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...
When you write your list of perfect directors for the Alien franchise, where does Neill Blomkamp (director of District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie) fall in? Hope it's close to the top because after what seems like mon...
Wow, so, uh, yeah. I'm at a loss for words. Because both Sony and Marvel like money, and Sony has been wondering what to do with the The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the two companies are now working together. According to the deal, Marvel's "new" Spider-Man (which most likely will recast Andrew Garfield and start a new line of films) will first appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film and Sony will then release the next Spider-Man film in 2017.
The two studios will collaborate with Sony remaining in control of future Spider-Man solo projects, but will allow Spider-Man to presumably join films like The Avengers and Marvel working to get its characters into future Spider films.
Holy bologna. Time to speculate! I'm hoping for Miles Morales actually since the press release emphasizes "new Spider-Man" and Marvel will most likely want a clean slate. Plus, it's the best way to get a new Spider-Man without the same origin story. Holy moley, you guys. Here's the press release.
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.
We like to steer clear of most rumors here on Flixist because if we told you all about each one, we'd be writing about outlandish stuff every day. But Sony's discussing so many crazy Spider-Man movies, we gotta talk about 'em...
You know when you come across some news and suddenly feel like you've stumbled across the worst idea ever? I'm sure I'm supposed to be feeling that right now, but I'm can't shake how stupidly happy I am this exists. Sony's Cr...
In SCREENWRITING 101, Film Crit Hulk devotes an entire chapter to plot holes. A subsection of that chapter specifically discusses the works of Christopher Nolan, using The Dark Knight as the primary example. Christopher Nolan has a reputation as a brilliant filmmaker but a subpar storyteller. At first glance, the films seem perfect, but in retrospect (and after multiple viewings), they're full of plot holes and many of his ideas simply don't make sense.
Hulk argues that people who focus on the negatives are missing the point and that the broken logic is irrelevant if it doesn't affect your enjoyment of the film as it progresses. What you feel in retrospect is less important than what you feel in the moment. If the moment works at the time, there's no real "plot hole" there, because clearly having a consistent plot wasn't the point. Christopher Nolan movies have always been about entertainment, and if the broken logic underlying one of his films doesn't stop it from entertaining you, then so what?
But unlike his Nolan's films, Interstellar has plot holes. You'll get caught up in the moment trying to piece together the puzzle at the time because certain moments seem to contradict each other within the narrative as presented, and then you might miss the next nonsensical moment that you have to then parse.
It's a testament to Nolan's talent as a filmmaker that it doesn't matter.
Last year, Japan Cuts played Sion Sono's Bad Film, a project filmed back in 1995 but not finished until 2012. In my non-review of the film, I unequivocally called it a masterpiece, and I stand by every word. It is a labor of love that throws caution to the wind in order to just make a freaking movie, everyone and everything else be damned. This is Sion Sono's world and you just have to deal with it.
Why Don't You Play in Hell? is a celebration of that worldview. And it's every bit as brilliant as you could hope.
[This review was original posted as part of our coverage of the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival. It is being reposted to coincide with the film's theatrical release.]
UPDATE: According to the good folks at Variety, it looks like Weinstein Company's deal with Netflix has rubbed some theater chains the wrong way. AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Carmike have all refused to show the sequel. Each theater claims that a theater screen is the best to view the content and not one on smartphones. Check out the whole Variety article for all the little business details, but the important thing to note is these chains have taken a firm stance against day-and-date releases. Interesting stuff.
Now this is something I didn't see coming. First of all, we have some news on the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Sequel announced a bit ago. It's titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend (based on Wang Du Lu's Iron Knight, Silver Vase which in turn inspired the title of my latest rap album, Dairy Queen, Rainbow Carnival) and will release to IMAX theaters in 2015.
Now onto the crazy part. The sequel is set to release to Netflix Instant at the same time (with the word "exclusive" being thrown around like crazy) thanks to a deal signed by The Weinstein Company and Netflix. Just, wow. If this succeeds (and there're no signs it won't thanks to the current success of simultaneous VOD/Theater releases), just imagine what this could lead to. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend releases August 28, 2015.
We've got our first look at Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh too! So cool.
Folks, is this real? Is this truly, truly real? It seems 20th Century Fox is finally fulfilling the promise made long ago (which possibly is attributed to the test footage "leak" a while back) with an X-Men spin-off starring Deadpool.
The film will be directed by Tim Miller, and Ryan Reynolds is still rumored to star but no official deal has been set. There's also no other information as to tone or whether or not the studio is still going with the script written by the Zombieland duo of Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick, but hey it's gonna be a thing for your eyeballs!
Deadpool releases February 12, 2016. Here's that test footage, in case you've missed it.
Folks, superhero movies are dumb. I don't care how many famous actors fill the roles, how many Oscars you think a performance should get, how many famous directors take on the stories, or how gritty each series is, superhero movies will always involve folks in speedo jumpsuits punching each other into explosions or something along those lines. It's when you forget how inherently dumb each property is that you'll run into trouble.
According to Drew McWeeny at HitFix:
Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point.
What? While it explains the stupidly serious photos of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in the rain, it seems like a terrible direction for WB's nine (NINE) DC comics films going forward. Sure the reasoning is admittedly business sound (apparently it's because Green Lantern, full of jokes, bombed), but having all of these movies be all same-y and serious is a bad, bad idea. Remember Man of Steel? Oy.
