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2:00 PM on 01.23.2014

First images and deeper info from The Giver

An adaptation of The Giver has basically been in demand since the book was published, but it's been a long hard struggle to get to the point where we're seeing  images of the film. That means that my imagination has...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 01.23.2014

First Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I poster is on fire

It feels like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out just yesterday. With the final book in the series, Mockingjay, being split into two parts, expect one final push for The Hunger Games. Although The Hunger Games: Moc...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 01.17.2014

Universal announces another Grinch remake

God has forsaken us. The people behind the horrendous Lorax remake (Which Flixist's own Matthew Razak liked, but what does he know) are making a new film based on Dr. Seuss' classic holiday children's book. Whose idea was thi...

Mike Cosimano



Book Review: SCREENWRITING 101 By Film Crit Hulk! photo
Book Review: SCREENWRITING 101 By Film Crit Hulk!
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I first heard about Film Crit Hulk about a year ago. I had written an article about why Tom Hooper should have been drawn and quartered for his butchering of Les Miserables, and one of the commenters, rather than say anything insightful, pointed me to a similar-ish article by Film Crit Hulk. Normally I hate that kind of thing, but I figured I would give it a shot, because I was angry at Tom Hooper and I wanted someone else to back me up.

So I read the article, and it was a whole lot smarter than what I said. Then again, his was focused on its technical failings whereas mine was more focused on its catastrophically poor attempts at adaptation.

But I digress.

When I heard that this Hulk fellow had written a book on screenwriting (appropriately titled SCREENWRITING 101), I was intrigued. I usually hate books like that, but it seemed like such an odd thing for a critic to do. So I gave it a shot. 

And guess what?

It's fucking amazing.

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12:00 PM on 12.22.2013

Nick's Flixmas: Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

You're still a mean one, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. What started out as short story eventually became an animated short that has become the second most prolific film any Christmas. Ask your everyday Joe Somebo...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 12.19.2013

First full trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon was a nice surprise. It was dark, adorable, and had a nice heart at the center of it. It's also really really good looking. Thankfully by the looks of this first trailer, the sequel ...

Nick Valdez



First trailer for Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise photo
First trailer for Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise
by Nick Valdez

In this first trailer for Edge of Tomorrow (stupidly changed from its original title, All You Need Is Kill) starring Tom Cruise as he runs toward and/or away from things, the human race is constantly put down by a superior alien army. As Lt. Col. Bill Cage (That's his name? Really? Amazing.) dies, he's quickly thrown into a time loop that makes him relive the battle over and over. 

Cage (Cruise) and Rita (Emily Blunt) then constantly fight the aliens as they're forced to relive the same battle over and over again. So it's basically Groundhog Day if Bill Murray decided to wear a super heavy buffed up version of the suit from Starship Troopers. Since the film is an adaptation of a manga/novel by Kiroshi Sakurazaka, I'm sure there's more to this than what we're given here. If not, at least this looks like a neat entry of the Tom Cruise Runs From Things series. Edge of Tomorrow runs away from explosions June 6th next year. 

[images via USA Today]

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12:00 PM on 12.08.2013

Nick's Flixmas: Scrooged

Day eight of Nick's Flixmas takes us through our second A Christmas Carol flick, Scrooged, an adaptation of the story starring Bill Murray. Unlike the previous installments of this little event, I've never actually seen Scroo...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 11.22.2013

J.R.R. Tolkien film in the works

With basically anything that has the name J.R.R. Tolkien attached to it printing money and a pretty interesting life story it's easy to see why a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic is in the works. The creator of Middle Earth will be join...

Matthew Razak



Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo
Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Nick Valdez

I'm a pretty big fan of The Hunger Games series of books. I tore through them in a day and while Catching Fire isn't my favorite in the series, it does have the most intriguing setups in the trilogy. The production for Catching Fire has notably gone through a bit of trouble with its change of directors (now helmed by Francis Lawrence), and most fans (including myself) were worried about the nature of the adaptation given the original Hunger Games film had a fair share of problems. 

The trailers for Catching Fire showed a film that seemed to learn from its predecessor's mistakes (less shaky cam footage, more balanced use of color, Phillip Seymour Hoffman joined the cast), so does the final product hold up to the potential of the series? Is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hotter than a fantasy or is it filled with catastrophe? Read on for the answer!

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1:00 PM on 11.14.2013

First images of the now delayed Fifty Shades of Grey

The satisfyingly long wait for the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation has been marred with quite a few problems. The script was going through some issues, Charlie Hunnam left the picture (the script may or may not have been a pr...

Nick Valdez





8:00 AM on 11.14.2013

Second trailer for Divergent diverges from the norm

Awhile back I wrote an article claiming that Divergent was going to be "the next big teen thing." Ever since the Twilight Saga ended, there's been a notable void in the box office landscape for a romantic thriller for teens....

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 11.11.2013

Justin Lin to direct sequel to The Bourne Legacy

Justin Lin, otherwise known as the man who turned the Fast & Furious franchise into stuff of legend as he directed the series' last four films, is now tackling his next ailing series, the Bourne franchise. While Matt Damo...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 11.07.2013

First trailer for Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale is based off the book of same name and is the directorial debut of Oscar winning screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman. I have no rightly idea what's going on in the trailer (other than the fact it takes place in Olde N...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 11.05.2013

Third trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

This newest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bit different from the previous one. The footage is mostly the same (maybe two or three different scenes), but the dialogue is cut much differently. There are ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.04.2013

Second Vampire Academy trailer is pretty much the same

Vampire Academy (dropping the Blood Sisters subtitle) is pretty much a movie made for me. It's got cute girls that are really cute vampires, it's adapted from the book by the same writer who wrote Heathers (which is one of t...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 11.01.2013

Pet Sematary gets a remake with 28 Weeks Later director

As someone who enjoys the occasional horror film, I don't love seeing original concepts run through the ground over and over again. Sure that's what most of the genre is built on, but I do avoid lots of unnecessary sequels an...

Nick Valdez



Final Trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo
Final Trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Nick Valdez

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire already looks much better than its predecessor. It's got a nice mix of orange and blues, less shaky cam, Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a bad guy, and Jennifer Lawrence is so hot right now. Now we have the final trailer for the film, and how does it look? 

Well the same, really. It just spoils a lot of the film's bigger points from the book (but you wouldn't know that if you've only seen the movies, so that's probably cool). Basically, it's nice and short, but if you didn't want to see the film, the final trailer's not going to convince. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sets the world on fire November 22nd. 

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6:00 PM on 10.22.2013

Art Book: Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2

Over the past few years,  no other name in the art world has become quite as synonymous with excellent popular culture art as Los Angeles' Gallery 1988 and their annual show, Crazy 4 Cult. The show encompasses virtuall...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 10.15.2013

Fifty Shades of Grey loses Charlie Hunnam, needs rewrites

Over the weekend, Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey motion picture (out August 2014 as of now) has been going through a few issues. First of all, Universal hired Patrick Marber to do some quick fine tuning of the script. Short...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 10.07.2013

Trailer for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine

To carry on Tom Clancy's characters after his sad passing is a big deal, so it's better just to get a fresh start and hope for the best. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a reboot of the Jack Ryan series starring Chris ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.04.2013

Marc Forster won't return to direct World War Zequel

World War Z wasn't the greatest movie ever. Oh, am I supposed to elaborate? Oh well, uh, World War Z wasn't the flop it was expected to be and I guess that earns some praise. The film went on to earn the money necessary (gros...

Nick Valdez