Matthew Razak

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Marvel

Kevin Feige now reports directly to Disney CEO


Soon to rule all of cinema
Sep 01
// Matthew Razak
I bet you thought that Kevin Feige, as the head of Marvel's movie studios, was pretty damn powerful. Well, not powerful enough. He use to report to the CEO of Marvel, Ike Perlmutter, but no more! In a big shake up Feige ...
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The damn spot is out
Get ready for an Oscar nomination, folks. We've only see a pretty dull international clip for the upcoming Macbeth adaptation, but now with a U.S. one we get to see what the film is really about. It's about some striking...

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New Knock Knock trailer kind of ruins it


Sad Keanu
Aug 31
// Matthew Razak
When the first trailer for the Eli Roth directed Knock Knock landed I was pretty excited. We had just learned we wouldn't be seeing Green Inferno any time soon (it finally lands this year) and this looked like a pre...
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Concussion

Trailer for Concussion turns NFL evil


Even more so
Aug 31
// Matthew Razak
By now the NFL's flagrant disregard for their players health has been well documented. I myself am a football fan, which makes it all the more difficult to watch the trailer for Will Smith's upcoming Concussion, the true stor...

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Borderlands

Lionsgate has Borderlands movie in development


Greetings traveler!
Aug 28
// Matthew Razak
We're hot of the heels of getting our first peak at Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie and now we have more news of a gaming franchise adaptation. Lionsgate has announced that it's developing a Borderla...
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Comedy

Key and Peele nail how Gremlins 2 came about


Joe Dante confirms it
Aug 28
// Matthew Razak
Anyone who has seen Gremlins 2 (and that should be everyone) has also uttered the words, "What the f**k was that?" It's a question that's long plagued all of us, but Key and Peele figured it out as you can see in the sketch b...
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Star Wars

Star Wars will take over all IMAX theaters for a month


The power of the dark side
Aug 28
// Matthew Razak
You want to see power? Behold the all encompassing power of Star Wars. IMAX has struck a deal that means that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be the only film to run on any IMAX screens for four weeks after its release...
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New Star Wars footage features Finn lighting up a light saber


Insert light saber noise here
Aug 27
// Matthew Razak
Any Star Wars news is good news and so here is a brief clip that the Star Wars Instagram account shared. Why is it worth sharing here? Because it's the first look at Finn and his light saber, and it looks like he's ...
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Screenings

See The Transporter Refueld early and free


Washington DC screening
Aug 27
// Matthew Razak
I can't say I'm overly excited from what we've seen so far from The Transporter Refueld, but I do enjoy a good car chase and the franchise has delivered quite a few of those. Jason Statham is out sadly, but maybe this new guy...
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Looks like... Assassin's Creed
Well, if anyone had any worries that the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed wasn't going to be faithful to the game this image should assuage them, at least in the looks department. This is our first official look at Mi...

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Screenings

See A Walk in the Woods early and free


Washington DC screening
Aug 27
// Matthew Razak
Do you want to see Robert Redford and Nick Nolte walk around in the woods and argue? Of course you do. That's basically what two old men are best at and now they're doing it in a movie. Honestly, A Walk in the Woods, based on...
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Willis v. Allen

Bruce Willis leaves next Woody Allen film... a day into shooting


Maybe he realized Allen is weird
Aug 25
// Matthew Razak
So here's some movie making strangeness. Bruce Willis was set to help headline Woody Allens next film (no name yet). He was one of the first announced and showed up on set yesterday to start filming with Jesse Eisenberg ...
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See Learning to Drive early and free


Washington DC screening
Aug 25
// Matthew Razak
Do you know how to drive? Good then you can make it to a free screening of Learning to Drive.  I'm sorry, that was really terrible. Sometimes it's hard to open these things up, but you should still grab passes for the fi...
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Genisys

Terminator: Genisys makes bank in China


China still cool
Aug 24
// Matthew Razak
Currently we can blame China for a lot of crappiness what with their destroying of the world economy in full swing at the moment. On top of this they're probably going to be responsible for a sequel to Terminator: Genisys&nbs...
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It's a me, Mario!

