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...
We've been waiting forever to see the clean, crisp black and white aesthetic of Sin City return to the screen and now we can finally get a peak at it with the first trailer for the film's sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kil...
When I had first heard about the upcoming Annie remake, Jay Z was producing the score and it was being set up as a vehicle for Willow Smith. Now that it has evolved into a starring role for Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx (as Benjamin Stacks), I'm not really sure how to react. The music sounds about right (as the songs are directly translated with a mix of new age flair), Wallis is precocious, and the story has a changed a little bit. But watching Cameron Diaz fail to ham it up really bugs me. It's enough to turn me off the whole thing completely.
Since my mom's the big expert on Annie (the Carol Burnett version is in her Top 3 altogether), I showed her this trailer. Here's what she thought:
[laughs] I need to see it. It looks fun. But why do they have to mess with my movie?
I have nothing but respect for Emmanuel Lubezki. He's an excellent cinematographer who has composed some spectacular shots in his time. But I also think that his Oscar win Sunday night was misguided. Gravity, while perhaps the technical pinnacle of films he's worked on, is not the pinnacle of his own work. Watch any behind the scenes on Gravity (this is the one referred to in the video above) and you will see that while the actual camera movements generally corresponded with a real camera (and as such, the fascinating opening shot can be mostly credited to him), what went into that Arri Alexa bear little resemblance to the spectacular images that were projected onto screens.
Like Life of Pi's win last year, this represents an unfortunate trend, one that gets into the heart of what cinematography is, and it may be that some disagree with my somewhat more naturalistic view of cinematography, but that's what debate is for. If you agree, disagree, or whatever, let me know. I'd love to talk about it. Also, check out the other videos on our YouTube page and subscribe and do all that good stuff.
As I sit here, ruminating on the first full trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction, I can't help but feel like I've done this before. Twice, in fact. Michael Bay's Transformers movies and I have a difficult relationship. It's like the Sonic cycle: the last one was disappointing, but maybe this one will be good!
But look at all the signs! The designs look cleaner, the colors look brighter, everything looks a lot less dingy, and it just looks straight up fun. Will this be the first good Transformers movie? I can't wait to find out!
The Academy Awards have once again come and gone. Considering they ran about 30 minutes late it's quite possible you fell asleep before they were over, and since Flixist is your only source of movie news (right?) we thought it best to let you know what won. Below you'll find them in easy to digest list form. Once you've scrolled through let us know what you think?
I'm of the opinion that they actually came out pretty well. This is one of the rare years where I can't argue too much with any win. While I would have liked to see Gravity take the best picture award I can understand giving it Best Director and 12 Years a Slave best picture. I'm also not surprised American Hustle got shut out. It just wasn't as great as its fellow contenders. As predicted Matthew McCoughnahey gave an awesome speech and Ellen was of course endearing and nowhere near as boundary pushing as the previous hosts.
Update: We're live! Toss questions at us in the comments or, you know make fun of us or whatever. Thanks for watching! If you'd like to join us for the Hangout on camera just send your Google+ account email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll invite you in.
That's right, we're bringing it back. Last year's Oscar Hangout was so incredible that we just had to do it again. Watch this space for the Google Hangout going live the night of the Oscars and then toss questions, comments and anything else you can our way as we basically make fun of everything ever.
I'll even be wearing at tux. You have to dress up for the Oscars. So come back here at 7 p.m. on March 2 to discover just how stupid we can all act on camera. Hint: really stupid.
Welcome one and all to one of the most well known and respected awards ceremonies for actors, directors, and everyone else vaguely related to this crazy world of show business. With such a prestigious ceremony, you know that Mike Cosimano (just call him "King of all Cosmos") and myself will report from the red carpet with the utmost dignity and....
Sorry, could not finish that last sentence with a straight face. We all know that we are on the red carpet to talk about who we think should win a giant gold phallic award that are handed to Hollywood's elite, and have a good time. So please join us on our rainy day adventure.
