Vin Diesel

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Witch Huntin'

The Last Witch Hunter probably getting a sequel


Not so last anymore
Jun 17
// Matthew Razak
Despite the fact that The Last Witch Hunter doesn't come out until October 23rd and the first trailer for it looked like someone had photoshopped Vin Diesel into an Underworld movie Lionsgate appears to already be lockin...
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Last Witch Diesel

First trailer for The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel


Apr 30
// Nick Valdez
To me, Vin Diesel can do no wrong. Regardless of his odder career choices in the past, I've always dug his genuine love for his work. He's a nerdy dude who loves trying out crazier roles and his latest film seems like the cra...
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Fast and Furious 8 to be released in 2017


Vin Diesel says it'll be the best movie we've ever seen
Apr 24
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
Furious 7 crossed a billion dollars worldwide in seventeen days, so when Vin Diesel took to the CinemaCon-stage in Los Angeles to announce the next movie in the franchise, not a single person in the entire universe was s...

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James Gunn: Guardians 2 is about fathers


Get ready for a heaping helping of daddy issues
Apr 15
// Matt Liparota
The true parentage of Chris Pratt's Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord (who?), was a running subplot throughout the original Guardians of the Galaxy – well, OK, his dad was mysteriously mentioned a couple of times. That movi...

Review: Furious 7

Apr 03 // Matthew Razak
Furious 7Director: James WanRated: PG-13Release Date: April 3, 2015 [embed]219227:42315:0[/embed] Furious 7 is everything you expect it to be. An over-the-top car chase film jam packed with fist fights, gun battles, insanely awesome set pieces and lots of dialog about family. It is definitely an absolute blast and a good movie, but it misses Lin's flare. The director had a unique skill for building up action sequence to their most implausible conclusions, and then jumping the shark again so that all you could do was sit in your seat and think, "WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?" While Lin shoots for this on many occasions he hits the target far less meaning Furious 7 is awesome, but it is not as good as its predecessor.  In terms of plot it might be the weakest of the entire series, which is saying something. Dom (Vin Diesel) returns with the majority of the gang: Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Mia (Jordana Brewster), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). After the last film they all settled down, but now the brother of Fast and Furious 6's villain, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), is out for vengeance. He attacks Hobbs and then goes and kills Han, as we saw at the end of the previous film. This causes Hobbs to call in Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russel) who leads a covert US spy team. Dom and he make a deal that the "family" will rescue a kidnapped hacker in return for using her world monitoring technology to turn the tables on Deckard Shaw and hunt him. It is a truly weak excuse to go from one action sequence to another in exotic locales, but it works enough. And yet at the same time the plot may be one of the bests thanks to its focus on family, loss and the untimely death of Paul Walker. Walker is digitally edited into some scenes, including an incredibly touching conclusion handled with a surprising amount of subtlety for the series, but even the ones that were filmed before his death seem touchingly appropriate. A conversation he has with Mia before going into the last action sequence is heart breaking and the series' continuing themes of family and friendship work the best they ever have.  You came for the action, though. It is the same ridiculousness you've come to expect from the series, and while it lacks that aforementioned touch that Lin brought to it it is still some of the most mind blowing stuff you'll see on screen this year. That building jumping scene we all saw in the trailer? If you think you saw everything, you are so wrong. Every time you think a scene won't top the last one they pull out some new ridiculous stunt that makes your jaw drop. It's also nice to see that Wan prefers to use actual cars when he can whereas Lin often relied on digital escapades. Wan also prefers showing a lot of gyrating female bodies in bikinis to the point that the actual "porn" overshadowed the car  porn.  That obsessions with showing off naked women also goes for burly men (and women). Wan's fist fights might be the best the series has seen, if not the most plentiful. The inclusion of the amazing Tony Jaa and Ronda Rousey helps to no end, and the Statham/Johnson fight is pretty much everything you could have hoped for with a little more thrown in. If Wan lacks the magic to put together action sequences as well as Lin he definitely has it when it comes to fights.  Furious 7 also balances its cheesiness well thanks to the Walker scenes. Previous entries into the franchise often felt heavy handed when Diesel started talking about family or the franchise tried to develop characters, but here it all seems to fit. While you're itching for the next action sequence to start or for Johnson to drop another incredible one-liner (the man flexes out of a cast at one point) at this point we've been with these characters for so long that you actually care. That doesn't mean the camp doesn't reign supreme. Kurt Russels entire point in the film is to say bad lines and put glasses on his face like he's doing his best David Caruso, and once the action does start it's pretty much just one-liners and Tyrese punch lines.  Furious 7 is indeed everything you want and expect from the franchise, and while some of the magic is gone thanks to Lin's departure there's plenty left to keep the franchise awesome. If this entry is any indication, by the time the ninth film roles around we won't have any plot and Diesel will just come on screen after every action sequence and say something about family, but that will be fine with me. What is great about the Fast and Furious series is not that they're a guilty pleasure, but just that they're a pleasure. It's a franchise of ridiculousness that everyone is, for some reason, heavily invested. Keep em' coming and in the case of Furious 7 bring some tissues. 
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Cars, breasts and family
To begin, I am not Nick Valdez, our resident Fast and Furious reviewer. He is in transit to a new life in the big city and thus cannot, at the moment, partake in the next installment of the series. I hope you will accept...

