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1:00 PM on 01.22.2015

Matt's Top 15 Movies of 2014

As a person who gets to attend press screenings for almost every major and minor release out there I get to see way too many movies. You're thinking that sounds awesome, but it can be a horrible burden. Do you know how many b...

Matthew Razak


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Here are your 2015 Razzie nominations photo
Here are your 2015 Razzie nominations
by Nick Valdez

To completely offset the Academy Awards nominations from earlier this morning, here we have the opposite end of the spectrum. As usual, the 2015 Razzie noms (narrowed down from the shortlist a bit ago) are really just based on popular opinion. I've seen my fair share of bad films this year, and they're definitely way worse then say Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

But in an unexpected twist, there's a category I particularly enjoy. For the first time, the Razzies are actually acknowledging good performances in the "Redeemer" category. Keanu Reeves, Kristen Stewart, and Ben Affleck are finally past their mistakes. Hit the jump for the nominations. 

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Here are your 2015 Oscar nominees photo
Here are your 2015 Oscar nominees
by Matthew Razak

And we have them! The nominations are in with Birdman and Grand Budapest pulling in the lead with nomination count. A few snubs and a few surprises. How about Whiplash sneaking in for a Best Picture nominations? It totally deserves it, but people were thinking its only nom would be Best Supporting Actor. That's probably the biggest surprise for me.

The biggest snub? No LEGO Movie. Clearly an instance of the Academy not watching a film and simply not voting for it because it was branded. While the other nominations are all great there's no way this would have been snubbed if it wasn't based on a brand. 

Despite all the buzz Jennifer Aniston did not make it into the Best Actress category for Cake, but that was a long shot anyway. Probably the category with the biggest "snubs" is best director. Ava DuVernay did not pick one up for Selma and Wes Anderson and Bennett Miller snuck in crowding out the likes of Clint Eastwood and Christopher Nolan. J.K. Simmons has supporting actor locked up by this point, but how the hell does Robert Duvall get nominated for The Judge other than old-timers club? Slow clap for Nightcrawler getting at least a little nod with screenplay, but once again the Academy ignores a host of smaller films that had stellar writing.

What do you think of this year's nominees?

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Your 2015 Golden Globe Winners photo
Your 2015 Golden Globe Winners
by Matthew Razak

And here we have it. Well, not really "it." "It" is reserved for the Oscars, but here we have the secondary it: the Golden Globes. More fun, better hosts and more drinking than the Oscars so really a better show. Below you'll find the full list of wonderful winners! Though if you missed the show last night Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were once again the highlight.

Any surprises? Boyhood was a sure win and it's going to get the Oscar too, but Grand Budapest pulling in in front of Birdman was quite the jolt. It think How to Train Your Dragon 2 winning out in animated is a big deal as well since its box office didn't move it as well as the other films and often animated is decided by popularity at these things.

Check out the rest below. 

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Here's a 2015 Razzie nominations shortlist photo
Here's a 2015 Razzie nominations shortlist
by Nick Valdez

As awards shows increasingly become more irrelevant, the Razzies are fading away even more so. As negativity is spread so much through social media, most people don't feel like listening to that stuff anymore. Take this shortlist of nominations for example. It's a list of films they're considering more terrible than others, yet I see films like The Interview, Noah, and This is Where I Leave You. 

So, yeah. Let's talk again when we've got the final list all set. 

[via Razzies]

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Here are your 2014 Golden Globe nominees photo
Here are your 2014 Golden Globe nominees
by Nick Valdez

Here we go. Awards season has officially begun. The Golden Globes may not seem like a big awards ceremony anymore, but their set of nominees and winners set the stage for the rest of the season. Big winners and nominees here usually are on the fast track to Oscardom. The weirdest part of the nominees this year is, lots of these films have yet to hit wide releases. 

The Theory of Everything, Selma, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game are all making big waves with multiple nominations each, but lots of folks haven't seen them yet. Sure the awards season always screams "insider status," but this year I still haven't seen most of these awards screeners yet. 

Either way, it's good to see The Lego Movie and The Book of Life here. Shout outs to uniqueness. Check out the full list below and tell us what you think got snubbed or shouldn't be there.  

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Washington Area Film Critics Association announces award winners photo
Washington Area Film Critics Association announces award winners
by Matthew Razak

The Washington Area Film Critics Association, of which I am a card carrying member, has delivered it's award winners once again this year. I voted of course and I think this year is one of the first where I've overwhelming agreed with the majority of wins. Boyhood grabbed best picture and best director, which is definitely what should. Even if you hated the movie for some random reason it was a triumph in film making and deserves it for that. As you can expect Richard Linklater winning best director was a given as well.

Aside from that J.K. Simmons as best support actor for Whiplash is a fantastic win as well as is Michael Keaton in Birdman, though David Oyelowo's performance in Selma was truly inspirational. I do disagree with Juliane Moore in Still Alice pull in best actress as I thought Rosamund Pike should have grabbed that for Gone Girl. Oh, well the awards can't always be right like I am. 