Nintendo open to making movies again


Start the Hoskins4Mario petition
Aug 24
// Matthew Razak
Back in the 80s and early 90s Nintendo had quite a healthy stable of spin-off media. There were television shows based on Mario, Captain N and a whole host of other things. Then the Mario Bros. movie happened and it...
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Luke Cage

Alfre Woodward cast in Netflix's Luke Cage


Evil? Most likely
Aug 21
// Matthew Razak
As we all saw with Daredevil Netflix is not holding back with their Marvel series. They're grabbing great actors to push these properties forward. Next up is Jessica Jones, which will also introduce the character of Luke...
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WB scoops up Dante's Inferno film


Worthy of a very special circle of hell
Aug 20
// Matthew Razak
At some point in the past decade people decided that Dante's Inferno, the first part to Dante Alighieri's 14th century epic poem “Divine Comedy,” would make for a really kickass movie franchise. I mean c...
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Duck Zod?

Batman v. Superman's Zod will have flippers


Could Aquaman control him then?
Aug 20
// Matthew Razak
This could actually be one of the greatest pranks to ever be pulled by an actor, but Michael Shannon is claiming that his character in Batman v. Superman, who we're all guessing is some incarnation of Zod, will have flippers....
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Everything will be an action movie
The harrowing horror and moral quandries of creating life are central to the story of Frankenstein, unless you're talking about modern adaptations. Then it's about action and super powers. The latest "re-interpretation" of th...

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YOINKS

Theatrical release animated Scooby-Doo movie in the works


You pesky kids
Aug 17
// Matthew Razak
At some point we all had to admit to ourselves that Matthew Lillard, the man born to play Shaggy from Scooby-Doo, had aged out of the role. Thanks to that we all knew that no more live action Scooby-Doo films would be coming....
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Jungle Book

First poster for live action The Jungle Book


Yea, but how do we get more Tailspin?
Aug 17
// Matthew Razak
D23 was this weekend in case you missed the massive amount of Disney news flowing out from everywhere. That means a whole host of first looks from everything that Disney is doing. While most of the excitement centered around ...
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Toy Story 4 plot details are worrisome


Gotta have faith
Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
After Toy Story 3 landed I promised I would never doubt Pixar again unless it involved automobiles, but they are making it hard. Good Morning America revealed our first plot details for Toy Story 4 and they seem a b...

Review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Aug 14 // Matthew Razak
[embed]219771:42550:0[/embed] The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Director: Guy RitchieRated: PG-13Release Date: August 14, 2015  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is an old school, James Bond, spy thriller. Quite literally, really. Instead of updating the premise of the show -- an American and Russian spy team up to fight world threats -- to meet modern times they simply went back to the cold war setting of the show. Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is an American spy and master thief and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) is basically his Russian counterpart, but he's better at beating people up. They're teamed up to rescue a nuclear scientist from the hands of an evil Italian fascist named Victoria (Elizabeth Debicki). The plot involves his daughter Gaby (Alicia Vikander) and more fashion, travel and quick one-liners than three Bond films put together. Of course the basis for a film like this has to be the chemistry between its leads. Hammer and Cavill can both easily handle sharp dialog and dressing well, but can they do it together? The answer turns out to be: if they work on it. The chemistry is a little rocky at first, especially since everyone in the film has clearly been told to overplay their adopted accents. The two seem wary of each other for the first half of the film until they fall into a solid patter. Maybe that was intentional, but it makes for a first half that feels a bit awkward, especially with Vikander thrown into the mix as Hammer's love interest. What helps it along is Guy Ritchie's direction (some words I never thought I'd be saying). The film is free over his usual over indulgences or maybe they just fit into the glamorous setting better. The movie feels smooth and stylish throughout and almost has a rhythmic flow to it that ramps up the feeling of a classic 60s spy film. He paces his action surprisingly well and often completely ignores it in favor of a solid gag or split screen montage. It's quite an adept piece of work that feels unique in a summer of action blockbuster that stood out for great stunts, but not so creative direction.  The screenplay isn't quite as suave, though Ritchie tries to imbue it with a little more tension than it deserves. It features twists and turns aplenty, but they don't always pay off as they should. The movie attempts to do what I'm going to call micro-twists. Instead of one big twist (there is one of those too) a scene will be a twist in itself. Multiple times we're shown only half of a sequence only to be filled in minutes later on the rest of what happened. It's an interesting execution and definitely works sometimes. Other times it feels forced, as if Ritchie were trying to add drama to a scene that wasn't working. As a film reviewer it was just interesting to watch it being executed, as a basic audience member I could see it getting annoying. What isn't annoying is that when the movie is clicking it's just plain fun. Once you realize that Cavill's pin-point perfect American accent and Hammer's resoundingly stereotypical Russian are indications that this film is as much a send up of 60s spy thrillers as it is an homage things start working really well. There's a certain je ne sais quoi to the Connery Bonds and their likes from the time period that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. actually grasps at every so often. Considering that most films can't even come close every so often is pretty damn good.  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. concludes in such a way that it's pretty obvious that they want another franchise (where this leaves Ritchie for directing another Sherlock Holmes movie is anyone's guess), but I think it's just a little too quirky to get the audience to come. That might be a good thing in the end. The movie feels like something from out of the past, especially with its lackluster plotting. It's smooth and crammed with tight dialog. It forgoes big action for clever direction. It focuses on the spies and not the toys, even if it isn't so good at the spy thing. It isn't always successful, but when it works  The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a film out of its time.
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Smooth operator
Does anyone below the age of 60 have super fond memories of the original TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.? I'm sure they're out there, but the new movie remake can't really be hitting on the nostalgia gas that hard when half t...