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Furious 7 Trailer

Second Furious 7 trailer is still furious


"This time it ain't about bein' fast."
Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
Furious 7 is definitely my most anticipated film of 2015. Over big science fantasy action, man dancing, and comic book shenanigans, Furious 7 is the biggest sequel of the year. But I'm trying to not let myself get too excite...
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You will believe a car can fly.
Pack it up, every other movie of 2015. You're done. I'm calling it now, there won't be a better scene this year than the final shot of Furious 7's Super Bowl spot. I've still got goosebumps! Furious 7 releases April 3rd.&nbs...

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Yo Soy Groot

Here's "I Am Groot" in 15 different languages


Nov 18
// Nick Valdez
ICH BIN GROOT  [via Disney]
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Fast and Furi-YES

Rumor: Justin Lin returning for Fast & Furious finale?


#FAMILY
Nov 13
// Nick Valdez
I've reached a crossroads. Writing so much about the Fast and the Furious franchise makes me feel like such a hypocrite. Take the first trailer for Furious 7, for instance. Here I am celebrating a series' seventh installment ...
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Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 now officially titled Furious 7, gets new poster


Oct 27
// Nick Valdez
The Fast and the Furious franchise is heading in a new, mysterious direction. With James Wan accomplishing what Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin couldn't (as he wanted to title that film Furious 6), Fast and Furious 7...
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Last Witch Diesel

Look at Vin Diesel's glorious man beard in The Last Witch Hunter


Sep 23
// Nick Valdez
Just...look at it. The Last Witch Hunter releases sometime next Fall.  [via Facebook, of course]
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Vin Beardsel

Vin Diesel gets hairy in first Last Witch Hunter image


Sep 05
// Nick Valdez
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 ...
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GOTG

