Quantcast
FLIXIST - Where movie lovers blog.
  Upgrade your membership





Top Stories in action




Featured Videos   |   Subscribe

New in action

2:00 PM on 10.03.2014

Review: Drive Hard

There's an entire genre of films built around older men in action films. Whether it was bred from a need for some sort of budding power fantasy or a legitimate strive toward capturing the feel of their halcyon days, this genr...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Newest trailer for John Wick is a loose cannon

Since this newest trailer for John Wick is quick and dirty, I won't talk about this for long. There are two scenes different from the previous trailer (that mostly prove Willem Dafoe is in this for some reason), and Kea...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 10.01.2014

UPDATE: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel releasing to Netflix and theaters simultaneously

UPDATE: According to the good folks at Variety, it looks like Weinstein Company's deal with Netflix has rubbed some theater chains the wrong way. AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Carmike have all refused to show the sequel. Each the...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.30.2014

First trailer for Blackhat, starring Chris Hemsworth

Folks, I don't really know what's going on in this first trailer for Blackhat. All I can gauge is Chris Hemsworth's running around trying to not be Thor, it's set in China (maybe?), Viola Davis is there for some reason, some...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.30.2014

First Tak3n trailer lacks anything getting taken

After Taken 2 was easily the most disappointing thing to hit movie screens in years (Sean's review is far too kind) and Liam Neeson came out saying he probably wouldn't do another I was pretty happy that we wouldn't be ...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 09.29.2014

Latest Jupiter Ascending trailer has the plot details

Jupiter Ascending may be the most unique science fantasy coming our way. Too bad the trailers don't really paint it in a good light. As the latest film from the Wachowskis, we should expect all kinds of craziness. The visual...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 09.26.2014

Review: The Equalizer

I've been looking forward to The Equalizer for some time. The first trailer I sat down and watched featured a cool new Eminem song, Denzel Washington acting like a vengeful badass again, and couldn't stop boasting how it's fr...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.23.2014

Trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service features old dudes and ass kicking

As the latest Mark Millar comic (with some help by Dave Gibbons) to hit the big screen, Kingsman: The Secret Service actually looks okay thanks to the talent involved. Directed by Michael Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) and star...

Nick Valdez

9:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Bond 24 starts shooting in December

I never really get excited for news that a film has started to shoot because it really doesn't affect anything. You don't get reports that books have gone to the publisher or people have started to work on games. You just get...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 09.17.2014

Review: The Guest

When I saw the first trailer for The Guest I wasn't particularly interested in the film. It looked generic, bland, and seemed like yet another trite thriller that comes out around Halloween for a cheap buck. But like You're N...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning for Bourne

Remember when Jeremy Renner took over the Jason Bourne franchise and was going to basically do a whole new set of trilogies? Yea. Not so fast. Deadline is confirming a rumor that went around last year that Matt Damon and dire...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

First trailer for John Wick starring Keanu Reeves and a puppy

John Wick has no right looking as interesting as it does. Revenge thrillers are always hit or miss. You take an aging actor, and send him out to kill some dudes. Sometimes it's goofy fun (Man of Fire), sometimes it's goofy f...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 09.14.2014

Review: The Pirates

Every so often, a film comes along that completely shatters your expectations. You think you've got it figured out and then it throws a curveball. Then another. Then five more. Soon you realize you can't figure the film out a...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 09.05.2014

Vin Diesel gets hairy in first Last Witch Hunter image

From Vin Trieesel to Vin Beardsel, Vin Diesel is always working on some kind of project. And as natural for the one man PR firm, we've got our first look at his next big film The Last Witch Hunter from his Facebook page with ...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Underworld reboot in the works for some reason

Underworld: Awakening released over two years ago, so it's natural that there'd be talk of the next film in the series (since it also earned the most in the franchise). Awakening seemed to introduce new characters capable of ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.02.2014

Trailer for Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges as a wizard knight thing

Seventh Son has had nothing but trouble till now. It went into production late 2012 for an intended early 2013 release, was pushed back to October 2013, then early 2014, and after Legendary Pictures split from Warner Bros, i...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 08.25.2014

See November Man early and free

Pierce Brosnan as a spy? Yes and please. Where do I sign up? Well, right here if you'd like to see him doing his spy thing again in November Man. We've got admit-two passes for you to grab and see if he can recapture the Bond...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 08.14.2014

Review: The Expendables 3

The Expendables could've been a good series had it been advertised differently. First touted as a return to form for aging 80s action stars as they wax nostalgic about their glory days, The Expendables turned out to be a grey...

Nick Valdez

7:54 AM on 08.14.2014

Martin Lawrence announces Bad Boys 3

We know. Bad Boys 3 is coming, right? We've been wondering where the hell it is forever, and so has Martin Lawrence, because he doesn't get to start in any other movies. According to him they are officially going to let...

Matthew Razak

9:24 AM on 08.13.2014

Warner Bros. has two Aquaman scripts in the works

Warner Bros., in a desperate bid to catch up with Marvel, is being crazy aggressive with its release schedule over the next few years. While we're pretty sure there will be more Bats, Superman and Wonder Woman we didn't know ...

Matthew Razak



Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles photo
Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
by Matthew Razak

OK, we've all seen the new look of the Ninja Turtles, and if you haven't there it is up there in the header. It's hideous. They look really weird and totally ugly. That doesn't change in this movie. We're just all going to have to live with it (unless the movie flops and we don't get a direct sequel). Thanks to that I won't be discussing their look anymore. It just is.

How does one reboot a franchise that's already been rebooted repeatedly in multiple formats. There's one key factor that makes the Ninja Turtles work. It isn't the ninja factor or the mutant turtle factor or the teenage factor. What makes it work is that the turtles are actually interesting characters with a family dynamic that always pays off. Rewatch the original live action film. It's fun, but it's also a fantastic movie because they treat the turtles as real characters and when that's done it's easy to see why the franchise is eternal.

Of course a film produced by Michael Bay doesn't exactly hint at strong character development, does it?

view full story + comments


7:00 PM on 08.06.2014

The Guest brings its first trailer to our door

If you read our review of the fantastic You're Next or saw the movie you know the guys behind it are fantastic at subverting our expectations of genres. That's why its awesome that they seem to be branching out with The...

Matthew Razak