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10:00 AM on 07.29.2014

PSA: The Skeleton Twins is not about skeletons

We get a lot of press releases here at Flixist Dot Com, but never before have I felt the need to report on one before now. Now, I don't know about you guys, but when I see an email with "THE SKELETON TWINS" in the header, I c...

Mike Cosimano

2:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Review: Begin Again

Director/Writer John Carney is establishing a little nitch for himself in the film industry. A modern take on the backstage musical except now the stage is the studio and the music is far less grandiose. With Once, his academ...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 06.12.2014

First trailer and poster for Birdman with Michael Keaton

Birdman might not be the Birdman movie we've all always needed, but damn if it doesn't look like the Birdman movie we deserve. A surreal comedy about a washed up action hero trying to mount a Broadway comeback that star...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 05.19.2014

Wish I Was Here gets a full trailer

The first full trailer for Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's Kickstarter film, has appeared online. Braff himself debuted it this morning on The Today Show. It reveals quite a bit more about the film's plot, and it finally shows...

Jonathan Wray

7:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Check out the trailer for indie drama Hellion starring Aaron Paul

Now that Breaking Bad is over, actor Aaron Paul is branching out into the silver screen with Hellion, a tense family drama from indie director Kat Candler. Hellion stars Paul as a father struggling to raise his two young son...

Liz Rugg

8:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Review: Soft in the Head

Every once in a while, I see a movie that feels truly unique, and when that happens I tend to obsess over the process instead of the result. For better or worse, some films are just different, and while I definitely appreciate that difference, sometimes I really just have to wonder why. Soft in the Head is different, and I spent much of the film wondering. I never found an answer.

Alec Kubas-Meyer

9:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Trailer: Refuge

In Refuge, Krysten Ritter plays a young woman who is struggling to take care of her younger brother and sister after their parents abandoned them when she meets Sam, a boy who may or may not be a good influence on her and he...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Review: Detroit Unleaded

Detroit Unleaded is a film that you have to let wash over you. The acting isn’t stellar, and it’s a little hard to figure out who’s related to who at first, but the film gives the audience a compelling, almost voyeuristic look into the world surrounding an inner-city gas station. It may not be the heartiest meal, nor the healthiest, but it’s filling nonetheless.

Mike Cosimano

3:00 PM on 11.26.2013

Independent Spirit Awards nominations have arrived

It's getting to be that time of year! Awards season is coming upon us and the early nominations award nominations are in. The Independent Spirit Awards are kind of the indy Oscars, but everyone gets drunk and actually has fun...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 10.22.2013

A clip from Romain Gavras's Our Day Will Come

Our Day Will Come (Notre jour viendra) is the debut feature film of Romain Gavras, best known as the music video director behind "No Church in the Wild" by Kanye West and Jay-Z and "Born Free" by M.I.A. Released in France in...

Flixist Staff

9:30 AM on 10.17.2013

The trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Here's the first trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, and it looks old-timier than usual. Note the full frame aspect ratio throughout most of the trailer, which was probably a conscious decision to help evoke...

Hubert Vigilla

4:00 PM on 10.15.2013

First poster for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson's next movie, and judging by this poster, I already want to see it. Budapest Hotel, like Anderson's 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom, will have a killer lineup of acting talent; from Anders...

Liz Rugg

7:00 PM on 10.14.2013

NYFF Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

On its surface, a vampire film is the last thing I'd expect out of Jim Jarmusch. Then again, the same can be said about a hitman movie (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Limits of Control) and a western (Dead Man). And s...

Hubert Vigilla

4:00 PM on 10.11.2013

Review: Zero Charisma

There are nerds, and then there are nerds. Nerds may like to flash a retro gaming shirt or spout Star Wars trivia, whereas nerds tend to obsess over their interests and fascinations. It's cool to be proud and comfortable...

Geoff Henao

3:00 PM on 10.10.2013

NYFF Review: Nebraska

Before I was old enough to actually understand the jokes about sex and relationships, one of the movies I used to watch all the time as a kid was Making Mr. Right starring John Malkovich. (It had an android in it, so that was...

Hubert Vigilla

1:00 PM on 10.08.2013

Coldwater trailer, poster feature Flixist quote

One of my most surprising films of this year's SXSW was Coldwater. Directed by Bellflower's Vincent Grashaw, the film's depiction of an abusive, questionably run reform/boot camp resonated with me strongly, attaini...

Geoff Henao

10:00 AM on 09.17.2013

Trailer for Zero Charisma has nerds and nerd accessories

This trailer for the crowdfunded independent comedy, Zero Charisma, is pretty damn great. It's a story of two nerds. There's the older, conventional nerd who's angry that his friends and Dungeons & Dragons game is slowly...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 09.13.2013

Penn Jillette turns to crowd funding for a new film

The staff at Flixist has a lot of opinions about celebrity Kickstarters/crowd funding. Good or bad, you can now add Penn Jillette to the list of crowd funding celebs. (Personally I think it's good, like a free Frogurt.) The f...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 09.10.2013

Review: Electric Man

In the animated title sequence for Electric Man, the audience is treated to a motion-comic showing the genesis of the titular character. A depression-era construction worker zapped by lightning, he becomes a super-powered crimefighter. It's a pretty cool scene. Unfortunately, it seems that all of the film's creativity was spent on making it pretty cool, at the expense of basically everything else.

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 AM on 09.10.2013

Flix for Short: "Reflektor" by Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire is back, and they've got themselves a mirrorball and some papier mache. Their new album Reflektor (produced by James Murphy of the late LCD Soundsystem) will be out on October 28th, and they've just released a mu...

Hubert Vigilla

1:00 PM on 09.04.2013

The Young and Prodigious Spivet lands images and trailer

So you know how you like Amélie, but you sometimes think, "Man, I wish that movie could be even more adorable and heartwarming." Check out the trailer for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's (director of Amélie...

Matthew Razak



Review: Our Nixon photo
Review: Our Nixon
by Hubert Vigilla

There have been a number of documentaries in recent years that have mostly been comprised of reassembled footage as an exploration of a topic. These are assemblage films in many respects, though I think the official term is "archival" or "all-archival." The filmmakers avoid talking head interviews and instead inhabit a space of existing footage, arranging that footage in order to construct a non-fiction narrative or a kind of essay.

These films -- like Rodney Ascher's Room 237 or Jason Osder's Let the Fire Burn -- are fascinating, but they sometimes feel a little incomplete or insular. The assemblage form can limit or drastically alter the nature of implied conversation in a documentary, which is one of the reasons I like documentaries. I like seeing voices and ideas clash or dovetail, or even history at odds with itself, eventually coming into a recognition with itself.

Penny Lane's Our Nixon may be an assemblage documentary, but it gets around some of those limitations of conversation by picking the right pieces of existing footage to create a wider sense of conversation. It's all anchored to the most unexpected footage: the Super 8 home movies shot by members of the Nixon administration.

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