Looking back over the years at our Oscar predictions its almost scary how often we're right. In fact we're right all the time. Some times the Academy might make the wrong choice, but feel safe in knowing that our Oscar predictions are clearly 100 percent accurate no matter what. That's why you don't need to read any other Oscar predictions but ours.
Below you'll find not only predictions on what is going to win, but also what should win and what will make us break things if they happen. Seriously. We got worked up. If you don't believe me join us for our live Google Hangout the night of. You may see a chair get thrown through a television if things go poorly.
Monday's news that Harold Ramis has passed was both shocking and extremely depressing. The kind of sadness that can only really be combated by watching a Harold Ramis film (which can in and of itself make things worse, but that's an unfortunate vicious cycle that you'll just have to deal with).
So when we all heard the news, memories of certain films popped into our heads. He's been a part of so many classics that it's extremely difficult to choose just one, but we pushed through and chose our favorites.
Once you've heard our thoughts, let us know yours, and then head over to our YouTube page and watch everything else we've got going on there. Or go watch your favorite Harold Ramis film again.
True story: Reviewing movies is not all sunshine and rainbows. Like any job, there are parts of it that really kind of suck. This week, I decided to talk about one that was particularly relevant to my life: feeling bad about telling people they're bad at things.
I don't like writing negative reviews. If I had my way, every review I ever wrote would be positive and happy, but that's not how it works. Movies are bad, and I have to say it like it is. That's how this works. But it doesn't mean I don't sometimes feel bad about that reality. It doesn't really affect my writing in any meaningful way, so I'm just sort of complaining to complain, but if you were ever wondering if I have emotions and feel things, there you go.
The poster for Winter’s Tale proudly declares that the film is not a true story. And brother, they couldn’t be more right.
Of all the words one could use to describe Winter’s Tale, “true” is certainly not one of them. “Nonsensical” might be a better choice. Maybe “stupefyingly inane” or “has a scene where Russell Crowe literally draws a picture of a girl with blood.” Take your pick!
When you think about classic comedy films, your thoughts will inevitably turn to Harold Ramis's filmography. The writer of Ghostbusters and Animal House and writer/director of Caddyshack and Groundhog Day (among others) is responsible for as many hilarious movie moments as anybody out there.
Sadly, he passed away yesterday at the age of 69. And I'm still too sad to think of anything else to say. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Any movie synopsis that includes "black comedy" and "David Koechner" is an instant sell for me. Toss in Empire Records' Ethan Embry and the two leads from Ti West's The Innkeepers and my expectations will be through the roof.
Cheap Thrills is in turns comedic, uncomfortable, and downright disturbing. Most of the times you'll find yourself laughing, you'll also be cringing. Ultimately, it begs the question "What would you do in this circumstance?"
[ESPN's Brian Windhorst has made a whole lot of very happy people very sad. Via Twitter, he says that Lebron's sources have completely refuted this and stated that he is not involved in any Space Jam sequel. But while Windhorst's language seemed pretty definitive, nobody from Warner Bros. has actually refuted anything. So... who knows.]
Remember waaaaaaaay back in 2012 when our very own Nick Valdez reported on LeBron James wanting to star in a sequel to the greatest film of all time?
Well, do I have good news for you.
Deadline has the exclusive scoop on a Space Jam 2, starring one LeBron James. We don't know much about the plot, or which WB characters will appear, or how this affects the critically acclaimed Barkley series of video games. Hell, we don't even have a director.
What the studio has confirmed is a writer and producer. Sibling team Willie (writer) and Charlie Ebersol (producer) have been tapped to develop the project.
This is quite exciting, but I am still very concerned about the status of the Space Jam theme, as performed by perennial bards, the Quad City DJs. I assume all that and more will be addressed as the project moves forward.
I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to hear about this from literally everyone I know over the next couple days!