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This looks... kind of normal
So I'm guessing I'll be hitting up an unpopular opinion here, but this first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight isn't really getting me that excited. It's probably the trailer itself and nothing to do with...

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Screenings

See Mistress America early and free


Washington DC screening
Aug 12
// Matthew Razak
Noel Baumbach's latest Mistress America seems damn interesting. The kind of comedy that actually makes you laugh. Plus, it has Greta Gerwig who we should all see more of. You can see more of her for free by grabbing the ...
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Zac Efron joins Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch movie


Because abs
Aug 10
// Matthew Razak
A Baywatch movie has been floating around for a while. No one is really sure why since the entire premise of the show was to show people running around in bathing suits for the pleasure of lonely people sitting at home, but i...
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Fantastic 4

Here's what went wrong behind the scenes of Fantastic 4


No one willingly makes a movie this bad
Aug 10
// Matthew Razak
If you were one of the few people to see Fantastic Four over the weekend we're sorry for you. I went to see it just to see how bad it was, but bought a ticket for Mission: Impossible just so I wouldn't fund it in an...
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Hunting Witches

New trailer for The Last Witch Hunter oddly intriguing


If he's last why are there others?
Aug 06
// Matthew Razak
I am 90 percent sure that The Last Witch Hunter is going to be incredibly bad. Despite Vin Diesel's constant promotion of this sucker it really does look like just another budget flick. That being said, I'm oddly intrigu...
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The Martian

The Martian goes viral with new interviews


In space no one can hear you sarcasm
Aug 04
// Matthew Razak
Anyone who has read The Martian knows that it's pretty damn amazing how quickly you get attached to the characters despite the brevity of the book. The crew themselves is probably the most important to nail, and judging ...
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Deadpool

Deadpool's trailer for a trailer is the only trailer for a trailer worth watching


And the only one on Flixist ever
Aug 03
// Matthew Razak
We do not do trailers for trailers. They are ridiculously stupid. We've sworn them off. However, our excitment over the forthcoming Deadpool and the fact that the folks at marketing at Fox had the wherewithal to call thi...

