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4:00 PM on 03.18.2014

First trailer for 'The Maze Runner' is intense

The first trailer for the film adaptation of James Dashner's The Maze Runner has succeeded in making me curious about an upcoming film/ book trilogy that I didn't know existed until a few hours ago. This intense tr...

Isabelle Magliari


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First trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes photo
First trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
by Nick Valdez

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is boring, plain and simple. It has a cumbersome title, odd looking CGI mashed against live actors, and it's ultimately rendered utterly pointless by film's end. If we know humankind is going to be wiped out entirely, what's the point of getting to know them? Down the line it's going to be one of those prequels movie fans use to argue against the idea entirely. Why did we need a prequel to Planet of the Apes? Here to muddy up that question is the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. 

With another title that only slightly makes sense (dawn is just after sunrise, I suppose), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes the last remaining humans and pits them against Caesar (Andy Serkis)'s army of super monkeys (and maybe the monkeys fight each other in some kind of civil war). I understand why this exists (the first film went bananas in the box office), but that doesn't mean I'm happy about it. If the sequel can somehow be less boring than the original, then I'm game. Dawn of the Planet of The Monkees couldn't leave us if it tried July 11th. 

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8:00 AM on 12.12.2013

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes gets posters, release date

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to the reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes, hopes to capitalize on the potential Rise left behind. Showing off one last battle between the humans who survived the virus in the last...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 09.10.2013

Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer may not be cut for Weinstein

Not too long ago we reported that Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer would be getting cut by 20 minutes for US release because The Weinstein Company thinks flyover country is full of slackjawed dummies with short attention spans. It ...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 09.02.2013

This is the End getting re-released in theaters soon

This is the End was the best film of the Summer hands down (Fast & Furious 6 notwithstanding). It brought the biggest surprises, biggest laughs, and most memorable moments (that finale had to be the greatest thing I've se...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 07.25.2013

Trailer & animated prequel for Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer

Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer will be out next week in South Korea, and here's the final trailer for the film (at least until it goes international). Everything's looking wonderfully intense and apocalyptic. Given, it's shorter...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 06.13.2013

Flix for Short: The Real World: This is the End Edition

This is the End is one of the funniest films of the year so far if you're a fan of Seth Rogen and his gang. Even if you're not, you're still going to find yourselves laughing. A good gauge of how funny This is the End is goi...

Nick Valdez



Review: This is the End photo
Review: This is the End
by Nick Valdez

I've been harsh toward This is the End from the very beginning. First batch of trailers painted the film as a "Hey look at [enter famous name here] acting wacky!" sort of comedy, but as the trailers rolled on and hinted at the bigger picture, there was something intriguing about the premise. But I always saw the film ending up one of two ways: hilarious now but doesn't hold up down the line, or just fall flat on its face. Thankfully neither of those things happened. I'm glad to be wrong here. 

While not everything works perfectly, This is the End's entire package definitely comes from the heart...and its package. 

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9:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Trailer: This is the End

Opening in just a little under two weeks, we have one more trailer for This is the End. This is the international version of the trailer so there's mostly repeat footage, but the new material? The new material is just fantas...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 05.30.2013

New This is the End posters take yo panties off

I'm still holding firm in my belief that This is The End, the post-apocalyptic Rapture comedy starring famous funny guys like Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel as themselves, is going to go either one of two ways. It's either going...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 05.15.2013

Trailer: Rapture-palooza (Red Band)

Rapture-palooza (with a newly minted hyphen) should be taken as is and nothing more. It's a straight to VOD (with a limited theater run) comedy about the Rapture that happens to star lots of recognizable faces releasing arou...

Nick Valdez





8:00 AM on 04.03.2013

Trailer: This is the End (Red Band)

This new Red Band trailer for This is the End has enough new content and hints of plot (it seems to be a biblical apocalypse) to help you figure out what kind of movie it's going to be. It's filled to the brim with comedians...

Nick Valdez

2:30 PM on 04.01.2013

Trailer: Pineapple Express 2

Well, uhhh, the fools they are in April. Those fine fellow actors of mine have, uh, created a humorous trailer for their upcoming film This is the End. The joke is that it is a trailer for a movie that, well, uh, doesn't exi...

Flixist Staff

11:00 AM on 03.29.2013

This is the End is somewhat more nigh

This is the End might be one of the more anticipated comedies of the year. We'll all be anticipating two days less now as the film has been bumped up to a June 12 release instead of a June 14 release. Those two days shou...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 03.26.2013

New Oblivion TV spots have the moon getting blowed up

There's something about mayhem perpetrated against the moon that I find kind of absurdly funny, whether it's threats to blow it up or Chairface Chippendale trying to write his name on it. In this new TV spot for Oblivion, a ...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 03.06.2013

Trailer: Rapturepalooza (Red Band)

Rapturepalooza is a comedic take on the Rapture, that biblical story that Jesus Christ will leave behind all sinners on Earth as the Antichrist tries to take over the world (For better reference, watch that "Rapture's Deligh...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 02.13.2013

Trailer: Oblivion

Oblivion has gone from quite the mystery in its first trailer to quite the intriguing film in this one (HD here). We learn a lot more about the film's plot and the "enemy" that Tom Cruise will be fighting in this d...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 01.22.2013

Mad Max: Fury Road production vid shows off vehicles

If we lived in the Mad Max world, my name would be Bruiser Shovelpit, a man who carries around the shovel he used to bury his former pet Goldfish, Jamal (and I would hope I looked as good as Tom Hardy does). A...

Nick Valdez



The Cult Club: Six-String Samurai (1998) photo
The Cult Club: Six-String Samurai (1998)
by Hubert Vigilla

[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.]

Toward the end of high school there were a couple movies that were my litmus test movies. (I think the end of high school and the early part of college are the last times that you can have these sorts of things and take them seriously, at least without seeming unnecessarily stand-offish.) Most of them were horror movies and cult films, and one of the musts was Six-String Samurai, one of the ginchiest movies ever made.

Watching it again is like rediscovering some old LP in a record store or finding forgotten singles on some terrestrial radio oldies station. This is a lean three-minute pop song that wastes no time: within its first minute or so, we are neck deep in its samurai/Soviet/surf rock mayhem. Here's a track played a lot, lauded in its time, then cast aside with all the other artifacts of the past. It's a movie ostensibly about an alternate 1950s America, but it's also a movie so 1990s that there was a Rob Liefeld comic for it, and so wild with its ideas it feels mint more than 10 years later.

That might be the best thing said about the post-apocalyptic nuttiness of Six-String Samurai: it's part time capsule, part time machine, and all cool.

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3:00 PM on 01.07.2013

Flix for (Not So) Short: Overture

Overture, directed by Dan Sachar, is an Israeli short film about a man who is struggling to recover pieces of his memory. The whole film is minimalist in nature with very little spoken dialogue, a slim cast (most of the film surrounds a singular man as he finds a beautiful woman in the forest), and it has a stark, lonely feel. It's simply gorgeous. [Dan Sachar, via Twitch]

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 12.20.2012

First pic of Tom Hardy as Max in Mad Max: Fury Road

Even though there were initially doubts, it looks like this pic of Tom Hardy as Max from Mad Max:Fury Road is the real deal. Warner Bros. confirmed earlier today that the pic was a keepsake signed by Hardy and given to t...

Thor Latham

10:00 AM on 12.10.2012

Trailer: Oblivion

Even though Tom Cruise is busy taking five guys at the same time, we now have a trailer for his next film, Oblivion. Directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), Oblivion looks like a strange mash-up of Wall-E and The Om...

Hubert Vigilla