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4:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Review: The Book of Life

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 pe...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.08.2014

Trailer for The Book of Life continues to look bueno

The Book of Life, produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez (who once created one of my favorite cartoons ever, El Tigre), looks absolutely stunning. I've completely fallen for this Die de Muertos film s...

Nick Valdez

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

SXSW Review: Que Caramba es la Vida photo
SXSW Review: Que Caramba es la Vida
by Nick Valdez

Growing up as a young Latino boy in San Antonio, Texas, I've had quite a few experiences with Mariachi groups. There was a Mariachi club in my high school, and on several occasions, my great uncle would hire groups to sing at his parties. While I know little Spanish myself (being 5th generation Mexican, Spanish, and Native American), there's always been something special about Mariachi music. It helps me feel closer to the culture years of assimilation have separated me from. 

But there's one perspective I shamefully admit I've never considered: the women. How do the women of Mariachi exist within this male dominated field? And as bad as it is to say, men are and have always been a dominant part of Mexican culture stemming from some passed down belief that women are supposed to stay home and raise the children. 

Que Caramba es la Vida paints a new picture of the previously homogeneous term "starving artist" with wonderful results. 

[From March 7th - 15th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2014 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!]

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3:00 PM on 01.22.2014

First trailer for Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena

Latinos don't have a lot of widely accepted historical icons. While we have our own, few have their names reach outside the Latino community. For example, Cesar Chavez was a farm worker in the 60s who organized a strike. Whe...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 10.17.2013

First Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones trailer Mexican't

A Latin flavored Paranormal Activity spin off has been in the works for some time now, and every time more news of it broke, we at Flixist made fun guessing how many stereotypes were going to be exploited in the final produc...

Nick Valdez

Review: Machete Kills  photo
Review: Machete Kills
by Nick Valdez

It's a miracle Machete Kills even exists. It's a sequel to a film originally based on a joke trailer before Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse. With that in mind, it was easy to forgive potential flaws in the first Machete since most of the troubling scenes were cut and pasted from that original trailer. So how do you approach Machete Kills now that it has greater aspirations, crazier ideas, and more room to spectacularly fail? 

Machete Kills quite literally attempts to reach for the stars. Does it carve out a new name for itself or does its Machete need sharpening? 

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1:00 PM on 09.09.2013

Machete Kills poster and huge batch of images are killer

I'm stupidly hyped for Machete Kills. Sure the last trailer had some wonkiness which tempered my expectations a bit, but I'm on the edge of my seat nonetheless. In the gallery you'll find the poster for Machete Kills (which j...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.05.2013

Second Machete Kills trailer certainly kills

Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is gearing up to be a splendidly cheesetastic sequel to 2010's Machete. It amps up the Mexican pride, hilarious deaths, and number of beautiful women. With this second trailer, we get more of...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 06.03.2013

This Machete Kills poster has Michelle Rodriguez on it

Michelle Rodriguez, known as "Tanktop Jesus" round these parts for her glorious ability to die in almost every movie she's been in and somehow is revived several sequels later, graces the newest poster (as She) for Robert Rod...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 05.30.2013

Trailer: Machete Kills

Update: An English version of this trailer was released. You can watch that below. Despite the narration and most of the trailer being in Spanish (well, because Machete), there's plenty of stuff to hook you to the first trai...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 05.29.2013

Charlie Sheen finally goes Estevez for Machete Kills

Until the elusive first trailer for Machete Kills pops up online officially, we'll have to survive with juicy tidbits. Like the rest of Robert Rodriguez's madcap casting, Charlie Sheen was cast as the President of the United ...

Nick Valdez

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

SXSW Review: Diario a Tres Voces (Three Voices) photo
SXSW Review: Diario a Tres Voces (Three Voices)
by Geoff Henao

[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!]

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, yet we only tend to focus on young love at the beginning of the relationship in most movies. In Diario a Tres Voces (Three Voices), director Otilia Portillo Padua documents the love stories of three women of different ages and generations. Through their respective stories, Padua weaves a loose narrative about idyllic, wistful memories of past loves.

