This is it guys ... the final episode of Flixistentialism as we know it. The gang plus some old (white) faces of Flixist past get together and reminisce on this long journey of a podcast we've all embarked on. There's fantasy...
Ted was a nice surprise. Seth MacFarlane's passion project shined with all of the humor and heart that I would've never expected from the guy who brought us Family Guy. Then A Million Ways to Die in the West came along and w...
Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield.
This Super Bowl spot for Terminator: Genisysmay take a bit of footage from the first (hilariously convoluted) trailer, but there's a bit at the end that I'm most excited for. Also, it's really hard looking at this newest poster touting Arnold's return and not lose my f**king mind. Seriously I'm so hyped for this now, bad spelling and all.
Terminator: Genisys releases July 1st. Expect more Super Bowl spots to come.
We've heard plenty of rumblings about Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot that puts four female leads into the act of busting ghosts. Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy have both been rumored for quite some time, but today Variety is confirming that they and SNL alums Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in final talks to not be afraid of no ghosts.
Feig seems pretty confident about the casting too as he Tweeted out an image of all four actresses. This is most likely our final line up if the director is splashing it around like this. The rebooted movie franchise will start from scratch and Feigh claims will actually be scary, but with this cast we're guessing it's mostly going to be funny.
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 is sort of awful), and I would've liked another silly movie, but I'm still digging what this is selling. That cast is too good to pass up.
Although being advertised as "From the Studio that Brought You X-Men: Days of Future Past" is a bit weird, instead of say throwing muscle behind Trank's last effort Chronicle. Oh well, Fant4stic Four opens August 7th.
And below the jump is a version of the trailer with commentary from Josh Trank and Simon Kinberg via Yahoo!
I'm not actually sure who I'm writing this review for. Anyone whose seen the trailers for The Boy Next Door has undoubtedly made their made up about it. It's a trashy stalker film with Jennifer Lopez seducing a teenager that looks like he's in his late 20s. The kind of film you'd expect to see a cast of CW stars trying to break out into film in.
There was a chance that because of that it landed in the awesomely camp area of bad film. A kind of Swimfan or Cruel Intentions. These films aren't good, but man are they just fun to watch because of how committed they are. Sadly, despite some very valiant efforts, The Boy Next Door doesn't reach that true level of all out commitment to bad that it really needs.
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Thanks to R100, we know the proper recipe for a shirt: 24 hours in a slow-cooker, with red wine sauce, celery and carrots. Not because the film involves shirt eating (not directly at least), but because it forced Twitch founder/editor Todd Brown to eat his own shirt.
Before it screened at Fantastic Fest late last year, he made a bold claim, if any film was half as crazy as Sion Sono's Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, he’d eat his shirt.
R100 called Brown's bluff, and he made good on his promise. It's fitting, really, because that's exactly the kind of thing someone in R100 might be forced to do.
[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with the theatrical/VOD release.]
As a person who gets to attend press screenings for almost every major and minor release out there I get to see way too many movies. You're thinking that sounds awesome, but it can be a horrible burden. Do you know how many bad movies come out in a year? Do you know how bad mediocre movies get when you have to watch so many of them? It's not always fun.
Thankfully for you I've made this list. It's much like Megan, Nick and Alec's lists, all of which have many great films on them, but mine is more right because my opinion is the most rightest of them all. While 2015 may not go down in history as the best year film ever had there was definitely greatness.
2014 was a pretty great year for movies, so coming up with a year end list was pretty tough for me. Originally I thought I'd just do top 5, and then top 10... but no. It had to be top 15 because I saw so many awesome films last year, and it just wouldn't be fair to ignore the movies in the 11 through 15 slots.
While I was binge-watching films at the end of last year and the beginning of this one to figure out where everything would stand on my official TOP MOVIES OF 2014 list, I noticed something odd: So many of the films I saw in 2014 reminded me of films I saw in 2013. Sometimes that was because they were by the same directors or shot by the same cinematographers. Sometimes it was just because they affected me in similar ways or dealt with similar themes. But when it came time to sit down and do this, I thought, "Hey... why not look at the best films of 2014 as it compares to 2013?" And so I did that, with each film on this list corresponding to a film on last year's list.
As such, the numbering of this list doesn't quite reflect my feelings (my favorite film of the year is only number 2 on this list), and several of my favorites were knocked off my slightly less deserving films, but I did it to make a point. And it's not like these lists really matter anyway.
So without further ado, we proudly present the "Best Films of 2013: 2014 Edition."
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 about myself. I like movies, songs about butts, and pink frosted donuts. I'm going to get a tattoo of a mix of all three of those things someday.
Oh but you're here for this list. I've reviewed 51 films this year, and that's way more than I've ever done for the site before. That also means I've been way more involved in 2014 films than in past years so this list has been particularly tough. So, I guess let's get to it then.
Anybody who knows me knows that seals are my favorite animal, so when I started seeing advertisements for Song of the Sea, I knew I had to check it out. Cartoon Saloon had already impressed me with its first feature film, Secret of Kells, so I had a feeling this movie would at least be on par with that one.
Song of the Sea stands out in a 3D obsessed animation industry as an entirely 2D, hand drawn film. It harkens back to older animated films, while still being fresh and unique, and its story is sure to pull on your heartstrings.
I am a big Michael Mann fan. Collateral might be one of my favorite films. The guy just knows how to direct. You can be guaranteed at least one breath taking, though provoking shot in one of his films. This is especially true when he's shooting in a city. The guy just knows how to create an atmosphere that defines whatever city he's in.
