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Maika Monroe joins Independence Day 2


From independent horror to independent days
Apr 28
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Maika Monroe, who impressed immensely in The Guest and It Follows, has been cast as the female lead in Independence Day 2.  It's a huge leap for the Californian actress, who's made a name for herself as a millennial scre...

NYFF Review: Le Week-End

Sep 27 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]216539:40695:0[/embed] Le Week-EndDirector: Roger MichellRating: NRCountry: USA/UK/France  Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) go to Paris to celebrate their anniversary, because Paris is a city of romance and their relationship is rocky (to put it mildly). Because I went in without any real sense of what this film was going to be (I thought it was a French that was in French, so imagine my surprise when Jeff Goldblum’s named appeared in the credits), I kept imagining the film would go in some over-the-top direction. Maybe a wallet would get stolen and hilarious hijinx would ensue. I thought there would be more bumbling, and at times there really seems to be the setup for that sort of comedy, but it never happens. That isn’t to say the film’s not silly at times (the dine and ditch scene is extremely silly), but its silliness feels grounded in a way that was surprising. I know it’s a disservice to compare this film to the Before Trilogy, but the similarities are unavoidable, especially given the general similarities in appearance between Lindsay Duncan and Julie Delpy. There were times I wanted to shout at her and tell her to get back to Ethan Hawke, because who was this guy? (I wonder if the next film will deal with affairs? That would be interesting.) But reason it’s a disservice is because it’s simply not as good, but then again... how could it be? And this isn’t a knock against the people behind Le Week-End. The Before films are among the most smartly-written, brilliantly-made romance films in the history of ever. That this film is releasing the same year as the thematically similar (and far superior) Before Midnight is honestly sad, because everybody who has seen both will be making the comparisons, and they won’t come out favorably. And so now I sound like a hypocrite, but if you see Le Week-End (and you should), don’t compare it to other films. It doesn’t use its similarities as a crutch and it’s not trying to invoke some sort of nostalgia to make the viewer think it’s better than it is. Le Week-End is its own thing, and it should be thought of that way. So for the remainder of this review, I will refrain from talking about the Before films, as difficult as it may be. But let’s talk about the real reason we’re here, that god amongst men who makes this movie what it is. Logic says that roles shouldn’t be written for a specific actor, but I can’t imagine that the role wasn’t written for Jeff Goldblum. The character of Morgan is exactly what people imagine Jeff Goldblum to be, and it is spec-freaking-tacular. No one else could have done that part, and without Goldblum there to lighten up the second half with his sheer existence, the film just wouldn’t have worked. Morgan, a college friend of Nick’s, lives in Paris and runs into the couple while they’re out in the street. He invites them to a party, which they accept, begrudgingly. That party is a moment of truth for the characters, made all the worse for Nick by the fact that his old friend, who looked up to him in their youth (in an almost creepy way, actually), is wildly successful while he kind of pathetic. It’s the kind of thing that could be too heavy-handed (“your life is great, mine is terrible, wah!”), but it works. Morgan’s son, who exists mostly to show that Morgan isn’t perfect, does stray a bit into that tortured-introvert-child-of-a-successful-extrovert thing that has been done a billion times before, and hearing anyone speak ill about Jeff Goldblum is kind of unacceptable, but for what it is it’s fine. It’s not a great moment, but it does what it has to to further the story along.  And it’s a good story. The give and take between Meg and Nick throughout the film is well done and the way Nick gives in to his wife’s demands as she spends more and more money while he attempts to keep the status quo is sad, but in those moments where they really connect and it seems like maybe things will be okay I was rooting for them to stay together. In those moments where they were in different worlds, it was hard to believe that there was any future. You love and hate the person you’re with, and this is a very good portrayal of that principle. Broadbent and Duncan’s performances are quite good, although Jeff Goldblum was always going to be a showstopper. The periodical French dialogue isn’t subtitled, but since it’s a British production that was clearly a deliberate decision, and as someone who knows less than a dozen words of French I often wondered what I was missing. That’s been a thing lately (Elysium didn’t subtitle a lot of the random Spanish, although that I understood), and I don’t know how I feel about it. It was clearly going from the perspective of Nick, who seems about as French-illiterate as me, versus his wife who seems to have something of a grasp. We were as ignorant as he was, but since the film doesn’t always follow him, it’s kind of weird. Why was it from his perspective and not hers? They’re both the leads, right? But whatever. It’s a small thing that doesn’t really matter and had little impact on my overall feelings about Le Week-End.  I liked the movie, quite a bit in fact. Sure, much of my love is reserved for the beautiful and brilliant Jeff Goldblum, but he’s not the worthwhile thing in the film. Just the most worthwhile.
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Yet another reason to love Jeff Goldblum
It’s impossible to not compare Le Week-End to the films in Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy. With the setting of Before Sunset and the struggles of Before Midnight, but with a more aged cast, it almost feels lik...

