really really. According to Deadline, Hasbro approached Fox and Pau...
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X-Law

Jennifer Lawrence leaving X-Men after Apocalypse


More like Ex-in-Law
Mar 25
// Nick Valdez
Now that Jennifer Lawrence is a huge Hollywood star, she's ready to leave her more embarrassing roles behind. Haha, no I'm sure that's not the case. With heavy hitters like Oscar Isaac joining the cast of the next X-Men seque...
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Fant4stic

Latest Fantastic Four poster reminds you it's about comic books


Mar 24
// Nick Valdez
While I dug the first teaser trailer for Fant4stic, I'll admit that it was far and away from the goofy comics the Fantastic Four are famous for. Choosing to avoid highlighting the group's comic booky powers and leaning toward...
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New Fantastic Four images continue to be pretty generic


Seriously though, where the fudge is Doctor Doom
Mar 13
// Matt Liparota
Information on this summer's upcoming Fantastic Four (please never call it Fant4stic) has been slow-coming. Despite a teaser trailer and some previously released images, we still don't know much about Fox's upcoming reboot. U...
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Bryan Singer debuts X-Men: Apocalypse concept art


X-Men may be getting another origin story...of sorts.
Feb 17
// Julia Alexander
If you're a highly celebrated director working on a beloved genre franchise, posting illusive concept art on Instagram seems to be the latest trend.  Just a few months after District 9 director Neill Blomkamp posted his ...

First official teaser for Fantastic Four

Jan 27 // Nick Valdez
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Fant4stic
After a few years of back and forth between good and bad sounding news, we finally have our first concrete look at Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot. Aaaand it's not that bad. Sure it's a bit dark (literally, that shading i...

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X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse gets its new Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm


"New New"
Jan 23
// Nick Valdez
After X: Men Days of Future Past sorted the X-Men series out, it's time to move forward...by moving backward again. Set to take place in the 80s and following the returning cast from the First Class (along with Hugh Jackman i...
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Fox Release Dates

Fox reveals release dates for Gambit, Assassin's Creed and others


Jan 06
// Nick Valdez
As we've covered here before, Fox has been working on an Assassin's Creed film for some time now. Every time we've gotten a release date for it, it either gets pushed back or swept under the rug. I don't want to say that it's...
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Deadpool Movie

Ryan Reynolds officially set for Deadpool movie


Dec 05
// Nick Valdez
The more we hear of Fox's upcoming Deadpool film, the more I can't believe it's really happening. Of course nothing's set in stone until it's actually in my eyeballs, but I'm kind of throwing all of my eggs in the basket with...
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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four reboot gets official synopsis


Dec 04
// Nick Valdez
At this point, we know next to nothing of Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot other than how different it's going to be from the original films (and maybe even from the comic books themselves). But it's got a great ca...
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X-Men: Apocalypse

Oscar Isaac is X-Men: Apocalypse's...Apocalypse


Isaapocalypse
Nov 25
// Nick Valdez
Oscar Isaac truly is a renaissance man. He's one of the few actors I can take seriously in anything he chooses. In fact if he decided to don a fat suit and fart for three hours in his next film, I'd still see it six times. Bu...
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Doctor Doom

Doctor Doom's going to be quite different in The Fantastic Four movie


Nov 11
// Nick Valdez
With the deluge of comic book films coming our way the rest of this (sigh) decade, anything that'll make one film stand out from the rest is good. Fox's newest Fantastic Four reboot has been getting quite a lot of attention a...
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Bryan Singer returning to direct X-Men Apocalypse


Guess who's back.. back again
Sep 24
// Jonathan Wray
In the best superhero movie news I've heard all day (it's still early), Bryan Singer's returning to the X-Men franchise once again to direct X-Men: Apocalypse. This will be the fourth X-Men film that he's directed (the o...

Deadpool movie actually happening, gets release date

Sep 18 // Nick Valdez
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For really real this time
Folks, is this real? Is this truly, truly real? It seems 20th Century Fox is finally fulfilling the promise made long ago (which possibly is attributed to the test footage "leak" a while back) with an X-Men spin-off starring ...

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Predator

UPDATE: Shane Black to direct Predator reboot


It's cause of the echo.
Jun 26
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: Speaking with Collider, Shane Black considers his upcoming Predator as more of a sequel than a reboot:  As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’...
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Apocalypse: 1983

X-Men: Apocalypse to take place in 1983


Fingers crossed for David Bowie as Apocalypse
Jun 23
// Sean Walsh
According to a recent The Q&A podcast featuring X-Men: Apocalypse screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg, Apocalypse will take place in 1983. Hopefully we get to see Wolverine and Beast do some coke together before ...
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Fox's Frankenstein reboot now has a title and plot


They said it was ee-gor
Jun 18
// Matthew Razak
Fox's new Frankenstein film has had about as painful a life as the Frankenstein's creature itself, but things are finally, finally on their way as we get an official title and plot synopsis. The film's official name is V...

