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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey photo
Review: Fifty Shades of Grey
by Nick Valdez

I should start this review by being as frank as possible. I'm not really sure who this review is for. With Fifty Shades of Grey, you'll fall into either one of two camps. You're either planning to see it (or have already seen it) regardless of what I'm going to say for the next couple of paragraphs, or you're going to avoid the film altogether thanks to the esoteric nature of its erotic subject matter. 

But for those of you who have fallen to the wayside and are a bit curious thanks to the shape this pop culture juggernaut has taken, don't follow up on that feeling. Because if you're willing to sit through this two hour slog without heeding my warning, you're also "fifty shades of f**ked up."

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5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bad idea photo
5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bad idea
by Nick Valdez

Yesterday I wrote up a list of five reasons why Spider-Man joining the MCU was a good idea, and while I stand by my points, I couldn't shake the feeling in the back of my head. Cold and cynical as I am, it felt weird just accepting this hype train head on. You see, for as many reasons thinking it'd be a good idea, there are a strangely equal amount of reasons why it'd be a bad one. 

As more of the Sony/Marvel deal has been clarified with Sony indeed retaining majority creative control, and the two companies deciding to recast the titular character, I figured I should also go through five reasons why Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bad idea.

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5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a good idea photo
5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a good idea
by Nick Valdez

I don't know about you all, but I'm still shocked at the news that Sony and Marvel are finally getting along and Spider-Man will officially join the Marvel movies. The finer details of the deal are still shrouded in mystery with some sites reporting that Sony let Marvel have the character for free, some saying Andrew Garfield is out for good and Marvel will recast, and we still don't know exactly how much control Sony will have going forward. But in the end, this is pretty awesome. 

But exactly how awesome is this move? After thinking about it for a bit (taking time in between to remind myself that this is real), I've come up with five reasons why Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an Amazing, Astonishing, Spectacular, Ultimate, and Superior idea.

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Sony's Spider-Man officially joining Marvel cinematic universe photo
Sony's Spider-Man officially joining Marvel cinematic universe
by Nick Valdez

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.

[via Marvel]

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10:00 AM on 02.05.2015

Warner Bros wants to make a live action Robotech again

Robotech, an anime in the 80s adapted from three different series for an American audience, has been in the pipeline for years. Different teams of directors and writers have been trying to get a film adaptation going but were...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 02.03.2015

Here are a bunch of Avengers: Age of Ultron images

While we've got a bunch of questions as to the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron, there's only a few months to go before we actually see it. To tie us over until then are this chunk of images of stuff we've seen before but in greater resolution. Soooo enjoy! Avengers: Age of Ultron releases May 1st.  [via Marvel]

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 02.03.2015

Super Bowl TV spot for Fifty Shades of Grey

In preparation for the Fifty Shades film, which I have no idea which one of us is going to review yet, I started reading the book. Boy, is it far more fan fiction-y than I had realized. It's got some of the worst written sex...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 02.02.2015

Super Bowl TV spot for Kingsman: The Secret Service

I'm not sure what to think of Kingsman: The Secret Service. It looks interesting, but it's yet another adaptation based off another of Mark Millar's comic books. The guy doesn't have the best track record, and the films base...

Nick Valdez



Super Bowl TV spot for Tomorrowland photo
Super Bowl TV spot for Tomorrowland
by Nick Valdez

Through its trailers and how little story we've been given so far, Tomorrowland is shaping up to be one of the more interesting movies this year. Like Pirates of the Caribbean, it's a film adapted from Disney parks, but unlike Pirates, it's being handled by a good team. This Super Bowl spot shows a bit of new footage (though it's missing the cool robots from the Comic-Con stuff) and more Clooney monologue, so it's all good in my book. 

Directed by Brad Bird, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, Tomorrowland opens May 22nd. 

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6:00 PM on 01.29.2015

Super Bowl TV spot for The Divergent Series: Insurgent

With as interesting as the Divergent sequel, Insurgent, may be, I really hoped it would've fixed its CG issues by now. It's a shame too because the whole dreamscape aspects are putting out all sorts of crazy Matrix vibes (al...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 01.27.2015

Luke Evans leaves The Crow reboot...which is probably not going to happen

Well, let's consider this the final nail in the coffin. Although someone somewhere wants a Crow reboot, it's having all sorts of trouble getting the ball rolling. The closest it got to going somewhere was a few months ago whe...

Nick Valdez







First official teaser for Fantastic Four photo
First official teaser for Fantastic Four
by Nick Valdez

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!

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12:00 PM on 01.23.2015

X-Men: Apocalypse gets its new Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm

After X: Men Days of Future Past sorted the X-Men series out, it's time to move forward...by moving backward again. Set to take place in the 80s and following the returning cast from the First Class (along with Hugh Jackman i...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Steven Spielberg's version of American Sniper sounds a bit better

When it comes to American Sniper, I've found over the last few days that it's better to tread water when criticizing. It's a shame, but I've been hit by quite a few slurs from folks that are taking the film to heart. But desp...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 01.20.2015

First trailer for DC's direct to video Batman vs. Robin

Ever since the animated Justice League specials committed to the New 52 continuity (after The Flashpoint Paradox), they haven't been very good. I don't know what's to blame for that either. Is it the comics themselves? Is it...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 01.19.2015

Ouija 2 is happening because money

It may not have been a good film, or even entertaining, but Ouija is going to get a sequel on top of its already bare bones story because it made near $85 million dollars from its slim $5 million dollar budget.  In an in...

Nick Valdez



Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Nick Valdez

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. 

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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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Nick's Top 5 Sequels of 2014
by Nick Valdez

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. 

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10:00 AM on 01.13.2015

Newest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is better than the first

This may technically be a TV spot that debuted during, um, sports(?), but it's long enough and full of new footage so I'm going to go ahead and say this is the second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's much more balan...

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Review: Predestination
by Nick Valdez

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.]

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3:00 PM on 01.08.2015

Fan edit of Marvel's Ant-Man trailer makes it a bit better

After the release of the first trailer for Marvel's Ant-Man a few days ago, talk around the water cooler led me to believe most people found it underwhelming. I'd sadly agree. I'm fond of how weird it's going to be, but some...

Nick Valdez