See the full winners and nominees below and check out all the nominees here.

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5:00 PM on 12.02.2014

15 documentaries advance for Academy Awards

Documentary film is awesome, but most people don't rush out to watch it or even have the ability to do that if they wanted. You usually get sucked into a documentary by accident and then you remember how great they can be. So...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 11.05.2014

20 animated films submitted for Oscar consideration

The Oscars are coming and that means we'll need to start talking about nominees, but before that we have to discuss the submitted films to be nominated. At least for animated films we need to. There have been 20 submitted, 8 ...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Neil Patrick Harris to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards

The Academy Awards are a tough sell every year. Each year their relevance continues to fade as more and more folks rely on word of mouth from social media rather than purchasing their movie ticket or DVD based on how many awa...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 03.04.2014

Here are your 2014 Razzie winners and losers

The Academy Awards have come and gone, and while they were full of pleasant moments (the super selfie, the pizza, Lupita Nyong'o and Matthew McConaughey's speeches), the Razzies also happened but were full of not so pleasant ...

Nick Valdez







Here are you 2014 Oscar winners photo
Here are you 2014 Oscar winners
by Matthew Razak

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.

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Join us for our live Oscars Google Hangout photo
Join us for our live Oscars Google Hangout
by Matthew Razak

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 matthew@flixist.com 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.

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The best damn Oscar predictions around: 2014 edition photo
The best damn Oscar predictions around: 2014 edition
by Matthew Razak

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. 

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2:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Community: What are your thoughts on this year's Oscars?

Hello gentle readers of Flixist! Did you know that the 2014 Academy Awards is this weekend!? I sure forgot. What do you guys and girls think? Are you surprised by some of the nominees? (*cough cough* Lone Ranger *cough*) Are ...

Liz Rugg



Your 86th Academy Award nominees are here photo
Your 86th Academy Award nominees are here
by Matthew Razak

And here they are. The real contenders for the real awards... that just don't matter anymore. In all honesty the Oscars are a great bit of fun, but we aren't expecting too many surprises this year. I don't think American Hustle is going to fool as many people as it did at the Golden Globes and you can bet that Gravity and 12 Years A Slave dominate the all the categories pretty darn heavily. 

You can watch the nominees get announced live above or if you're too late for that just read them below in the handy printed form. Your call. We'll have reaction and predictions coming at you later in the week so stay tuned. 

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Here are your Golden Globe Winners photo
Here are your Golden Globe Winners
by Matthew Razak

And here come the Golden Globes! Right now we're watching the entirely useless red carpet where we get to see Jennifer Lawrence be charming and everyone else try to be interesting -- at least they have a decent crew out there this time. Soon, however, we'll be getting all the winners from Hollywood's silver medal. Should be fun.

Below you'll find all the categories (in the movies) with the winners in bold. We'll update each time there's a winner so be sure to come back. If you're interested for the staff takes make sure you check out Nick Valdez, Isabelle Magliari and myself on Twitter as we Tweet out our reactions.

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Your 2014 Golden Globe nominations are here photo
Your 2014 Golden Globe nominations are here
by Matthew Razak

And the big guns are fired. The Golden Globes have announced their nominees setting us up for endless debate of what deserves to be there and what doesn't. What surprises are there? Well, how about five non-comedy/musical movies being nominated in the Best Comedy Musical category. The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, Nebraska and American Hustle all grabbed nominations in the category and none of them fit there. Her is the most egregious misrepresentations, but American Hustle comes in a close second. Seems to be a case of the Globes wanting to nominate 10 Best Drama films and shoving the extras into the comedy category.

Other notables are the obvious nods for Gravity and 12 Years a Slave in almost every category and the lack of Monsters University in the Best Animated category. First time Pixar has been missing in a while. The Globes also liked Rush a bit more than I did, nominating it for Best Drama along with a few others. 

Check out the full list below and tell us what you think got snubbed or shouldn't be there.  

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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

8:00 AM on 11.06.2013

19 animated films were submitted for Oscar consideration

It's that time of year again, folks. It's the time of year where the bigwig films are all vying for an Academy Award nomination. It's going to be an interesting year given the amount of spectacular films that debuted this yea...

Nick Valdez

11:30 AM on 07.19.2013

Audience votes Hentai Kamen as best film of NYAFF 2013

At the beginning of every screening at the New York Asian Film Festival, the good folks at Subway Cinema handed out little slips of paper with ratings of 1-5 on them, ranging from "Worst Film Ever" to "Awesome." At the end, t...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 04.15.2013

Pitch Perfect cast performed during the MTV Movie Awards

While this isn't a big deal to most of you (since I assume Flixist readers are part of a cool motorcycle gang that terrorizes a single small town once a year), the cast of Pitch Perfect (minus Anna Kendrick and Adam Devine) ...

Nick Valdez