Unfortunately for Blackhat a few good camera angles doesn't save it from being anything more than an over written, generic thriller where exposition is the name of the game. Mann can only make a bunch of people looking at computer screens stay interesting for so long.
As good as the films of 2014 were, you know what was even better? The animals. There were lots of standout roles for animals this year, both real and imaginary. In almost every film I watched, there was some cute dog or cat hanging around just because.
So I figured why not honor the best one? It was pretty tough, but I decided to choose an animal based on what it means for the film as a whole. So even with all of the dogs and cats of varying importance, only one puppy stood out and actively set the plot of its film in motion.
Honorable Mentions: That running dog in Godzilla, Digby and the "crazy cute" dog from The Interview, that one cat from The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Part 1, the turtle from Laggies, that one cat from Gone Girl, that one cat from The Grand Budapest Hotel, the horse in the Red Sea from Exodus: Gods and Kings, Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, Koba/Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
And we have them! The nominations are in with Birdman and Grand Budapest pulling in the lead with nomination count. A few snubs and a few surprises. How about Whiplash sneaking in for a Best Picture nominations? It totally deserves it, but people were thinking its only nom would be Best Supporting Actor. That's probably the biggest surprise for me.
The biggest snub? No LEGO Movie. Clearly an instance of the Academy not watching a film and simply not voting for it because it was branded. While the other nominations are all great there's no way this would have been snubbed if it wasn't based on a brand.
Despite all the buzz Jennifer Aniston did not make it into the Best Actress category for Cake, but that was a long shot anyway. Probably the category with the biggest "snubs" is best director. Ava DuVernay did not pick one up for Selma and Wes Anderson and Bennett Miller snuck in crowding out the likes of Clint Eastwood and Christopher Nolan. J.K. Simmons has supporting actor locked up by this point, but how the hell does Robert Duvall get nominated for The Judge other than old-timers club? Slow clap for Nightcrawler getting at least a little nod with screenplay, but once again the Academy ignores a host of smaller films that had stellar writing.
After Sony was soundly disappointed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the company was struggling with what to do with the character. As some leaked documents (that we did not cover) showed they even reached out to Marvel to possibly bring him into the MCU and jointly run the character. Those talks looked like they fell through, but did they?
Latino Review is reporting that they were in fact successful and that Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. That all makes sense considering the major part Spidey plays in Civil War, which will be the Captain American installment of Phase 3.
Of course this is all a massive rumor and even if it is true there's millions and millions of dollars involved meaning everything could easily fall apart. Sony won't want to let go easily of its only super hero, but we're pretty sure Marvel is desperate to have him as an Avenger. The Latino Review report goes into some major spoilers about this as well.
Finally, since Marvel will be resetting the character Andrew Garfield will no longer be playing him. Sad for fans of the actor in the role, but I'm not going to lose much sleep.
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.
We've seen more sequels released the last few years than we have in a long time. While 2015 seems to continue that trend, last year showed that we shouldn't automatically write off a film just because it's a sequel. I've seen so many good sequels last year that it was finally time to designate an entire list to them. Sure I could write about 2014's best actors or scenes, but I think it's important to celebrate a sequel that gets it right.
Since we're going to get so many more from here on out, let's hope that future sequels will be as good as the five presented here.
Without further ado, here are my picks for The Top 5 Sequels of 2014.
2014 was a pretty good year for animated films. But unlike the year before, which featured a huge Disney film with headlining women and lots of family friendly features, 2014 was a complete boy's club. While there were a few small steps here and there (women in these films were characterized a bit better and given more autonomy), it's nothing revolutionary. But despite the testosterone, animated films were pretty great last year (but I do hope for more varied voices in 2015).
2014 treated animation with the respect it deserves. Cartoons aren't just for throwaway comedies (although some did try to squeeze through), and the five films here were the best examples of studios allowing animated films to explore different kinds of narrative opportunities. While the list won't feature some of the smaller releases (because they haven't released near me) like Song of the Sea and When Marnie Was There, I'm pretty confident that this list is set in my mind.
Here are my choices for the Top Five Animated Films of 2014.
And here we have it. Well, not really "it." "It" is reserved for the Oscars, but here we have the secondary it: the Golden Globes. More fun, better hosts and more drinking than the Oscars so really a better show. Below you'll find the full list of wonderful winners! Though if you missed the show last night Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were once again the highlight.
Any surprises? Boyhood was a sure win and it's going to get the Oscar too, but Grand Budapest pulling in in front of Birdman was quite the jolt. It think How to Train Your Dragon 2 winning out in animated is a big deal as well since its box office didn't move it as well as the other films and often animated is decided by popularity at these things.
Taken was great. Taken 2 was...not as good. When I heard that Taken 3 was going to exist, I sighed, because I knew, knew, that I'd feel obligated to finish what I started.
So, on Saturday morning, I sat with ticket in hand and prepared myself for 109 minutes of Liam Neeson stepping back into the shoes of Bryan Mills. I knew it could fall anywhere in-between great or...not as good, and I was prepared to give it a fair chance.
Predestination is one of those festival films that you have no idea exists but, when you finally see it, you wonder where it's been your entire life. I'm not the biggest time travel movie fan, nor do I really enjoy science fiction in general, but Predestination uses its premise to rise above the usual trappings of the genre and creates a film which is a lot smarter than I initially gave it credit for.
I mean, it was pitched to me as "Minority Report with Ethan Hawke" and it's much, much better than that.
[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of South by Southwest 2014. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's wide release.]