Watch Guardians of the Galaxy's super cute, super spoilery final scene


Aug 18
// Nick Valdez
DAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Flixist Community Discusses: Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug 08 // Nick Valdez
Here are a few comments from community members who really liked the film!  NeoShinGundam:  I AM GROOT!!! Anime Dad: James Gunned for the top and nailed it. @TalkingMagnets:  Regardless of little flaws, it succeeds leaps and bounds in the shear effort to give the audience the best time possible...the most unabashed piece of indulgence I've been treated to in a long time.  Nate:  I'm glad they kept Groot to his standard comic book dialogue. And I'm impressed that Vin Diesel took the role only saying three(4) words. Did he do the mocap for Groot or just the voice? Taytor Tot:  Guardians was the most fun I've had in the theaters in a long time. The movie didn't take itself super serious, but at the same time, it had some genuinely heartfelt moments as well. In some ways, I think it may be one of the best Marvel movies to date. At no time did it feel bogged down by exposition like most origin stories, or first films in a franchise/series. It also felt super honest to me. I agree with Nick that at times the language was crude (but tame compared to some of Gunn's other projects like Lollipop Chainsaw), but it didn't feel fake, smarmy, or over-dramatic. At times, it reminded me of the way my friends and I talk to each other. On that note, I was pleased with the friendship that developed between the characters. Sure, there was the obligatory conflict before learning to trust each other, but I believed they could be friends/teammates more than the Avengers crew. Overall, I was extremely pleased with everything from the beginning to the end, unique soundtrack included. I didn't leave the theater disappointed and haven't stopped recommending it to my friends and family. Here are two community members who didn't like the film due to a lack of oomph. I'm paraphrasing, but one of them is me so whatever.  Geoff Henao (Cool Guy/Taco Supreme):  It was meh. For a film I had so much hype and excitement for (both for the film, but what it would ultimately represent for the future of the Marvel Films universe), I felt let down. Sure, the tone was solid and very fitting of Guardians of the Galaxy, and yeah, it showed that Marvel could take risks and be just as successful and prosperous as their other, low-risk films have been. However, it felt formulaic and a bit dead. I appreciate the fact that it wasn't an origin story, but it wasn't a very captivating one, either. I'm excited for GOTG 2 because of the seeds they planted in this one that can be explored later on (Who Peter Quill's father is, the expansion of the cosmic universe and the importance of the Kree/Skull, Comso, etc.). Great cast, great tone, but ultimately empty film. Nick Valdez (Flixist News Editor and Guardians Reviewer)  Looking back I can't clearly recall very much of what I saw. Sure it's fun (and I stand by what I wrote in the review), but it might've been more hollow than I realized. It's different from what Marvel has done so far, but just barely. It's got standard adventure tropes that work because they've never been used in a Marvel film, but the references to the outside world wear thin (along with the juvenile, superfluous use of hoarse language). I guess you can liken it to Star Wars in that way. A fantastical world full of regular joes. If you're willing to be a part of the ride, then you're going to have fun. But if you find it off-putting even slightly (or somehow miss most of nostalgic gags aimed at a certain generation), prepare to be totally alienated.  And these community members like the film but have the most spoiler filled contributions. Enjoy at your own risk!  Travis Boswell:  Although I really enjoyed The Winter Soldier, I think Guardians is the most complete Marvel film yet. The humor hit the mark like 90% of the time, especially Drax's lines. I had a great theater experience because the crowd was laughing their asses off through most of it. I haven't heard an audience laugh that often in a movie in quite a while. And they even nailed the dramatic elements. Starlord's scene with his mother's present near the end was incredible. I teared up and I really can't think of another Marvel superhero movie that made me so emotional. Alec Kubas-Meyer (Flixist Reviews/Features Editor/Cool Guy): I thought it was awesome, and probably Marvel's best movie thus far. I've never read a Marvel comic in my life, but by cultural osmosis I'd heard about a lot of the big characters, but every single aspect of Guardians was new to me. (All I knew was that there was a raccoon and Chris Pratt was jacked now.) My expectations were set by the ridiculous hype, and they were totally met (and probably exceeded).  