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3:00 PM on 01.16.2015

Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014

It was the best of films, it was the blurst of films. Hey everyone I'm Nick Valdez, News Editor here for Flixist and you've probably seen my name on a good chunk of the stuff written here. If not, then I'll tell you a bit abo...

Nick Valdez


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Nick's Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014
by Nick Valdez

Music plays an integral role in film. Easily ignored, easily forgotten, a film's soundtrack is the little celebrated framework of cinema. But when sound and sight marry into a great scene, you get some of the best moments. Like in 2013, 2014 had a wide array of music. From 70s rock, to dance pop, to Euro trance, jazz, quirky originals, and even a few oddballs. 

To earn a spot on this list a film's got to have a scene that uses its soundtrack so well, I remember it weeks or even months after I've seen it. So let's get to it then, yeah. 

Here are my picks for The Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014.

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12:00 PM on 01.09.2015

The Interview grossed $31 million on VOD despite piracy

When Sony released The Interview on most video demand services but its own, it was promptly pirated nearly 100 million times. At first it seemed like this news would only deter studios from simultaneous theatrical and VOD rel...

Nick Valdez



Why what The Interview says about North Korea actually matters (an analysis) photo
Why what The Interview says about North Korea actually matters (an analysis)
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I saw The Interview because I was curious. Amidst the complete ridiculousness of the past few weeks, thoughts and feelings have been flying around about the film. Outside of the few who had attended pre-chaos press screenings, no one was really qualified to speak to the film's quality. I frequently disagree with the press at large, but I still wasn't expecting particularly good things. That was the impetus behind my thinkpiece from last week, because let's be honest: A Seth Rogen comedy shouldn't be the film to set off a public debate. It should be some deeply serious documentary set in North Korea's concentration camps that make people incapable of looking away from it. I mean... right?

Well... not necessarily. Having now seen (and enjoyed) The Interview, I realized that this is about as close as we're going to get to a public discussion about the horrors of North Korean life. So let's take advantage of that and see what it's got to say. 

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Review: The Interview photo
Review: The Interview
by Nick Valdez

After a crazy couple of weeks of Sony hacks, full on terrorist attack threats, cancellations, and a last minute reneging, I sort of forgot that at the center of all this mess was a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Under normal circumstances, The Interview would've gone on to be a moderate success like the rest of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's recent string of films and we would've moved on to something else. But, these aren't normal circumstances. 

What's now a historical piece of cinema thanks to sparking freedom of art debates and a simultaneous theatrical and video on demand release, there have been arguments as to whether or not The Interview was "worthy" of all this attention. Disregarding all of that and looking at this film as a singularity (basically reviewing the film as if all this never happened) yields the same result as if I would've tried to shoehorn in all of that "worthy" talk myself: 

The Interview is pretty damn fun. 

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The Interview getting limited theatrical release, possibly VOD photo
The Interview getting limited theatrical release, possibly VOD
by Nick Valdez

After all of the hubub and hooey giving attention to a film that's probably super funny, but forgettable, Sony is allowing a limited theatrical run of The Interview on its intended Christmas Day release (for those theaters that want it). Theater chains like Alamo Drafthouse and The Plaza Theater in Atlanta have jumped in, adding showings to their line ups, while Sony is mulling over a VOD release and is going over their options. 

We'll have more news as it comes, and of course, expect a review. I wondered what made Sony reconsider the release? Maybe Obama? Haha, no probably not. Here's the press release.

[via /Film and The Wrap]

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4:00 PM on 12.18.2014

First trailer for True Story starring James Franco and Jonah Hill

When you hear James Franco and Jonah Hill are starring in a movie together chances are some cheap comedy comes to mind. But beside their comedic talents, they're terrific actors capable of leading any drama (see Palo Alto or...

Nick Valdez



Why did it have to be The Interview? photo
Why did it have to be The Interview?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

The Interview is the most important film of 2014. 

Does that sentence depress anyone else? It really should, because it's undoubtedly true. The film that will have the greatest impact on the world at large is not Boyhood or Selma or even The Raid 2; it's the newest comedy from Seth Rogen and James Franco.

To be clear, I loved This Is The End, and though I'm not a huge fan of Seth Rogen's laugh I think he's a talented writer/actor. And I like James Franco too. I have no problem with either of them. But I wouldn't follow either of them to the ends of the earth. I don't like their work so much that I would be willing to put myself in any sort of danger to support their work.

So why did it have to be The Interview that was asking me to do exactly that?