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11:30 AM on 03.07.2013

New Machete Kills poster shows off Sophia Vergara's guns

We've known for awhile that Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is going to filled to the brim with sexy chicas and dangerous levels of cheese, but we just didn't know how far it would get. By the looks of this new poster featur...

Nick Valdez

Super Troopers 2 may shoot this year meow photo
Super Troopers 2 may shoot this year meow
by Hubert Vigilla

A sequel to 2001's Super Troopers looks like it's good to go. Kevin Heffernan (Car Ramrod!) revealed that Super Troopers 2 was ready to Guy Speed:

There will be a Super Troopers sequel. We put it off for a while and then came back to it. We wrote the script and handed it in to Fox and now we're just negotiating the time and the place and hopefully shoot it some time this year. I have to start growing my mustache now.

As The Film Stage notes, "some time this year" is vague, so we probably won't see Heffernan, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske rocking the staches any time soon. But it's going to happen, and I hope you boys like Mexico.

[Guy Speed via The Film Stage, meow]

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8:00 AM on 02.28.2013

Flixistentialism 10 - Poop Taco

On this weeks episode of Flixistentialism, Nick becomes the new new old Nick, we swear to pineapples, Geoffrey purchases a questionable taco, we discuss The Oscars, and we uncover a dark dark secret about Geoffrey that drives Nick to the brink of insanity (Hint: it involves Gabriel Iglesias).

Andres Bolivar

The Cult Club: El Mariachi (1992) photo
The Cult Club: El Mariachi (1992)
by Nick Valdez

[The Cult Club is where Flixist's writers expound the virtues of their favourite underground classics, spanning all nations and genres. It is a monthly series of articles looking at what made those films stand out from the pack, as well as their enduring legacy.]

Back when I started watching movies for serious, and not just for funsies, I wanted to be a filmmaker. I wanted to write a screenplay, gather what little money my friends and I had, and film a movie with our little "Movie Not Included" production company. It was a fleeting dream. One that could never truly get off the ground thanks to years of family illness, borderline poverty, and losing ties with that tight group of friends. But El Mariachi changed all of that. 

Robert Rodriguez is my favorite director for two reasons: he helped to promote Mexican values and pride (without taking himself too seriously) in the mainstream, and he's one of the best directors on an a budget. El Mariachi is a testament to Mexican ingenuity and badassness that still holds up despite its fade into obscurity. 

When I recently revisited El Mariachi for this month's Cult Club segment, I was afraid that my nostalgia rimmed glasses caused the film to be more enjoyable than it actually was. I mean, it had to have disappeared for a reason right? Turns out my initial positive impressions were reaffirmed, El Mariachi is intimate due to its obscure nature, over the top, and damn legendary. 

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1:00 PM on 12.10.2012

Alejandro Inarritu directing a comedy called Birdman

Though Alejando González Iñárritu is best known for films the films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel, now he's going to try his hand at comedy with the film Birdman. Co-written with Nicolas Giacobone, A...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 PM on 12.07.2012

Trailer: The Girl

The Girl (which unfortunately shares a name with an upcoming Hitchcock film on HBO) stars Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch) as she loses her child to Social Services. To earn some extra money she becomes a Coyote, someone who is ...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 11.08.2012

New photo of Alexa Vega spices up Machete Kills

Right now, I'm not sure how to feel. While the first Machete was amazingly badass, Machete Kills looks to take what was great about the first and put the "exploit" in exploitation. I hope I didn't make it sound like that's a ...

Nick Valdez

CIFF Review: A Secret World photo
CIFF Review: A Secret World
by Geoff Henao

[Flixist will be attending the 48th Chicago International Film Festival over the next few weeks. Be sure to follow along as we bring you coverage from the longest-running competitive international film festival in the country. You can easily keep track of the coverage here.]

We all have our own coping mechanisms that help us get through our problems. Of course, some might partake in questionable methods (as I write this, I've had Lana del Rey's Video Games on repeat for a couple of hours now). We all have our problems, but how we deal with them reflects our true character. From what I've seen in my two years of covering foreign films, a sizable amount of them tend to deal with sex... some more successfully/efficiently than others.

A Secret World is one such film where sex seems to be a pivotal theme.

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