My biggest problem with it was a total lack of clarity about character powers. The green one jumped crazy high at one point, but never did that before or after. She didn't seem so overly strong, so that made absolutely no sense. And if it wasn't for Raccoon saying, "No! You'll die!" I would have had no idea that him making that shrine thing would have killed him, because his powers seemed pretty extensive. (Not that it mattered in the end.) But I mean, that movie is basically Chris Pratt being amazing and definitely the best soundtrack to a superhero film. There's some cool action and stuff, too.  I'm still waiting on the comic book movie that makes me want to read comic books, though. This wasn't it. Matthew Razak (Flixist Editor-in-Chief/Cooly McCoolerson):  This was easily my favorite Marvel film in a while. That might be because I'm a big space opera/science-fiction fan, but it's probably because James Gunn is fucking awesome and knows how to have fun. It's great that it wasn't just fun, but also touching. Spoliers: When Rocket lost Groot and Drax sat down and started rubbing his head I almost lost it. Nate:  "They got my dick message!" With Disney/Marvel, we've come to expect a level of quality from their films, and Guardians meets it. A lot of people say that this film has been the biggest risk Marvel has taken, and while I agree to a degree, they went very safe in plot and story telling. And announcing there would be a Guardians 2 before 1 even made theatres, made the already predictable plot even more so. *spoiler* Announcing that made Groot's apparent death have less meaning, as there would be no way the second movie would be made without him/it. With already knowing people have a love for these characters and that it will rake in cash, I hope they actually make the next film as risky as this one should have been. Thanos' presence felt like Nick Fury's in Iron Man 2. Forced for the sake of introducing a character further. Which worked for Fury as his role is expanded movie to movie, but if Thanos' presence is just being around around until he becomes the big bad in whichever avengers movie it is from now, why make him linger? Also, if they have him be the main antagonist in Guardians 2, then gain a power up with the Gauntlet and be the big bad in an Avengers movie; I'd be sad, as it is just retelling a rise to evil power similar to what they did with Loki. I'd rather see Kang or Civil War if that is the case. Scissors: Spot on with the Thanos bit, he was pretty much just shoehorned into the film for the sake of build up. Especially since they're building him up now and he's suppose to be the baddy in Avengers 3. Not Avengers 2, but 3. All this build up to Thanos is making them squander the potential of other villains and is one of the reasons many of the villains in the Marvel Studios films are very forgettable. Each film alluding to Thanos is just taking the power away from any other villains. As Drax put it in the film Ronan was just a pawn of Thanos. Every time they remind you of Thanos in these films it's just saying X villain is nothing compared to Thanos. By your comments, it seems you all like Guardians due to its pleasant mix of humor, nostalgia, and how the cast bounces off of each other. It seems like one of the main problems is the extended Marvel universe around them. Thanos is a huge part of this film. Although the brunt of Galaxy would have you believe that it's not the case, Thanos is mentioned several times, forced into scenes that grind the movie to a halt, and makes all other villains seem tame in comparison.  It's sort of like that running before crawling analogy. As much as folks accepted the generics this time, will they be okay with a sequel that does it again? What about when more of the comic book stuff makes it in?  We're fine with talking trees and raccoons, but what about giant talking god statues? Or Josh Brolin in purpleface?  What did you think of Guardians of the Galaxy? Comments or suggestions? Keep an eye out for future discussion opportunities! 
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Diesel or Dud-sel?
Guardians of the Galaxy has caused quite a stir in the Flixist Community. It's blown up on Twitter, Facebook, and I've even heard some of my non-fan friends discussing it for some reason. It's got the kind of pull I haven't s...

