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12:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Flixgiving: Five Movies Megan is Thankful for

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Normally, during this holiday I'm at my parents' house and I get to eat all sorts of delicious things my mom makes (although I hated all of it when I was little and kept insisting when I was grown up I'd...

Megan Porch

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Flixgiving: Five Movies Liz Is Thankful For
by Liz Rugg

It's Flixgiving! The Flixist staff has gathered together around the cool glow of the TV to share movies that we're thankful for; ones that have impacted our lives, ones that we feel are important, and ones that we just love.

The movies I'm thankful for range everywhere from kid's classics to resonant conceptualization to the king of campiness. I'm sure these eclectic choices say something about me and my personality ... oh yeah, it says that I'm awesome. Read on to find out more about what movies I'm thankful for this Flixgiving.

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films our writers are thankful for.]

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Flixgiving: Five Movies Sean Is Thankful For
by Sean Walsh

Who doesn't love Turkey Day? A day of food, family, and gratitude for all you have. It's great. Unless, of course, your family is going away and you don't have any personal days from work to go with them!

That being said, I'm still thankful that the day itself is a paid day off. I'll get myself some ground turkey and whip up a depressing single man's Cheeseburger Helper, strip down to my underoos, and eat my feast-for-one in the dark.

"But, Sean," you say, "that sounds mightily depressing!" Sure it does, but fortunately I have a pretty delicious Thanksgiving movie queue set up to stave off the crushing loneliness. What movies could possibly beat back the soul-crushing pain of being alone for the holidays? Join me and I'll tell you allllllll about it...

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films that our writers are thankful for. What are you thankful for?]

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Flixgiving: Five Movies Alec Is Thankful For
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Seeing so many movies means that sometimes it's hard to really appreciate any individual film. Just because I loved Movie X doesn't mean I'll be thinking about it three months later when I've seen Movies Y, Z, Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, all of which I also loved. There are some that stick with me long after the credits roll, films I still think about years later despite everything that's come between, but they aren't even necessarily the films I want to remember. There are also the films I'm glad I remember, because they made me think or feel in some new or interesting way. Or maybe they were just ludicrously entertaining.

But there's another category: Films I'm actually thankful for having seen. It's not just that I liked or loved them (most of these wouldn't show up on a list of my favorite films), but they stick out as life milestones or, in several cases, movies that have helped me in some measurable way.

All but one of these were seen as part of my duties at Flixist. And in that sense, I have my position here to thank.  So: Thank you Flixist, for everything you've done for me.

And thanks to these five movies, listed in order of when I saw them.

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films that our writers are thankful for. What are you thankful for?]

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Flixgiving: Five Movies Nick is Thankful For
by Nick Valdez

This time of year always has me thinking about how great life is. Sure it's not the best, but to breathe, eat, love, and squat every day is truly an invisible blessing. I also start thinking about how great movies are, and I'm thankful for just having them around. Even if a film comes out worse than you'd hope, it's still a marvel that it came to fruition. 

To celebrate the coming holiday, we here at Flixist decided to let you in on what we're thankful for. Each of the films we'll discuss over the next week have touched us in some way and we're glad they exist. 

Now in my case these aren't the best films (and will definitely call my overall taste into question), but they're some of my favorites. These are films I've watched over, and over again because I couldn't imagine a life without them. 

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films that our writers are thankful for.]

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Review: The Book of Life
by Nick Valdez

Although advertisements for The Book of Life really didn't kick in until a few months before its release, I've been eagerly anticipating the film for a bevy of reasons. It's produced by Guillermo Del Toro (thus giving it a pedigree), it's directed by Jorge Gutierrez (who once created one of my favorite Nickelodeon cartoons, El Tigre), and it's one of the few mainstream accepted films celebrating Mexican culture. In fact, I'm having a hard time picturing a Latino animated film in recent years (The Road to El Dorado is the only one I can think of, really). 

So with all of that on the line, how does The Book of Life handle the pressure? It's got to deliver an entertaining children's film, it's got to educate folks on the Mesoamerican holiday Dia de Muertos, and it has to do all of this while making sure it has a competent story of its own. Thankfully, The Book of Life maintains some of its balance during this trapeze act of remarkable proportions.  

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12:00 PM on 07.15.2014

The Guns of Christmas being directed by Mortal Kombat: Legacy director

You won't believe it, but The Guns of Christmas Past is exactly what it sounds like: an action adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol. A very loose adaptation. The film has just landed a director in Kevin Tancharoen...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 05.30.2014

First official trailer for the Del Toro produced animated film, The Book of Life

The Book of Life is definitely on my list of films to keep an eye out for. Produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (who created one of my favorite past Nickelodeon cartoons, El Tigre, which Book of ...