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Le Week-End pulls on the charm and the Jeff Goldblum


Sep 24
// Matthew Razak
I could lie to you all and say that the only reason I'm posting this trailer is because of Flixist's deep love of all things Goldblum, but that's not entirely true. Le Week-End looks absolutely charming. One of those mo...

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Posters uh-released for Baz's um Gatsby, I think?


Look at pretty faces and stuff yes-no.
Apr 01
// Flixist Staff
Hmmm well uh yes it seems yes absolutely. Mr Baz, a great friend uh buddy kind of- yes- has decided to release some great posters filled with uh vaguely attractive people uh he ha? No. It uhm has transpired that a number of p...
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Details on Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel


Fox Searchlight may release film at the end of the year
Mar 28
// Hubert Vigilla
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom was our pick for the best comedy of 2012. Anderson's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is another period piece and it may lead to back-to-back Golden Pterodactyls for best comedy. Fox Sear...
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Jurassic Park 3D re-release in IMAX for one week only


Jan 09
// Logan Otremba
Universal Pictures and IMAX have announced today that they will have a one-week run of director Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D starting April 5th. This will coincide with Jurassic Park 3D wide release also ...
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Big ensemble cast for Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel


Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, and more
Dec 27
// Hubert Vigilla
The cast for Wes Anderson's new film is set, and it's one hell of an ensemble. (Johnny Depp is not involved with the film, by the way, contrary to our report a few months ago. Ditto Angela Lansbury.) The Grand Budapest Hotel ...
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Independence Day not being re-released in 3D after all


Grounded
Nov 21
// Xander Markham
With sequels reportedly on the way, Fox has surprisingly opted to shelve a 3D re-release of 1996 alien invasion blockbuster Independence Day, which had been set for release on July 3rd 2013. No word has been given on any reas...
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Independence Day is getting sequels and they have names


and those names are stupid and I hate everything and I don't want to live on this planet anymore
Sep 12
// Sean Walsh
Apparently next Independence Day, we'll be getting a 3D version of the classic Will Smith sci-fi masterpiece/celebration of our nation vehicle Independence Day, something that director Roland Emmerich is not a fan off. Also, ...
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Movie Debate to the Death! Favorite Jeff Goldblum role?


Apr 10
// Tom Fronczak
In the previous debate we all discussed what our favorite Studio Ghibli films are, and man was it a fun walk down nostalgia lane. Here are the results: Spirited Away: 4 votes -- Winner! Princess Mononoke: 2 votes. Nausica...