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug 01 // Nick Valdez
[embed]218131:41721:0[/embed] Guardians of the GalaxyDirector: James GunnRated: PG-13Release Date: August 1, 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy is the story of Peter Quill aka "Star-Lord" (Chris Pratt), a boy who was abducted by space pirates in the 80s after the death of his mother. Twenty years later, he's now a thief who stumbles on a powerful stone and gets wrapped up in a fight between Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and the Nova Corps. After a couple of shenanigans he winds up with unlikely allies: the assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and the bounty hunter Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and his tree companion, Groot (Vin Diesel). When Ronan poses a threat to the entire galaxy, it's up to this group of unlikely heroes to band together and stop him.  With Thor: The Dark World breaking ground on Marvel's cosmic universe, Guardians quite literally shoots for the stars. I was worried initially that it'd be hard to accept all of these outlandish things, but the casting fixes all of that. Pratt especially utilizes his screen time well as having him  at the center (sort of an audience stand in as he's the guy who's made the world his own, but still is an outsider) brings the film down to Earth. Pratt brings a suave awkwardness that gives the film's tone a pulpy 70s science fiction vibe. You know, like where he could start smoking at any moment and it would only make him that much cooler. Other standouts include Zoe Saldana (who by this point is used to playing the badass), Vin Diesel (he works so much out of three words), the delightfully weird Benecio Del Toro, and Bradley Cooper, who'd be even better if he weren't forced to make terrible jokes most of the time. Unfortunately, everyone else misses the mark.  While I want Dave Bautista to go on to a successful acting career after his WWE days, Guardians of the Galaxy isn't the best showcase for it. Most of his dialogue is stunted as his stiff delivery brings down every scene he's in. He's got the physicality, and his yelling is top notch, but completely hurts in smaller moments. That stiffness extends to some of the supporting cast as well. Whether it's a result of poor characterization, or poor delivery, the villains all seem hollow. While that's good for the tone of the film as the Guardians should take center stage and focus should be on the why instead of whom they're fighting, it's a shame to see their threat deemed virtually meaningless. It's hard to rally behind this group of losers when you don't care if they win or not.  But what about the plot? It's something you've see many times before, but that's not entirely a bad thing. Although it's formulaic, it's a formula that's never been applied to Marvel films and the intrinsic wackiness of this property gives it a fresh spin. Although the action scenes are a bit clunky with noticeably poor stunt work in every scene but Saldana and Karen Gillan's, Guardians of the Galaxy is having such a relaxed, good time with itself that you'll be hooked into that feeling too. Trying to fill the faulty cracks with humor (when it lands, at least), Guardians' pleasant carefree tone also makes criticism a little tough. Although it annoyed me to hear so much "shit" and "bitch," in the place of actual dialogue (thus making the Guardians seem more like children than badasses), how much of it is serious? The humor may clash with emotional wells later in the film, but how deeply am I supposed to think about this when the film repeatedly reminds me of its juvenile roots? At least it finds the time to break up the potentially monotonous action scenes with that humor...even if that leads to rough patches of stagnant space in the story.  In the end, I think I'm just floored by how this was pulled off. Sure there're plenty of little things that bother me more than they'll likely bother fans (or you), and those problems added up enough to factor into my final decision, but Guardians of the Galaxy is still entertaining. Guardians of the Galaxy may be yet another building block to a future film, sure, but for the first time in a long time, I really am looking forward to what happens next. With an ensemble rivaling The Avengers in its star quality, I can't wait for all of these dynamos to share a single screen ten-twelve years from now when all of these wrinkles are ironed out.  Guardians of the Galaxy isn't a flawless victory, but it still wins. 
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Good-ians of the Galaxy
I should admit this outright. Whether it's the nature of my job, or the seemingly endless deluge of Marvel Studios news that we write on everyday, I've succumbed to Marvel fatigue. That's why I was instantly drawn to Guardian...

