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10:00 AM on 08.07.2014

District 13 character posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Have you been enjoying The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1's minimalist advertising campaign so far? I definitely am, but it seems like the uniqueness is done with. Now that we've gotten our first proper teaser, we're proba...

Nick Valdez


5:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Trailer for The Maze Runner features mazes and people running through them

The Maze Runner has an idea I can get behind. Reminiscent of films like The Running Man, Runner drops these kids without memories into a secluded area and forces them to run through a giant maze filled with monsters. While i...

Nick Valdez



Review: Behaving Badly photo
Review: Behaving Badly
by Nick Valdez

If you've followed my reviews here on Flixist, you'll realize that I'm particularly drawn to smaller VOD projects in between the big releases for any bevy of reasons. Whether it's because it features pretty ladies, pretty gentleman, or pretty rocks, I like taking gambles and possibly stumbling on something great that I would've missed otherwise. 

Unfortunately, sometimes I gamble and lose. I wanted to review Behaving Badly because it stars a few people I'm interested in, and figured they'd never intentionally choose something awful for themselves. Boy, was I wrong. 

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Comic-Con trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 photo
Comic-Con trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
by Nick Valdez

I'm loving the advertising campaign for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 so far. Continuing on with the minimalist teasers is the Comic-Con trailer which contains the first actual footage from the film. Not much is said, but a lot is teased. If I had one qualm about the footage, it's going to take me a bit to get used to Julianne Moore's hair/wig. But I hope that discomfort goes away since I'm still not used to looking at Lawrence's fake hair. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 releases November 21st. Here's the cool Comic-Con poster. 

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4:00 PM on 05.27.2014

Flix for Short: Secondary Education, a science themed Kamen Rider

Secondary Education, a short by Jon Truei, takes tokusatsu influences (namely Kamen Rider and Power Rangers) and gives them a science spin to provide a fun, educational adventure. It's sort of like Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus became a masked hero and fought a lobster man. You should give it a watch. [via io9]

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 05.26.2014

Character posters for The Giver feature my boo, Taylor Swift

Although Taylor Swift said we'd never ever ever get back together, I'm still clinging on to hope because she's just the best person. As an example of this, she's in the upcoming film based on The Giver. Although the first tra...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 05.16.2014

First images of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

I've been a little hesitant toward the next film in the Hunger Games series ever since it was announced Mockingjay would be split into two parts. Mockingjay is my favorite in the trilogy (the first half anyway, go figure...

Nick Valdez



Review: Divergent photo
Review: Divergent
by Nick Valdez

Back before the final Twilight film hit theaters, I wrote up an article in which I discussed whether or not certain Young Adult book films would be the "next big thing." My initial outlook for Divergent looked good, but that was way before The Hunger Games became stupidly popular. Sure it's hard to compare the two franchises, but in true post-apocalyptic fashion, one can't survive as long as the other does. 

In order to succeed, in order to distinguish itself in a growing sea of teen books, movies, and same looking franchises, Divergent needs to diverge enough from the norm to stand out. Too bad we have to wait for a sequel to see if that happens. 

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4:00 PM on 03.18.2014

First trailer for 'The Maze Runner' is intense

The first trailer for the film adaptation of James Dashner's The Maze Runner has succeeded in making me curious about an upcoming film/ book trilogy that I didn't know existed until a few hours ago. This intense tr...

Isabelle Magliari

11:00 AM on 01.23.2014

First Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I poster is on fire

It feels like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire came out just yesterday. With the final book in the series, Mockingjay, being split into two parts, expect one final push for The Hunger Games. Although The Hunger Games: Moc...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 12.12.2013

Nick's Flixmas: I'll Be Home For Christmas

Because it was on Netflix and I needed a film to fill the gap between now and the Twelve Days of Nick's Flixmas (which will officially start on the 14th since I'm considering Christmas Day as a part of this rather than end it...

Nick Valdez







Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo
Review: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Nick Valdez

I'm a pretty big fan of The Hunger Games series of books. I tore through them in a day and while Catching Fire isn't my favorite in the series, it does have the most intriguing setups in the trilogy. The production for Catching Fire has notably gone through a bit of trouble with its change of directors (now helmed by Francis Lawrence), and most fans (including myself) were worried about the nature of the adaptation given the original Hunger Games film had a fair share of problems. 