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2:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Final Trailer for Rogen and Goldberg's The Interview

I've been worried how Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were possibly going to follow up This is the End, hands down one of the best films of 2013, after their recently produced effort Neighbors showed quite a few cracks in their...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 09.22.2014

First Red Band trailer for The Interview has some jokes

After watching this latest Red Band trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's latest film, The Interview, I think I'm okay with its push from October to December. There are some good jokes here as the trailer reveals more o...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Watch this 20 minute MTV special for The Interview

Just as how MTV once had a cool promotion for This is the End last year, this year they're working with Sony to promote Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's The Interview. I'm pretty excited for it, North Korea seems less excited,...

Nick Valdez





10:30 AM on 08.14.2014

Sony is digitally altering The Interview

You know who hates democracy and freedom? Sony. They've kowtowed to pressure from North Korea about some crazy issues it has with the comedy, which is about two interviewers who get to sit down with Kim Jong Un. What's the ch...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 08.11.2014

First look at James Franco's The Sound and the Fury

As the next step in James Franco's epic prank on the entire world (that is the only explanation for his existence as a whole) an adaptation of William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury must signal we are near the prolifi...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 08.08.2014

Rogen's The Interview gets new release date, possibly because of communism

I'm really, reeeeeeeeeeeeally looking forward to The Interview. It's Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's follow up to This is the End, one of my favorite films of 2013, stars Rogen and James Franco doing what they do best, and it'...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 06.12.2014

Teaser trailer for The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

James Franco and Seth Rogen are the peanut butter and jelly of the film world; they just work so well together. And their dynamic duo-ness holds up strong in the first teaser for their upcoming and undoubtably hilarious come...

Isabelle Magliari

4:00 PM on 05.17.2014

James Franco is against Spring Breakers 2, producers respond [UPDATED]

[UPDATE 5/17/14] Chris and Roberta Hanley recently spoke to Variety regarding Franco's comments. "Franco is a sequel junkie in his own reality, embracing the too big to fail studio system that is his meal ticket to dilettante...

Mike Cosimano

3:00 PM on 05.09.2014

James Franco and Kate Hudson star in trailer for Good People

In Good People, James Franco and Kate Hudson play an American couple who move to England with dreams of having a home and starting a family. When they fall on hard times financially, the sudden death of a neighbor and subseq...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 02.05.2014

James Franco stars as a troubled actor in Maladies

In Maladies, James Franco plays a semi-washed up soap opera star in the 1960s, appropriately named James. James not only struggles with his floundering career, but with his seemingly failing mind and his fluctuating relation...

Liz Rugg



Michael's 10 Most Unnecessary Nude Scenes of 2013 photo
Michael's 10 Most Unnecessary Nude Scenes of 2013
by Michael Jordan

Some times the film world likes to take things to the extremes, sometimes they just want to see if they can get a way with it, and sometimes they just don't give a flying poo about what they put in their movies as long as people are talking about it. Here enters nudity. Whether you just want to have an excuse to have two young(ish) French girls doing the dirty or a burnt-out celebrity train wreck grabbing that last string of Hollywood fame she could, 2013 had you covered.

And so have we. Below, you'll find the ten most unnecessary examples of nudity in last year's films.

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3:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Rogen and Franco recreated Kanye West's "Bound 2"

On the set of Seth Rogen's directorial follow up to This is the End, The Interview (featuring Rogen and James Franco as a TV personality and producer who are roped into helping assassinate the prime minister of North Korea), James Franco and Seth Rogen did a shot for shot remake of Kanye West's weird music video for "Bound 2." Ye...yeah it's pretty sexy.  [via Twitter]

Nick Valdez



Review: Homefront photo
Review: Homefront
by Mike Cosimano

It’s somewhat fitting that, early on in Homefront, the platitude ‘Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” can be seen on a wall, because it’s a fitting description for the latest Jason Statham vehicle. Homefront brings up ideas and themes, each worthy of deeper exploration than Sylvester Stallone’s (yes, that Sylvester Stallone) limited screenplay allows for. I mean, you could write a whole movie around what this movie uses for padding.

The film definitely improves as it goes on, and the action is satisfying, but there’s always the nagging sensation that what you’re seeing is the product of compromise upon compromise, resulting in an overall lesser product.

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11:00 AM on 11.19.2013

See Homefront early and free

James Franco action like a crazy, southern crime lord? Yes and please. Add in a little Jason Statham kicking butt and rescuing his daughter and you've got a mixture that's at least weird enough to intrigue. Homefront pro...

Matthew Razak