Review: Vacation

Jul 30 // Matthew Razak
VacationDirectors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. GoldsteinRated: RRelease Date: July 29, 2015 [embed]219710:42514:0[/embed] First off lets give props where props are due. New Line could have geared this film for a PG-13 rating to pull in more people, but they didn't (as Hemsworth's wang below shows). They kept it R like the original and for that they should be applauded because the R-rated comedy is a dying breed. It was a signal that the this new Vacation might just pull itself up by its own boot straps and be funny. The signal got a little diluted. The movie picks up years after the original films. Rusty (Ed Helms) is all grown up, and even more out of touch with his own family than his dad was. His wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate) and kids James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins) hate the normal cabin vacation they go on so Rusty decides he'll pack everyone into a car and recreate his family's trip to Wally World. That one went pretty poorly as we all may remember, but they're doing it again. In fairness the film is blatantly forward about the fact that it's a remake and that takes some of the sting out of the copped comedy from the original. There is something refreshingly old school about Vacation's comedy. It feels a bit out of date in its gross out site gags and senseless punchlines. Honestly, it's a bit refreshing in a land of comedies that take themselves too seriously or have forgotten how to properly kick a guy in the nuts for comic effect. Slapstick is a sadly dying art. The problem is that Vacation doesn't really execute its slapstick that well. There are definitely moments when the movie pulls off some solid comedy, but it too often feels forced. The film constantly seems to want to push boundaries with its comedy, but never checks to see if that boundary is worth breaking. The movie works here and there, but never long enough to make it any good. James and Kevin's relationship is actually pretty funny, but it pounds the same joke into the ground for far too long. Helms delivers a solidly oblivious father, but the family relations never feel real thanks to how dumb he is. You never get the connection you got with Chevy Chase's increasingly grumpy Clark Griswold. And not that continuity is something you'd expect in this case, but it's very unclear how the Rusty of the original films turned into the Rusty of this film. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's cameo is also horribly wasted making the connections to the original feel more like a cash grab than actual care. The biggest problem, however, is when Vacation goes way beyond where it should. It mocks murder, suicide and sexual abuse of a minor. I'm all for comedy being allowed to make fun of disturbing subjects; it's one of the ways we cope. The problem is when that comedy isn't funny. Vacations jokes in these departments fall horrendously flat meaning they're both offensive and unfunny. They're clearly trying to make themselves edgy, but they stink at doing it. It pushes the old school comedy into the background and turns the film into something more akin to a Scary Movie sequel. Vacation is a movie that no one wanted so its hard to say that it's a major disappointment. It can actually be funny at times, especially thanks the Helms being a funny person, but it's mostly just retreaded jokes and poorly delivered gross out comedy. The vacation from Vacation films really shouldn't have ended. 
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Vacation, all I never wanted
National Lampoon's Vacation is a comedy landmark. A boundary pushing bit of hilarity that stands the test of time and spawned two sequels funnier than the original (and Vegas Vacation). Of course National Lampoon has bee...

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Dreams

Edge of Tomorrow 2 being pitched by Tom Cruise


Live. Die. Repeat... again
Jul 29
// Matthew Razak
Without a doubt one of my favorite films of last year was Edge of Tomorrow (also known as Live. Die. Repeat.) It was a sleeper hit and delivered one of the more original sci-fi films we'd seen in a while. While the film'...
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It can all be yours!
Do you like vikings? Possibly you enjoy films where people wear furs. Maybe you're just into ransacking and pillaging. Whatever the case may be we've got the movie for you: Northman -- A Viking Saga. In what way do we have it...

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Christmas

Red band trailer for The Night Before full of bromance and vomit


YOU CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL
Jul 28
// Matthew Razak
The first trailer for The Night Before, a film that will hopefully be a new holiday classic for adults, is here and its full of what you'd expect from a film with Seth Rogen. There's plenty of dumb comedy and drug use and cam...
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See Samba early and free


Washington DC screening
Jul 28
// Matthew Razak
I'll be honest with you. I know very little about Samba. It's my fault for not paying attention. As such here is the plot description. Samba reunites The Intouchables’ acclaimed directing duo, Olivier Nakache and Eric ...