The trailers for Catching Fire showed a film that seemed to learn from its predecessor's mistakes (less shaky cam footage, more balanced use of color, Phillip Seymour Hoffman joined the cast), so does the final product hold up to the potential of the series? Is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hotter than a fantasy or is it filled with catastrophe? Read on for the answer!

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8:00 AM on 11.18.2013

First trailer for Justin Bieber documentary, Believe

In a spiritual sequel to Justin Bieber's Never Say Never documentary, Believe, oh wait Justin Bieber's Believe sorry, this documentary catalogs the sad and terrible life of the fallen teen idol. Wait, little girls still like...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 11.14.2013

Second trailer for Divergent diverges from the norm

Awhile back I wrote an article claiming that Divergent was going to be "the next big teen thing." Ever since the Twilight Saga ended, there's been a notable void in the box office landscape for a romantic thriller for teens....

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.04.2013

Second Vampire Academy trailer is pretty much the same

Vampire Academy (dropping the Blood Sisters subtitle) is pretty much a movie made for me. It's got cute girls that are really cute vampires, it's adapted from the book by the same writer who wrote Heathers (which is one of t...

Nick Valdez



Final Trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire photo
Final Trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
by Nick Valdez

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire already looks much better than its predecessor. It's got a nice mix of orange and blues, less shaky cam, Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays a bad guy, and Jennifer Lawrence is so hot right now. Now we have the final trailer for the film, and how does it look? 

Well the same, really. It just spoils a lot of the film's bigger points from the book (but you wouldn't know that if you've only seen the movies, so that's probably cool). Basically, it's nice and short, but if you didn't want to see the film, the final trailer's not going to convince. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sets the world on fire November 22nd. 

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10:00 AM on 09.11.2013

Flix for Short: Noah

Noah debuted as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this year and garnered plenty of buzz as a creative short. It's easy to see why as it's go a great gimmick that the entire film's plot plays out over the m...

Matthew Razak



First trailer for Divergent, the next big teen thing  photo
First trailer for Divergent, the next big teen thing
by Nick Valdez

In case you missed MTV's Video Music awards on Sunday, know you didn't miss much. Justin Timberlake did a thing with four old guys, Kevin Hart flailed his arms and legs around, and Lady Gaga went to the beach or something. What happened beforehand (during the pre-show), was the reveal of the first trailer for Divergent, the next Young Adult book adaptation starring Shailene Woodley. 

Divergent is about a future society in which folks are separated into tribes (each with their own distinct characteristic or ability, like courage and what have you) when they hit a certain age. Shailene Woodley plays Tris, a girl who's referred to as a Divergent because she has the innate ability to fit into more than one tribe. And then some folks want to hurt her. While most folks will claim Divergent is setting up to be the next Hunger Games, I think differently. 

A while back I wrote an article claiming that Divergent will be the next Twilight (basically, a big deal). And I still stand by that. It's produced by Summit Entertainment (the same company as Twilight), it has an attractive premise (as well as cast), and I hope it's message of "differences aren't bad" hits with audiences. I guess we'll see when Divergent hits theaters March 21st next year. 

[via MTV]

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4:00 PM on 08.16.2013

First trailer for How I Live Now, starring Soairse Ronan

How I Live Now is an upcoming adaptation of a book of the same name. The story's about Daisy (Soairse Ronan, who's so hot in the teen book world right now) who's sent to England to live with her relatives. She falls in love ...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 08.16.2013

See The Mortal Instruments early and free

Evidently this one is kind of a big deal. I have no background on it since I haven't read a young adult novel since Hunger Games and I'm not really planning to jump into it. Suffice to say mythical angel teenagers fight ...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 08.16.2013

Vampires are still cool in Vampire Academy Trailer

At this rate there won't be anymore young adult novels to adapt to the big screen. Vampire Academy:Blood Sisters does seem a bit special in that totally nondescript way since it looks like a cross between Harry Potter a...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 07.21.2013

Second Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer is hungry

When the first teaser for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiered during the MTV Movie Awards, I was pleased with what I had seen. A notable bump in narrative quality, camerawork, and just all around coolness. Does the sec...

Nick Valdez