Quantcast
FLIXIST - Where movie lovers blog.
  Upgrade your membership



wut?
Subscribe via RSS



3:00 PM on 10.01.2014

Angry Birds cast announced

You weren't excited for it, but some folks out there were. The folks behind the Angry Birds movie set up a challenge to reveal the cast once 1 billion birds were slung in the game. That happened, and now you too can read...

Matthew Razak




Review: The Boxtrolls photo
Review: The Boxtrolls
by Nick Valdez

Laika is that rare production company where you absolutely have to pay attention to whatever they put out next. As one of the last few studios that specializes in stop motion animation, their films have garnered a lot of well deserved praise. With such a demanding production, their output is limited to one film every few years, the pressure is on to make every film count. 

The company's last film, ParaNorman, went on to become my favorite animated film of 2012 so I jumped into The Boxtrolls hoping to see some amazing work once again. Thankfully, The Boxtrolls is another hit for Laika...but unfortunately isn't a hit out of the park. 

view full story + comments


5:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Flix for Short: Space Cat Hob

In Space Cat Hob, we meet Hob, an anthropomorphic cat with a fancy space suit who has crash landed on a dangerous planet. Despite just wanting to do the right thing, Hob finds himself in trouble after trouble as he navigates...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Newest trailer for Big Hero 6 continues to be adorable

With how each Big Hero 6 trailer focuses on how adorable the main fluffy robot Baymax is, I'm a little worried about the overall film. I'm hoping for a Frozen-esque switcheroo that's mainly to get kid butts in those sea...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Flix for Short: The Planets

The Planets, by Andy Martin, is a wonderful short film "told in twelve parts." The short features 12 mini-stories, each on its own planet and each with its own brilliantly unique animation style. Towards the end the larger s...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Here's a stunning first look at the CG animated Popeye

If you were at all worried about the state of Genndy Tartakovsky's (the man who brought us Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack) take on Popeye, there's no need to worry anymore. Although this first foot...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.11.2014

The Wire's Idris Elba and Dominic West reunite, courtesy of...Finding Dory?

Everybody loves crime drama The Wire. Everybody also loves Pixar. Clearly somebody caught onto this, as The Wire vets Idris Elba and Dominic West have joined the voice cast of Finding Dory! Talking to ShortList, Dominic ...

Sean Walsh

11:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Funko releasing Fantastic Mr. Fox toys

Fantastic Mr. Fox has quite the cult following behind it (as do all Wes Anderson movies) so it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Funko, the toy makers who make cult following toys, is releasing some new toys for...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Early test footage for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is very, very different

Before Disney's (through its Touchstone Pictures studio) Who Framed Roger Rabbit? lit up screens with the only time you'll find Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and Bob Hoskins share the same screen in 1988, Disney tried to ad...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Flix for Short: Manly

Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan teamed up with his brother Justin Moynihan to create this awesome Cartoon Hangover short film; Manly. In the short we meet Manly, the daughter of the emperor god of ...

Liz Rugg

12:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep the Movie

Aardman Animations, the company that brought us Wallace & Gromit and that cute Pirates! Band of Misfits movie, now has a full film adaptation of their Shaun the Sheep shorts. While it has no domestic release date, it's t...

Nick Valdez







The Simpsons Movie is not very good  photo
The Simpsons Movie is not very good
by Nick Valdez

I don't think I'll ever be able to properly explain how big of an influence The Simpsons has had on my life. Rather than learn any useful skills, go out on dates with cute girls, or have a social life in general, I watched episodes of The Simpsons. When I was through with a season, I'd buy more on DVD and watch them again. Basically, I've invested at least 60-65% of my 25 year run into this show. 

That's why The Simpsons Movie was a huge disappointment. Not because I'm a fan who wanted more (I saw this in theaters five times when it originally released), but because I've gotten a fancy education and look at films in a different light. Sure The Simpsons Movie has some good gags and gets a lot of credit for being better than the recent glut of seasons when it released, but it's just not a good movie. 

Watching it again, I can't defend it like I used to. 

view full story + comments


3:00 PM on 08.19.2014

US teaser trailer for Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Although there were a few rumblings of Studio Ghibli closing its doors a few weeks back, thankfully none of those rumors came to be as the company's just getting its act together. Case in point, The Tale of Princess Kaguya i...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 08.18.2014

Watch this stop motion Usagi Yojimbo short, The Last Request

While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently overturtlepowering the box office, let's not forget another anthropomorphic comic book hero, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi, a rabbit samurai, once hung out with the turtles...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Trailer for The Penguins of Madagascar is all funny business

The Madagascar films never really stuck with me. They're okay to watch in passing, or to occupy the kids for a few minutes, but they're nothing special. That's why I'm surprised I laughed as much as I did with this trailer f...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.08.2014

Trailer for The Book of Life continues to look bueno

The Book of Life, produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez (who once created one of my favorite cartoons ever, El Tigre), looks absolutely stunning. I've completely fallen for this Die de Muertos film s...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 08.07.2014

Two more LEGO movies may already have release dates

With The LEGO Movie being awesome and also destroying the box office WB was quick to announce a sequel and a spin-off based on their Ninjago line of LEGO. Two upcoming movies should be enough, but the want more. THR...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 07.31.2014

First official trailer for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water

It's astonishing that Spongebob Squarepants has made it this long and still has a crazy fandom surrounding it. I remember when it first started as part of the new wave of Nicktoons as Rugrats and the like were growing up. Bu...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 07.23.2014

Full Japanese trailer for Ghibli's When Marnie Was There

Studio Ghibli's films are so damn pretty, I don't even need to understand what anyone is saying. That's why this Japanese trailer for their latest film, When Marnie Was There, is perfect for me. In much better quality than t...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Laika releases adorable character posters for The Boxtrolls

If you aren't excited about The Boxtrolls, you should be. Laika, the animation studio that's brought us stop-motion gems like Coraline and Paranorman, is currently working on The Boxtrolls, a movie set in the fictional Cheese...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya gets English cast and release date

While I may only like a small selection of Studio Ghibli's films, there's no mistaking their quality. Based on the Japanese tale "The Tale of Bamboo Cutter" and directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), Princess Kag...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Flix for Short: Duet, a film by former Disney animator Glen Keane

Although you may not know Glen Keane, chances are you recognize his work. He designed characters from famous Disney Animated films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. Although traditional 2D anim...

Nick Valdez