Nick Valdez

10:45 AM on 02.11.2014

Rogen and Gordon-Levitt coming back together for Xmas

The heavily under appreciated 50/50 was probably one of Seth Rogen's best performances and really landed Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an entirely awesome human being in every way for me. It's exciting to hear that they'll be ...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 12.08.2013

Nick's Flixmas: Scrooged

Day eight of Nick's Flixmas takes us through our second A Christmas Carol flick, Scrooged, an adaptation of the story starring Bill Murray. Unlike the previous installments of this little event, I've never actually seen Scroo...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 10.31.2013

First trailer for Labor Day lacks romance and comedy

Was anyone else disappointed when they found out that Labor Day was not yet another holiday-based, ensemble cast romantic comedy, but instead a tense thriller that takes place over Labor Day weekend? No? The great cast ...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 10.31.2013

First trailer for Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas

I have a small confession to make. I've seen a few Madea flicks. While I don't particularly like Tyler Perry's side projects (like Tyler Perry Presents: Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Tyler Perry) the pl...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 09.26.2013

Free Birds trailer shows us how to ruin Thanksgiving

Here's a tip: do not bring your children to a movie about anthropomorphic turkeys attempting to rescue other turkeys from being eaten before Thanksgiving. What you'er going to get is a kid who won't eat their turkey or a ree...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 05.09.2013

Monsters University wishes you a Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day is fast approaching (this is your official Flixist reminder by the way) in the U.S. it's this Sunday, May 12th. Did you forget? Because Pixar certainly hasn't. To continue their tradition from last year when the...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 05.08.2013

Disney nearly trademarked a Mexican holiday

For the two of you who aren't aware, I'm a 6'3 Spanish-Mexican-American Indian. I've been waiting forever for a Disney film to explore any part of that culture. I would've preferred a Spanish Disney Princess that isn't Sophia...

Nick Valdez

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SXSW Review: When Angels Sing
by Matthew Razak

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX. Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!]

I hopped into When Angels Sing because I saw that Connie Britton and Harry Connick Jr. were in it and those two people are awesome. I probably should have noticed that the rest of the cast was made up of random singers, both famous and Austion-based. That probably would have clued me into the fact that the movie was in the festival because of it's local roots and not because of its quality.

Now, that doesn't necessarily means it's bad. Plenty of movies are good and local. The film could still work and famous musicians pretending to be actors is sometimes fun. This could still work out, right?

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1:00 PM on 12.05.2012

Dreamworks to lose $50M for Rise of the Guardians failure

Regardless of having to only compete with Wreck It-Ralph for children's attention, Rise of the Guardians had a weak opening weekend, losing out to Twilight 5. This paltry performance apparently didn't get any better since, ac...

Nick Valdez

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Review: Rise of the Guardians
by Matthew Razak

It's nearly Christmas and that means the obligatory Christmas animated film from one studio or another. Sometimes you get a new Christmas classic (like last year's surprisingly good Arthur Christmas) and sometimes you get a film so devoid of actual joy you wonder if it won't destroy Christmas in the process. Usually these are cute, humor filled affairs that vary greatly in quality from year to year. 

Rise of the Guardians is a bit different. It takes the children's holiday film, ditches the Christmas and firmly plants it into an action oriented, slightly dark affair about faith, childhood and belief. It's actually nice to see a film veer in a different direction, but unfortunately almost everything outside of the concept is generic, banal and at points boring. There's magic in this concept, but the movie ditches it for crass sentimentality. 

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5:00 PM on 11.07.2012

These new Rise of the Guardians posters are not that bad

Dreamworks Animation has just dropped a couple of "new" character poster images for the upcoming Rise of the Guardians releasing in a few weeks. These posters are essentially the same as the posters release some time ago ...

Nick Valdez

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10 films that should be remade as horror movies
by Matthew Razak

You may have noticed by now thanks to the myriad of children running around in costumes or the fact that your coworker came into the office dressed as Psy or a binder full of women, but today is Halloween! It's the time of year when adorable little children dress as scary monsters, grown men dress in drag and women have an excuse to go out in public dressed in as little clothing as possible. It's also time to watch some scary movies.

Or remakes of scary movies. It seems that every horror classic is being relaunched or remade these days. We here at Flixist aren't for or against this, but we started to wonder why horror movies were the only movies being remade as horror movies. Wouldn't it be better if all remakes were horror movies?

Yes. The answer is yes. And so we've picked the 10 best movies that need to be remade (or relaunched) as horror films.

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6:00 PM on 09.24.2012

Trailer: Life of Pi

Looks like we have a new trailer for Ang Lee's Life of Pi, and before you become too perplexed at the random symbols at the bottom of the screen, it does have Vietnamese subtitles. There's some new footage to be found here, ...

Thor Latham

11:00 AM on 08.30.2012

Global James Bond day announced

In house everyday is James Bond day, but I understand that not everyone keeps Bond in their heart year round. For them there is Global James Bond day on Oct. 5. The completely made up holiday celebrates the 50th anniversary o...

Matthew Razak