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GOTG

See Guardians of the Galaxy early and free


Washington DC, Baltimore, and Norfolk screenings
Jul 18
// Nick Valdez
Guardians of the Galaxy is probably my most anticipated Marvel movie in ever. It looks like it's finally shaking up the stale franchises for good. And if not, at least it's got a great cast at the center. So for some lucky fo...

Fast & Furious 7 has finished filming, here's a super sad note about it

Jul 14 // Nick Valdez
Today we completed the last shot in the production of FAST & FURIOUS 7.We wanted to take this moment to express how thankful we are for your support. We felt the love and strength from our fans throughout this journey, and it’s because of you that we got here. There was a time when we didn’t know how we could go on, or even if we should. But we listened to you, and you inspired us not only to keep going but to try and make the best FAST & FURIOUS movie yet.Our FAST family has been together for almost fifteen years now and has grown a lot in that time. From the start, Vin has been our leader who feels what’s right for FAST in his gut and in his heart. When we had to stop production last year, Vin gathered us back together and moved us forward when we needed it most. He led us to this day. Some of us have been here from the very beginning. Vin, Michelle, Jordana and our producer Neal all go back to that first little movie we shot on the streets of LA. We came back to LA in FAST 7, and it was an especially emotional homecoming for those who’ve grown up with each other since that first shoot. There are those we count as brothers who we gathered along the way and are with us again: Dwayne, Tyrese, Luda, Lucas and our writer, Chris. We’ve got some new additions this time in Jason, Kurt, Djimon, Nathalie and our director, James. Caleb and Cody joined us to honor their brother and help complete his work. Our family is big and strong but it won’t ever quite be whole again without Paul.All of us -- those who’ve been here from the start and those whose first FAST film is 7 -- wanted to create a special film for him and for you. We believe we have.Thank you for being there for us. You are the biggest part of our family, and we couldn’t have gotten here without you.The countdown to April 3 begins.
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Sniff :(
The Fast & Furious franchise is never going to be the same without Paul Walker. The filming process of the seventh film has been paved with heartache and drama, but at least it's finally over. Knowing that Fast & Furi...

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#VinTrieesel

UPDATE: Here are all the character posters for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy


#VinTrieesel, #ZoeGalmora, #DraxBautista, #ChrisPratt-Lord
Jun 13
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: Following Groot and Rocket Raccoon's poster reveal, we now have posters for Star-Lord, Drax, and Gamora in the gallery. Gamora's poster has to be my new favorite. That smirk, oof.  There's not much to say about t...
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Fast and Furi-YES

Here's an image from the restarted production of Fast & Furious 7


I'm still very, very sad.
Jun 04
// Nick Valdez
There's not much to say about this image. We're still waiting on crucial details about the nature of O'Conner's story and it's conclusion in Fast & Furious 7, and seeing that the budget to replace him is costing near $200 million is just the worst. So, let's just sit here and be sad for a moment. Things have changed.  [via Vin Diesel...again]
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Vin Diesel's The Last Witch Hunter lives again


There's going to be no witch hunters left at the rate this movie is getting made
Feb 20
// Matthew Razak
Back in September of 2012 we got word that ol' deep voice, Vin Diesel, was jumping into a new film called The Last Witch Hunter. The movie would be directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and be about a guy (Diesel) killing wi...
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Chris Pratt needs a band-aid for all of those cuts
Update: New images as well, giving us a better look at Del Toro's return as The Collector (you may remember him from the closing credit sequence of Thor: The Dark World.) Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel's riskiest, ye...

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Mo Riddick Mo Problems

Vin Diesel says Universal wants more Riddick


The one man PR machine works his magic again
Jan 29
// Nick Valdez
Although Riddick completely flopped at the box office despite Vin Diesel leveraging his own house to make it a reality, like Dredd (Riddick's brother in R rated but ignored glory), it has found its place on home video. On his...
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Guardians of the Galaxy

First official image of Guardians of the Galaxy is great


The usual suspects are here...
Jan 02
// Nick Valdez
Guardians of the Galaxy is quickly shaping up to be my most anticipated film of the year. While I may have begun feeling fatigue from comic book movies as 2013 provided lots of brilliant, non-comic book films, I think I'm rea...
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Groot Diesel...Grootsel

Vin Diesel is officially Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot


Thank god for fast trees.
Dec 23
// Nick Valdez
Four months back Diesel had let this cat out of the bag, yet nothing was confirmed until now. Joining Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benecio Del Toro, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, John C. Reilly, and Bradley Cooper is Vin Diesel...
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Fast and Furi-YES

Fast & Furious 7 gets a new release date


Living life a quarter mile at a time in 2015.
Dec 23
// Nick Valdez
After Paul Walker's death threw Universal and the Fast & Furious production team into disarray, everything has been in the air as to how the film was going to move forward. First the seventhquel was temporarily placed on ...
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Kane and Lynch

Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel could join Kane and Lynch movie


But both of their offers are still up in the air.
Nov 05
// Nick Valdez
Remember way back in 2007 when talks of a movie adaptation of Kane and Lynch: Dead Men was in the works? Me neither. What I do remember, however, was the film was almost released in 2011 with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx in ta...
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Kurt Russel confirmed for Fast and Furious 7


