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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

8:00 PM on 11.30.2012

Flix for (not so) Short: Threads

With the end of the world coming up (so say the Mayans, who were clearly never wrong about anything), here's an apocalyptic installment of Flix for (not so) Short. Threads was a 1984 BBC-produced film written by Barry Hines ...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 11.12.2012

Anne Hathaway enters the Robopocalypse

Anne Hathaway is soon to grace our screens as Fantine in Les Misérables, while Steven Spielberg's biopic Lincoln is currently partying on, dudes, in New York and LA cinemas ahead of its nationwide release this Friday. ...

Xander Markham

2:00 PM on 10.12.2012

The World's End gets teaser poster and release date

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's The World's End has to be my most anticipated film of...ever really. It's the third and final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy and there's no doubt this is going to be amazing. No...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 08.17.2012

New Mad Max: Fury Road info confirms 'Word Burgers'

Although we've known that George Miller's Mad Max reboot/sequel Mad Max: Fury Road has been going through some rough patches for awhile now, principal photography for the film has finally begun. Tom Hardy is still going to st...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 08.16.2012

Craig Zobel and Tobey Maguire go post-apocalyptic

During our interview with Compliance director Craig Zobel, he mentioned how he made that dark and uncomfortable film to challenge himself as a filmmaker. It was unlike his first feature, The Great World of Sound, and it looks...

Hubert Vigilla



NYAFF Review: Doomsday Book photo
NYAFF Review: Doomsday Book
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

[For the month of July, we will be covering the New York Asian Film Festival and the (also New York-based) Japan Cuts Film Festival, which together form one of the largest showcases of Asian cinema in the world. For our NYAFF coverage, head over here. For Japan Cuts, here.]

Before the screening of Doomsday Book I attended, one of the NYAFF festival programmers came out to give some history about the production. Rather than a single narrative, the film is an anthology of three doomsday-ish scenarios, and it went through quite a bit of production trouble before finally being completed. More importantly, he pointed out the dramatic tonal shift which would be taking place between sections. The first and third, directed by Yim Pil-Sung, were going to be comedic. The second, directed by Kim Ji-Woon, would not be.

So I was able to brace myself when one story ended and the next began, and just as he said, things changed immediately. I'm really, really glad I got that warning.

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6:00 PM on 06.19.2012

Bruce Lee's last script to be produced

Once adapted posthumously into 1978's Circle of Iron, martial arts icon Bruce Lee's final script, The Silent Flute, co-written with James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant, is now due for a more rigid production partially financ...

Jason Savior



The World's End starts production in September photo
The World's End starts production in September
by Maxwell Roahrig

Well it took 'em long enough! Yesterday, Deadline debuted the news that Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's third installment in the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy, The World's End, will start production this September. That's only like... four months away!

And aside from that, we're blessed with a plot synopsis. Check it out:

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

That's not at all what I was thinking when I heard Edgar and Simon were doing an apocalypse movie. But when you think about it, this is exactly what the two of them would write. Since the film starts production in September, I'm going to place my bets on a Summer 2013 release for this one. 

[via Deadline]

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