Interview: Jeff Goldblum

Apr 01 // Maxwell Roahrig
Why did you decide today, of all days, to get in to the lucrative business of movie blogging? When I, uh, did those Apple ads back in the 90s, I got hooked on this ahh…internet. You know, it got so bad that uh, at one point on set, I had to have a computer, next to me whenever we weren't shooting, just so I could check up on the electronic bay. Recently, uh, I wanted to get in to something a little ahh….different, you could say. It's still movies, great, but I wanted a bit of a change. Why choose Flixist? Well, when I was working on the Jurassic Park, I got to really experience the plight of the…noble pterodactyl. Such a majestic creature… That and the ah, sense of um, camaraderie between the writers was something I couldn't umm, you know, find anywhere else. You have such an illustrious career, but I have to ask: How do you choose your roles? That's a very ah…interesting topic you bring up. You see, I not only choose a role based on the text, but ah…what will benefit my career, as well as my hmm…ever growing mind. When I was playing the ah…gang-banger in Death Wish, I actually studied the mind of a criminal. What I'm trying to say is that, I became a criminal. People actually ah, died by my hand on account of that film. So it's uh, a very creative process. That's the technique I've been using ever since I uh, became an actor, and it's worked ever since. I mean, you've seen Independence Day. But if all of that fails, what I usually do is uh, put them in the broom closet and light it on fire. The one that isn't completely um, illegible, is the one I choose. On a more personal topic, Mr. Goldblum, how are you so ridiculously good looking? Every morning I wake up and greet the day with a hearty breakfast of sunshine and penicillin. Anything after that is my god-given gift. Is Matt's analysis of your chest accurate? Yes. My mother raised me to promote peace, and I'd like to think that umm…my chest does that every day.
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You know, working in the same office as Jeff Goldblum, you learn a few things. He actually does love the peach pie. Jeff is also an avid jazz pianist, and during lunch today, he regaled us with some of his wonderful scatting....

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Lucas digitally swapping Jar Jar Binks with Jeff Goldblum


Apr 01
// Bob Muir
Star Wars fans have long bemoaned the horror that is Jar Jar Binks. Strange-looking in 1999, completely dated compared to modern CGI, and ever annoying, he is the symbol for everything wrong with the Star Wars prequels. What'...

Deep Analysis: Jeff Goldblum's Chest

Apr 01 // Matthew Razak
(Image source) First let's take a brief look at Jeff Goldblum's chest from a visual stand point. If we look at the image above we'll notice how it not only glistens, but also shimmers. Here we can see the contrasting power of these two actions to enlighten even the most mundane lives. Couple the shimmering and glistening with muscular definition that is either muscle or shadow and you can see how Geoff Goldblum's chest not only represents the best in humanity, but also the doubt. Is he in shape or just really good at unbuttoning his shirt? Is humanity good at heart or rotten at its core. These two question are pretty much one and the same. But there is so much more than the visuals to Jeff Goldblum's chest. To truly understand the artistry and meaning behind it we must go beyond the flesh and blood to the inner depths. What does Jeff Goldblum's chest mean truly? Is it simply "sexy time," as some would say or is there something deeper there that reveals to us the true meaning of life. The answer to that question is yes. Figuring out the how and why of Jeff Goldblum's chest is the hard part. Let's begin with what Jeff Goldblum's chest is trying to tell us. Clearly it is saying more than, "Hey, I'm a chest." If it were saying that why would it be on display so provocatively all the time? No, Jeff Goldblum's chest's proactive display is intentional; not a mistake. From this we can tell that it does indeed have a message for us, that there is meaning behind it. Taking a closer look at Jeff Goldblum's chest we see purpose. The brazen display of chest drives home the point that we must learn something from it, not ignore it. But what are we supposed to learn? The answer is simple: world peace. It is not hard to come to the conclusion that Jeff Goldblum's chest is the answer to finding world peace. It's structure and presentation make it obvious. The two pectoral muscles are mankind coming together as one and the careless regard for covering up shows us that we must not cover up the fact that we care for each other. The message here is simple: come together and be proud. When one realizes this it is hard to deny that Jeff Goldblum's chest is more than just a chest. It has power. It has the power to bring mankind together. Clearly there is more to Jeff Goldblum's chest than just this. I would turn you to the seminal books Jeff Goldblum's Chest: Why It Matters and A Brief History of Jeff Goldblum's Chest. For a more philosophical look into it I would also suggest a reading of Plato's allegory of Jeff Goldblum's chest and part IV of René Descartes' Discourse of Method in which the famous words "I know Jeff Goldblum's chest, therefore I am" are uttered. However, I believe that my brief analysis here gives insight into the importance of Jeff Goldblum's chest.
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For years men and women have studied the bare chest of the homosapien male and for years it was considered nothing more than a male body part. Then Jeff Goldblum came along and suddenly the male chest was a work of art. Or, t...