There are few things on this planet more obnoxious than young love. By nature, teenagers are pretty unbearable, but when their hormones start going, they become even worse. “It’s true love!” they yell, as they obliterate friendships, argue with their families, and burn bridges. Put simply, watching teens in love is the equivalent of water torture.
So, by that logic, Endless Love is like 105 minutes of water torture, but at least you get to leave.
In honor of the Robocop remake that I still haven't seen yet but is apparently pretty good, this week, members of the Flixist staff took to their cameras to talk about their favorite remakes. (Spoiler: nobody said Robocop.)
Once you've heard our thoughts, let us know yours in the comments below, and then go to our YouTube channel and subscribe, then like every video we've ever done and flood your friends with Flixist content. They'll be so overwhelmed they'll have no choice but to fall in love with us like you probably haven't (but should).
3 Days to Kill is oddly complicated, and it has the potential to lose people right from the start. To understand this review you will have to keep that in mind, as what the movie appears to be and what the actual movie is are two totally different things.
With that said, you are going to want to see 3 Days to Kill, even if the ride to the end of this roller coaster is extremely bumpy.
I'm all for a mixing of genres. Comedy/horror? Golden. Dramatic comedy? Awesome. Sci-fi/action? Great. It usually works for the best. You get a little of one thing you like and then a bit of another. Pompeii is what happens when genre mixing goes horribly wrong, turning what could have been a decent disaster movie into some sort of melodramatic romance replete with an awkward remake of Gladiator.
The thinking seems to be that when you already know that everyone is going to die at the end it makes it kind of hard to make any plot interesting so why not try them all out and see if any stick. None do... other than Kit Harrington's abs.
Update: All the actors have confirmed their casting via Twitter.
Fox seems to have finally, finally nailed down actors for their upcoming reboot of Fantastic Four. We've heard rumors and speculation for forever now, but rewrites and problems casting have delayed the film. Now we finally have our four stars: Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch; Kate Mara as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing; Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic.
We all knew Jordan was attached for a long while now, as he's teaming up again with director Josh Trank (Chronicle). The rest of the casting is more of a surprise. While Mara and Teller had had their names pop up Jamie Bell is very out of left field as he was only chosen after a plethora of other actors failed to connect with the part. He's also not very large or craggly, though I suppose with CGI that doesn't matter.
It's definitely a young cast, and there are no big names, but a lot of up and comers. It will be very, very interesting to see where Fox takes this as the casting choices are nothing like the comic book characters. Also, to be clear, THR is reporting this like its a done deal, but Miles and Teller haven't signed on yet.
Last week, I saw a movie I didn't like very much, but I found the fact that I didn't like it interesting. I got about halfway through writing the review when I realized that I would rather talk about it than write. Hence this week's edition of After the Credits. I didn't really get into the idea of empathy (and maybe I should have), but another person being a human isn't reason enough to feel for them (especially when, as in a film, they aren't actually human). There needs to be something more there.
Good films have that something else, the thing that makes you feel something other than disinterest when terrible things happen to its characters. But when a character in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear had her leg broken by someone she had apparently wronged in the past? I didn't feel a thing.
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Wondering who the hell these Guardian folks are. Don't worry we can fill you in second by second in our new Trailer Theater series. We take a look at the First Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, and bring you up to speed about why you should care about Marvel's space comic epic with back story, character relation, and info about Marvel Phase 3.
Update: New images as well, giving us a better look at Del Toro's return as The Collector (you may remember him from the closing credit sequence of Thor: The Dark World.)
Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's riskiest, yet enticing property. It's their most comic book-y movie by far. Sure we as an audience have grown to accept Robert Downey Jr. schmoozing it up with a green rage monster, defrosted super patriot from the 50s, and a woman, but are we truly ready for a buff Chris Pratt, green Zoe Saldana, friggin' Batista, a motherf**king Vin Diesel tree, and a Bradley Cooper voiced raccoon? Not to mention all of the other humongous stars (Karen Gillan, Benecio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, and even Glenn Close!) joining the Marvel universe?