What do you all think? Ready for the gloomy guses?
What do you get when you cross an actor who can't seem to say no, and an actor who can't afford to say no? You get Outcast, the absolutely insane looking film where Hayden Christensen teams up with a British accent spewing N...
It's been an odd week. On Monday, we posted my review of R100, a film so crazy it inspired a man to eat his shirt. On Tuesday, we posted my review of Why Don't You Play in Hell?, a film so insane that it inspired a man to make a shirt-eating bet in the first place. But those were warm ups. What I was really doing was priming myself to write about quite literally the weirdest movie I have seen in my entire life: 3D Naked Ambition.
I always kind of expected the weirdest movie ever to be from Japan. I mean, that's where the previously two mentioned films and other bonkers stories like The Warped Forest came from. That movie has fruit with actual vaginas.
But 3D Naked Ambition has risen to the top. How, you might ask? Well...
[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]
You know how Sega seems to think Sonic the Hedgehog is still cool? Branching into Nintendo games, that Sonic Boom cartoon, and now thanks to Sony, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a film adaptation. According to THR, Sony (who h...
The internet may have ruined the word "ratchet" for me forever, but I still adore the Ratchet and Clank videogames. I just can't believe something like this exists. Much like Sony's Sly Cooper film, Ratchet and Clank is heading to theaters with direct oversight from its original creator, Insomniac. Which means we've got a movie that looks just like the videogame counterpart (but much, much better), and the same voice cast, but it all seems like something that's meant for home video rather than theaters.
Maybe I'm just so shocked, a theater release seems unlikely. But it outright claims "in theaters 2015," so I'm at a loss here. At least it looks very, very pretty and it'll be a fun time for sure. Ratchet and Clank wrenches into theaters some time next year.
If Elsa's journey in Frozen has taught anyone anything, it's to "let go" of the bad things. In Japan, a woman has done just that. A man says his wife has moved in with her parents and refuses to talk to him because he doesn't...
I know I'm supposed to be a professional, but it's very hard keeping a straight face when I see something like this. Looking at this first trailer for Left Behind, based off the popular book line and stars Nicolas Cage and.....
UPDATE 2: According to THR, Marvel was unhappy with the state of Ant-Man for a few weeks. After halting it's June production for script rewrites (without Wright's knowledge), significant changes were made to the film and Wright walked off. THR's sources also note that Marvel fears it might be sticking its neck out too far with the weird Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a shame.
UPDATE: We've been waiting for an officially "official" statement from Edgar Wright over his departure, or at the very least, some reaction that wasn't steeped in rumors. An article over at Latino-Review (thanks, OhBollocks!) may have cleared up some things if true (Wright left over massive script rewrites), but we were holding out for one last thing, and we got a little something.
After a few mysterious responses from James Gunn and Joss Whedon (who want to support their director friend, but don't want to rattle the Marvel cage), Wright tweeted a photo but then immediately deleted it. According to CBM, he tweeted a photo of Buster Keaton (holding a Cornetto cone as a "selfie"), an actor who worked on films independently before signing to MGM, citing the whole ordeal as "the worst mistake of [his] career." Since Wright immediately deleted the tweet, maybe the situation is more harsh than it appears. We'll keep an eye out for more details. Original story below.
Edgar Wright's directorial take on Marvel's Ant-Man film was something I had been looking forward to for awhile. He co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish, and had been slightly reworking it for years trying to get it off the ground. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly were cast, and at the time, it seemed liked we were finally going to get a different type of Marvel movie. Looks like that may not be the case anymore.
According to Marvel, Edgar Wright has parted ways with the studio over creative differences. Here's the official statement:
Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.
So. Wow. Has this happened to Marvel yet? I've got a lot of respect for the man and his vision, and it takes quite a lot of hutzpah to walk away from the Marvel juggernaut. I'm also a lot more worried over the state of the film if it caused something like this. Was it the producers? Were there demands? This is just a big bummer.
Since we never actually covered the initial announcement, there's quite a bit of ground cover. First of all, production of a live action Jem and the Holograms (the popular, and outrageous, 80s cartoon about women in a ro...
Although it's been in development hell for years after the original Mrs. Doubtfire first made big money in theaters, it seems that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is finally happening. Most likely fueled by Robin Williams' return to the public eye (with notable roles in The Crazy Ones, a quick spot on Louie, a few Nintendo commercials, and the upcoming The Angriest Man in Brooklyn), Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will be directed by Christopher Columbus (who directed the original film) and feature a script written by David Berenbaum (Elf).
Oh, and Robin Williams is back. Whether or not Williams' brand of comedy can survive in this day and age, I'm surprisingly wishing the film good luck. Assuming Williams can just jump right on the old horse, this might be a nice and nostalgic trip down memory lane for folks who lived in the 90s. For everyone else, maybe they'll get a laugh out of seeing someone other than Tyler Perry adorn old woman makeup?
Thanks to Japan's Bellemaison boutique, now you too can bibitty boppity boo into some fancy undergarments! Bellemaison has plenty of Disney licensed products, but now they've finally jumped the shark and finally have created ...
One of the more notable aspects of The Wolf of Wall Street is its explosive profanity. It's used so often, and in such great amounts, I eventually had to use the word in my review for the film. But in a brilliant way, the wor...