Review: Southpaw

Jul 24 // Matthew Razak
[embed]219692:42504:0[/embed] SouthpawDirector: Antoine FuquaRated: RRelease Date: July 24, 2015 If you've seen any boxing movie you've seen Southpaw. This one picks up in the "boxing movie career timeline" around where Rocky V does, but instead of Rocky we've got Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he defends his title once again. However, truly great boxers can't be rich, they have to work from the ground up and so after a tragedy Billy loses all his money, custody of his daughter, and his manager (50 Cent). That means he's got to return to his roots and get a new trainer in the form of Tick Will (Forest Whitaker), who runs a boxing center in Hell's Kitchen for poor youths. You literally can find every single aspect of this film in a film that has come before it. There is not an original concept going for it in terms of story. There's even less going for it in terms of pacing. The screenplay is horrendously light on tension building and this means that by the time the final fight has rolled in you don't feel like you should be there. The conflict between Gyllenhaal and his opponent is so lightly touched on and poorly handled that the guy just becomes a punching bag. Even the sports training montages feel like they're rushed and disconnected. At no point does the movie build successfully in emotion, leaving its talented actors and director with little to grab the viewer with.  They all try, though. The cast is obviously fantastic and without them the film would be utterly boring. We've seen it all before and we've seen it done better so it's a good thing the actors turn redundancy into something slightly original. Gyllenhaal, who must have had a sculptor chisel his abs for the film, seems to think he's in a quality movie. His tortured and enraged performance brings back echoes of Stallone's perfectly countenanced delivery in the original Rocky.  Whitaker also layers in nuances to a character so cookie cutter you wonder how much the spent at William and Sonoma on him. Tick Will's motivations and character are so awkwardly crammed in that he's barely there yet Whitaker makes his presence known.  Director Antoine Fuqua does as well. While the story may be slapdash and contrived his direction is anything but. Boxing matches are notoriously hard to direct, but Fuqua does a fantastic job of putting his together. His direction is visceral during the matches, sometimes even cutting into first-person -- a risk that pays off thanks to his skill. This move uses its R-rating hard during the matches as they're bloody and powerful. It just can't sustain that feeling throughout, getting bogged down in melodrama too often and forgetting we all came to see a boxer train. Another sticking point for me was the almost forced use of Eminem's music in the film. He was a producer on the movie, and has a single for the film called "Phenomenal." It plays over a training montage, but just feels awkward. It's angry and loud and out of place. That's really a problem for a lot of the film. There's a lot of sound and fury, but in the end it signifies nothing (to steal from the Bard). You know you've watched some great things, but they sure didn't make a great movie. Southpaw is a boxing movie made out of other boxing movies and is only buoyed by the fact that its director and actors thought they were in something more. There's not much of an original thought in here, but that doesn't always matter for a sports movie. What does matter is that you get that little thrill in your heart as our underdog hero climbs up from whatever depths he's been flung into. Southpaw doesn't give you that thrill and because of that it can throw a few good punches, but it never lands a KO.
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No punch
It's pretty obvious why America loves boxing movies despite the fact that boxing itself is dwindling in popularity. Ever since Rocky the genre has proven that it can easily deliver the best of what we want out of our spo...

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Ant-Man

Ant-Man has an alternate opening that exists


A little more time with Pym
Jul 23
// Matthew Razak
Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen Ant-Man yet, but they're not that big anyway.  The film opens with Hank Pym quitting S.H.I.E.L.D. in a pretty prolific fashion, but that wasn't always the original plan. Director P...
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GD

New Good Dinosaur trailer almost drowns a good dinosaur


Heart strings will be played
Jul 21
// Matthew Razak
Our first peak at The Good Dinosaur didn't give us much to go on, but it definitely wet our whistle for something that looks drastically different from previous Pixar films. Now, with this new trailer, we know it looks d...
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Screening

See Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation early and free


Washington DC screening
Jul 21
// Matthew Razak
Tom Cruise strapped to the side of a plane. There are so many reasons to want to see this happen ranging from not liking Tom Cruise to the fact that he did the damn stunt himself. Now you can before anyone else because we've ...
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Bond

Sam Mendes not returning to Bond after Spectre


Sam Mendes will not return in...
Jul 20
// Matthew Razak
When Sam Mendes originally came on to direct Skyfall the idea was that he would possibly stick around for a sort of trilogy. That almost fell through when production delays led him to almost not direct Spectre, but once ...

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