Sadly, no eye patch
Sep 25
// Matthew Razak
Damn that Vin Diesel just loves posting pictures of the movies he's working on, and in turn releasing new information about those movies. This time around he's thrown up a set photo that confirms that Kurt Russell will be joi...
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Fast and Furi-NO

There are no tanks in the first Fast & Furious 7 image


blanks on blanks on blanks
Sep 16
// Nick Valdez
Since the start of the Fast & Furious series, Vin Diesel has been wearing tanktops. Michelle Rodriguez wears tanktops, Gal Gadot wore tanktops, basically every character in the Fast series has worn a tanktop or V-neck at ...
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Vin Diesel leveraged his house to make Riddick


Aug 30
// Matthew Razak
We all know Riddick was a bit of a passion project for star Vin Diesel and that it wouldn't have gotten off the ground without a lot of help from him, but I didn't think he put this much into the movie. The movie is as i...
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Flixistentialism 25 - Butt Bots


Butlers clean the butts of woman bots
Aug 15
// Andres Bolivar
We have a bro cast on this weeks episode! (BA-BA-BA-BROOOO CASSSTTT)Dre and Nick reach out to Geoff amidst his vacation in Japan and get all the stories about Japan's little eccentricities. On the film front, we fawn over Vin Diesel/Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, talk the fragmentation of Marvel properties, Spring Breakers and the nature of Indies. Also, bananas.
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Vin Treesel

Vin Diesel in talks for Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot


Vin Diesel's Facebook page gets a little antsy
Aug 12
// Nick Valdez
Once again, Vin Diesel made another announcement via Facebook. Except this time, he might've jumped the gun a little bit. Vin Diesel has been recently letting on that he's been talking with Marvel about a possible role in one...
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New Riddick trailer finally ups the ante


Jul 22
// Matthew Razak
The past few Riddick trailers have been pretty redundant, and didn't show off Riddick to the level of badassness that the guy really deserves. Evidently that was because they weren't showing any blood. This new restricted tr...
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Trailer: Riddick


More of the same is still good
Jun 17
// Matthew Razak
This second trailer for the third Riddick film, titled simply Riddick, doesn't show off too much new stuff from the last trailer, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get us excited. Once again it looks like Riddick is returning...
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Video: behind the special effects in Fast & Furious 6


Spoilers!
Jun 04
// Liz Rugg
Part of what has made the Fast & Furious franchise thrive under Justin Lin's direction is his insistence on filming as much real action in-camera as possible. In other words, (spoilers, I suppose) for the final chase sce...