Princess Review: Earth Girls Are Easy

Apr 01 // Jenika Katz
Earth Girls Are Easy starts when two furry, uh, aliens, Wiploc (Jim Carrey) and Zeebo (Daman Wayans), get a signal of an Earth, well, uh, an exercise channel. They’ve been in space so long that the, ah, weirdly hairless Earth girls look incredibly, um, tempting. They zoom in on one bikini-clad girl in particular, and lose control of the ship in their attempt to, uh, to get a better look. Even their incredibly talented and, uh, handsome co-pilot, Mac (played by, well, the equally talented and handsome Jeff Goldblum), can’t get the ship on  track, and they crash right into an Earth, uh, swimming pool. The crash-causing, ah, babe is Valerie (Geena Davis), a manicurist in a, well, a sexless relationship with her fiance, Dr. Ted Gallagher (Charles Rocket). Normally she might be a bit, um, freaked out at an alien ship crashing in her pool, but as she’d just kicked Ted out for, uh, putting his stethoscope where it didn’t belong, she’s relatively, um, open to the idea of alien visitors. She swims out to see the ship and hits her head, and the, ah, heroic and absolutely fearless Mac bravely rescues her from the water. Realizing that these aliens are not here to - to harm Earth, Valerie sets out to have her pool drained so they can, ah, repair their ship and go home. It’ll take a while, so she takes the trio to her coworker, Candy (Julie Brown) for a, well, uh, a makeover. It turns out that the aliens are, um, super hot under all their fur, especially Mac, who looks fantastic no matter what he’s wearing. Candy convinces Valerie to, ah, take advantage of having hot guys around and to go out on the town. After a night of partying, Valerie realizes that the aliens are, um, charming in their own way, and Mac is an absolutely perfect dreamboat. She takes them home away from the, well, masses of women surrounding them and is getting them ready for bed when Ted comes home to apologize. He tries to attack the poor, sweet alien visitors and is, uh, carted off to jail. Mac soothes Valerie with his - his special alien love touch. You know which one I’m talking about. He used his penis. It’s huge.After an, uh, immensely satisfying night of lovemaking and, ah, odd post-coital alien dreams, Valerie wakes to find her pool drained. Wiploc and Zeebo head out for one last day of fun before they have to go home, with the, uh, the ever patient and valiant Mac following to keep them out of trouble. Ted comes back and, ah, proposes to Valerie, and she almost falls for it. The alien trio get back and see the former couple, um, rekindling the fire. In a desperate attempt to - to make the love of his life happy, Mac uses his, uh, sexy alien love touch on Valerie and Ted. It doesn’t work, and Valerie makes the right choice to run off with Mac to space.Sure, there are plenty of movies out there that, ah, teach girls that aliens are sex gods and clearly, um, superior to humans, but only Earth Girls Are Easy teaches them that- that handsome blue aliens named Mac will always treat them right. Why stay on Earth if there are smokin’ hot, uh, well-endowed aliens like Mac to run off with? Young girls will, um, understand what to do the moment they see a spaceship.Candy does not run off to space with hot aliens. What a whore.There is nothing like the, um, the bond between a girl and her magical blue sex friend.Overall, this is an, ah, ah, an excellent film for all ladies, and extraordinarily empowering. Also, that Jeff Goldblum must have a magnificent dong.  
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You know, uh, Disney princesses are terrible role models. What kind of message is it to tell a girl she should be- ah, royalty? She can’t be royalty. There aren’t many princes for her to, ah, marry. No, she needs ...

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Rumor: Twins threequel adding Jeff Goldblum to the mix


Apr 01
// Alec Kubas-Meyer
It seems that the good news just keeps coming. A mere three days after a Twins sequel, cleverly entitled Triplets, was officially announced, featuring modern comedic superstar Eddie Murphy (from such hits as Meet Dave, Norbit...

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