Flixist Community Discusses: X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 30 // Nick Valdez
Here are a few comments from community members who really liked the film!  @RobLopez7:  I like how it took the premise of the comics but applied it to the film continuity. Also Quicksilver proved everyone wrong. @MisterBever:  DoFP was a great way to erase (most of) the mistakes of X3 and breathe life back into the X-Men franchise. It was more bridge than blockbuster, but it was a damn sturdy bridge. Matthew Razak (Flixist Editor-in-Chief, from the review): The real strength in X-Men: Days of Future Past is not its action or its time traveling paradoxes, but the fact that it hones in on the characters and doesn't let go. While replete with cameos and small parts for almost every X-Man who has ever been on screen this film is really about Professor Xavier, Mystique and Magneto with Wolverine acting as a guide. By focusing on the issues and people of X-Men and not on the power the movie succeeds, especailly thanks to its fine cast. Definitely the best of the X-Men films while being both thought provoking and entertaining. Nick Valdez (Flixist News Editor): I liked seeing Hugh Jackman's huge, jacked bare ass. Been waiting something like 14 years for that, so thank you.  And because of carg0, all I could think of when I saw Xavier was "You ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan." And now community members who liked DOFP with a few hangups. Everything's leaning more positively!  @TalkingMagnets: Wonderful contrast and matching between past and future worlds, but ultimately didn't amount to anything more than what X2 did. Mystique didn't feel like enough of a well-rounded character to have the plot hinge on her. Hanajun Chung:  When that film started with Xavier's opening lines, I had the 90's theme playing in my head. For me, that's as iconic as the Elfman score for Burton's "Batman". "DOFP" was a step in the right direction. Like "First Class" and "The Wolverine," they managed to tell an engaging and entertaining story that might not have cared about continuity, but clearly showed interest in the characters and the narrative. But aside from continuity, "DOFP" had huge plot-holes. The big one is Kitty Pryde's ability to send Logan's consciousness back. I know it's a nod to the comic in a loose way, but it's quite baffling even when newer mutants from the future timeline were given ample time to show off their their powers. Maybe I'm not familiar with something. But I'm not complaining, as this is probably one of the top summer releases for me. The action sequences with the X-Men in the future timeline is everything I imagined. While Singer's previous films showed battles, and Rattner attempted to demonstrate teamwork, it wasn't until this film that you really got the sense that these characters have fought as a unit. When Blink is providing portals for people, it's just awesome. To have the best of the old and new cast in one film is simply awesome in an acting perspective. Quicksilver's scenes are pretty outstanding. I know I'm probably echoing a lot of other criticisms, but it's honestly how I felt after my screening. Also, didn't that ending feel like "Timecop" to anyone, only without Van Damme and the line about hot dogs? @TillyKoa:  They need to make more X-Men movies with the Original cast. IT shows that it makes them the $$$. First Class and the Wolverine flopped without the original cast - they need to utilize the fanbase. meaning. use rogue. The movie was absolutely great and it's because the original cast- having a fanbase of 14 yrs- were pleased! But they honestly need to make a separate film with the original cast. The Re-boots aren't working- first class tanked. And these community members have the most spoiler filled contributions. Enjoy at your own risk!  carg0: I thought it was OK. A solid 3/5 in my book but, unlike 'First Class', it's not a movie I'll be adding to my collection. DoFP is a (tiny) step backwards. There's no doubt in mind, though, had Matt Vaughn been directing I'd be singing a different tune. And I'll probably wind up saying the same thing about it's sequel 'Age of Aquarius' ...I mean 'Auspices of Aquaman' 'Admiration of Autumn'? something about a blue guy from Egypt... whatever... Chad Almasy:   Best X-Men movie yet. I'm so glad they didn't focus too much on Wolvie this time around. I also love how they gave Mystique time to shine, she was absolutely awesome. *****spoiler***** I'm glad they brought back people at the end, though I hope they stick with the past X-Men in future movies. I hate the wooden portrayals from Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, and James Marsden of their respective characters. I can't wait for Apocalypse. He was my second favorite villain from the 90s cartoon (the first being Mr. Sinister). I hope they can nail him as beautifully as they did back then. *****end***** So, it looks like we have a winner! With the past two Community Discusses, we've had a basically even split down the middle. But it seems by all of your comments, most of us enjoyed Days of Future Past. A lot of you rightfully pointed out some flaws (younger actors don't work, the logic of the film is wonky and needs further explanation, and focusing so much on Mystique may have been a mistake), but I'm feeling the positivity.  You've got a winner, Bryan Singer. Too bad you probably won't direct these anymore.  What did you think of Days of Future Past? Comments or suggestions? Keep an eye out for future discussion opportunities! Special thanks to all who contributed! 
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Days of Future Past or Days of Future Last?
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 incarnation...


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