Review: Fast & Furious 6

May 23 // Nick Valdez
[embed]215658:40122:0[/embed] Fast & Furious 6Director: Justin LinRelease Date: May 24, 2013Rating: PG-13 Almost the entire gang returns (Don Omar, Tego Calderon, and Eva Mendes are noticeably absent) as Hobbes (Dwayne Johnson) goes to Dom (Vin Diesel) for help in catching a new crew of skilled drivers, led by Shaw (Luke Evans), who are stealing parts of a vague government super weapon. Dom is uninterested at first until Hobbes reveals that Dom's ex-girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) didn't die like Dom thought she did and is now helping Shaw run that crew of super evil mercenary racers. Dom then recruits the old gang (Gal Gadot, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Ludacris, and Paul Walker) as they work with Hobbes and earn full pardons in the process.  Admittedly, it's hard to write that summary and not chuckle a bit. Right after I watched the film (and began writing this review) I had to pinch myself to make sure what I saw, was in fact, something I indeed saw. I just watched a film about a crew of street racers taking down a doppelganger crew (this troupe is hilariously mocked and turned around in the dialogue) of street racing thieves and it involved tanks, Dwayne Johnson as a one man-one liner delivery machine, Batmobiles, a giant planet plane, nitrous oxide, and two Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez (two of the most badass women ever) fights. Fast & Furious 6 does indeed exist. And it is gloriously ridiculous. But...how much credit should it get for its self aware stupidity? Tons.  2009's Fast & Furious (the fourth part of this now seven film saga) felt much like an experimental transition between types of movies. It carried on the street racing shtick from Tokyo Drift (it's also extremely important to note that Tokyo Drift is technically the last story in the F&F timeline) while beginning to integrate greater series themes like crime in a foreign land while the street races became less realistic and grandiose. It had its faults, but its universe eventually led to the greatness that was Fast Five, a film in which two Dodge Chargers could toss around a million pound bank vault with little problem. Why is this important to bring up now? Because much of Fast & Furious 6 feels like an experimental transition.  The bold and smart step I mentioned? It's Furious 6's complete withdrawal from any sort of reality. The commitment to its stupidity leads to all sorts of spectacular (and surprisingly practical) stunts that could rival any Michael Bay film. In fact, I can say without a doubt that Furious 6's stunts have somehow set a new standard for not only the series, but any action film that involves cars. The Ludacris nature of its new direction not only applies to the stunts, but to the characters (and their interactions with each other) as well. While the film's dialogue and superfluous use of words like "family" and "honor," have been slightly charming in the past (and part of the reason Fast and Furious became a success in the first place), they're blown way out of proportion here and somehow aren't a detriment to the film. Lots of the film's "sure okay, whatever" ("You want to chase after your formerly dead ex-girlfriend? Sure okay, whatever") decisions in the film are written off as "WE'RE FAMILY" and it's completely fine.  Fast and Furious used to fall apart as soon as the crew left their vehicles. Thankfully, that's not the case anymore. Now that Fast and Furious begins the turn towards action, there are plenty of hand to hand fights with fight choreography getting much better (one of the better scenes involves one of the stars from The Raid: Redemption, Joe Taslim, getting to strut his stuff). Don't expect greasy bald men wrestling here. People are thrown against walls with minimal effort, Dwayne Johnson hilariously apes interrogation violence, and he even gets to throw a People's Elbow. Although, Don Omar and Tego Calderon's humorous exchanges are sorely missed, Tyreese and Ludacris thankfully make up for them in spades. Fast & Furious 6 isn't a perfect film (every interaction with a Londoner paints them all in an extremely negative light as they become prejudiced Anti-Americans, there's an arguable lapse in pace during the second act as the plot's thin premise loses steam, not everyone will enjoy its overblown machismo), but it's definitely a celebration of itself. From the openings credits, a montage of the five previous films, to its explosive third act (stay for a bit after the films ends for a very serious treat), the film is constantly firing on all cylinders. There's a difference between films that are unintentionally funny and a film that knowingly accepts that it's stupid. Furious 6 in no way refers to its audience in a derogatory manner. It instead decides to revel in the fact that most everyone will expect dumb things and delivers it to them on a silver platter. Justin Lin may not be returning for the seventh part, but that's a good thing. Fast & Furious 6 is definitely his magnum opus. I can't wait to see where we could possibly go on from here. Space?  Geoff Henao: Fast & Furious 6 has been announced as Lin’s final film in the series, so it only makes sense that he leaves with a bang. It’s still not going to garner a great critical response or make audiences re-think action films, but it’s wholly entertaining and the very definition of a Hollywood summer movie. The future of the series will depend on James Wan's vision in next film, but if the post-credits scene is any indication, I get the feeling Fast & Furious 7 will help elevate the series to an even higher level. 80 -- Great Matthew Razak: It may be that you can't stand Vin Diesel's gravely voice. It may be that the sight of Paul Walker getting paid to act is unbearable to you. It may be that you have hated all the other Fast & Furious films. Whatever reasons you may have for not seeing this movie throw them out the window because the final action sequence involving a cargo plane, grappling hooks, body slams, explosions, fist fights on top of cars and pretty much everything but the kitchen sink is worth sitting through anything. A masterful bit of summer action that sees Lin leaving the series he ushered into greatness with a bang. 82 -- Great
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